Hailing from the townships around Grahamstown, Eastern Cape SSP Partner School, Diocesan School for Girls’ Ntombizethu ‘Zethu Mpahla and Achumile Sintwa are among the top 1% nationwide for top marks in Xhosa in the recent 2018 IEB examinations.
“I love Xhosa because of its idioms, these are full of lessons and very interesting. I also love it because it is my mother tongue,” says Achumile, who plans to study a BCom and major in accounting.
Zethu is “studying towards becoming a chemical engineer, specifically biofuels.” SSP’s sponsorship of her education has meant, “I was exposed to a different world than the one I was used to. I value that SSP hasn’t given up on South Africa’s youth – some of us were given the chance to have a better future and the only way to get out, was to work 10 times harder than every other child.”