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Welcome to JB Marks


Education is Power



Who we are

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.

Today, the Trust has grown beyond what the NUM envisioned when they first created it back in 1997. The vision and mission of the Trust is still highly concentrated on educationally funding beneficiaries of NUM members, however, the scope and reach of the Trust has evolved and grown with changing times over the past 20 years.


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

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Feb 15, 2017

JB Marks Education Trust Fund Bursary South Africa 2017 – 2018

The NUM was formed in 1982, and since its inception, has always been passionate about the well-being of its members’ health, safety and education. The NUM also strongly believe in Adult Basic Education training programmes for their employees, hence the creation of the JB Marks Education Trust Fund Bursary Scheme....



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Feb 15, 2017

Graduates honoured at JB Marks Education Trust Funds Awards

Demonstrating academic excellence and leadership in their fields of study, seven top graduates from previously disadvantaged backgrounds were honoured at the recent 4th JB Marks Educational Trust Fund at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg. These awards are aimed at celebrating and encouraging students from under privileged backgrounds, who have been granted a bursary by the trust fund. The awards recognize the hard work and commitment shown by the students towards their studies throughout the year even during intense periods....



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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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