- A man, Patrick Malesu, proved that hard work and dedication pays off
- Malesu graduated with a diploma in electrical engineering for Unisa
- Prior to becoming a graduate, Malesu worked as a gardener
In June, Patrick Malesu, who immigrated to SA from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, graduated with an Electrical Engineering diploma at the University of South Africa (Unisa).
However, Malesu's journey to graduation was far from easy and he detailed the struggles he had to overcome in an interview with Times LIVE.
Malesu struggled to find a job in South Africa and the language barrier made it even harder. A native French speaker, Malesu, had to work from door to door to find a job in a country that mostly speaks English.
However, an Italian lady gave him an opportunity in Waterkloof. Malesu said she taught him how to operate a lawnmower and he became a full-time gardener.
With a job secured, Malesu took the next step to realising his dream. Briefly.co.za gathered he bought an English dictionary and enrolled as a part-time student at Unisa.
Malesu's employers were touched by his charming character and determination to succeed, and some of them helped pay his tuition.
Today, Malesu holds a higher education qualification and his story proves that anything is possible for those who put in the hard work.
“My story is not unique but I hope that through me those who fought hard to change their lives will be encouraged," he said.
Malesu is one of several people who proved that obtaining a qualification is not out of reach to anyone.
Last month, Briefly.co.za reported South Africans were inspired when a lady revealed her domestic worker obtained a degree in psychology.
Adri Hugo detailed her house-help's incredible story on social media and it quickly went viral in South Africa.
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