Mxolisi Mgolozeli had to wait 20-years after matriculating from high school to start his undergrad studies. However, on Thursday the security guard obtained his master's degree at the Callie Human Centre.
The Sowetan reported Mgolozeli worked as a security guard at the University of the Free State for the past 15-years. He started off in 2003 as an ordinary security officer‚ but he was promoted to a supervisor in 2013.
His work kept him busy and Mgolozeli would work 12-hour shift, however Briefly.co.za learned he would not let his demanding work schedule stand in the way of him getting his degree.
So, at the age of 43, nearly two decades after he finished school, Mgolozeli enrolled for his undergraduate studies.
His academic supervisor, Dr Tania Coetzee, praised him for working extremely hard and showing dedication towards his studies.
Now, Mgolozeli wishes to mentor in academia, where he can have the opportunity to encourage younger people, including his own children.
Mgolozeli, who concentrated his studies on the effects ward committees have on the community and how governance can be improved, is already starting to inspire other South Africans.
Taking to social media, Sure Kamhunga shared Mgolozeli's story and tweeps were inspired by his story.
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