-A lady in South Africa that used to work as a cleaner has graduated with a PhD after working her way up
-In 1996, she enrolled for an honors degree in social work, with a dream to make a difference in other people’s lives
– She opened up about her journey from cleaner to graduate
A lady is South Africa by the name Constance Matshidiso Lelaka graduated in her doctorate studies after completing her course in January 2019.
Just over two decades ago, Lelaka served tables and swept the floors working as a waitress and cleaner of the Sandton City’s Garden Court Hotel in South Africa.
From domestic worker to PhD holder. Photo credit: Taxi Times/Facebook.
Lelaka started working in the hotel after her mother, a domestic worker, encouraged her to work and save money to further her studies.
The now doctorate graduate realised she had wanted to do social work since the tender age of 14.
In 1996, she enrolled for an honours degree in social work, with a dream to make a difference in other people’s lives.
Her supervisor, Professor Azwihagwisi Mavhandu-Mudzusi, convinced Constance to pursue her PhD.
The 43-year-old added that she made good tips during the 1995 Rugby World Cup.
She went on to obtain her doctoral degree in Literature and Philosophy.
“I decided to apply for the PhD later in 2015 and I completed it in January 2019,” she said.
It is reported the 43-year-old is now working as a social scientist researcher at the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute.
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