From petrol attendant to honours graduate, meet Zolani Bethela

From petrol attendant to honours graduate, meet Zolani Bethela

Zolani Bethela graduated with his Honours degree at Rhodes University, however, his road to success was far from easy.

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This past weekend, Zolani Bethela the picture of a proud student as he accepted an honours degree in industrial Sociology at Rhodes.

However, Bethela had to work hard to realise his dream of obtaining his degree. Eight years ago, Bethela worked as a petrol attendant at a BP garage.

The Sowetan reported Bethela revealed he could not afford going to university and he had to help his mother, who worked as a cashier. On top of the financial strain, Bethela's matric result was also not good enough for him to further his studies.

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From petrol attendant to honours graduate, meet Zolani Bethela

Zolani Bethela at his graduation. Photo credit: Zolani Bethela/Facebook.

One day, a dad pulled up to the garage where Bethela worked and he overheard the man scolding his daughter, telling her she'd end up a petrol attendant if she did not listen.

Briefly.co.za learned this motivated Bethela to chase his dream of pursing a degree.

"I am excited that I took that chance because in order to make it one needs education," he said.

Bethela hopes to inspire his younger sister to follow in his footsteps, adding there are a lot of opportunities out there for her.

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Bethela's story inspired social media users, who congratulated him on his success.

Mpona Mpho Setsabi commented: "So so proud of you my Son."
Sinovuyo Happiness Mayekiso said: "I am so proud of you Bhuti."
Nolubabalo Maka Buhle wrote: "Congratulation Zolani....I knew you were going to ACE it, keep it on ntwana, more hopes n future."

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