Top of the class


Ariel Mazabow from the Yeshiva Maharsha Boys School in Sandton is in a league of his own with an astounding 11 distinctions for his matric exams.

Mazabow achieved 99 per cent for mathematics, 98 per cent for accounting, 95 per cent for advanced programme mathematics, 94 per cent for physical science, 92 per cent for Afrikaans, 92 per cent for English, 92 per cent for Hebrew, 92 per cent for life orientation, 92 per cent for life sciences, 89 per cent for geography and 89 per cent for history.

His overall aggregate percentage was 93.45 per cent.

Read 2016 Matric pass rate at 76.2%

When asked how he achieved this highly admirable achievement, Mazabow said, “I knew I needed to start working hard early as I had taken on a lot of work so I already began in Grade 10. I had to keep the mentality to work hard and be consistent. I would never leave work for the last minute and made sure I was up-to-date every day and in every subject.”

It was this hard work and determination that put Mazabow in the position of top performing matric in Gauteng. “You have to have the correct mindset and to remember how important it all is. Make it count and take it seriously.”

MEC Panyaza Lesufi acknowledged Mazabow’s success and added, “I applaud Mazabow for being the province’s top achiever and of the quality education that we have promised our people of Gauteng irrespective of race, colour or class.”

Read Gauteng matrics top all in country with bachelor passes

When North Eastern Tribune asked what his future plans are, Mazabow said, “I will be attending Wits University and studying actuarial science. It’s a bit early to say what the future will be, but I definitely want to help other people.”

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