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Don’t just take our word for it – see what some of the RPL students have to say.

• Greg Adams, BA Geography and Environmental Studies, graduated 2003

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Greg was typical of the majority of black youth of the time; he left school early to earn money for the family. His first job was as a local council employee removing drain covers. When he entered UWC, he excelled. He says, “With RPL I feel like I am part of a new world, a new way of thinking where I am valuable because of who I am and what I have to offer.” Greg is now a Senior Environmental Officer in the Department of Environmental Affairs & Development Planning and is currently completing his Master’s in Public Administration.

• Dawn Bosman, BA Graduate and currently studying towards an Honours degree in Gender Studies

 Dawn had to terminate her schooling prematurely due to household commitments. She was a factory worker for more than 25 years and tried on various occasions to complete formal schooling at adult night school. She completed the PDC in 2004, completed her BA degree in 2007 and has completed her Honours degree in Gender Studies.

• David Daniels, BA Social Work, graduated 2004

David spent two decades of his youth in exile as part of the liberation forces. He returned to South Africa with very limited schooling and no job prospects. Through RPL at UWC he was ‘fast tracked’ through social work and is employed as a social worker in the courts. David was awarded a scholarship to study as an exchange student at the University of St Louis, Missouri in 2003.

• Lamees Lalkhen, BAdmin, graduated 2007


Lamees didn’t finish her schooling because of the school boycotts against apartheid education. Once she’d married and had children, she wanted to pursue her dreams of continuing education and RPL offered her that chance.

• Ismail Mohammed, LLB (Law), graduated 2007 

Ismail left school in standard seven and completed his religious studies at an Islamic college. Many years later he decided to study further, part-time, at UWC. After six years he is a proud LLB graduate. He is prectising Law.

 • Deborah Platen, BA Social Work, graduated Summa Cum Laude 2007


 Deborah’s schooling was incomplete due to the school boycotts in the early 1980s. After working in the secretarial/administration field for several years in both the private and public sectors, she believed her calling was social work. Deborah completed a PDC at UWC and took up full-time study in 2003. She has just graduated Summa Cum Laude (the highest possible award) and has completed her Master’s degree in Social Work. She is now a lecturer at the University.





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