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Minister Angie MotshekgaMinister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga announces the 2016 NSC results (Image Bakonepix)9 January 2017 - Last week the outstanding results of 21 top achievers from all over the country were celebrated at the Ministerial Breakfast and during the live broadcast of the 2016 Matric Results.

The top achievers received awards in various categories including mathematics, physical science, special needs education (LSEN) and the five quintiles. This year again saw Limpopo as the province that contributed the most top achievers.

All 21 top achievers will continue their education at a university but not before they took a moment to remember what they sacrificed and learned to get where they are today and thank their teachers and family for their support over the years.

The Department of Basic Education has collected the inspirational stories of these talented young people in a brochure called the National Senior Certificate 2016 Examination Results Ministerial Announcement 4 January 2017.

We’re pleased to publish those stories here and to add some clarification, general top achiever statistics as well as information about the awards.

 

Categories

The categories for the 2016 Top Achievers are:

 

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 LSEN Achievers have all attended special education needs schools (LSEN).

 

General top achiever statistics

IMG 1095There are 21 top achievers (first, second and third place) in total:

  • Five of the top achievers are placed in more than one category:
    • Conrad Strydom from the Western Cape obtained first place in both Top Mathematics Achievers as well as Top Achievers in Quintile 5
    • Nomaan Mulla from Mpumalanga obtained first place in Top Physical Science Achievers and third place in Top Mathematics and Physical Science Achievers
    • Hanna Clayton from the Western Cape obtained third place in both Top Mathematics Achievers and in Top Achievers in Quintile 5.
    • Duncan Mabasa from Limpopo obtained third place in both Top Physical Science Achievers and Top Achievers in Quintile 3.
    • Bronson Rudner from the Western Cape obtained both first place Top Mathematics and Physical Science Achievers and second place Top Mathematics Achievers
  • Of the 21, there are 12 girls and nine boys.
  • Limpopo leads with 12 top achievers followed by Western Cape (four), Eastern Cape and KZN (both two) and Mpumalanga (one).
  • Western Cape took five of the nine places in the Mathematics and Physical Science categories, followed by two Mpumalanga and one each for KZN and Limpopo.
  • All top achievers will continue their education at a university. Actuarial Science is very popular (six), followed by Medicine (five) and Mechanical Engineering (two). Other studies that will be pursued include Law, (Applied) Mathematics, (Theoretical) Physics, Computer Science, Chemical Engineering, Psychology and Journalism.

 

Awards

The winners in each category were congratulated on national TV by the Minister and Deputy Minister of Basic Education and received their Excellence Awards. In addition a host of sponsors including Avbob, Huawei, Road Accident Fund, IDC, Massmart/Walmart, Epoch Trust, MTN Foundation, SABC and Vodacom Foundation presented prizes to all Top Achievers.

To the top 3 learners in Quintile 1 and 2 and all Mathematics and Physical Science categories, the Vodacom Foundation donated a laptop and a laptop bag, a printer, a 3G router, a cell phone with VR Gear; R220 airtime voucher, 2 GB data for six months as well as Vodacom NXT LVL sport bags, jackets and t-shirts.

 

This 2016 top achievers are:

Top Mathematics Achievers

Conrad StrydomTop Mathematics Achiever Conrad Strydom (Image: Bakonepix)First place
Conrad Strydom
Hermanus High School, Western Cape

Despite a challenge of changing schools and moving from a private school to a public school, Strydom says this did not affect his performance in class.

Instead he expressed his appreciation to his principal and his teachers for being dedicated and supportive in guiding him to winning various science Olympiads and emerging as a top achiever for his school.

He plans to study theoretical physics at the University of Stellenbosch and hopes to own his own research company one day.

Second place
Bronson Luke Rudner
SA College High School, Western Cape

Bronson has had a good year in which he participated in a Mathematics Olympiad in Hongkong and won first place in the 2016 South African Programming Olympiad. He will now go on to study Mathematics, Physics, Applied Maths and Computer Science at the University of Cape Town (UCT).

Third place
Hannah Jane Clayton

Hannah has been accepted by the universities of both Cape Town and Stellenbosch to study for a Bsc in Mathematics and Science. After completion of her studies she plans to enter in the research field either in South Africa or at a university overseas.

