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PBHS matrics inspired at prize-giving.

Guest speaker, Roy Gent, wished matric pupils good luck for their final exam.

PINETOWN Boys High School held its annual speech day and Grade 12 prize-giving on Friday 18 October. Sifisosethu Khumalo was named Dux and Nkululeko Thusi the Proxime Accessit (runner-up to Dux). Milan Maharaj, Llewelyn Heslop and Nkanyiso Mchunu were third, fourth and fifth in Grade 12 respectively. Christopher du Plessis, Khailan Mudaly and Njabulo shared the Headmaster’s awards. Zukile Madikizela received the Citizenship prize (Gwynn Trophy and Christ Church Bible) and the AG Visser award.

Guest speaker, Roy Gent, a former PBHS pupil, delivered an inspiring speech about his high levels of academic excellence, to the matric pupils. He joined PBHS in 2001 as a Grade 8 pupil and remained top in his Grade in each of his school years, culminating him the Dux of PBHS in 2005. Roy matriculated that year, with eight matric distinctions.

He completed his chemical engineering degree summa cum laude at UKZN in 2009. He received the Dean’s commendation every semester, as well as the South African Institute of Chemical Engineers silver medal for the best final year student. He received a bursary from Illovo Sugar and after he graduated was based at the company’s Sezela factory on the south coast.

In 2012, he presented a technical review paper at the annual SA Sugar Technologists Association Congress, which was voted best factory paper of the Congress. During the same year, he was sent to Madrid, Spain on a six-month young engineers’ exchange programme.

Roy encouraged pupils to keep their focus on their goals and wished them well for the final exams next month.

School headmaster, Raysellan Naidoo, said he was happy with the amount of work teachers put in and hoped to see an improvement on last year’s exam results.

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