South Africa’s top matriculant attributes everything to hard work

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South Africa’s top matriculant said his achievements were the result of consistent hard work through-out his school career.


Hermanus High School in the Western Cape student, Conrad Strydom, was announced as the country’s top achiever by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga in Midrand on Wednesday night.

He planned to study theoretical physics at Stellenbosch University.

“I am really honoured to have achieved these awards and feel really proud and excited,” he said.

“In my case it was hard work. I worked hard throughout my school career and I put in the work every day. I worked hard in class and revised the work at home and worked over weekends and holidays for years,” Strydom said.

Hermanus High School have reacted with

“Conrad Strydom is the number one ‘National Senior Certificate Matric’ candidate in the country!”

“Truly outstanding!”

“As a school and a community we can be so proud. Congratulations EVERY ONE! This is a team effort. What a privilege it is to be part of this fantastic school.”

“Well done Conrad. Well done Hermanus High School! Hermies bo!!!”

Check out his interview after the announcement below:

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