Smart car guard beats odds, pursues dream

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The Mandela Park primary school in Mthatha received a major upgrade with state-of-the-art learning facilities, which was welcomed by the pupils with big smiles.

CAPE TOWN - He escaped war-torn Rwanda over twenty years ago, attaining two university degrees while living in South Africa.

Still, Albert Mpazayabo has not able to plough back his skills locally, and has been in the car-parking business for the past 17 years.

He applied for permanent residence twice, and continues to hold out hope that he will one day be able to work in his area of expertise.

Back home in Rwanda, Mapazayabo worked as a healthcare representative for the Red Cross. 

War forced him to flee and after living in refugee camps in the DRC, he arrived in South Africa with his family in 1997.

Since then, he&39;s attained two degrees and a diploma.

"...I&39;m currently busy with a post grad in monitoring and evaluation and God willing next year my PhD," he said.

Mpazayabo says he&39;s been very blessed, receiving financial aid throughout his studies.

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