Meet Katlego, the top matriculant who had to travel far to school

Meet Katlego, the top matriculant who had to travel far to school

- Katlego Mahlo, 18, achieved 8 distinctions, including above 90% for 4 subjects

- She endured a 30km trip to school which forced her to leave home before 5am every morning

- Despite her family being unemployed, she was able to attend St Mary's School in Waverley, Johannesburg through a scholarship

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Katlego Mahlo’s story is truly an inspirational one.

Hailing from Soweto and from a household where no one is employed, the odds seemed stacked against her.

Yet remarkably, she stands tall with an unbelievable 8 distinctions as she dominated grade 12.

Four of those distinctions, included pass rates in excess of 90% for mathematics, accounting, Zulu and advanced mathematics.

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The brilliant student earned a scholarship which enabled her to study at the prestigious St Mary's School in Waverley, Johannesburg.

However, that was only half the battle won as she then had to endure the daily 30km trip to school every morning – she therefore left her home at 4h45 every morning.

Mahlo may be a bookworm but is a very well-rounded student as she balanced her studies with her captaincy duties for the school’s basketball team, her cheerleading role and as a member of the schoo’s diversity committee.

SowetanLIVE reported that Mahlo has been accepted to study Actuarial Science at the University of Cape Town. understands that Mahlo is still waiting on responses from her bursary applications.

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