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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.

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