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Angie and Matric Result copy2014 Matric result announced by Mrs Motshekga (Image:Abbey Sebetha / Bakonepix)14 January 2015 – First at a special breakfast hosted at Vodaworld and later during the live broadcast of the 2014 Matric Results, the 23 Top Achievers celebrated their outstanding results with the Minister and Deputy Minister of Basic Education. The 2014 cohort is the first to have written the CAPS curriculum exams.

They will all move on to study for a university degree, Actuarial Science proving a very popular one. But not without first thanking their favourite teachers, fellow learners, family and friends for the support they've received over the past 12 years, proving Minister Mothekga's point that education is not just a school but a societal issue.



Top Achievers on Stage copyTop Achievers on stage at the SABC studios (Image:Abbey Sebetha / Bakonepix)The categories for Top Achievers are:

Some clarification on the quintiles: All South African public ordinary schools are categorised into five groups, called quintiles, largely for purposes of the allocation of financial resources. Quintile 1 is the 'poorest' quintile, while Quintile 5 is the 'least poor'. These poverty rankings are determined nationally according to the poverty of the community around the school, as well as, certain infrastructural factors.

Each Quintile, nationally, contains 20% of all learners, but not 20% from each province. Schools in Quintile 1, 2 and 3 have been declared no-fee schools, while schools in Quintiles 4 and 5 are fee-paying schools.

The Top Learners That Have Achieved Against All Odds all attended Special Education Needs Schools (LSEN).


General Top Achiever statistics

There are 23 Top Achievers (first, second and third place) in total:

  • 3 are placed in more than one category: Rohin Jain in 3 categories and Luvo Luzipho and Mpumelelo Nomzaza each in 2 categories
  • 13 female and 10 male Top Achievers
  • Gauteng leads with 7 Top Achievers, followed by Limpopo (4) and KZN, Western Cape and Eastern Cape (3 each)
  • Of the 6 Top Achievers in the Mathematics and Physical Science categories, 3 come from the Eastern Cape
  • All Top Achievers will continue their studies at university. Actuarial Science is very popular (9), followed by Medicine (3) and Law (2). Other degrees to be pursued include Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Mathematical Science, Chemical Engineering, Language & Culture and Ophthalmology.



Maya and Christina on stage copyVia Afrika CEO Christina Watson (l) and Vodacom Group Chief Officer: Corporate Affairs Maya Makanjee (r) (Image: Abbey Sebetha / Bakonepix)Apart from the congratulations on national TV by the Minister and Deputy Minister of Basic Education and the Excellence Award, the winners received prizes from a host of sponsors including Avbob, eNCA, Investec, Massmart, MTN, SABC, Telkom Foundation, Via Afrika and Vodacom.

Vodacom donated:

  • 1 Samsung galaxy note 4
  • 2 Samsung tab 4
  • 3 Vodacom simcards
  • 4 Airtime & data vouchers to the value R110 each
  • 5 Vodacom branded bag pack
  • 6 Vodacom jackets
  • 7 Stationery packs
  • 8 Vodacom note book

Recipients of these prizes are the first place Top Achievers Mathematics, Mathematics and Physical Science, Physical Science as well as the three Top Learners That Achieved Against All Odds.


And the Top Achievers are:

Top Mathematics Achievers

Rohin Jain copyTop Mathematics Achiever: Rohin Jain (Image: Abbey Sebetha / Bakonepix)First place
Rohin Jain
Selborne College Boys High, East London, Eastern Cape

After a tough year with many challenges, Rohin Jain is proud to have completed his matric and looks forward to pursuing a career as an Actuarial Scientist.

Rohin will miss the brotherhood formed with others at Selborne College which made every day at school a memorable experience. He enjoyed mathematics and relished the unique and rewarding challenge the Accounting exam provided him.

Rohin was inspired by Febin Korula, the top Eastern Cape matriculant in 2012, whose work ethic and unrelenting determination motivated him to excel.

Second place
Julia Claudia Alsemgeest
Hoerskool Pietersburg, Polokwane, Limpopo

Proud of her achievements which are a result of her hard work perseverance, Julia Alsemgeest will go on to study Actuarial Science at the University of Pretoria.

Third place
Lyle Ressouw
Muir College Boys High School, UItenhage, Eastern Cape

While faced with mixed emotions over the end of his 12 year schooling journey, Lyle Ressouw is excited at the opportunity to study Actuarial Science at Stellenbosch.


Top Mathematics & Physical Science Achievers

Rohin Jain on stage copyTop Mathematics and Physical Science Achiever: Rohin Jain (centre) (Image: Abbey Sebetha / Bakonepix)First place
Rohin Jain
Selborne College Boys High, East London, Eastern Cape
(See under Top Mathematics Achievers)

Second place
Luvo Luzipho
St James Senior Secondary School, Butterworth, Eastern Cape

Luvo Luzipho is elated his hard work and dedication have paid off and he is looking forward to studying Actuarial Science at the University of Cape Town.

