HOPE Ngwenya’s life was turned upside down when her father died in 2015. She however still go seven distinctions for her matric results.
The family struggled to make ends meet and sometimes they went to bed on empty stomachs. But in their darkest days, Hope became a beacon of light for her family.
Even though she was in grade 10, she promised to dedicate herself to her studies and change the lives of her family.
Last year, at the beginning of her final year in high school, Hope promised her mum she would make her late father proud by getting distinctions in all seven of her subjects. And that’s exactly what she did!
Hope (17), from phase 4 of Braamfischerville in Soweto, passed with flying colours.
When Daily Sun visited the pupil from Kwadedangendlale Secondary School in Zola, Soweto she knew she had passed because she had been invited to the results announcement ceremony by Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi. What she didn’t know was how many distinctions she had.
Hope said: “I aimed for seven distinctions and that’s what I got.
“I wanted my dad to be proud of me.
“He used to support everything I did, especially my school work. We struggled after my dad died, but my mum kept us strong.”
She said she will always be grateful for the support from her family.
Her mum, Thokozile Ngwenya (48), said: “I’m proud of her.
“ She didn’t ever go out to play when she returned from school because she was focused on her studies.
“When there was no electricity, she studied by candlelight.”
Thokozile said it’s important for parents to support their children.
Hope said she wants to study electrical engineering at the University of Cape Town.
The bright teenager who lives in a small RDP house with her mum and sister, said: “I’ll build a mansion for my mum one day.”