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Welcome to JB Marks

Education is Power

Who we are

The JB Marks Education Trust Fund was set up by the NUM in 1997 to empower members and their dependents, particularly graduates entering the mining and related sectors. We are named after John Beaver Marks, a leading figure in the mineworkers’ struggle against exploitation. He was a vocal advocate of education as an empowerment tool and a vital weapon in the fight against poverty.

In our first year we could only help 53 beneficiaries. Our work has massively expanded since then and an important milestone was reached in 2017 when we became a 100% self-administered fund.

Who is John Beaver Marks

John Beaver (JB) Marks was born on 21 March 1903, Ventersdorp, Western Transvaal (now North West Province). His father was a railway worker and his mother, a midwife. His father was a staunch supporter of the African National Congress (ANC).

He pursued a teaching diploma at the Kilnerton Teachers' Training College in Pretoria. The harsh conditions of students locked up like prisoners at night and served extremely bad food saw him elected to lead a student strike. This marked a turning point towards radical political activism that was to be part of his life. It was in this situation that he made a pledge to follow "the path of active struggle against racial and social oppression".

The JB Marks Education Trust Fund was established by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) in 1997 to address the need to empower NUM members and their children or dependents, particularly those graduates entering the mining, energy and construction sector.

Latest News

Jun 27, 2018

201nspired – Inspiring Times Ahead

2018 is a year for our organisation to not only inspire, but to be inspired – particularly because the Trust Fund is celebrating 21 years! I joined JB Marks Education Trust Fund as the Principal Officer in 2008, since then, I have seen remarkable things being achieved by the Trust and the beneficiaries....

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Jun 13, 2018

Uplifting Learners

Each year, the JB Marks Education Trust Fund holds a week-long Induction workshop in January for all its new beneficiaries. The program is a personal and professional effectiveness program with three key themes that form the basis of the workshop: Self-empowerment, “Teamness” and Effectiveness....

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Oct 20, 2017

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....

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JB Marks Education Trust Fund is a registered Trust in terms of Section 6 (1) of the Trust property Control Act, 1988 (Act 57 of 1988).

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