Graduated Uplands in 2012
- Matriculating to the University of Witwatersrand to study accounting
- Ranked 11th in a class of 99
- Uplands Chess Champion for 3 years
Since Nhlanhla Thabethe joined the KLM program in 2008, he has demonstrated exceptional academic talent. He is an ambitious, disciplined young man who is committed to excellence in his coursework and on the playing field. Nhlanhla was ranked in the top 10 percent of his class in grade 11 and is on his way to achieving exemplary results in his final year at Uplands as well.
Nhlanhla is from Emtfojeni and attended Sandzile Primary School. His mother is a teacher who has raised all three of her sons to value education as their path forward in life. When Nhlanhla is doing his homework, he often thinks of how difficult it was for his mother to even get to school on a regular basis and is motivated by her experience and thankful for the wealth of opportunities at Uplands College. Nhlanhla has a close relationship with his older brothers and among other things enjoys playing chess with them.
Someone once told Nhlanhla that “numbers never lie.” Nhlanhla has held on to that idea and, as a result, is dedicated to mastering every aspect of math, his favorite course. In math, Nhlanhla is constantly learning and having fun. He finds the process of simplification intellectually stimulating. Nhlanhla also enjoys Zulu, especially the reading. His favorite book is Lalela Mngani Wami, a story about a young girl who grew up in a poor family. For Nhlanhla, the story provides some important lessons for young people his age.
Outside of the classroom, Nhlanhla spends his free time playing rugby and chess and taking advantage of the resources offered in the Uplands Information Technology Center. Nhlanhla also has a passion for music. He likes to listen to rhythm and blues and hip hop, and his favorite artist is R. Kelly. Nhlanhla would love to become a disc jockey, a hobby that would allow him to explore his interest in music. When he is not at Uplands, Nhlanhla enjoys spending time with his family and going to both the movies and the mall.
Nhlanhla has been accepted into the accounting programs at the University of Pretoria and the University of Witwatersrand to start in 2013. His mother is so proud of his accomplishments and already describes him as a role model for their family.