Top students awarded

2016-11-02 06:03
Delighted graduate Malentsoe Mosito (centre) with former President Kgalema Motlanthe (left) and current Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at the awards function. Motlanthe and Ramaphosa are both former mineworkers.  Photo: Supplied

Delighted graduate Malentsoe Mosito (centre) with former President Kgalema Motlanthe (left) and current Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at the awards function. Motlanthe and Ramaphosa are both former mineworkers. Photo: Supplied

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A group of 92 tertiary graduates, including those from the Free State, have been honoured with awards by the JB Marks Education Trust Fund for achieving excellent results in their studies.

The candidates were recognised at a function held at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg recently. The deserving recipients study different programmes at various universities and university of technology institutions in South Africa.

Of the 92 students who graduated with essential qualifications, nine achieved top honours and additional awards for outstanding academic performance in the various categories. Five of the top achievers are from the Free State. They are Tumelo Medupe from Bloemfontein (National Diploma in Business Administration), Shuping Lebere from Welkom (National Diploma in Human Resource Management), Tokelo Moji of Ondendaalsrus (Baccalaureus Scientiae Behaviour Genetics), Dian Leepile of Welkom (National Diploma Environmental Health) and Malentsoe Mosito (Baccalaureus Scientiae: Microbiology.

Mosito (University of the Free State) was the overall achiever with 23 distinctions, with Lerata Botsane Malefane as second top achiever overall with 22 distinctions in Mechanical Engineering (cum laude). Mosito received three awards: Most Consistent, the Course Specific Award and the JB Marks Merit Award for marks above 75%. She is pursuing her medical studies at the University of the Free State.

Other recipients were:

  • Lerata Malefane (Lesotho), Engineering Award. He completed his National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering at Lerotholi Polytechnic College in Lesotho and furthered his studies at the Central University of Technology, Free State, where graduated in the same course.
  • Mpho Ntseki, Merit Award and Humanities Award. She graduated with a Bachelor of Social Science in Human Societal Dynamics.
  • Lerato Semetse (Orkney in the North West Province), Engineering Award. She obtained a National Diploma in Engineering, Metallurgy.

The graduates are funded by the JB Marks Education Trust Fund, which is a major source of bursaries for those in the mining, energy and construction industries and their dependants.

It also assists current workers and disabled, retrenched and retired workers. The Trust Fund’s existence is a result of the Mineworkers Investment Trust (MIT) founded by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) upon formation in 1982. The fund scheme was set up to educate the large number of the union members who were illiterate.

Two former mineworkers and union leaders, former President Kgalema Motlanthe and current Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, also attended the awards presentation.

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