The Lowvelder

New head prefect an inspiratio­n

- Tumelo Waga Dibakwane

KARINO - Despite coming from a poor background, Jetro Nkuna has been elected as the new head prefect of the boarding school at Karino Meridian.

His leadership skills and discipline has earned him the position at the school.

Jetro was one of the learners awarded the Innibos Bursary in 2019.

Raised by his greatgrand­mother after the death of his mother and never having met his father, the young man said, “I was only excited that I will be attending a better school, but never thought that I would end being elected a leader of the hostel, because I only joined the school a year ago. This has shown me that it doesn’t matter where you are from. This is the start of new things for me.”

Jetro was born and raised in Ngondini, where his former school principal saw his potential. Jetro regards him as a father figure who assisted him to apply for the Innibos Bursary. After being screened for his outstandin­g performanc­e at his previous school, he was eligible for a bursary from TRACN4, which took care of his school and hostel fees.

“I am working very hard so that after matric I will able to get a university bursary and change the situation I grew up in. I want to be an entreprene­ur after matric, but my second option is to be an educator, because I believe in quality education,” he said.

Sandra Jacobs of Innibos said they are very proud of Jetro being recognised as a leader at a young age, and the fact that one of the bursary beneficiar­ies is excelling, proved they made the right choice in selecting him.

“We are very happy for him that he was elected, and we believe his leadership skills will bring change to the hostel. We are proud of him and we are aware that he is currently doing well with his studies, and we will continue supporting him where we can,” she said.

His adoptive mother, Melody Tomlinson, said she is super proud of Jetro. “His kind heart and caring nature, his love of people, respect and helpfulnes­s set him apart. Thank you to all who have and are contributi­ng to his developmen­t, especially Sandra Jacobs for the Innibos Bursary that has provided him with quality education, and Bongani Nkambule, his former principal, who has been like a father to him. Thank you to all the educators who have guided him, and most of all to his greatgrann­y, Maureen Nkuna, who has raised him,” Tomlinson said.

‘This has shown me that it doesn’t matter where you are from. This is the start of new things for me’

 ?? ?? Maureen and Jetro Nkuna.
Maureen and Jetro Nkuna.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa