Not only are they the first in their families to obtain multiple distinctions and study towards a medical degree, but they are set to make a difference in many people’s lives.
Tshidiso Moswele, 17, from Wiseman Cele Secondary, in Tshepisong on the West Rand, obtained six distinctions: physical science and maths 96%, life sciences 88%, life orientation and geography 83% and English 80%. He got 79% for Setswana and wants to study biomedical engineering, medicine or actuarial science.
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Moswele, an alumni at Kutlwanong Centre for Maths, Science and Technology in Dobsonville, said: “My first love is medicine, because I just want to help people. I hope to network with scientists so that we can find a cure for diabetes, cancer and HIV/Aids. I want to make an impact on people’s lives.
“There’s someone in my family who is diabetic. The reason for the high rate of unemployment is due to HIV/Aids. Therefore, if we can find a cure for HIV/Aids, South Africa will be a better country.
“Cancer has also affected people in my church and neighbourhood and some went for surgery and did not make it. Some had their legs and arms amputated. So, I want to help them wherever I can, because it pains me to see people suffer.
“I am not happy that I obtained 79% for Setswana. I think it’s because I was too nervous and I was not concentrating enough and due to being nervous I lost track of the time in the exam.”
Tshepiso Dhlamini, 18, of Bhukulani Secondary School in Zondi, Soweto, obtained six distinctions: geography 89%, life orientation 88%, isiZulu 87%, life sciences 86%, maths 84% and physical science 82%, and passed English 76%.