Barnard started his studies at Stellenbosch University where he failed (too much rugby) and was not readmitted. After two years working at a dead end job and fathering a son he realised that education was the only way up in the world. An accountant in Caledon recognised Barnard’s potential and offered him a job and to pay half his study costs for a Bachelor of Commerce (B. Comm.) via distance based education from the University of South Africa (UNISA). Barnard applied and was awarded a bursary by the Greyton Genadendal Education Fund which covered the rest of his study expenses.  

Barnard worked extremely hard, juggling family pressures, full time work and his studies and graduated in 2014.  The members of the Greyton Genadendal Education Fund were able to congratulate and commend Bernard for his tenacity and determination at the 2014 AGM. His wife, Veronique, was also thanked for her patience and encouragement of Bernard.

2014 Barnard has been offered a post with the Theewaterskloof Municipality. Barnard wants to re-register next year at UNISA for the Post Graduate Diploma in Accountancy.