Despite the fact that Thabo Mnisi from Numbi in Mpumalanga had to take care of his father’s cattle in the early hours of every morning and in the afternoons, he managed to break records by becoming the youngest matriculant in the Mpumalanga province and got distinctions on all the subjects he took.
Thabo, who started primary school when he was only 5 and high school when he was 9, achieved distinctions for all seven subjects that he took.
He described his journey as a very difficult one as he always had to wake up at four in the morning everyday because of his chores and the fact that he stays 15km away from school, Lungisani Combined School.
“I used to study out in the fields while taking care of my father’s cattle. I remember one time I had to fight a python that was trying to eat my father’s goats while I was studying, I killed it. ” Thabo said.
Thabo’s father says he is very proud of his son’s achievements and revealed that all this came because he encouraged him to work hard and not have too many friends.
Thabo says he has always wanted to be an IT Specialist but he revealed that this year and next year he is not planning to go to Varsity as his father still needs him to take care of his cattle