UFS se­cu­rity guard ob­tains mas­ter’s

Afro Voice (National Edition) - - News - BECKER SEMELA beck­ers@afro­tone.co.za

AT 43­YEAR­OLD se­cu­rity guard at the Univer­sity of the Free State (UFS) de­cided to ob­tain a higher education qual­i­fi­ca­tion and yes­ter­day grad­u­ated with a mas­ter’s de­gree in gov­er­nance and po­lit­i­cal trans­for­ma­tion.

Mx­olisi Mgolozela, now 51 years old, told Afro Voice yes­ter­day that he com­pleted high school in 1992 in the Eastern Cape and be­cause of poverty, he could not study fur­ther. It took him 20 years to take the first step into be­ing an aca­demic.

“One is never too old to get to learn, my dream was to grad­u­ate and get a de­cent job. But I was never de­mor­alised by the job that I am do­ing now of be­ing in se­cu­rity be­cause I en­joy it and it con­trib­uted a lot to­wards where I am to­day, it gave me the op­por­tu­nity to study at this univer­sity,” Mgolozela said.

He started work­ing at the in­sti­tu­tion in 2003 and started study­ing in 2009 do­ing BA in ad­min un­til 2014.

“I then did my hon­ours in 2015 and in 2016 a mas­ter’s de­gree in gov­er­nance and po­lit­i­cal trans­for­ma­tion,” Mgolozela said.

The fa­ther of two said the rea­son why it took time for him to study at ter­tiary level was be­cause there was no money at home.

“It was dif­fi­cult in the Eastern Cape back then and I had to move to Bloem­fontein in the year 2000 to look for greener pas­tures where I ended up be­ing a se­cu­rity of­fi­cer.”

He en­cour­aged the youth to use all op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able to study.

SUC­CESS STORY: Univer­sity of Free State chan­cel­lor Dr Khotso Mokhele con­grat­u­lates cam­pus se­cu­rity of­fi­cer Mx­olisi Mgolozeli who grad­u­ated with a mas­ter’s de­gree in gov­er­nance and po­lit­i­cal trans­for­ma­tion.

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