Rich reward for excellent matric results

RESULTS REWARDED: Businessman and benefactor Saki Macozoma with former Ndzondelelo High School pupil Nangamso Jonas and her mother, Lindelwa Picture: ATHENA O’REILLY
RESULTS REWARDED: Businessman and benefactor Saki Macozoma with former Ndzondelelo High School pupil Nangamso Jonas and her mother, Lindelwa
Picture: ATHENA O’REILLY

Hard work scores former pupil R10 000

A Zwide matriculant’s high marks paid off when a prominent Johannesburg businessman made good on his promise to give her a R2 000 reward for every distinction she received in her final examinations.

And because Nangamso Jonas, 16, did so well in last year’s matric exams, she is R10 000 richer.

Safika Holdings chairman Saki Macozoma, 59, formerly of Kwazakhele, made the promise to Nangamso when he visited Ndzondelelo High School before their June exams.

He said should she pass with three or more distinctions, he would give her R2 000 for each.

Macozoma – who has been investing in the Bay’s townships for the past 15 years – said it was important for him to make a difference in these communities as it would have a ripple effect on the greater community.

“I come from a school like this one and I am of the view that our children should be motivated from time to time to aspire to greater things,” he said.

“I am very proud that she kept her promise and worked hard to achieve what she set out to do, because it is not about the money, it is about self-motivation.

“And it is important for these kids in the townships to look up to someone who is their peer and to see that they, too, can achieve something like this,” he said.

Now a first-year accounting student at NMMU, Nangamso said that despite facing adversities during her matric year, she was motivated by her family.

Nangamso was sent to school a year early.

“I didn’t think I would be able to achieve more than three distinctions,” she said.

“I was scared of failing everyone who counted on me.

“[With] our struggling financial situation at home after my dad died, and being raised by a single mother, I knew I had the opportunity to turn it around.

“I [saw it as] a motivation to work hard and prove that I could achieve all those distinctions.”

While her studies are funded by General Motors SA, Nangamso said she would use the money to fund her BTech qualification.

“I feel very proud of myself after achieving this because it shows other pupils they can also work hard and achieve great things,” she said.

Her mother, Lindelwa, 49, was overcome with emotion.

“I am very proud of my daughter and I always knew she could do it,” she said.

Macozoma said he would also assist the school by building a fence and other renovation projects.

“I care about this place because it is my home and investing in these young lives is about the joy of knowing I am improving one life and giving a chance to someone who can then improve the lives of others around them,” Macozoma said.

Ndzondelelo principal Dan Ngcape welcomed the gift.

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