‘Pride of NC’ nearly misses cer­e­mony

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THE PRIDE of the North­ern Cape, Tlo­tolo Lek­goba, re­ceived a stand­ing ova­tion when she walked into the 2019 Se­nior Cer­tifi­cate Re­sults Awards Cer­e­mony af­ter nearly miss­ing the event when her flight from Jo­han­nes­burg was can­celled yes­ter­day morn­ing.

The slight pupil, dressed in her bright red school uni­form, ar­rived well af­ter the cer­e­mony, hosted by North­ern Cape Pre­mier Za­mani Saul and the MEC for Ed­u­ca­tion, Mac Jack, had started.

She had at­tended the na­tional awards cer­e­mony hosted by Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Angie Mot­shekga in Jo­han­nes­burg on Tues­day and was due to ar­rive back in the city on the early morn­ing flight.

The SA Ex­press flight, on which Jack also had a seat, was can­celled.

Jack man­aged to catch an­other flight to Bloem­fontein and was driven to Kim­ber­ley in time for the cer­e­mony, al­though he missed the ear­lier press con­fer­ence.

Lek­goba, how­ever, was, ac­cord­ing to Jack, un­able to get a seat on the flight to Bloem­fontein and had to get a later flight to Kim­ber­ley.

Speak­ing at the later press con­fer­ence, Lek­goba had some wise words of wis­dom for the MEC, point­ing out that she had ex­pe­ri­enced van­dal­ism at her school and had seen pupils tak­ing time off.

“Most of the ef­forts (of the depart­ment) are at a higher level and are not help­ful. There needs to be a fo­cus to try and mo­ti­vate pupils who do not do their work, who just go there to have fun.”

She added that the depart­ment’s pro­grammes needed to start with the pupils them­selves. “Don’t de­velop strate­gies at the higher lev­els but try to deal with the lower lev­els.”

Lek­goba, who achieved nine dis­tinc­tions, was only able to do seven sub­jects at her school in Moth­ibis­tad as the other two, Phys­i­cal Sci­ence and Nat­u­ral Sci­ence, were not of­fered and she had to do these on her own.

At­tribut­ing her suc­cess to lots of hard work and sac­ri­fices, Lek­goba said she stud­ied all the time and put all her en­ergy into her school work, giv­ing up her tele­vi­sion and even a cell­phone.

She will be study­ing Ac­tu­ar­ial Sci­ence at Wits this year and hopes, one day, to open her own fi­nan­cial con­sul­tancy so that she can pro­vide fi­nan­cial ser­vices, par­tic­u­larly to peo­ple in poor com­mu­ni­ties.

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