Highlights from the PROTEC Class of 2023

PROTEC’s 2023 matriculants from our 11 branches and projects and representing 105 high schools in four provinces, delivered sterling results. The total of 285 learners achieved a close on 95% pass rate, an impressive 75% bachelor pass rate, and 384 distinctions between them.

Somnotho Mzolo, Keabetswe Chimeloane, Sibusiso Dlamini, Karabo Baloyi, Andile Xaba, Nosipho Ngcobo

PROTEC branches

PROTEC’s seven branches achieved over 90% pass rate, with four of the seven branches achieving a 100% pass rate. Overall, the branches achieved a 77% bachelor pass rate, well above the national average of 41%.

PROTEC’s Tongaat Branch in KZN shone the brightest with the 34 matriculants from 16 feeder schools achieving a 100% bachelor pass rate and a combined 75 distinctions.

PROTEC INK (Inanda, KwaMashu) also in KZN, did well with the 38 matriculants achieving a 100% pass rate, and 34 achieving a bachelor pass. Together they earned 68 distinctions.

Top matriculants in the Nelspruit Branch were Khenzani Mabuza and Ayanda Shiba, who each achieved six distinctions.

PROTEC projects
The four projects – GE Ivory Park and Altron Soweto in Gauteng, and Altron Dimbaza and Dedisa Motherwell in the Eastern Cape – together achieved a 95% pass rate and 70% bachelor pass rate.

PROTEC Altron Soweto was the star project with the 25 learners from six feeder schools delivering a 100% pass rate, a 100% bachelor pass rate for the second consecutive year, and 59 distinctions, which include seven maths, five physical science, and 10 English distinctions.

PROTEC’s top 10 in the Class of 2023


Interesting facts:

  • 8 of the 10 are girls
  • 8 are from Gauteng, of those, 5 are from Altron Soweto
  • The top learner also wins the Maths Award and joint Science Award
  • Second place learner wins the joint Science Award
  • English Award goes to PROTEC Altron Soweto’s Sibusiso Dlamini from Fons Luminis Secondary

Balan Moodley congratulated the matriculants on their commitment to their goals and the hours of hard work they put into attaining these results. “Most of these learners have been with PROTEC since Grade 10 and have stuck diligently to the programme, making sacrifices along the way, and holding fast to their dreams of successful STEM careers. We applaud them and thank them for flying the PROTEC flag high.”

He acknowledges that while the PROTEC 2023 matriculants did not achieve the 100% pass rate that PROTEC matric classes have achieved in the past, there are pockets of exceptional excellence that are a clear indication of what can be achieved. “We will make every effort in the forthcoming year to ensure that the failure rate is brought down to as close to zero as possible.”

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