NUM Newsletter – JB Marks
On the evening of Friday 25 August this year, the JB Marks Education Trust Fund hosted its 8th annual JB Marks Graduates Award Dinner at Emperors Palace, honouring the highest recorded number of graduates since the Trust’s inception 20 years ago. Every year, the Trust invites the beneficiaries who have graduated and their families to a glamorous gala dinner to celebrate and honour their accomplishments. This year, the Trust has much to celebrate, particularly because 2017 marks its 20th anniversary – an incredible journey that has seen 1121 children of mineworkers, energy and construction workers graduate with mainstream qualifications over the past two decades. Of the 105 graduates who were honoured this year, 59% were female and 51% were male graduates. In addition, 64% graduated with a university qualification, while 28% graduated with a qualification from a university of technology and 13% with a qualification from college. One of the highlights of the evening was the top graduates who stood out amongst the rest because of their incredible academic excellence and performance. The top graduates received trophies for their sheer commitment ensuring outstanding academic outcomes.
The event was emotionally overwhelming bringing their families to tears. Winners were honoured in National Diploma and Degree categories: Top Graduates in the National Diploma category are: Most Consistent Learner Award This award is given to a graduate who produces the most consistent set of results and distinctions across every year of their studies: Lukholo Mphaka – National Diploma: Electrical Engineering Top 3 (Merit Awards): 1st Place: Palesa Matela – National Diploma in Cost and Management Accounting, 19 distinctions 2nd Place: Lukholo Mphaka – National Diploma in Electrical Engineering, 16 distinctions 3rd Place: Florina Lehoko – National Diploma in Primary Education, 15 distinctions Top Graduates in the Degree category are: Most Consistent Learner Award Mapula Letsoela – Bachelor of Education: Intermediate & Senior Phase Top 3 (Merit Awards): 1st Place: Mapula Letsoela – Bachelor of Education in Intermediate and Senior Phase, CUM LAUDE, 28 distinctions 2nd Place: Mandisa Nkosiyane – Bachelor of Nursing, 20 distinctions Lefa Makara – BSc in Geography and Environmental Science, 20 distinctions 3rd Place: Lindelwa Mlonyana – Bachelor of Psychology, 17 distinctions Sechaba Molefi – Baccalaureus Commercii Law, 17 distinctions Mapula also received the Overall Winner Award for her incredible results; she is an educator and a spouse of a member in the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM). JB Marks Education Trust Fund is paving the way for citizens of South Africa to empower themselves and transform not only their lives, but also the lives of their families and communities through education. Over the years, some companies such as Mineworkers Investment Trust (MIT), Mineworkers Investment Company (MIC), Sanlam, Ubank and Westcon have contributed to the Trust so that more beneficiaries can benefit from the Trust Fund; and over the past eight years, companies like Masana Petroleum and PRIMEDIA have contributed to gala dinner; ultimately giving the beneficiaries a night they will remember forever.