Ikamva Celebrated Class Of 2017


Ikamva class of 2017 bachelor’s students. Photo by: Itumeleng Khoza

Ikamva Youth Mamelodi Branch celebrated the class of 2017, matric results on Saturday in Mamelodi West, D6. The purpose of the event was to celebrate those who did well and also to encourage those who did not do well in their matric year.


The Branch Coordinator of Ikamva, Neo Rakoma welcomed the parents, students and visitors of the day. “We are here to celebrate the class of 2017, to congratulate them on their achievements and encourage them to do more”, said the Branch Coordinator, Neo Rakoma.


Photo by: Itumeleng Khoza

During the event, two learners, Precious Madonsela and Archibald Letswalo gave testimonials of their journey and experience at Ikamva.

The representative of CCBSA(Coca-Cola Beverage South Africa), Unathi Mbaya, Charles Baloyi from Tateni Community Centre, Patrick Mashanda the program Manager, and Pastor Siya Malinga from Themba Foundation addressed and motivated the students to take studies seriously and as a priority.


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The pastor shared the word of God, complementing the students and spreading the principle of working hard. Students were given prizes including certificates based on their attendance, performance and achievements.

“I was overwhelmed when I was called as one of the Bachelor achievers. My proudest moment was when I received a certificate for learners of the year. I’m truly grateful for the opportunity Ikamva gave me”, said Howard Zondo, one of the students.


Nino junior, Artists of the day.



He added that he joined Ikamva Youth Mamelodi Branch in 2003 when he was doing grade 10. He was elected to be the learners representative for 2016. He took second place in June results 2016 and got a certificate.

Ikamva Youth’s mission is to enable disadvantaged youth to pull themselves and each other out of poverty and into tertiary education and or employment.



By: Fortunate Machaba

Ikamva Youth Achieves 76% In Matric Results


Photo by: Itumeleng Khoza



The five year old operating after school care group in Mamelodi West has achieved 76% in their matric results. The results were announced this morning. “Normally what we do with matric students, in April we help them with applications for universities and in June we have tutoring for all the subjects including life skills, we help them with exam preparations, give them previous question papers and help them with different subjects”, said the Branch Coordinator, Neo Rakoma.

She added that it has been a challenge for their classes to continue since they were clashing with Saturday/SIP classes from the learners schools and also students had to attend both their school classes and ikanva programs. “We didn’t want to compete with the schools because they have their own Mandate but when they attend SIP then it takes a bit of our program’s time, so we then do sessions during the week or winter holidays and exam period because that’s when we get most of their time, so we do more catch up of work”, Neo Rakoma.

The school expected more although they have received 76% that made them proud for the student’s hard work. They plan to have the structure changed for the class of 2018, to have more time with the matric students so it won’t clash with their extra classes at school and make a structure that suit them.

20180105_115954“My year was very hard, I’ve lost few people that I loved but I got over it and the only thing in mind was to study and passing my matric. It was the only way I could pass. It’s different from what I’ve expected but God knows why and I’m planning to upgrade. I’m proud of my self because not a lot of people I know made it”, said one of the students, Dimpho Mokwena. She added that there’s no way they can all make it at once, the fact that others didn’t make it doesn’t mean they are failures and it only means that they made a mistake that they can fix.

The school recruit students from Grade 11 and continues with them to Grade 12. Last year, 2016, they had about 55 Grade 11 meaning that they already expecting more matric students in the class of 2018 and they are hoping for 98% pass rate next year. “We encouraging more students to come and attend at Ikamva Youth Centre, I believe that most of the learners does not get enough lessons and that causes average pass rates that we can’t be happy about” said Neo Rakoma .

Students were offered free counselling, mostly those who didn’t make it and those who need guidance as well. Mpokeng Modise, a trainee Psychologist from UNISA volunteered to assist the students and she’s said that she’s available for everyone and everywhere in Mamelodi. The school facilities is sponsored by Coca-Cola South Africa.

By: Fortunate Machaba