Graduate eventually finds mojo

2016-11-03 06:00
 LLB graduate Luvuyo Dikeni finally gets an internship after struggling to get work following his graduation.  PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

LLB graduate Luvuyo Dikeni finally gets an internship after struggling to get work following his graduation. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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Luvuyo Dikeni is a graduate who had all but given up on ever practising law. However, he is now a step closer to achieving his goals.

Not long ago, Dikeni, 38, worked as a packer at a Shoprite warehouse.

However, he has now finally found work in his field of study.

Dikeni has started a two year internship with the Intellicard’s legal department, a student card manufacturer and systems operator in Bellville; this after close to two decades since he began his studies.

Dikeni began his tertiary education in 1999 at the University of Western Cape when he enrolled for an LLB degree but could not finish his course because of financial constraints.

“Four years into my studies things became extremely difficult for me as I struggled to pay my fees. Education started getting expensive and I just couldn’t keep up as I made little money on my part time job then,’ said Dikeni on Tuesday, a day before he started his internship.

He said that after dropping out of school in 2004 he went on to be a reservist in the SANDF but that he did not view this as a stable job, because of the inconsistency in roster.

“After that I was very depressed and I decided to move on with my life and started working at various jobs to make ends meet, since I have a son to look after.

In 2013, I was lucky enough to meet up with a paternal sister who was had been looking for me.

When we started talking, I told her that I had dropped out of varsity, she and her husband then encouraged me to go back and finish my studied.

I had already paid my debt in the years when I was working but did not have the money to pay them up.

They paid for my school fees and I was back at school by 2014,’ said Dikeni.

He told City Vision that he had given up hope of ever completing his studies again, as time was against him.

He said he was also grateful to a Dr Peteni and MPL Thandeka Gqada, as they were some of the people who had encouraged him to not give up in his quest to be a better person in life.

Gqada said that she was touched when she heard of Dikeni’s predicament and decided to help out.

‘I could not believe that there was a person with an LLB degree who working as a packer at a supermarket and it touched me as I am also studying law.

I then started to ask for help by writing on Facebook about his challenge to get employed,’ she said.

She said that Dikeni struck her as a capable individual and she was confident that he will do well at his new job.

‘It was difficult for him to finish his studies and he has done his part. This will hopefully change his and his relatives life,’ she said.

Dikeni said that he was elated to finally find work.

‘You know, I cried when I received this job, not just because I struggled to get a job but to have people that were so keen to help me. I will never forget what my sister and her husband did for me,’ said Dikeni.

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