A car guard at the Village Mall in Hartbeespoort, north of Pretoria, has always dreamed of becoming an opera singer …

Kormorant reports that the 32-year-old Abdias Mkhabela, orginally from Mpumlanga, travels more than 20 km to work by taxi every day.

As a young man, he was hoping to make it as an opera singer. He told the newspaper, “It is not that I wanted to be a car guard, but things happen in life and now I am here.”

However, he says he will never give up his dream to sing and actively practises his talent while helping to direct the cars on the parking lot.

“It is my big wish, to be able to use the talent I received.”

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“It is my big wish, to be able to use the talent I received.”

He started singing in primary school. “My teacher heard my voice and put me in the choir,” he told Kormorant. The teacher told him he had a voice for opera.

“We took part in various national competitions and I always ended up in the finals,” Mkhabela says.

Nerves came in the way

He says nerves came in the way of a big opportunity during at a major Eisteddfod at the Coca-Cola Dome in Johannesburg in 2004.

“I had to sing with an orchestra. I just got so nervous, I did not deliver my best,” he recalls.

He says then “life challenges” happened and he moved to Harties. He says he sings every day to exercise his voice.

“Maybe one day my dream will come true.”