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Phophi Cheryl – Mining engineer at Anglo American (Mentor: Valérie Hirsch)

"Valerie exposed me to various universities and different career paths available; arranged meeting with a Mining Engineer. To this day Valerie still shows interest in my career and is more of a family friend. Today I hold a Mining Engineering Degree, currently working for Anglo American Kumba Iron Ore as a Mining Production Supervisor." 


Mark Maimane – Degree in Town Planning

"I was introduced to a smart, funny and generous mentor, Thibault. He took me to university open days and lunches. He motivated me, grew my knowledge of the real world and assisted me with essentials such as food where it was tough. Till today he is always happy to hear from me. Today I work for Setplan GautEngineering."


Siphesihle Lolwana – Industrial Engineer at Nestlé

"The Mentorship Programme helped one not only with passing your grades but with also the Varsity preparation and exposure.  Then there were all these extramural activities that help in terms of your self-esteem and having goals bigger than getting a job and support your family. I remember in 2011 after getting my grade 12 results, I was thinking of getting a Job at a retail company. My mentor asked me: "Your family survived the last 18 years with you not working, don't you think they can survive the next three years? By then, you would have a qualified job! After that first stop was UJ. I got to complete my Diploma and B.Tech in Industrial Engineering and now I am a young manager at Nestle."


Terrence Mncube Edwards – IT specialist

"I did exceptionally well in my matric. I attribute most of my matric success to St Mary's and Sizanani. I was awarded a bursary to study an IT certification (Boston college).  I got a job offer with a prestigious company but decided to continue with my studies. So I did a Computer Science and Informatics bachelors degree at UJ. In 2015, I did an IT Networking certification in the U.S My mentor has been extremely helpful. She was also a student so she had really good advice. She was there in all my graduations and she is still my mentor to this day."

Watch this video created by a Grade 12 learner: VIDEO


You can download below the contacts of some of our graduates and students, who attended St Mary’s classes since 2017. If their phone numbers or emails have changed, please contact us.