- The South African National Council for the Blind (SA Ncb) applauded a 19-year-old pupil for his outstanding matric results
- Tiyani Mbendzani was named as one of the top 30 achievers in the 2019 matric exams
- He excelled in his schoolwork despite having lost his eyesight when he was in Grade 5
Tiyani Mbendzani is one inspiring young man. The 19-year-old was among 30 top matrics who were invited to a breakfast meeting in Midrand, Johannesburg.
Mbendzani - who attended Rivoni School for the Blind in Limpopo, was one of the top achievers invited for meet-and-greet breakfast with Education Minister Angie Motshekga on Tuesday.
According to SA Ncb, Mbendzani performed excellently in the matric exams despite being blind. Briefly.co.za learned the star pupil lost his sight when he was in Grade 5.
He explained that a cataract affected his eyesight at first and it gradually became worse. To top it off, he had to deal with mean kids who would call him names, but Mbendzani never gave up.
When he lost his eyesight completely, Mbendzani enrolled into a school for the blind.
Becoming blind was an adjustment for Mbendzani but he learned to cope within six months. He credited his supportive family and not feeling sorry for himself for the success of his adjustment.
Mbendzani was excited to meet the minister of education and revealed he was in an "all-night prayer" when his brother came to him with his phone.
"He told me that I was invited by Minister Angie Motshekga for her meet-and-greet breakfast. I was extremely happy and I thanked God for his unconditional love," he said.
The inspiring young man now plans on pursuing a degree in Law at the University of Johannesburg.
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