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."


Gillian Monyela- graduated in  Transport Management UJ (Mentor- Adam)

"I shared  my mentor, Adam with Shylette.  Adam and his wife, Naniki  helped us with our studies. In grade 12 they got us a tutor to help with Mathematics, Physical Sciences and Life Sciences. Thanks to Sizanani and the St Mary's programme for helping us since we enrolled into the programme and through out our University studies"

Sibabalo ngozi - Bcom Accounting Graduate (2018) UJ

"I joined the St Mary's Saturday  classes and the Sizanani mentorship programme in 2014 (grade 11). The  classes helped me improve my marks in school and the Sizanani programme gave me career guidance. I knew I wanted to pursue a career in accounting, but I just didn't have a clear idea of which accounting path to take. Sizanani introduced me to my kind, friendly and helpful mentor, Lumka Phala. With the help of Lumka and the 'careers choice' sessions on Saturdays' I decided to go the Chartered Accountancy route.  In 2019, I was struggling to get registration funding. My mentor and Sizanani mentorship came through and rescued me. I registered and did my BCTA programme"


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.





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