Top science student beats the odds

The top 2016 matric students in the Western Cape were celebrated at an awards ceremony and among them, Siphelele Xabendlini, received special honour for his achievement.

Xabendlini who originally comes from the Eastern Cape, earned first place for physical science in the Western province.

“Siphelele achieved extraordinary results in the 2016 NSC, and is the only learner to date coming from a previously disadvantaged school to have achieved the top position in the province in Physical Science...”, Said Minister of Education in the Western Cape, Debbie Schäfer.

He achieved full marks in the exam, an extraordinary feat considering the challenges and obstacles he had to overcome during his school career.

"I live in a shack, and I didn't have a laptop with fancy programmes from the internet to help me. I worked hard and studied only with my text books, Paper Video [educational resource] and The Answer series," a dapper-looking Xabendlini, 18, said at the Western Cape 2016 National Senior Certificate Awards ceremony on Thursday. - News24.

In 2014 Xabendlini moved from the Eastern Cape to Browns Farm on the Cape Flats and started Grade 10 at Phundulwazi Secondary School in Phillippi.

Despite several offers to move away from his second home Xabendlini remained in the area in order to be close to his family.

“He decided that he would reach for the stars and refused to let circumstances or events ruin his are an inspiration and prove that your situation does not determine your destination! ”said Schafer.

Xabendlini along with the other top students received their awards at the residence of the Western Cape Premier Helen Zille.

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