RUSTENBURG – An 18-year-old boy from the deep rural village of Mokgwalwaneng in Moruleng, outside Rustenburg in the North West province, has beated all odds to realise his dream of studying engineering in Johannesburg.
Tshimologo Navel Motlhaga managed to obtain 78 percent for Geography, two eighties and four 90s, with mathematics at 95 percent and physical sciences at 92 percent – this despite his single parent mother earning just R800 per month as a community worker and him having to walk 10 kilometres to school every day as there is no transport.
The Muchudi Secondary School learner was all smiles when he was awarded with the meritorious award for excelling despite facing difficult challenges, on Thursday in Taung, during the release of the North West matric results.
“I know I was going to pass. I work hard under very difficult circumstances. My mother is very happy,” he said.
The meritorious award is given to individual who performed well under difficult circumstances and who serves as an example to others of what can be achieved in life despite such hardships.
He had applied to the University of Johannesburg to do mechanical or electrical engineering.
– African News Agency (ANA)