Dun­can rises to the chal­lenge

The Star Early Edition - - MATRIC RESULTS - TANKISO MAKHETHA tankiso.makhetha@inl.co.za

MAK­ING light work of his school­ing jour­ney, a Lim­popo pupil who oozed con­fi­dence ahead of the 2016 ma­tric re­sults ex­pressed his ex­cite­ment at be­ing one of South Africa’s top pupils.

Dun­can Xihlovo Mabasa said he was over­whelmed at the recog­ni­tion given to him.

“I didn’t ex­pect to be here be­cause I didn’t think I would be cho­sen as a top learner in the coun­try,” he said.

Dun­can, who is one of the top three pupils in Science said his key to a great per­for­mance was be­ing smart in his ap­proach to study­ing.

“I’ve al­ways be­lieved that hard work gets you far, but work­ing smart will get you fur­ther,” he said.

The Ris­ing a High School pupil said he cruised through his school­ing jour­ney, save for his ma­tric year.

“Ma­tric was a bit hec­tic be­cause I had a prob­lem with my English First Ad­di­tional Lan­guage this year, but I hope the re­sults will show how much ef­fort I put in to im­prove my marks,” he said.

He hopes to study Ac­tu­ar­ial Science at the Univer­sity of Cape Town.

“I re­ally love work­ing with num­bers and I think Ac­tu­ar­ial Science will pro­vide me with the chal­lenge I need,” Dun­can said. “Also it gives me the op­por­tu­nity to bring a change to this coun­try be­cause South Africa has a huge short­age of ac­tu­ar­ies in our coun­try,” he said.

His mother, Tintswalo Mabasa lauded her son for be­ing an ex­cel­lent pupil through­out the year de­spite hav­ing lost their home and be­ing forced to rent a two-bed­room flat.

“It was dif­fi­cult be­cause I lost my house, my son’s home this year. It was very stress­ful, es­pe­cially for him. But he rose to the oc­ca­sion,” she said. “I feel very proud of him.” The 18-year-old urged fu­ture matrics to per­se­vere and avoid fall­ing into the trap of peer pres­sure.

“I had a rough year. But I man­aged to make it. I want to tell fu­ture ma­tric­u­lants to never give up on their dreams be­cause that’s the only thing they have,” he said.

CON­FI­DENT: Dun­can Xihlovo Mabasa

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