Nom­simelelo Mbeke

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NOM­SIMELELO Mbeke from Philippi en­joys singing and her husky voice re­sem­bles those of singers Re­becca Molepe and Brandy.

The shy but friendly 15-yearold Grade 10 pupil has just be­gun her se­nior years at So­phumelela Se­nior Secondary in Samora Machel, Philippi, on the Cape Flats. She is on a mis­sion to achieve top re­sults so that she can study psy­chol­ogy at the Uni­ver­sity of the West- ern Cape when she com­pletes school.

Nom­simelelo has taken on some of the tough­est high school sub­jects which she hopes will help her gain en­trance to that psy­chol­ogy course. This year she is study­ing English, Xhosa, Math­e­mat­ics, Physics, Life Ori­en­ta­tion, Sci­ence and Ge­og­ra­phy.

Mu­sic, read­ing mag­a­zines and singing in her school and church choirs are her hob­bies, but she makes time for study­ing and last year got a 70 per­cent av­er­age.

Nom­simelelo grew up in Samora Machel and was raised by her sin­gle mother, Nothem­bisa, who is a do­mes­tic worker.

She said that while there are times when her fam­ily strug­gles she still en­joys her life.

“I look up to my mother be­cause she does a lot for me and she’s a very kind per­son. She raises me and my lit­tle brother, Es­ihle, 10, and some­times we do strug­gle, but we al­ways make it through any­thing,” she said.

Nom­simelelo plans to work hard this year.

“I feel good about this year. I am go­ing to get an ex­cel­lent pass and I know it’s go­ing to be hard but I know what I want for my life so I will man­age my work well. I just want to keep good grades, be­cause I need to ap­ply for a bur­sary”.

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