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Monday, July 30, 2012

S.African Musician Finishes High School Aged 60


JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - Top South African
musician Sipho "Hotstix" Mabuse drew
presidential praise on Monday for
finishing high school aged 60, after
quitting the classroom as a teenager in the
1960s.
The "Burn Out" hit maker had signed up
for government-run adult education
classes last year at a school near his home
in Soweto township outside
Johannesburg.
"I needed my #matric to feel complete
even with all my musical success .45 years
out of class is no childs play," he wrote on
Twitter on Monday.
Earning his nickname from early
drumming skills, the multi-instrumentalist
Mabuse has performed with the likes of
Paul Simon and Percy Sledge.
President Jacob Zuma praised his pass as
an "amazing milestone at his age".
"You are indeed an inspiration to all of us
by showing us that one is never too old
for education. We admire your tenacity,
discipline and your zeal to succeed and
wish you well in all your future
endeavours," Zuma said in a statement.
After being informed of his results on
Friday, Mabuse is now eyeing further
studies in anthropology and is drawing
interest from universities from around the
country.
"Now he's being inundated by universities
who want him as a student," his manager
Martin Myers told AFP.

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