Municipality honours matric class of 2015 top achievers

uMfolozi Municipality held an awards ceremony to honour the top achieving learners of the matric class of 2015 on Friday 5 February 2015, at the uMfolozi Municipal Hall. The top ten high achieving learners within uMfolozi received laptops and certificates as well as bursary registration fees to register at a tertiary institution within South Africa. More than 60 matric learners in total received registration bursaries.

UMfolozi Mayor Smanga Mgenge congratulated all the learners for their hard work and achievement and advised them to work even harder to make their dreams a reality. “The saying dreams do come true is not a myth but is actual reality. If you do not have any dreams to live for, you are an empty shell that is just sleeping through life, a person with a dream wakes up every day working to make that dream come true,” said Mayor Mgenge. The Mayor continued to advise the learners about tertiary life and reminded them to stay focused on their education and not dwell on alcohol, drugs and sex which have the potential to end their dreams. Mayor Mgenge told the learners to never forget their roots in their success and to always come back home to thank and help their families, “I encourage all of you to work hard to change not only your lives but the lives of your parents and siblings,” said the Mayor. The Mayor concluded by thanking all the teachers and principals for their dedication.
Ms Phumzile Zwane mother of one of the top ten achieving learners Nqubeko Zwane, who received 7 distinctions, said she is very happy about Nqubeko’s achievements and is very proud of him. She also advised other parents to support their children, especially those in matric this year, “Education is the key that will open all the doors for your child’s future, parents should always encourage their children to focus on their studies,” said Ms Zwane. She continued to thank the uMfolozi Municipality for their continuous support in contributing towards their children’s education.
One of the learners who received a registration fee bursary, Malindi Mbuyazi thanked the uMfolozi Municipality for their support. “The Municipality has given me an opportunity to further my education as I was not able to pay for my registration fees alone. I am also glad that I was awarded because of my hard work,” said Mbuyazi.
Municipal and education stakeholders were present for the ceremony including Municipal Manager Mr Gamede, Education Chief Executive Specialist Dr Madondo, Circuit education manager in kwaMbonambi Mr S Ngema and high school principals from various schools within uMfolozi.