[LISTEN] Callers share how they beat the odds to achieve academic excellence

A security guard has inspired many South Africans after graduating with an LLB degree from the University of South Africa (Unisa).

Foster Mathebula shared a picture of himself on his graduation on Twitter expressing his joy from the achievement.

Callers on the open line shared their experiences where they overcame difficulties to achieve their academic goals.

I am a medical doctor, I am currently specialising in psychiatry but before I could get a bursary I used to work at a car wash. I worked there for a period of about two years and then I was able to get a sponsor. If I didn't get a distinction I would get angry because I realised the value of education.

Dr Siboniso, Caller

The guy who got an LLB, my hero, and all those who get their degrees despite difficult circumstances. After I graduated from Turfloop, I was unemployed for some time. I applied for a prison warder post and I was selected to go for physical training, I remember I cried. I studied full time while I was working as a prison warder. I would wake up in the morning and go to study. From prison warder to legal advisor.

Dr Makua, Caller

I started off working at a bioscope/ cinema across Brits taxi rank. I used to work there as a cleaner. I then went back to school then I went other to do nursing. After graduated and LLB undergrad was introduced. I now work for legal aid. The sky is the limit.

Lumka, Caller

I grew up as an orphan from a very poor background. I aspired to be a doctor, I worked as a garden boy where I got paid R3. In 1976 I did my matric but exams were disturbed, then I went to the mines and did my matric part-time. I worked at the SABC and other places. I finally managed to study medicine. I am now the CEO of Hardleburg hospital.

Dr Masilela, Caller

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