NUM and JB Marks Education Trust Fund leads Gauteng into the 4th Industrial Revolution

The JB Marks Education Trust Fund, a bursary scheme that was established by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) will host the 8th edition of the Annual JB Marks Career Exhibition from the 15th to the 18th of May 2019.  This time, the host province is Gauteng, and the adequately named expo this year is “My Future 4.0 Career Skills and Development Expo” and will take place at the TicketPro Dome, Northriding in Johannesburg.

The JB Marks Education Trust Fund was founded in 1997 by the NUM. Over the past two decades, JB Marks Education Trust Fund has provided bursaries for members of the NUM and their families; ultimately enabling 1, 236 bursars to graduate with mainstream qualifications (including 18 medical doctors).

Local Schools from the North, including schools from Cosmo City, Diepsloot and Honeydew will release their Grade 9 learners for the Expo.  All the Gauteng public school, from as far as Soweto, Tembisa, Alexandra and Orange Farm were invited to attend at a no-fee charge, courtesy of JB Marks Education Trust Fund – who will be covering their entry tickets.

The learners will be treated to a wide variety of organisations that will showcase ground-breaking, thought-leading and innovative digital technologies, to enable them to grasp which career opportunities are available for them to consider and explore possible future career choices.

My Future 4.0 is a world-first, 3-hour experience, buzzing with everything digital to prepare for the future workplace!  Exhibitors will include, amongst others, Microsoft, Google, and various companies from the digital marketing and infrastructure, Artificial Intelligence, Medical Technology, Financial Technology, Virtual Reality, Gaming, Coding, Cybersecurity, Film and Media, Robotics and many more industries.

“There has been a massive demand in the industry for a career exhibition of this calibre, gone are the days when we brought in organisations that seek to promote themselves to learners instead of marketing the careers available in their industries.  The fourth industrial revolution is here, the future is changing and we have to be ready for it, we have to give our children relevant education – we have to adapt with a world is constantly evolving – and this is what we are offering through this career expo” said David Sipunzi, Chairperson of the JB Marks Education Trust Fund.

The entry ticket is R195 per person and open to everyone, children under the age of 12 can enter for free.  JB Marks Education Trust Fund is covering the entry tickets for all public schools in Johannesburg.

For more information on My Future 4.0 Career Expo, visit

The NUM is inviting the media to attend and report 

For more information, please contact: 

Jaco Mokgosi: JB Marks Education Trust Fund Principal Officer: 082 380 8630