JACOB G ZUMA RDP EDUCATION TRUST
The trust was established in 1995 by its patron, President Jacob G Zuma, and has in uenced the lives of over 20 000 young people in its almost 20 years of existence. Every year, the Trust provides bursaries to students and learners to enable them to access opportunities for education which might otherwise not have been available due to a lack of private funding.
The Trust also strives to instil these young people with marketable skills by assisting them in identifying employment support services, mentorship and inservice opportunities in collaboration with employers in South Africa.
While the majority of the Trust’s bene ciaries are from KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and the Eastern Cape, its strategic objective is to extend its reach to all the provinces within the next three to four years. This growth objective is supported by many former bene ciaries of the Trust, who believe that their own life-altering experiences obtained via the Trust should also be extended to others.
In this regard, Thabisile Mpofana, a bene ciary of the Trust since 2006 when she was studying towards a Bachelor of Medical Science at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, said: “It is my wish that more people could dedicate themselves to helping young people achieve their goals. In order to have a better South Africa that is free of crime and free from drugs, we must invest more money in education.”
Mpofana has just completed her Honours Degree in Medical Physiology and is working at the University of KwaZulu-Natal as a Research Assistant in the Physiology Department.