Lwando Melamane has made Masiphumelele High School proud.
He is the school’s top student and obtained six distinctions in IsiXhosa, mathematics, life orientation, geography, life science and physical science.
He is overjoyed with his results and said he worked very hard.
He has been accepted to study mechanical engineering at UCT and says he dreams of one day changing the world but until then, he wants to support his mother, Vuyiseko Melamane, who has been his number one supporter.
He said his biggest challenges throughout the year were the workload and preparing for exams.
He spent most of his time at the local church studying as it was quiet and more spacious than his Masiphumelele home.
His mother would bring him food at the church while he was studying or sometimes he would make the five-minute walk to his home for supper and then go back to the church where he would continue working.
“Although I attended extra classes I studied better alone,” he said.
His father, Luvoyo Samente, passed away in 2004 and his mother raised him and his elder brother, Maslwane Jilimba who has just graduated from CPUT, alone.
Ms Melamane said she was very proud of her son and he worked very hard.
“He is a quiet boy and did his own thing. I never had to tell him to go study, he did it himself,” she said.
He said he has not thought about what the future will bring but wants to take it day by day and enjoy the experience.