Cape Town – Anybody who has travelled between Khayelitsha and Koeberg in Cape Town will know that the 60km journey is long and mind-numbing.
But for Eskom security guard Daluxolo
After the long commute to his eight-hour job, helping to keep the nuclear power plant on the Cape West Coast secure, he also had to be a daddy to his three young children and spend some quality time with his wife Bulelwa.
''The children would say, 'Daddy come and play with us', but I would have to study. Sometimes it felt like a war zone,'' he said, laughing.
Money was tight. So tight that he once walked 21km from Khayelitsha to Parow to write an exam because there was nothing left for transport.
He becomes emotional when he shows News24 his degree and turns away for a few seconds before the photographs are taken.
He tried going to the University of Fort Hare on a part-time basis but battled getting there and back.
He left East London in 2007, hoping to go to the University of the Western Cape, but that did not pan out either.
He put his dreams of going to law school on hold and became a policeman, drawn to the job because of its closeness to law, and for the pay cheque that would put food on the table for the family.
But as a
''I wanted to be in an environment that was motivating and supportive. I was combating crime, but my dreams of becoming a lawyer were being delayed,'' he said.
Small things like getting study leave
''It was a tough job. There was no
He started researching companies who supported employees'
Eskom was one.
He spotted an advertisement for a security guard at its Koeberg plant near Atlantis and, having discovered the company supported skills improvement, he applied.
He got the job and closed the door on his police career.
The company sponsored his studies and supported him where it could.
Day in and day out he made the long trip from one end of Cape Town to the other, reading whenever he could.
He and his work friends would carpool sometimes to save costs and they were amazed by his determination.
''They would say, 'How can you read when the car is moving?', but for me, it was a chance to read two more pages,'' he said.
He finally graduated in October and remembers the speech delivered at his graduation ceremony, held at His People Church at N1 City in Cape Town.
''The professor asked us to look into the audience at all the families there.
"'They have suffered a lot. They have deprived themselves
''That really shook me,'' he said.
''In my family no one has graduated before. My father completed his matric when he was working. He always told me that I must not become a person who lies around the house all day. He was very strict.''
Inspired by what he had done, two of his siblings have since decided to further their studies.