Mr Siyamthando Nxumalo of the Weston Agricultural College in Mooi River, KwaZulu-Natal, has been awarded the UKZN prize for outstanding performance in Mathematics and Science for the 2016 academic year.
The College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science makes the awards annually to promote Agriculture, Engineering and Science as possible career choices, offering awards to high achieving Grade 11 pupils in strategic feeder schools.
Excellence in the fields of core mathematics and science is essential at school level to ensure a good supply of quality students for tertiary education institutions.
Nxumalo, who achieved a 92% aggregate for mathematics, thanked UKZN for the recognition. He aims to complete a degree in mathematics and physics.
Nxumalo says his greatest inspiration is Einstein, who he believes was ‘a most misunderstood genius’.