- A former outsourced employee who was hired by the Nelson Mandela Bay University took the opportunity to study
- It was something that he thought would only be possible many years later
- His passion for investigations and security made him the ideal candidate
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Ayanda Martin left his hometown in Dimbaza, Eastern Cape, to find work in Port Elizabeth. Unbeknownst to him, he would achieve something he would never have thought possible. He is in his final year at the university and when completed he will have obtained a BA Forensic Science and Technology degree.
Briefly.co.za learned that at 31, he is excited to become the first member of his family to get a degree, something he thought would only be possible years from now.
Martin works as a member of the security staff team at the Nelson Mandela Bay University (NMU).
The university began a programme in 2015 to end outsourcing of its staff. Martin is one of 800 staff members who were insourced.
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“That was a very good initiative that has changed my life. I didn’t realise then what it would mean for us,” he said.
“Before [the insourcing], we were exploited — and powerless — because we wanted to keep our jobs. Things are a lot better now.
“That’s why when an opportunity to further my studies came along, I grabbed it with both hands.”
MArtin had experienced outsourcing firsthand and when the opportunity came he grabbed it and with it the chance to study through the university according to the heraldlive.co.za .
“I’m one of those people who like to watch crime series and have a personal interest in ‘white collar’ or occupational crime. My dream is to one day work for some of the big national crime-fighting organisations, such as the Hawks.”
As part of the staff mentoring programme, Martin is getting experience working as an investigator. His skills were seen as the perfect fit for the role as the university had a severe shortage of internal investigators.
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“I really enjoy my job. I’m very passionate about this kind of work and am interested in researching, discovering and solving things,” he said.
“I can say I’ve started living my professional dream because I’m doing some real investigations and gaining some great practical experience. It’s so exciting and makes coming to work that much nicer.”
Briefly.co.za recently covered a similar story involving a security guard known only as Richard who completed a law degree, which shows that great things are possible when people are determined to achieve them.
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