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Top 5 learners from Bhukulani Secondary School in Soweto seek funding

Vicky Abraham

Five top learners from Bhukulani Secondary School in Zola, Soweto who scored distinctions in their matric exams are seeking financial aid for their studies.

Babalo Gcobani 18, and his peers aged 17, Linda Zungu, Selby Tsatsa, Noluthando Kumalo and Sphiwo Maseko applied for financial aid from different organisations, but none have responded to their request.  

Babalo Gcobani 18, obtained six distinctions and one B. Source: Vicky Abraham

Kumalo is the highest achiever at Bhukulani Secondary School and scored 97% in Physical Sciences, 91% in Geography, 89% in Life Sciences, 88% in Life Orientation, 86% in English, Maths 84% and 70% IsiZulu.

“I am still deciding whether I should study computer science or actuarial science. I want to study at University of Cape Town (UCT), but I have not been accepted. I applied to five organisations for bursaries and I haven’t received sponsorship. I feel unsure about my future, but I have hope that I will get bursaries from the organisations that I have applied to,” said Kumalo.

Gcobani obtained 91% in Physics, 90% in Life Orientation, 86% Geography, 85% IsiXhosa, 82% Life Sciences and 77% in Maths. He wants to study medicine at UCT.

“I am anxious because I haven’t received any offers from universities that I have applied to, despite my good marks. I don’t have funds because there are not many organisations that fund first-year medical students. Those who are willing to sponsor, they require conditional acceptance which I did not get from any of the five Universities that I applied to. My mother will not be able to pay for my fees. I will be happy to receive sponsorship from someone who will be willing to assist,” said Gcobani.

Zungu scooped 98% in Life Orientation, Maths 85%, Physics 82%, Geography 81%, Life Sciences 77%, IsiZulu 73% and English 72%.

Sphiwo Maseko (17) obtained five distinctions. Source: Vicky Abraham

“I want to study BSc computer science with applied mathematics at UCT. I don’t have funds and I really need funds so much. I did apply for funding, but I have not yet received any feedback. I live with my mother and we are not really well-off,” said Zungu.

Tsatsa obtained 99% in Maths, 89% in Physics, 87% in Life Orientation, 86% in accounting, 82% in IsiXhosa, 75% in English and 69% in Geography.

“I have been accepted at Wits University to study actuarial science. I love maths. It is my passion,” said Tsatsa.

Tsatsa also hopes that possible funders will come to his aid.

Sphiwo Maseko obtained 95% in Life Orientation, 90% in Economics, 87% in Accounting, 86% in Business studies and English, 73% in IsiZulu and 69% in Mathematics.

“I am planning to study economics and econometrics at the University of Johannesburg (UJ). I am conditionally accepted at UJ. I have heard that it is one of the best universities in the financial and economics field,” said Maseko.

Linda Zungu 17, scored four distinctions. Source: Vicky Abraham

Selby Tsatsa 17, scooped five distinctions. Source: Vicky Abraham

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