Double exam delight for father and son

PEAS OF A POD: Father and son duo Deon Els junior and senior
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A father and son who share a name now share another bond – graduating with doctorates just one day apart.

Deon Els, senior, 59, and Deon Els, junior, 31, said undertaking doctorates at the same time was a fantastic experience, as they were really able to understand each other and provide support.

Els jnr, who obtained his PhD in conflict transformation management and resolution and is a minister at the Dutch Reformed Church in Kragga Kamma, said the journey to obtaining his doctorate had been a fun and challenging experience.

“I’ve always had ambitions of studying further since I got my Master’s degree in theology from Stellenbosch University,” he said.

“I’ve always been keen to challenge myself and to help others.”

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