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”.