UFS security guard obtains master’s
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.