Third place
Mpumelelo Wiseman Nomzaza
Thuto-Lesedi Secondary School, Boksburg, Gauteng

Mpumelelo Nomzaza feels jovial as reaching this point has moved him one step closer to pursuing his goal of a BSc in Civil Engineering at the University of Cape Town.


Top Achievers Physical Science

Mosa Bila copyTop Physical Science Achiever: Mosa Bila (Image: Abbey Sebetha / Bakonepix)First place
Mosa Michael Bila
Ponego Secondary School, Johannesburg, Gauteng

Mosa Bila is excited for the future and looks forward to studying Actuarial Science at the University of Witswatersrand.

Faced with certain responsibilities for his family and community, Mosa's chosen career path will help him to love up to these duties. As he embarks on this new journey, Mosa will miss the personalized attention his favourite teacher, Mr Nyathi, paid to him and all his learners. The love shown by his teachers as well as the friendly competition, will also be missed.

Mosa extends a special thank you to his deceased mother whose sacrifice and dedication to his well-being and education have not gone to waste.

Second place
Rohin Jain
Selborne College Boys High, Eastern Cape
(See under Top Mathematics Achievers)

Third place
Mpumelelo Wiseman Nomzaza
Thuto-Lesedi Secondary School, Gauteng
(see Top Mathematics and Physical Science Achievers)


Top Achievers in Quintile 1

Reginald Champala copyTop Achiever Quintile 1: Reginald Champala (Image: Abbey Sebetha / Bakonepix)First place
Reginald Champala
Dr Harry Gwala Secondary School, Benoni, Gauteng

Reginal Champala is very excited and honoured to be a top learner and hopes to reap more achievements as he pursues a BSc in Mathematical Science at the University of Witwatersrand.

Mathematics was one of his favourite subjects and he was inspired by his teacher, Mr Magadula, who encouraged him to be driven and achieve. He will miss the second family he had been a part of with fellow students and teachers, as well as the disciplined learning environment fostered by the school principal.

Reginald is grateful for his mother's support which enabled him to pursue his dreams and take up all the opportunities provided to him.

Second place
Precious Mkhari
Mmametlhake Secondary School, Seabe, Mpumalanga

Precious Mkhari is pleased her matric year is finaly over and is looking forward to study chemical engineering at the University of Witswatersrand.

Third place
Senzo Lorenzo Xaba
Mtshakelah High School, Ingwavuma, KwaZulu – Natal

Senzo Xaba is looking forward to making a difference to the lives of his family and country as he prepares to study Opthalmology at the University of Cape Town.


Top Achievers in Quintile 2

Mantsha Mathekgane copyTop Achiever Quintile 2: Mantsha Mathekgane (Image: Abbey Sebetha / Bakonepix)First place
Mantsha Polyvia Mathekgane
Kgomotso Comprehensive High School, Pretoria, Gauteng

Passionate about mathematics, Polyvia Mathekgane intends to study Actuarial Science at the University of Witswatersrand.

She had anticipated outstanding results and is very happy with her achievements, saying she has made herself proud. While she is looking forward to a dynamic career as an Actuarial Scientist, she will miss the engaging class lessons and the support from her teachers.

Polyvia was motivated by the encouragement from Mr Mashayamonabe, who saw her potential and advised her to work hard. She is also grateful for the support she received from her father was her pillar of strength in her matric year.

Second place
Avheani Maittakhole
Makakavhale Secondary School, Thohoyandou, Limpopo

Avheani Maittakhole is very happy to have finished matric and is looking forward to studying Medicine at the University of Cape Town.

Third place
Kgabo Philip Kubyana
Kgomotso Secondary School, Pretoria, Gauteng

Kgabo Kubyana is ecstatic at this achievement, saying he feels rewarded for all his hard work over the year.


Top Achievers in Quintile 3

Luvo Luzipho copyTop Achiever Quintile 3: Luvo Luzipho (Image: Abbey Sebetha / Bakonepix)First place
Luvo Luzipho
St James Senior Secondary School, Butterworth, Eastern Cape

Luvo Luzipho is elated his hard work and dedication have paid off and he is looking forward to studying Actuarial Science at the University of Cape Town.

With a passion for mathematics, which he believes improves mental acuity reasoning, Luvo excelled at Maths and tutored Grade 10 and 11 students in his matric year. He says thank you to his Physical Science teacher, Mr T.K., who inspired him to always work hard.

Luvo is grateful for the support of his maths teacher, Mr Ndlovu, who always went the extra mile, even organising exra lessons to ensure his learners excelled. He will miss simply being at school which he says was his sanctuary from all things bad over the year.

Second place
Robin Nicole Bosman
Swartberg Secondary, Caledon, Western Cape

Robin Bosman is proud and happy of her achievement and will study towards a BSc Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at Stellenbosch University.

