Halala: Through Long Nights and Tough Days, Security Guard Obtains Education Degree at 36 in Record Time

Halala: Through Long Nights and Tough Days, Security Guard Obtains Education Degree at 36 in Record Time

  • A local man who worked as a security guard took to social media to share details of his educational journey
  • S’fiso Masango registered for a Bachelor of Education degree at UNISA and put in a lot of time and effort to complete his qualification in record time
  • The 36-year-old shared that he got into trouble at work and struggled to keep relationships due to paying attention to his books

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A South African security guard overcame several challenges and discouragement to finally realising his dreams of furthering his education and securing a job as a teacher.

S'fiso Masango took to social media to share his journey leading up to his moment of pride and joy was not easy. He revealed that it came with a lot of negativity from those around him considering he was 32 years old when he registered for a Bachelor of Education degree at the University of South Africa (UNISA).

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S’fiso Masango is not only a security guard, but a newly qualified teacher. Image: Faithful Steward Online/Facebook
Source: Facebook
“I encountered lots of discouragements. It was never easy. To supervisors, I've been that employee who constantly asks for days to write exams, receiving warnings for studying on duty, and sometimes arriving late at work because I slept late doing assignments. I woke up around 4am and come back around 8pm,” shared S’fiso.

The 36-year-old lost both his parents at the age of nine and was raised by his grandmother. He became a security guard after he was unable to find work in IT after finishing his diploma, the Daily Sun reported.

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He said that he went through a lot and there was no such thing as a ‘day off’ for him.

“I would wake up as early as 6pm to do my washing and stay indoors the whole off day doing my school work. It crippled my relationships. My girlfriends left saying I don't have time for them.”

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S’fiso’s ultimate goal was to finish his qualification in record time and through his determination he made it happen.

His advice to others looking to go for their goals:

“I just want to encourage you to never forget your dreams. Have a plan and work on it. We are not security officers because we're dom, lazy or stupid but sometimes we are underprivileged.”

Saffas poured in congratulations for S’fiso impressive milestone on Facebook:

Tsela Shai commented:

“A very well done to this gentleman.”

Nelly Mamaropeng said:

“Good advice.”

Mlungisi G Zondi replied:

“Congratulations my brother.”

Man graduates with his LLB degree after 6 challenging years

In a separate story, Briefly News reported that after experiencing several personal challenges, a young man will be smiling all the way up to the graduation stage after successfully bagging his LLB degree.

It is said that life may deal you a bad hand or take away a good hand you were already dealt. However, how you play that hand, is how your life is defined. Online user @totallynotshido decided to persevere through his trials and tribulations as well as issues with his mental health, to achieve his academic goal.

He shared about the personal win on Twitter where he expressed how for the longest time, he’d been longing to be part of the many young people who share their graduation milestones online.

Source: Briefly News

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