Menzi Zikhali Mcube (17) a product of BoitumelongSecondary school in Tembisa passed his matric with six distinctions and amazing straight A’s in mathematics and physical sciences. The top student was accepted in various universities including the University of Cape Town. He said he always dreamt of enrolling with UCT but now he is struggling to find a bursary or any funds for his studies. He has posted on Twitter that he is looking for assistance to fund his studies.
He was accepted to study Actuarial Science atUniversity of Pretoria and the University of Cape Town. Mncube is walking in the shoes of his sister Thubelihle Mncube who is studying Actuarial Science at theUniversity of Pretoria. She expressed how thrilled she is for her brother, “I never doubted Menzi because he was working hard. We expected good marks from him but this is outstanding.”
This incredible young man has always been one of the excellent learners at Boitumelong. Mncube said Boitumelong is the greatest school for science and he would not have achieved his grade 12 with such incredible marks without the help of his teachers. “Our teachers made it possible; they taught us a whole heap”.
“I did not have any social media application on my phone, I downloaded school programming applications. I told myself that I will sacrifice 2019 to do my best at school so that I can qualify to study at UCT. I will always advise learners to put temporary things on hold because we all get one chance to turn our future into a success,”Mcube said.
Your background does not determine your future. Mncube was born in Zimbabwe and relocated to South Africa when he was 10. He had to adapt to the new environment which was not easy, regardless of the hiccups he has encountered and he turned out exceptionally well.
The name Zikhali means weapon and he has clearly shown that the weapon of education is hard work and determination for success.” Anyone can do it, anyone can achieve it, and all you need is focus and know what you aim for,” Zikhali advised the class of 2020.