Ubukhosi Print and Engraving hosted the third and fourth annual Thembisa Matric Awards for the class of grade 12, for 2020 and 2021 respectively. At least 22 students from secondary schools around Thembisa, including private schools, received awards. This initiative is a brainchild of Bukhosi Prince Mkhize, director of Ubukhosi Print and Engraving, with many partners on board. Mkhize said due to Covid-19, they could not host these awards in the year 2021 for the class of 2020, hence a double awards ceremony.
“These learners have conquered through difficulties and made it to the top, through commitment and dedication and the desire to change their lives they didn’t allow challenges to stop them in achieving what they committed their time to,” said Mkhize.
Each learner received a stationery pack from Standard Bank, trophies from Ubukhosi Print and Engraving, including a whopping cash prize of R6000 for the overall achiever. The 2020 top achiever was from Jiyana Secondary School Ziphezihle Langa with an impressive percentage of 85.8%.
The class of 2020 did very well by sweeping almost the awards in the Ekurhuleni North District Awards. Thembisa’s top seven learners dominated the region, including teachers, who were awarded the most. The top achiever was Charlotte Maxeke, who also walked away with a cheque of R5000.
The class of 2021 did well despite the Covid-19 regulation. The learners also managed to secure top results. “The overall top achiever for the class of 2021 is from Zitikeni Secondary School, Thapelo Maake with 89% average followed by Basetsana Seboyana with 87.85% from Inqayizivele Secondary School and third position by Ethan Mbaxa with 86.25% from St. Athanasius Orthodoxy Christian School,” he announced.
“The top overall school was Jiyana Secondary, which walked away with a cheque of R5000 once again. Jiyana Secondary has been in the top position for the past four years, which means the floating trophy will permanently stay at Jiyana Secondary.”
“We take pride in ourselves to have the opportunity to acknowledge these great upcoming leaders of tomorrow. We are certain that they will continue to inspire; we also had our 2019 Top Achiever, Menzi Ncube, their motivational speaker, giving testimony and sharing his experience of his first year in tertiary.”
“We thank all the partners who made this possible. We are looking forward to our 5th Anniversary of the Matric Awards, which will be hosted in early January 2023. We believe that the class of 2022 will go over 90% plus,” said Mkhize.