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Press statement, 31 August 2018
NUM and JB Marks Education Trust Fund to honor 115 graduates at Emperors Palace tonight
The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) together with the JB Marks Education Trust Fund will set another standard in the education and corporate sectors by honouring 115 graduates this year at its prestigious 9th Annual JB Marks Graduates Awards Ceremony, which will be held at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park tonight, 31 August 2018.
The JB Marks Education Trust Fund was founded in 1997 by the NUM and named after the first president of the African Miners Union and this year, the Trust celebrates its 20th-anniversary milestone. Over the past two decades, JB Marks Education Trust Fund has provided bursaries for members of the NUM and their families; ultimately enabling 1, 236 bursars to graduate with mainstream qualifications (including 18 medical doctors).
Main speakers will include NUM and JB Marks Education Trust Leadership. Executive Chairperson of Sigma Capital Phuti Mahanyele will deliver a keynote address. "The Class 2017 produced 115 graduates, the highest in a single year since the Trust inception 21 years ago, a total of 1,236 graduates by a private Trust, over 100 postgraduates with one Ph.D. candidate, a functional Alumni, the Trust has paid over R370m for over 2200 beneficiaries over this period. We salute the NUM for its visionary leadership to establish such a Trust for its members. The NUM is a revolutionary giant union that is changing the lives of its members and their dependents. It will continue to empower and educate its members and their dependents," said Jaco Mokgosi, JB Marks Education Trust Fund Principal Officer. Among the 115 graduates to be celebrated tonight are those who are qualified in various fields of study including Law, Health, Education, Engineering and Science—a collective achievement, which shows the efficacy of the JB Marks bursary programme; a programme initiated under the auspices of Mineworkers Investment Trust (MIT) whose interest in the needs of the community led to the formation of Mineworkers Investment Company (MIC) to provide funds for the JB Marks Education Trust Fund and Awards Programmes. What makes the JB Marks Education Trust Fund particularly important to the general upliftment of the community is its interest in the dependents of the NUM members, of whom many have received educational bursaries. Educating and empowering young Southern Africans is the centerpiece of the NUM strategy meant to break the yoke of the triple evils of poverty, unemployment, and inequality.
As the NUM, we have deliberately and consciously placed ourselves at the forefront of championing the national effort of educating and empowering the dependents of our members. Education of an individual is by definition education of a society. The NUM through the JB Marks Education Trust Fund will continue to educate its members and their dependents. The NUM is inviting the media to attend and report
For more information, please contact:
Jaco Mokgosi: JB Marks Education Trust Fund Principal Officer: 082 380 8630Welsina Sekanka: JB Marks Education Trust Fund Communications Officer: 066 301 9966Livhuwani Mammburu: NUM National Spokesperson: 083 809 3257
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