A’s all round at Protec

The Protec Tongaat pupils are happy to have survived the tough three years including weekends and holidays during high school and are looking forward to university life.

Protec Tongaat pupils snapped selfies, hugged and high-fived each other as the 32 matrics celebrated their 100% pass rate with a whopping 44 distinctions in total.

Two of the top students, Sinethemba Dlamini and Khayelihle Mpanza were particularly excited about receiving bursaries to study towards their dream career.

“I am so relieved and proud of myself to have got five distinctions and to have a bursary from Sasol to study BSc chemical engineering at Wits next year. My mom just cried when I showed her my results and I am thankful that I made her proud,” said Dlamini, who was brought up by her single mother in a rural area near Bhamshela.

For Mpanza, getting four distinctions and a bursary from Investec to study BCom accounting at Wits is an incredible achievement.

Marion Takis with two of the top achievers at Protec, Sinehlanhla Mavundla with three distinctions and Sinethemba Dlamini with five.

Marion Takis with two of the top achievers at Protec, Sinehlanhla Mavundla with three distinctions and Sinethemba Dlamini with five.

“I am so happy that I had the privilege of being a Protec student. They have been such a great support system, not only academically, but also socially. They gave me the opportunity to get work experience at companies that I did not even know existed. Through these opportunities I now know that I want to study BCom Accounting and become a chartered accountant one day,” said Mpanza.

Protec Tongaat manager Marion Takis said while they are always proud of their pupils’ achievements, the most rewarding aspect is to see them grow into well-rounded individuals.

“Seeing the pupils arrive as often shy, young grade 10 children and watching them develop into confident, solid young people is the most exciting part for me,” said Takis.

“Our pupils and tutors are truly dedicated. The pupils have to sacrifice every Saturday and the holidays to learn with us. The Protec kids are here because they want to be and they understand the opportunity they have been given. They do not achieve because they are lucky or more clever, but because they are dedicated.”

Sinethemba Dlamini at home with her mother, Ntombizethu Dlamini. Photo: Emil von Maltitz

Sinethemba Dlamini at home with her mother, Ntombizethu Dlamini.
Photo: Emil von Maltitz

She said besides helping their pupils achieve the desired results, they also support them after matric.

“We send the kids on a camp to prepare them for university. Only 15% of the students who start varsity complete their degree, so we try to equip them with the necessary life skills through workshops about budgeting, communication, goal setting and sexual health. Our programme continues for 10 years, from grade 10 until everyone has successfully entered the workplace.”

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Elana Geist
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