- Ntsikelelo Pefile said his first job at the University of Cape Town was as a kitchen cleaner
- Pefile worked as a cleaner at a time when his aunt was a domestic worker to the vice-chancellor of the campus
- Through hard work and his aunt's support, he was able to rise to the position of a senior lecturer in the same institution
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A South African man has narrated how he rose from being a kitchen cleaner of a university to a senior lecturer in the same institution.
Ntsikelelo Pefile, a professor at the University of Cape Town (UCT), said he worked in the same campus as a cleaner at a time when his aunt was a domestic worker in the residence of the vice-chancellor.
According to SowetanLive, his aunt then moved to the school's medical department and made connections with the students and that was where his journey to physiotherapy began.
Through her help, he applied to study physiotherapy in the varsity and though he was accepted, he almost quit his studies due to financial constraints.
Fortunately for him, his aunt was brave enough to ask a vice-chancellor in UCT for a loan to pay his school fees.
"She marched into Ramphele’s office (former vice-chancellor) and asked for a loan. She took my academic transcripts. Luckily in the first year, I had straight As in the second semester.
"Ramphele gave my aunt the loan. UCT gave me a loan to study at UWC. That’s my relationship with UCT and now I’m back as a lecturer.”
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The senior lecturer thanked his aunt for her support, adding that her belief in him made it possible for him to pursue his wildest of dreams.
"I am proud of my journey and I know it will encourage many."
In other news, Emmanuel Nworie, a Nigerian man who resorted to petty cassava farming after graduating with a first class in mathematics, has left the shores of the country for the United States.
A university in Texas is sponsoring the young man for his PhD after he was discovered by a Nigerian man named Michael Taiwo.
The disclosure was made on Twitter by Suraj Oyewale, who expressed gratitude to Taiwo for discovering the young man.
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