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NUM Press Statement, 28 November 2017
NUM and MQA signed a 3-year bursary agreement to fund 80 engineering students
The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and Mining Qualification Authority (MQA) signed a 3-year bursary agreement with the JB Marks Education Trust Fund to fund 80 engineering students to study at tertiary institutions across South Africa. The agreement was signed today at MQA head office in Parktown. This agreement is pivotal in that it increases the JB Marks annual intake from 200 to 280 beneficiaries for the next three years.
Simphiwe Nanise, JB Marks Education Trust Fund Trustee stated: "We wish to appreciate this opportunity to partner with MQA, an organisation that we consider to be one of our own. We would like to further assure MQA that their money will be in good hands and it will be used for its intended purpose. As JB Marks, we have a proven track record which is reflected in our other partnerships with Ubank and Sanlam, who sponsor a portion of our beneficiaries."
Tebogo Mmotla, the Acting CEO of MQA said: "As MQA, we are very happy to partner with JB Marks Education Trust Fund. This is a partnership we can trust as far as the development of young people is concerned."
The JB Marks Education Trust Fund was founded in 1997 by the NUM and named after the first president of the African Miners Union and this year, the Trust celebrates its 20th-anniversary milestone. Over the past two decades, JB Marks has provided bursaries for members of the NUM and their families; ultimately enabling 1121 bursars to graduate with mainstream qualifications (including 18 medical doctors).
What makes the JB Marks Education Trust Fund particularly important to the general upliftment of the community is its interest in the dependents of the NUM members, of whom many have received educational bursaries.
For more information, please contact:
Welsina Sekanka: JB Marks Education Trust Fund: Communications Officer: 066 301 9966Livhuwani Mammburu: NUM National Spokesperson: 083 809 3257
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