MTN has joined the Department of Basic Education and provincial education departments in congratulating matriculants across the country for their hard work and dedication in the face of unbelievable odds.

As a reward for their efforts and stellar results, MTN Foundation is handing over laptop computers to the top 33 achievers nationally, as well as providing laptops to the top 15 achievers in each province.

The top 15 learners in the ICT (CAT and IT subjects) and special needs category, nationally, will also receive laptops.

Each of the 183 achievers will also receive an MTN backpack filled with stationery.

The top 12 matriculants for Maths, Physical Sciences (PHSC), Technical Math and Technical PHSC nationally for 2020 are, in order: Daniel Alwyn Gouws – First Place for Math, WC; Veren Naidoo – Second Place for Math, WC; Reynhardt Buys – Third Place for Math, NW; Karla Reinecke – First Place for PHSC, GP; Stephanus Johannes Kruger – Second Place for PHSC, KZN; Takudzwa Chikonye – Third Place for PHSC, GP; Peace Simphiwe Phangisa – First Place for Technical Math, MP; Mthobisi Brian Hlatshwayo – Second Place for Technical Math, MP; Lungisani Mduba – Third Place for Technical Math, Gauteng; Phumlani Kwanele Zuma – First Place for Technical PHSC, KZN; Mcebo Lindokuhle Mthethwa – Second Place for Technical PHSC, KZN; and Erick Mlondi Mavimbela – Third Place for Technical PHSC, MP.

As part of its broader national Back-to-School Campaign, MTN will follow this up with the distribution of 100 tablet computers to each province from 1-5 March. These tablets will be made available to Grade 10 to 12 Mathematics and Science learners and those taking ICT-related subjects.

“This past year truly tested the mettle of our matriculants, with leaners facing unprecedented challenges ahead of the biggest exams of their school careers,” says Kusile Mtunzi-Hairwadzi, GM of the MTN SA Foundation. “We congratulate them on achieving an outstanding national result despite the challenges.

“Together with our partners in the national and provincial departments of education, we wish them the very best in their future endeavors – they will no doubt become the leaders of tomorrow.”

MTN Foundation supports the use of technology to address the socio-economic challenges experienced in disadvantaged communities and Mtunzi-Hairwadzi says it is hoped the handover of tablets will provide access to eLearning and an increase in digital skills within disadvantaged communities.

Another drive to enhance access to learning and opportunity is an initiative to provide 1 700 pairs of school shoes, backpacks, stationery, water bottles and lunchboxes, to disadvantaged learners in Limpopo. This handover forms part of MTN’s Back-to-School programme.

“Our programme is aligned to sustainable development goals, which aim to provide children and young people with quality and easily accessible education plus other learning opportunities, such as e-Learning platforms. The majority of our interventions are therefore ICT-driven,” says Mtunzi-Hairwadzi.