- Lance Minnies survived a tragic fire in Mitchells Plain in 2016
- The blaze tragically took the lives of 8 people and Lance lost 4 toes
- He overcame depression and passed matric to receive a special ministerial award from Western Cape education MEC Debbie Schäfer
Briefly.co.za has already reported on numerous beautiful stories of Grade 12 learners who overcame adversity to matriculate.
Lance Minnies made news headlines previously but for very unfortunate reasons.
In June 2016, news broke of a fire that engulfed a Mitchells Plain home.
Minnies survived the blaze but 8 members of the household weren’t as fortunate.
The 18-year-old didn’t escape unscathed though – 90% of his body sustained burns and he tragically lost 4 toes as well.
Minnies endured 5 long months in hospital and battled depression.
SowetanLIVE reported that he was haunted by images of the fire and that he wanted to give up his studies as a result.
Minnies even went so far as to return his textbooks to AZ Berman High School but his teachers persuaded him to persevere.
In an amazing show of courage and determination, Minnies has matriculated and was honoured with a special ministerial award.
Western Cape education MEC, Debbie Schäfer, presented Minnies with the award at the provincial matric awards.
Minnies has 7 siblings but becomes the first member of the family to receive a matric certificate.
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