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Inspiring 'ou toppie' bags his Master's at 71

Capetonian Anthony de le Harpe has given new life to the old adage "age is just a number".

Proving that one is never too old for knowledge, the 71-year-old graduated from the University of the Western Cape (UWC) with a Masters in History.

He obtained his Honours degree in 1977 and attempted to study towards his Master's in the early 80s, but could not because of the political turmoil on campus at the time.

Anthony de le Harpe gets capped by UWC Chancellor Archbishop Thabo Makgoba. Image credit: Johan Samuels

De le Harpe says he was moved to explore the untold stories which inspired his Master's thesis, the discovery of the diamond fields of Namaqualand 1925-1950).

The Master's graduate started his latest academic journey in 2013, and has already submitted his proposal to complete a PhD next.

De le Harpe, a semi-retired teacher, taught for almost 20 years at Modderdam Secondary School, in Bonthewuel, during the apartheid era.

He has a family of three proud children and his wife Jenny, who's also a graduate from UWC.

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