- Otsile Moholo rides his pony to school everyday because the bus is expensive and often late
- He says going to school is really important to him because he wants to be a doctor
- He urges kids to focus on their studies because education is the best way to a better life
Otsile Moholo (16) from Rooiwal, Thaba Nchu in the Free State, rides his pony, named Ponny, to school everyday, while making plans to become a doctor after school.
He said it's because the bus is too expensive, and it's often late, which affects his schoolwork.
“Going to school is very important to me. I arrive early every day,” the grade 10 pupil at Sediti High School said.
“I love riding my pony and it saves money and time.”
Briefly.co.za understands Otsile learnt to ride from his father, who taught him when he was 10-years-old. While he is at school, Ponny is allowed to graze in the schoolyard and Otsile gives him water during his breaks.
“Pupils who use the school bus often arrive late for classes and end up performing badly,” Otsile told a reporter from the Daily Sun.
The rural area he lives in doesn't have access to proper infrastructure. In addition, unemployment is high, with most parents relying on social grants.
Ponny is very well-looked after. Otsile said he replaces her horseshoes every month to protect his hooves from the poor road surface.
“Since I have been riding my pony, my grades have improved,” he said.
“I’ve decided to focus on my work so that I pass well at the end of the year. I want to study medicine at the University of Free State to change the lives of my parents and myself.”
Otsile believes that young people should focus on their studies, and not be distracted by poverty, drugs or alcohol.
“Remember that education is the way to a better life and no one can take it away from you. As young people, we should focus on our studies,” he said.
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