REWARDS: Gayton McKenzie with partner Moloko at the matrics’ winter school. Picture: Zandisile Luphahla
Self-made multimillionaire and ex-convict Gayton McKenzie has offered matriculants in the Northern Cape a golden carrot to perform well in this year’s final exams.
The man, who is a close associate of sushi king Kenny Kunene, has offered to sponsor the education of all matriculants from the province who get five or more distinctions in this year’s matric results. But he’s added an even more attractive prize – a car for each high-achieving matriculant.
McKenzie made the promise in an address to matriculants attending a provincial government-organised winter school in Kimberley this week.
About 7000 matriculants have signed up for the province’s winter school programme, which will cost the education department R8.2m.
McKenzie, a motivational speaker, came to prominence in 2002 when he and a small group of inmates smuggled secret video cameras into Grootvlei Prison in the Free State.
He is a co-director of the ZAR empire which he co-owns with his friend Kenny Kunene also a former prison inmate, whom he met in prison.
McKenzie said he had decided to sponsor cars for all matriculants who achieve the five distinctions “because you know how university life is, you need to be mobile so that you can attend to all your university activities”.
McKenzie said his company was sponsoring university students across the country and said since the ZAR business was extending to Kimberley, “we see it fitting to extend the sponsorship to the Northern Cape”.