Amazing perseverance: Limpopo man set to finally graduate after 18 years of hardship

Amazing perseverance: Limpopo man set to finally graduate after 18 years of hardship

- Mahlodi first registered for his degree in 2000

- However, fell ill, lost his sister, and lacked funds for his studies

- 18 years later, he is finally set to graduate

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A 39-year-old man in Limpopo is finally set to graduate 18 years after first registering for his Bachelors degree in Pharmacy.

Mahlodi Theledi enrolled for the degree in 2000 at the University of Limpopo (UL).

However, he subsequently endured 18 years of misfortunes and hardship that hampered his studies, learned.

Mahlodi Theledi. Source:

Mahlodi Theledi. Source:

According to a statement by Johannes Selepe, UL's acting Senior Publications Practitioner Marketing and Communication, Mahlodi fell ill immediately after registering.

His serious illness forced him to drop out in 2003. When he eventually recovered, financial hardship meant he couldn't continue with his studies for nine years.

Mahlodi finally returned in 2012, but he found a new integrated curriculum that was challenging to adapt to. A year later, the passing of his elder sister affected him deeply.

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Fortunately, the Department of Health and Social Development and the Health and Welfare Sector Education and Training Authority granted him financial support.

Mahlodi's determination finally saw him complete his studies. He now looks forward to graduating next week.

Speaking to, Mahlodi was thankful for all the support he received:

I now know what it means when they say perseverance is the mother of success. I will work hard to see myself owning a pharmacy outlet one day.

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