Nthabiseng Xashimba describes herself as a curious lady who loves to learn. This love and desire to excel has enabled her to pass her matric with 7 subject distinctions with an overall aggregate of 85%. This phenomenal young lady obtained distinctions in English, Afrikaans, Mathematics, Life Science, Physical Science, Life Orientation and Dramatic Arts. Nthabiseng set herself the goal of achieving triple honours at School when she was in Grade 8 and has never lost sight of it. This goal lead to her working hard and striving for excellence, obtaining full honours for academics, culture and sport at St. Martin’s College from Grade 9 in 2012 through to Grade 11 and now Matric.
Nthabiseng was awarded the prestigious SSP Scholarship in 2010 when she was identified at Monde Primary School. She lives with her unemployed single mother and her little brother in Kathlehong Township next to Germiston. She attributes her success and achievement to her mother Nozuko, SSP and her St. Martin’s School who have always believed in her even when she did not believe in herself.
She went from being an introvert in Grade 8, to being an opinionated young lady who participated in individual and group public speaking events. She seized the opportunities that were presented to her and participated in sports such as tennis and hockey. Being committed to the SSP ethos of developing leaders through academic excellence and impacting lives, Nthabi made time to tutor some of her fellow boarders whilst fulfilling her prefect duties.
Nthabiseng has been accepted to study medicine at Stellenbosch University and at the University of Cape Town. She aims to specialise in Ophthalmology inspired by the partial loss of sight by her mother.
SSP is thrilled to have been able to impact Nthabiseng’s life through the scholarship. SSP offers more than a scholarship, but changes the lives of our scholars, their families and their school. Our comprehensive core support programmes ensures that our scholars are able to perform optimally through the Scholar Programme officers, holiday programmes and mentorship programmes. We are proud of the great achievements of our scholars who despite their adversities, seize the opportunity and excel.