How I stud­ied for ma­tric in a toi­let

YoTV starlets earned mul­ti­ple dis­tinc­tions

Sunday World - - Front Page - By Boi­tumelo Kgob­otlo kgob­ot­[email protected]­day­

Three YoTV pre­sen­ters made his­tory when they each bagged mul­ti­ple dis­tinc­tions in their ma­tric ex­ams.

Mi­nen­tle Bizana, Thato Dithebe and Ben­jamin Hack cred­ited their pro­duc­tion team at the SABC youth ed­u­ca­tional show for the sup­port they were given dur­ing their ma­tric year.

Bizana, 18, from Midrand, could not hide her ex­cite­ment when she an­nounced that she bagged dis­tinc­tions in his­tory, drama, isiZulu and life ori­en­ta­tion from Red­dam House Water­fall.

She also cred­ited her mother for the sup­port she gave her.

“I un­der­stood that I had two things to do, which was study­ing and later go­ing to present, and I had to do both with the same en­ergy.

“I treated pre­sent­ing as my ex­tra­mu­ral ac­tiv­ity, not re­ally as a job and I knew this was some­thing I re­ally wanted to do from the be­gin­ning.”

She said hav­ing to choose a univer­sity was a chal­lenge be­cause she wanted to be close to YoTV stu­dios so she could con­tinue with her job.

The as­pi­rant busi­ness­woman said she was ready to study ac­tu­ar­ial sci­ences at Wits Univer­sity while she con­tin­ues with her job.

“I do not want to be caught up in a sit­u­a­tion where I will have to choose be­tween pre­sent­ing and my dream course be­cause I love them both. I re­ally don’t wish to choose.

“I want to be like Bo­nang [Matheba]. As much as peo­ple don’t like her, they don’t re­alise that she does her job best.

“What­ever big thing hap­pens she’s called to be the MC or present it. I want to be like that while I also run my own busi­ness,” she said.

Dithebe, from Krugers­dorp on the West rand, rushed to a va­ca­tion in Mozam­bique af­ter re­ceiv­ing the news that he had ob­tained three dis­tinc­tions from Maragon Pri­vate School.

He said he joined YoTV when he was eight years old af­ter win­ning a Mag­gie 2-minute noo­dle pre­sen­ter search.

“I was a very en­er­getic kid who loved talk­ing a lot, so I think my mother saw an op­por­tu­nity to let me put all of that to use,” he said.

Now 18, Dithebe will study me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing at the Univer­sity of Pre­to­ria.

“I have to show love to my pro­duc­ers at YoTV. They were very un­der­stand­ing and knew that some­times I would not be able to make it to cer­tain shoots due to school work.

“They were al­ways will­ing to work around my sched­ule and un­der­stood that my aca­demics were top pri­or­ity,” he said.

Hack, also 18, did his ma­tric at Crawford Col­lege in Sand­ton and bagged him­self seven dis­tinc­tions out of eight sub­jects.

The young pre­sen­ter, who joined the teen pro­gramme only last year, said pupils should not be judged by the ma­tric re­sults they get be­cause “high school does not re­ally de­ter­mine the ca­reer path one should fol­low”.

“I am not sure about what I want to do this year. I want time out to think about it and re­ally un­der­stand what I want to do.

“High school has al­ways been about do­ing what you are told at the time you are asked to do it. Univer­sity is a life­time choice, I need time,” he said.

YoTV se­nior pro­ducer Amanda Khol­wane said she was happy for the suc­cess of her pre­sen­ters and was will­ing to give them more sup­port.

/ Sandile Ndlovu

SABC1 YoTV pre­sen­ter Mi­nen­tle Bizana passed her ma­tric with four dis­tinc­tions. Thato Dithebe passed ma­tric with three dis­tinc­tions.

/ Thu­lani Mbele

Ben­jamin Hack bagged him­self seven dis­tinc­tions.

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