THE SECURITY GUARD WHO GAVE UP HIS LUNCH BREAKS TO GET A MASTER’S DEGREE

Kabelo Tlhabanelo

Mxolisi Mgolozeli is a security guard who used his lunch hours and gaps between shifts to study. 

He’s ended up with a master’s degree in governance and political transformation.

He got the degree in 2018, and believes education is the key to success.

“I encourage everyone to follow their dreams as long as they are alive, no matter what their age,” he said. 

The 53-year-old lives with his wife and children in Phelindaba, Mangaung in the Free State. He finished his Matric thinking he wanted to be a lawyer but there was no money for him to study.

Mxolisi told Scrolla.Africa it was a lucky break when the University of the Free State hired him as their security officer. 

“One of the benefits of the job was I could study with the institution. I started a B Admin degree in 2009,” he said.

“I gave up my lunch hour so I could knock off early to attend classes. While working the night shift I left home early to attend classes before starting my shift at 6pm.”

He said working, studying and being a husband and a father at home was not easy.

“But my family, especially my wife, were very supportive.”

He finished his B-Admin degree in four years then embarked on his master’s degree. 

Mxolisi said he still works as a security officer at the university and has been promoted to Sergeant. 

“I still want to become a lawyer because I enjoy interaction with people. But being a security officer gives me what I love,” said Mxolisi.

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