Saturday, August 27, 2016

NUM and JB Marks Awards to Honor 92 Graduates at Emperors Palace Tonight
26 August 2016

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the JB Marks Awards will set a new standard in the education and corporate sectors by honouring 92 graduates this year at its prestigious Annual Education Awards Ceremony, which will be held tonight at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park.

Among the 92 graduates, who have graduated in various fields of study, are one medical doctors-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.

The JB Marks Education Trust Fund was founded in 1997 by the NUM and named after the first president of the African Miners Union. Over the past 18 years, JB Marks has provided bursaries for members of the NUM and their families. The fund has enabled 1016 bursars to graduate with mainstream qualifications (including 19 medical doctors).

What makes the JB Marks Education Trust Fund particularly important to the general upliftment of the community is its interest in the dependants of the relevant workers, of whom many have received educational bursaries.

NUM founding General Secretary and the deputy president of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa and founding President James Motlatsi will be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Awards. NUM General Secretary David Sipunzi will give an opening address while Kgalema Motlanthe will deliver a keynote address.

Educating and empowering young Southern Africans is the centrepiece of the NUM strategy meant to break the yoke of the triple evils of poverty, joblessness, 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 dependants.

The NUM is inviting the media to attend and report about this prestigious event tonight at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park. The event is starting at 6 pm.

For more information, please contact:

Jako Mokgosi: Principal Officer of the JB Marks Education Trust Fund: 082 380 8630
Livhuwani Mammburu: NUM National Spokesperson: 083 809 3257

The National Union of Mineworkers
7 Rissik Street
Cnr Frederick

Tel: 011 377 2111
Cell: 083 809 3257
Twitter: @Num_Media

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