‘Make us proud, matrics’

Of­fi­cials in­spire Nd­lambe pupils be­fore ex­ams

Talk of the Town - - News - TK MTIKI

Speaker af­ter speaker ren­dered tes­ti­monies of their own strug­gles and ex­pe­ri­ences at a ma­tric prayer ses­sion at Titi Jonas Mul­ti­pur­pose Cen­tre last Fri­day.

And hope­fully ma­tric­u­lants who lis­tened at­ten­tively enough to them have learnt some­thing from oth­ers who have walked a sim­i­lar path.

Nd­lambe FM man­age­ment to­gether with Nd­lambe Mu­nic­i­pal­ity or­gan­ised the prayer ses­sion to mo­ti­vate the stu­dents.

The speak­ers had all passed grade 12 and were there­fore walk­ing the talk.

Sten­den South Africa was rep­re­sented at the event by aca­demic dean Rene Oosthuizen.

Sta­tion man­ager Dudo Shup­ing said Sten­den was the big­gest spon­sor of the sta­tion.

Other dig­ni­taries in­cluded the ANC chief whip in coun­cil, ward 5 councillor Andile Marasi, Nd­lambe li­brar­ian Vuy­ol­wakhe Kwanini, Pas­tor Venu Dil­ima and Bishop Caleb Mvand­aba.

Al­though prayer ap­peared to be the most im­por­tant thing dur­ing this chal­leng­ing time for grade 12 pupils, the speak­ers made it clear that it should be ac­com­pa­nied by ded­i­ca­tion, com­mit­ment and sac­ri­fices in or­der to pull them through.

“This is the dif­fi­cult time – you are at­tacked left and right but we are here to break that spirit.

“We are here to say press on, you must never give up,” Pas­tor Dil­ima said.

Kwanini en­cour­aged pupils to make use of the re­sources pro­vided to them by the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

“Most of you know me and I am your friend. I am that sis­ter you al­ways meet at the li­brary. This event shows how im­por­tant you are. We never had exam prayers,” she said.

Talk­ing about the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s role, she said.

“We are try­ing our ut­most best to ex­pose you to the rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion.

“The Satur­day classes which are paid for by the mu­nic­i­pal­ity are meant to as­sist you. Be thirsty for suc­cess and make us proud for all the money we spent.”

Al­though she did not dwell much on spir­i­tual as­pects, she ac­knowl­edged the im­por­tance of prayer.

“The key to suc­cess is prayer,” she said.

She fur­ther said that they had great hope in the pupils’ fu­ture.

“We see the fu­ture in you and we will never give up on you.

“Pass with fly­ing colours so that you will be able to choose the de­grees of your own choice.”

Fi­nal ex­ams are be­lieved to be a ve­hi­cle that took matrics through to univer­sity but Nomzamo Sec­ondary School teacher Nomvuzo Mbombela said this could ma­te­ri­alise through self-dis­ci­pline and sac­ri­fices.

“You have been on this jour­ney for 12 years and some of you might be here for more than that, but here you are to­day.

“You have not fin­ished – this is the be­gin­ning. There are a lot of things you need to sac­ri­fice just for a month and few weeks,” she said.

“Sac­ri­fice for your fu­ture and af­ter that you will reap some­thing and you can­not do this with your own strength. Pray be­fore your ex­ams, dur­ing and af­ter.”

Pic­ture: TK MTIKI

EN­COUR­AGED TO DO WELL: Just three days be­fore the start of the ma­tric ex­ams, Nd­lambe FM man­age­ment in part­ner­ship with Nd­lambe Mu­nic­i­pal­ity or­gan­ised prayers for the matrics at Titi Jonas Mul­ti­pur­pose Cen­tre in Thorn­hill last Fri­day

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