Third place
Masindi Pfanelo Mphephu
Thohoyandou Secondary, Limpopo

Masindi Mphephu is happy and proud to have reached the end of this year and is looking forward to studying towards a Bachelor Accounting Science at the University of Witswatersrand.


Top Achievers in Quintile 4

Rashmika Deeplal  copyTop Achiever in Quintile 4: Rashmika Deeplal (Image: Abbey Sebetha / Bakonepix)First place
Rashmika Deeplal
Isipingo Secondary School, Durban, KwaZulu Natal

Rashmika Deeplal is looking forward to studying medicine at the UKZN – Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine.

As a caring and compassionate person, Rashmika looks forward to helping others through medicine. She will miss her teachers and friends who encouraged and supported her throughout the years, namely Mr N. Ragunath, her Accounting teacher whose methods allowed students to grasp challenging concepts easily.

Her parents receive a special thank-you for the sacrifices they made and their love, support and encouragement which empowered her to reach academic success.

Second place
Rearabilwe Lesibana Mmatli
Pax High, Polokwane, Limpopo

Rearabilwe Lesibana Mmatli says he is extremely happy his matric year has come to an end and is looking forward to nurturing his love for mathematics as he studies Actuarial Science at the University of Cape Town.

Third place
Anri Hattingh
Vryburg High School, North West

Anri Hattingh is very excited about the future and new challenges awaiting her as she chases her passion for Pharmaceuticals by pursuing a B.Pharm degree at the University of the North West.


Top Achievers in Quintile 5

Gareth Mogambery copyTop Achiever in Quintile 5: Gareth Mogambery (Image: Abbey Sebetha / Bakonepix) First place
Gareth David Mogambery
New West Secondary School, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal

Gareth Mogambery is excited, and slightly nervous, as he heads out to study Medicine at UKZN.

While he is looking forward to helping those in need, he will miss his friends and staff at school who created a warm environment, encouraging ambition and opening learners' eyes to various career paths. His favourite teacher Mr S. Govender's enjoyable and interesting approach to learning will be greatly missed.

Gareth is grateful for the opportunity to have been part of a school that placed great emphasis on academics and encouraged extra-curricular activities. He is primarily grateful for his parents who encouraged him and created an environment that stimulated him and allowed him to achieve academically.

Second place
Yi-Tin Michelle Yuan
Rustenburg High School for Girls, Cape Town, Western Cape

Relieved that she has successfully completed 12 years of schooling, Yin-Tin Yuan is now looking forward to studying Business Science and Law at the University of Cape Town.

Third place
Antoinette Schoeman
D.F. Malan High School, Cape Town, Western Cape

Antoinette Schoeman is proud of her achievements and is eagerly anticipating studying towards her BCom Actuarial Science degree at Stellenbosch University.


Top Learners that have achieved against all odds

Learners Against All Odds copyAll 3 Top Learners That Have Achieved Against All Odds Ntoko Mlambo, Sisipho Khubukeli and Tiisetso Mmabolo (Image: Abbey Sebetha / Bakonepix)Ntoko Christina Mlambo
Prinshof School, Pretoria, Gauteng

Ntoko Mlambo is ecstatic at finalizing her matric and intends to complete a B.Com degree majoring in Law at the University of Witwatersrand. Ntoko has a passion for debating and expanding her intellectual capability and is grateful for the belief Mrs Marlize Du Preez had in her, even when she did not.

Ntoko will miss the intimate and nurturing school environment as well as her favourite subjects Life Sciences, Afrikaans Communication and English Literature.

To her friends Lane and Twane, Ntoko says thank you for the midnight snack and warm blanky.


Sisipho Angel Khubukeli
Pionier Skool, Cape Town, Western Cape

Sisipho Khubukeli is overjoyed and proud of her achievements and excited for the future which will see her studying towards a BA, Language and Culture, at the University of Stellenbosch.

With a talent for language and a love for English, Sisipho is looking forward to taking up the many opportunities in this study field. She will miss all the teachers as they were very supportive, but what she will miss most is the library where her love for reading was nurtured.

She is grateful for the support from her grandmother who supported and ancouraged her through the process.


Samson Tiisetso Mambolo
Filadelfia Secondary School, Pretoria, Gauteng

Tiisetso Mamabolo is relieved matric is finally over and looks forward to study Law at the University of Limpopo.

His favourite subjects were Business Studies, Setswana, which is also his home language and History because he gets to learn about the past. He is grateful for the patience his favourite teacher, Mrs Mokgethi, displayed as he juggled his various subjects.

Tiisetso is passionate about education for all and hopes the blind learners at his school will be allowed to do sciences in 2015. He says he is indebted to his three sisters and brother who consistently motivated him throughout the year, encouraging him to pursue his dreams through education.


Source: 2014 National Senior Certificate, Examination Results, Ministerial Announcement, 5 January 2015

All photo credits: Abbey Sebetha / Bakonepix