 

Top Physical Science Achievers

Nomaan MullaTop Physical Science Achiever Nomaan Mulla (Image Bakonepix)First place
Nomaan Shoukat Mulla
Hoërskool Rob Ferreira, Mpumalanga

Last year Nomaan lost his grandfather who had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Seeing his grandfather battle the disease over the years took a toll on the youngster and his family. As a result he has decided to pursue a career in medicine in the hope of becoming a neurosurgeon.

He has been accepted at Wits University to pursue a degree in medicine. To gain first-hand experience of medicine he has been helping out at a well-known doctor’s practice in his hometown of Whiteriver.

Second place
Muhamed Uzair Charfaray
Maritzburg College, KwaZulu – Natal

With Advanced Programme Mathematics being his favourite subject, Charfaray wants to study medicine. “I was thinking of specializing in oncology because of the cancer problem. I think I might be able to change something so that I can help people.”

Third place
Duncan Xihlovo Mabasa
Rising High School, Limpopo

A keen chess player, Duncan is headed to the University of Cape Town to study Actuarial Science. He dreams of kick starting a project that will enable South African learners to experience Maths differently and enjoy it.

 

Top LSEN Achievers

Zacharia Nyathi largeTop LSEN Achiever Zacharia Nyathi (Image Bakonepix)First place
Zacharia Nyathi
Rivoni School for the Blind, Limpopo

The 21-year old top achiever passed grade 12 with flying colours and plans to pursue a law degree so that he can work closely with young people and represent those that are less privileged.

Zacharia, who is partially blind, said young people should go to school and never allow their challenges, including their physical disabilities, get in the way of their dreams.

“Being disabled does not mean that you cannot do anything in life. There might be challenges. I wanted to become a pilot but because of my eyes I cannot do it. I still has something else that grabbed my interest so despite your disability, do some introspection, try to find out what it is you like. “

Second place
Hlulani Malungani
Rivoni School for the Blind, Limpopo

Hlulani’s favourite subjects were Economics, Xitsonga, because it is his mother tonge and History, which took him on a journey into the world’s exciting past. His next step will be to study towards a psychology degree at the University of Limpopo.

Third place
Ephodia Mudau
Rivoni School for the Blind, Limpopo

Ephodia believes in herself so much that she is confident of getting full distinction in all her subjects. She cites her teachers at Rivoni and her family support as some of the key ingredients in her recipe for success.

 

Top Mathematics and Physical Science achievers

Bronson RudnerTop Mathematics and Physical Science Achiever Bronson Rudner (Image: Bakonepix)First place
Bronson Luke Rudner
SA College High School, Western Cape

See second place Top Mathematics Achievers

Second place
Conrad Strydom
Hermanus High School, Western Cape

See first place Top Mathematics Achievers

Third place
Nomaan Shoukat Mulla
Hoërskool Rob Ferreira, Mpumalanga

See first place Top Physical Science Achievers

 

Top achievers in Quintile 1

Karabo Moremi largeTop Achiever Quintile 1 Karabo Moremi (Image: Bakonepix)First place
Karabo Moremi
Dendron Secondary School, Limpopo

It took Karabo a year of hard work and sacrificing sleep to master Accounting. With his friends he discussed schoolwork and together they found solutions to the questions that were asked in class.

Having been the Dendron head boy, Karabo says he will miss his role of marshalling students and being in charge.

Plans for the future include doing Actuarial Science at the University of Cape Town in record time and then go back home and decide on how best to go forward being self-employed.

Second place
Anelisa Marwanqana
Mariazell Secondary School, Eastern Cape

Mathematics and Physical Science are what drives Anelisa to always seek better solutions to everyday problems. She plans to study Actuarial Science at Wits University and believes that her school experiences and the support she got from her teachers will serve her in her studies.

Third place
Anastacia Mkhondo
Mmiditsi High School, Limpopo

Despite not having a Mathematics teacher for some months of the past year, Anastacia managed to become top achiever with self study and support form her school’s principal and the private tutor her father arranged for her. She will now go on to study Computer Science and Actuarial Science at Wits University.

