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From Taxi Driver to Postgraduate Diploma Holder: Man Celebrates

A man named Rufus Lekala was once a taxi driver and now he is a postgraduate diploma holder with endless opportunities.

Chief Harbour Master Rufus Lekala recently got his postgraduate diploma after driving taxis for many years.

The University of KwaZulu-Natal made a heart-warming post on Facebook in honour of Lekala and his recent graduation. The university shared his story, explaining the mountains Lekala summited to get to where he is today.

According to the University, Lekala is a living example that your circumstances do not define you. He wanted it so badly that he did not let anything stand in his way. 

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He was once a taxi driver with a dream and now he’s a university graduate with the world at his fingertips.

Their Facebook post reads in part:

Lekala’s career in the maritime sector started at the erstwhile Cape Technikon in 1995 when he was thrown a lifeline by Transnet in the form of a bursary to pursue a Diploma in Maritime Studies after a five-year stint as a taxi driver in Mamelodi, Pretoria.

Since then, Lekala has made his mark in various positions. He started out at Transnet as Tug Master in the Port of Cape Town, and went on to serve as a marine pilot in the Port of Saldahna Bay. He was the first Black Harbour Master in the Port of East London in 2002 and later in Cape Town and Durban prior to his appointment as Chief Harbour Master of the Transnet National Port Authority in June 2011.

As Chief Harbour Master, Lekala is tasked with the serious responsibility of overseeing the planning and execution of port marine operations such as designating where vessels should lie within the harbour, vessel traffic management services, provision of pilotage services, conservancy and other marine-related operations.

He is currently reading for a Master of Commerce in Maritime Studies through UKZN.

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