CAPE TOWN - About 50 of the Western Cape's top matriculants have received special honours from Premier Helen Zille.
Learners received cash prizes and academic excellence awards during the premier's annual ceremony at her Leeuwenhof residence today.
Namhla Juqu from the Centre of Science and Technology was honoured as the top science student after she achieved full marks in the subject and a 92 percent overall aggregate.
The youngest of five children, the 18-year-old credits her success to perseverance and hard work.
A lesson she says she learnt from her parents who are a domestic worker and taxi driver.
"This, for me, confirms the saying that hard work pays off because over the years I have been working hard and making sacrifices."
Namhla was among those who received special awards for their academic achievement from Zille today.
She says her struggle now will be to get the necessary funding to study chemical engineering at the University of Cape Town this year.