The Boston Education Trust was established in 2018 in support of the South African national transformation agenda of Broad–Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE), which aims to realise South Africa’s full economic potential by enabling all South Africans to play their part in growing our economy. We believe it is incumbent upon those who have the means to support the transformation of South Africa to comply with both the spirit and the content of the B-BBEE Act & Codes of Good Practice. The Boston Education Trust is focussed in particular on the advancement of Black Females, Black Youth and the Disabled.
Management, Purpose and Objectives of the Trust
The management and control of the Trust vests in the Trustees and they will fulfil the Trust’s objectives.
The purpose of the Trust is to empower Black Women by providing selected qualifying candidates with the financial means to pursue their studies in the Information Technology & Communications (ITC) field, thus reaching their full potential. Based on a review by the Trustees of each application, the Trust contributes towards the tuition fees of successful candidates. Preference is given to Black Female Students that have successfully completed the first year of their qualification. Students that are awarded funding in one year and require funding in a subsequent year, are required to apply for funding in that subsequent year. Funding requirements in each year include a minimum academic performance and financial need.
The Trustees believe that providing funding to selected candidates will advantage the recipients by providing them with opportunities for a better life. Accordingly, 100% of the Trust’s income is allocated for the benefit of the Black Female beneficiaries.
The Trust’s objectives are in line with Boston City Campus and Business College’s objectives of lifelong learning, alleviating and responding to inequalities, and underscoring aspirations for a better life.
Kennedy Sifiso Ndlovu
In 2005, immediately after completing his A+ certification, Kennedy joined the IT world and went on to obtain a Microsoft qualification (MCITP). He has over 10 years of IT experience and has worked with big corporations and Government institutions such as:
- Tactical Software Systems (Managing Department of Justice& Constitutional Development)
- JBB Technologies (Managing General Electric infrastructure)
- Boston City Campus and Business College
- T-Systems (Managing ESKOM and Mutual & Federal)
- Tipp Focus (Managing Department of Public Works)
Kenny currently works for the international IT Corporation HCL as a consultant, consulting to SASOL Limited SA.
He has gained IT experience in various streams, including, but not limited to:
Servers, Virtual Platforms, Desktop solutions and applications, Anti-Virus, Microsoft, Windows, data centre management, VMWare, Hyper-V, Dell, HP, Fujitsu, VBlock, IBM, Blades, Azure, Print solutions, HA Clustering solutions, File Management and security, IT Projects, Firewalls, Networking, IT Policies, SAN Storage, Patch Management, SCCM, Messaging, Project Management, ITIL.
Dr. Deonita Damons
Deonita Damons graduated in 2014 with a PhD in Management of Innovation and Technology from the Da Vinci Institute. Deonita has been involved in occupationally based education for over two decades and have served on a number of professional body boards and committees including:
- CIPPT – Current Chairperson of the Chartered Institute of Professional Practitioners and Trainers;
- APPETD – Current Board member with Association for Private Providers of Education Training and Development;
- SABPP – Serves on the South African Board for People Practices Examination Committee that sets the Final Integrated exam papers for the HR qualifications; and
- SAQA RPL Reference Group – Served as member of the SAQA RPL Reference group in formulating the 2013 National RPL Policy.
Deonita is also a qualified OD-EDT Practitioner, Skills Development Facilitator, Assessor, Moderator and holds a number of professional and occupational qualifications.
After qualifying as a Charted Accountant in 1996 and serving his articles of clerkship at Lewin Krawitz, Sacks and Oshry, Craig joined Boston City Campus and Business College in June 1998. Craig is responsible for the Finance, Accounting, Supply Chain Management, IT, Human Resources and Commercial Law of the company.
Craig holds the following Qualifications and Professional Memberships:
- Bachelor of Commerce (Wits University)
- Honours Bachelor of Accounting Science (UNISA)
- Bachelor of Science (University of Johannesburg)
- Diploma in Unit Trusts (Boston City Campus and Business College, in conjunction with The Association of Collective Investments)
- Golden Key Honours Society Member
- CA (SA) (South African Institute of Chartered Accountants)
- Master Tax Practitioner (The South African Institute of Tax Practitioner)
- Registered Auditor (Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors)
- Debt Collector (Council for Debt Collectors)
Boston City Campus
The Boston Education Trust has the backing of Boston City Campus & Business College, which was founded in 1991 and has 46 branches nationwide. This enables the Boston Education Trust to use an array of resources and experience as a backing. Boston provide students with opportunities to earn a Boston Degree, Diploma, Higher Certificate and Short Learning Programme.
Boston City Campus & Business College strives to enhance, uplift and continuously improve the quality of education and training in Southern Africa through the vision of “Education. For Life.” Its mandate is aligned to national policies requiring education institutions to embrace an expanded responsibility as active role players towards economic growth. The principle of lifelong learning is at the heart of its national imperative for capacitating and up-skilling an engaged citizenry in the economy and broader society.
BOSTON HIGHER EDUCATION PROGRAMME
This refers to a Boston qualification, accredited by the HEQC of the CHE and registered by SAQA on the NQF (HEQSF), which is a higher certificate (minimum 120 credits) or diploma (minimum 360 credits) or first degree (minimum 360 credits) programme, with a minimum duration of one to three years, depending on the particulars of the qualification. Learner credits are uploaded onto the NLRD.
BOSTON SHORT LEARNING PROGRAMME
This refers to learning that consists of a combination of courses of study that is aimed at meeting a prospective Learner’s immediate skills and training needs for direct use in the workplace or personal development, and is non-credit bearing. In line with the principles of RPL, these credentials may allow for possible access to, and/or advanced placement in, a Boston Higher Education Programme.
BOSTON DIGITAL LEARNING BADGE
This refers to online learning that consists of either a succinct or comprehensive course of study, which is aimed at meeting a prospective Learner’s immediate knowledge and competency needs for continuous professional or personal development, and is non-credit bearing.
This refers to a programme (minimum 120 credits) associated with a trade, occupation or profession resulting from work-based learning and consisting of knowledge, practical and work experience unit standards. It is accredited and certificated by the QCTO or a delegated body i.e. SETA (DQP) / LQA, and is registered by SAQA on the NQF (OQSF). Learner credits are uploaded onto the NLRD.
OCCUPATIONAL SKILLS PROGRAMME
This refers to a short learning programme (less than 120 credits) which consists of units or a single unit standard of an occupational qualification. It is accredited and certificated by the QCTO or a delegated body i.e. SETA (DQP) / LQA, and is registered by SAQA on the NQF. Learner credits are uploaded onto the NLRD.