Top achievers get laptops

Silulo Ulutho Techonologies founder, Luvuyo Rani, said he was going to donate two laptops again to this year top pupils.

Silulo Ulutho technologies lived up to its promise it made last year by donating two laptops to two top pupils at Uxolo High School, on Monday May 15.

The mood at the Khayelitsha school was a jovial when Mr Luvuyo Rani – the founder of Silulo Ulutho – arrived at the school with the laptops.

Recipients, were Chuma Mbazo, who was the top pupil in commerce and Tokello Motloli, who was the school’s overall top pupil.

Tokello said he is excited that he was the school’s top pupil. He is currently applying at universities to study law or teaching and he said the laptop would be a great help in his studies.

He said he is grateful that his hard work and dedication has paid off and encouraged the current grade 12s to not compete with anyone but themselves.

“One must start working hard now, not only during the final exams, to get good results,” he said.

Chuma said he did not know that he was a top achiever in commerce but he was not that surprised because he given it his all. He said he had a studying schedule last year so that he could manage his subjects and put enough effort on each.

He encouraged the current matriculants to focus on their studies and ensure that they put their best foot forward.

Mr Rani said he ordinarily donates laptops to the Centre of Science and Technology (COSAT) every year but last year his former teacher, Khwezi Faltein, invited him to give a motivational talk at Uxolo High School.

“It’s key for me as to do such donations to plough back to this community that shaped me. We do these things because we want to show the children the possibilities. We want to inspire these young people to be leaders. We want to play our small role in changing the community of Khayelitsha and making a difference,” he said.

Mr Faltein taught Mr Rani between 1995 and 1997 in Queenstown and their relationship grew from there.

He said last year he invited Mr Rani to have a motivational talk with the grade 12 pupils to encourage them to be unapologetic in chasing their dreams and he then promised these pupils that the top achiever would receive a laptop.

He said as teachers one of their key missions was to encourage and motivate pupils to work and unearth their hidden passions and talents.

“I always say to my pupils that they must not look at their current situations and think that it is their future but should work hard in changing their future. I always try to talk about role models that come from areas that they know. My role is to urge my pupils to dream beyond,” he said.