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For anyone finishing high school, attending their Matric Ball aka Senior Prom is a highlight that caps a 13 year long school career from Grade R to Grade 12 and almost every school learner looks forward to that day.
A Cape Flats teen from Valhalla Park who attended Elsies River High School had other plans.
Jade le Roux gave up the Glits & Glamour of attending her Matric Ball and instead served 150 needy people with a meal and threw a party to honour her local community hero Charlene Petersen.
“It’s not that we don’t want to improve our situation, it’s just that there are no opportunities.” An exasperated Clayton Pieterse, 19, from Bonteheuwel sits sullenly across the table, his sister Candice, 25, at his side.
The two work at a popular retailer at its V&A Waterfront branch. Clayton is a seasonal worker whose contract ended on Friday.
“I was unemployed for seven months before I got this job. I really want to study, but the course I want to do needs me to improve my maths and science marks.” He pulls out his matric certificate. His maths and science scores are poor – it doesn’t bode well for a teen who wants to study physiotherapy.