With nearly all the speakers talking as living testimonies at the matric prayer session held at the Titi Jonas Multipurpose Centre last Friday, matriculants are left with putting those words into practice.
As part of exam preparations aiming to infuse boldness in the 2018 matrics, Ndlambe FM management together with Ndlambe Municipality organised the prayer session, where motivational speakers said experience was the great teacher.
The speakers had all passed Grade 12 and were therefore walking the talk.
Stenden South Africa, which station manager Dodo Shuping described as the biggest financial supporter of the radio station, was represented at the event by academic dean Rene Oosthuizen.
Other dignitaries at the event included the ANC chief whip in council, Ward 5 councillor Andile Marasi, Ndlambe librarian Vuyolwakhe Kwanini, Pastor Venu Dilima and Bishop Caleb Mvandaba.
Although prayer appeared to be the most important thing during this challenging time for Grade 12 pupils but speakers made it clear that it should be accompanied by dedication, commitment and sacrifices should in order to pull through.
“This is the difficult time for you whereby you are attacked left and right but we are here to break that spirit. We are here to say press on, you must never give up,” Pastor Dilima said.
Kwanini encouraged pupils to make use of the resources provided to them by the municipality.
“Most of you know me and I am your friend. I am that sister you always meet at the library. This event shows how important you are. We never had exam prayers,” she said.
Talking about the municipality’s role, she said: “We are trying our utmost best to expose you to the relevant information. The Saturday classes which are paid for by municipality are meant to assist you. Be thirsty for success and make us proud for all the money we spent.”
Although she did not dwell much on spiritual aspects, she acknowledged the importance of prayer. “The key to success is prayer,” she said.
She further mentioned their hopes to the pupils. “We see the future in you and we will never give up on you. Pass with flying colours so that you will be able to choose the degrees of your own choice,” she said.
Final exams are believed to be the exit gate from the high school to the university but Nomzamo Secondary School teacher Nomvuzo Mbombela said this only comes with self-discipline and sacrifices.
“You have been on this journey for 12 years and some of you might be here for more than that, but here you are today. You have not finished, this is the beginning. There are a lot of things you need to sacrifice just for a month and few weeks,” she said.
“Sacrifice for your future after that you will reap something and you cannot do this with your own strength. Pray before your exams, during and after.”