Matric by candle light! A story of zeal and determination


HARD work and sleepless nights led to Anelisiwe Joyi (18), from Kokstad, completing her matric with good results at Shayamoya Secondary School.

Anelisiwe said she studied by candlelight at night because the electricity was switched off by the municipality after her mother failed to pay municipal rates in 2018.

The proud student obtained four distinctions, for Tourism, Xhosa, Life Orientation, and Business Studies. She also achieved over 70% in Accounting, Economics, English, and Mathematics.

“I think 2018 was a good year for me. Through hard work and sleepless nights, I obtained good results, which makes me happy. I am the first child in my family to complete matric,” Anelisiwe­ said.

Studying at night, group studies, and support from teachers yielded positive results, said Anelisiwe, who added that she decided not to attend her matric farewell because she wanted to make her mother proud by not attending functions which were irrelevant to her school work.

“My mother makes money by collecting waste at a local dump site and sells it for recycling. We also depend on a child support grant for a living,” said Anelisiwe, who said her goal is to one day make a change in society.

During last year’s December holidays, Anelisiwe worked at a local supermarket and used the money to buy clothes.

Three tertiary institutions have accepted Anelisiwe’s applications to study law or accounting.

Anelisiwe encouraged pupils who will be doing Grade 12 to work hard and do their assignments to attain good results.

Another top achiever, Mihlali Mngomeni (18) from Shayamoya Secondary, obtained six distinctions, for Life Science, Geography, Tourism, English, Xhosa, and Life Orientation. She thanked teachers and school management for their support.

Original story by Griqualand East Fever


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