Charmaine Mabuza scoops top award for role in helping others

She had made it part of her duty on earth to assist matriculants get access to universities.


Ithuba CEO Charmaine Mabuza has scooped an award for the role she is playing in getting young talented pupils from poor backgrounds get access to universities.

She scooped the award for the category ‘Top Woman in Education Award’ at the Vision 2030 Awards held at Emperors Palace in Gauteng.

This award recognises the multi-millionaire for her contribution in the South African education sector through a foundation she founded with her Mpumalanga husband and prominent lawyer Eric Mabuza. 

The foundation is called ‘Eric and Charmaine Mabuza Scholarship Foundation’ and has in the past produced doctors, accountants, engineers and many more in the Mpumalanga area.

The foundation was founded in 1999 by the couple.

“This award,” Chairmane said when she spoke to Forbes Africa, “represents many years of hard work and determination towards the advancement of equal access to quality education for all South Africans”. 

She said the mission of the foundation is to “eradicate poverty through education, particularly in previously marginalised communities”. 

“As corporate leaders, we know that there is still a lot to be done, but we are ready and willing to do our part. We look forward to another decade of serving the nation,” she said.

The Mabuzas’ Ithuba company got a license in April 2015 to run the National Lottery.

Their foundation has produced the like of Kate Lusiki, a medical doctor at the Rob Ferreira hospital in Mbombela.

“Since I started working, I have been able to renovate my mother’s house. I am currently staying with my older sister whom I am putting through college so that she too can also have a solid educational structure. 

“I am able to do these things for my family because the opportunity that the Advocate and Mrs Mabuza afforded me. This foundation to me, has been like a better life handed to me on a silver platter, and for that I am eternally grateful.”

(edited by MLM, with Forbes Africa)

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