 

Top achievers in Quintile 2

Malamba NemavhadweTop Achiever Quintile 2 Malamba Nemavhadwe (Image: Bakonepix)First place
Malamba Nemavhadwe
Tsvihase Secondary School, Limpopo

Malamba is a firm believer in hard work paying off so she started preparing for her matric exams from the minute schools reopened in January 2016 bringing dedication and persistence to her work throughout the whole year.

She expects to do well in her favourite subjects Mathematics and Physical Science and next will pursue a degree in Actuarial Science at Wits University.

Second place
Talenta Matiane
Jim Chavani High School, Limpopo

Although Talenta had to get up early and travel far to attend the Jim Chavani High School, it was all worth it and he thanks his teachers for their commitment and dedication. He has been accepted to study medicine at the Sefako Makghato health Sciences University.

Third place
Nyandano Madiba
Tshivhase Secondary School, Limpopo

Nyandano come from a family that places a premium of education. The University of Pretoria has offered her a place to study Chemical Engineering while Wits University has accepted her into the Biochemical Engineering course. Because she wants to become a chemical engineer she leans towards choosing the former.

 

Top achievers in Quintile 3

Tovhowani MulovhedziTop Achiever Quintile 3 Tovhowani Mulovhedzi (Image: Bakonepix)First place
Tovhowani Mulovhedzi
Thohoyandou Secondary School, Limpopo

Excelling in Life Sciences, Maths, Physical Science and Geography is a special achievement for Tovhowani considering that her school in the Vhembe district does not have a laboratory to perform experiments or a well-equipped library for referencing.

Tovhowani is particularly pleased to have made her parents proud.

She hopes to become a cardiologist one day and is going to the University of Pretoria to study Medicine.

Second place
Siphokazi Hlalukana
Holy Cross High School, Eastern Cape

Siphokazi says respect and hard work was at the centre of schoolwork and preparation for her examinations. With determination and support from her teachers and family she used her school time effectively and will now pursue a study in Applied Mathematics at the University of Pretoria.

Third place
Duncan Xihlovo Mabasa
Risinga High School, Limpopo

See Third place Top Physical Science achievers

 

Top achievers in Quintile 4

Mpo RamagomaTop Achiever Quintile 4 Mpo Ramagoma (Image: Bakonepix)First place
Mpho Ramagoma
Mbilwi Secondary School, Limpopo

Mpho gets animated when she describes the teachers at her school and the role they played in ensuring that she aced matric. “Our teachers know their work. They always come prepared so you know that every lesson you are going to learn something new.”

Now that the hard work has paid off, Ramagoma cannot wait to start at the University of Pretoria where she has been accepted to study Mechanical Engineering.

She has a passion for physics and building things and would love to build aeroplanes in the future.

Second place
Euné Bosch
Hoërskool Pionier, KwZulu-Natal

Euné wants to work for Doctors Without Borders and be in the forefront helping communities in distress. With Mathematics and Science on top of her list of school subjects, she will study Medicine at Stellenbosch University.

Third place
Thendo Masutha
Mbilwi Secondary School

Thendo enjoyed doing Physical Science because it offered many complex problems that could be solved in different ways. She is extremely interested in aeronautics and although she is afraid of flying areoplanes she will study Mechanical Engineering at the University of Cape Town so she can still be involved in the industry.

 

Top Achievers in Quintile 5

Conrad Strydom 2Top Achiever Quintile 5 and overall Top Achiever Conrad Strydom (Image: Bakonepix)First place
Conrad Strydom
Hermanus High School, Western Cape

See first place Top Mathematics Achievers

Second place
Christine Vivier
De Kuilen Hoërskool, Western Cape

Mathematics and Information Technology are the two subjects that Christine loves and she says they equip her with the skills to arrive at a solution using different methods. She looks forward to the next years of her academic life as medical student at the University of Stellenbosch.

Third place
Hannah Jane Clayton
Rustenburg Girls High School, Western Cape

See Third place Top Mathematics achievers.

 

Source: National Senior Certificate 2016 Examination Results Ministerial Announcement 4 January 2017 (DBE)

 

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