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Hopes, dreams and thanks

As Matric exams draw painfully to an end, we spoke to some LEAP Grade 12s about their time at LEAP, their hopes for the future and what they are most thankful for. With possible careers in accounting, medicine, information systems and civil engineering – these are ambitious bright sparks who all share a deep gratitude for the support of the LEAP family.

Nineteen year-old Asanda Mini from LEAP 1 has been accepted for a B Com in accounting at UCT. She tells us that her proudest moment was when she left Cape Town for the first time with the Grahamstown science festival group from LEAP.

I’m thankful for being one of the LEAP students and to be blessed with such great LEAP family.

Ambitious Nomahlubi Am (17) applied for medicine at Wits and UCT and is still waiting to hear back. She has been accepted for her second option – Law – at Wits and Rhodes.  Nomahlubi is proud that she was selected from others at LEAP 2 to go to Johannesburg for the Enke: forum leadership camp. “That was great for me!” She says.

I am thankful for the opportunity to be at LEAP. If I was not at LEAP, I really would not have made it to where I am today in term of my education.

Boitemelo Mokoena (19) is a Matric student at LEAP 3. She has applied for Information Systems at the University of Johannesburg, the University of Pretoria and Wits and is waiting for the responses. She is thankful to LEAP for giving her so many opportunities . “I gained self-confidence,” says Boitemelo.

I was shy but I am more out-spoken now. I am able to confront issues with respect because LEAP didn’t give up on me.

Eighteen year-old LEAP 3 student, Sello Masite, applied for Civil Engineering at the University of Johannesburg and Wits and has been accepted at both universities. “My proudest moments at LEAP were when I received a top student award in Grade 11 and when I was in the Sowetan.” Sello is thankful to LEAP for the great opportunity that was granted to him to be a LEAP student.

I am also thankful for the academic support that I got from the teachers and fellow students. LEAP helped me to find my voice.

Values - Everyone at LEAP commits to:

  • Being kind, honest and healthy
  • Being punctual and looking good
  • Working hard and never giving up
  • Admitting and learning from mistakes
  • Confronting issues and being open to change
  • Working together and sharing