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Jeremiah Elijah Lebipi is inspired by nature’s creation. He is fascinated about the universe and its laws and curious about how they work.

Jeremiah is studying BEng Civil Engineering at the University of Johannesburg. He matriculated at Tipfuxeni Secondary in Hammanskraal in Gauteng.

Have a clear vision about what you want to achieve. Do not worry about how you are going to get there.”

Tell us a bit about yourself. Who are you? What inspires you?

I am an optimistic person who is passionate about his future and what he has to offer to the world. What inspires me the most is nature’s creation. I am fascinated about the universe and its laws and curious about how they work.

Why did you choose the course you are studying?

I chose Civil Engineering because after doing research, I have realised that South Africa has a shortage of built infrastructure. Infrastructure plays a major role in our country’s economy, and I want to be one of the people who helps to shape our country and be of assistance.

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

I see myself as a highly successful person who has accumulated enough wealth so I can be able to share with the people in need. I see myself as a highly literate person with bold confidence and a sharp mind.

Why do you enjoy science and maths?

The process of solving scientific and mathematical problems stretches my mind. It requires deep thinking and deep understanding of concepts. The fact that it is challenging when solving these problems, finding a solution in the long run is what brings me joy.

Where did you complete your schooling? Tell us a bit about this school and your teachers.

I completed my matric at Tipfuxeni Secondary school in Hammanskraal, North Pretoria in Gauteng Province. In the year 2019, my school produced a learner who obtained 100% in Physical Sciences. In the year 2022, it managed to produce two learners who obtained 100% in one of their seven subjects, and I am one of those two learners. The teachers were like parents to us because not only did they teach us, but they also guided us in terms of life, and they were very supportive.

Why do you think some people have problems doing well in maths and science?

I think most people want to cram some of the maths and science concepts. They do not dig deep to fully understand them. Lack of consistent practice can also be one of the reasons why people have problems with maths and science. Lastly, most people have self-doubt.

What advice do you have for school learners who struggle with these subjects?

Like my previous maths teacher would say, they should study consistently. They can also use various sources of information they could find to enhance their understanding. For example, I used prescribed textbooks and the ones that were not prescribed, YouTube videos, the internet, etc.

Any tips for learners in grades 11 and 12?


Have a clear vision about what you want to achieve. Do not worry about how you are going to get there. Focus on why you should get there. The path will unfold itself.

What advice do you have for matriculants who have to apply for places in higher education institutions?

Apply as early as possible. Oversee your own applications. Apply to various institutions. Do not be afraid to apply.

Understanding excellence – what makes an achiever?

Consistent effort towards reaching specified goals even though obstacles can arise along the way. Being unafraid to fail also make an achiever.

A message to South African youth in general?

Do not do drugs.

If you had ONE opportunity to speak directly to a very influential person, who would you choose and what would you say to them?

I would choose Jordan Peterson, a Canadian Psychologist. I would thank him for his assistance in shaping humanity and today’s youth.

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