Feb 15, 2017


The second annual JB Marks Educational Trust Fund Awards took place recently at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg.

The trust was initiated by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) to foster the educational advancement of the children and dependents of its membership. Over 13 years, the trust fund has provided bursaries to over 3 500 students. The trust has launched the awards scheme to encourage those from disadvantages backgrounds to commit to their studies over the long haul.

The initiative is in partnership with the trust’s funding partner, the Mineworkers Investment Fund (MIC).

This year, MIC has been joined by resorts and casino group Peermont, industrial technology company Set Point, media owner Primedia, Absa’s financial services group, vehicle tracking company Tracker, broad-based investor Shanduka and mining group Optimum Coal.

To celebrate educational excellence and the commitment by individual students and graduates to their studies and wider community, six students received awards. Completion of studies within the prescribed timeframe and exceptional grades were the key criteria for the awards.

The ‘Most Consistent Learner Award’ went to Wanda Mziwoxolo. This learner produced the most consistent set of results for the duration of his studies. Wanda completed his course in record time with no fails and received 11 distinctions.

The JB Marks Merit Award is granted to the top three learners that have achieved outstanding results.

These awards were received by:
• Lorato Philadelphia Mokwena of Kimberly who graduated from UWC with a Summa Cum Laude in BA Linguistics.
• Bulelwa Malo from Bisho graduated from UFS in Office Management and Technology. Bulelwa graduated with with four distinctions and completed her B-Tech in 2011 with Cum Laude.
• Wanda Mziwoxolo Oyiya from Dordrecht graduated from Fort Hare with a Bachelor of Arts which he completed in 2009 with 11 distinctions. Wanda is currently busy with his Honours degree, majoring in English.

Focused excellence in specific areas is celebrated by JB Marks course–specific awards. They go to students that graduate after maintaining a minimum average mark of 75 percent in a subject.

These went to:
• Thandeka Nxumalo from Newcastle for a National Diploma in Accounting
• Luyanda Mboyi from Butterworth for Mechanical Engineering
• Xolisile Pretty Sithole from Mangosuthu University of Technology for a National Diploma in Agriculture
• Lorato Philadelphia Mokwena from Kimberly in for a BA Linguistics
• Bulelwa Malo from Bisho in Office Management and Technology
• Thulo Molefi from Klerksdrop in Medicine
Thirty-six other students supported by the JB Marks Education Trust Fund also received certificates and medals.