News & Events

Pedaling For Peddie

The University of Stellenbosch and the University of Cape Town Golden Key South African chapters have joined in efforts to support the Pedaling for Peddie project. Kidzpositive Family Fund and Keiskamma Trust will be riding 1000km from Hamburg, Eastern Cape to Cape Town to connect the needs of a rural service with resources. This will demonstrate solidarity between non-profit organisations that work to foster hope for the most vulnerable, strive to address widespread poverty and disease and raise support for the daily needs of children and families affected by HIV/Aids.

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2 Golden Key South Africans Part of World Youth Choir

Two Golden Key members, Charlotte Botha and Stephan Gericke, have been chosen to represent South Africa in the 2010 World Youth Choir (WYC). This project consists of carefully selected singers from all over the world from more than 40 different nationalities, aged between 17 and 26. Since its creation in 1989, WYC has established itself as one of the most interesting musical and intercultural experiences offered to young musicians. Each summer, the WYC comes together in a different country of the world for two weeks of rehearsals followed by tours within the host country and neighbouring countries. On these tours the WYC presents concerts in major cultural centers and prestigious concert halls to strive towards the highest, international levels of choral interpretation. This years’ choir will meet in Tenerife, Spain, between 5thJuly and 29thJuly for the 2010 session.

This project  is a genuine educational and social experience drawing on many vocal traditions and aiming at the highest artistic level while constituting one of today’s most original and important choirs. The artistic scope of the project is in itself a major achievement as well as its international influence, diversity and it’s capacity to bring its ideals to an international stage. Still, the WYC also aims to deliver a message of understanding and social unity between all the different cultures involved and their audiences. Consequently WYC is recognized by UNESCO as an international “Artists for Peace” project as they “build bridges between young singers of diverse cultures to become respected ambassadors of good will”.


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University of KwaZulu-Natal: Make A Difference Day

The Pietermaritzburg Golden Key chapter took 14 girls from the Youth For Christ (YFC) Shelter for an outing on Saturday, 17 October. The day started with a movie at Scottsville cinema and then lunch at Spur Steak Ranch, where the girls from YFC received stationery Christmas presents from the chapter officers. The talented girls showed their gratitude by singing opera and gospel music to the GK members. The day ended with ice cream for dessert. It was a memorable day for the children and the chapter hopes to continue to make a difference in children's lives through education-focused community service and involvement.

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University of Pretoria Chapter: Make A Difference Day

On Saturday, 24 October, the Golden Key UP chapter made a difference by giving back to the Hatfield community. The executive committee members made food hampers consisting of bread, meat, milk and biscuits for the underprivileged people of Hatfield, Hillcrest and Lynnwood Road.

The initiative was another successful event. All hampers were given away and it was amazing to see how a simple deed could put a smile on the faces of people who struggle on a daily basis. The chapter made a difference in the lives of those who needed it most.

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Investec Pleased With Golden Key Talent

Six Golden Key members will trade their campuses for the Investec Head Office in January 2006. Lionel Siziba, Ruvashen Padayachee, Jehdene Pillay and Sifiso Ngobesi are all from the University of the Witwatersrand and they will join the Group Risk division. Karabo Seima from the University of Pretoria and Ben Salomon from the University of Johannesburg were recruited by the Treasury and Specialised Finance division.

Lionel Siziba is determined to make the most of this opportunity: "Golden Key has unlocked an opportunity to explore investment banking and entrepreneurship at Investec. To me, this means endless possibilities in the corporate world. I couldn't be more grateful for the privilege to be a member of this prestigious Society."

Golden Key would like to congratulate these students and wish them all the best for a bright future.

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NMMU Golden Key Members on Leadership & Cultural Exchange Programme

3 Golden Key members from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) will soon be heading for the United States on a leadership and cultural exchange programme.  Carlien Jooste, Mariska Venter and Zoher Halai will form part of a group of 15 students to participate in the programme during June/July 2006.

The Trent Lott Leadership Institute of the University of Mississippi, USA, recently partnered with NMMU to offer a five week leadership programme to students from both institutions.   The NMMU Chapter of Golden Key was specifically asked to advertise this programme to its members, because the programme was looking for university students that have distinguished themselves as leaders academically and socially.

The 15 students from NMMU, along with 15 students from the University of Mississippi, will spend two and a half weeks in the United States and two and a half weeks in South Africa.  This programme is indeed a huge privilege to all students, and will allow those who participate to learn from one another academically, personally and professionally.  Carlien Jooste is determined to make the most of this opportunity: “We would also like to network with the Golden Key members at the University of Mississippi while we are over there”. 

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Golden Key Welcomes Prof Derrick Swartz

Professor Derrick Swartz is the newly appointed Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

In an interview with the media Prof Swartz said he sees NMMU playing a major role in boosting urban economy through the transfer of technological skills.

Swartz, formerly vice-chancellor of Fort Hare University, took over the reins from Dr Rolf Stumpf, who led the university's merger in 2005.

"We must create conditions for new people to come in. We can do that by staff development, recruitment and creating a multicultural environment."

Golden Key wishes him all the best in his new appointed leading role.

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We’ve got sprit, yes we do!

With the cry of Vuvuzela’s and a heartfelt interpretation of “Hamba nathi Mkhululi wethu”, the South African delegation won both the Cheer Award and the Most Spirited Region Award at the Golden Key International Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona this year (10 – 13 August 2006).

South Africa was proudly represented by 16 students who, in turn, represented no less than 10 universities in South Africa.  The group was accompanied by two Chapter Advisors, Prof. Charl Cilliers from Stellenbosch University and Mr Horst Bütow from North-West University.  The South African delegates made good use of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity by showcasing the country’s rich cultural diversity and reaching out to fellow Golden Key members from around the world.

The theme of the conference, “Energize, Enrich, Engage” was clearly reinforced throughout the event and everyone returned home with a new sense of excitement for Golden Key in South Africa.The photo shows the South African booth at the International Expo.  A big thanks to SA Tourism for sponsoring the materials!

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A Dream, a Motorcycle and a Map…

It began with a dream to explore Africa.  Then it became a passion to teach others about the continent and its people.
Shayne Vervoort joined Golden Key in 2004 as a result of his excellent academic achievement in Actuarial Sciences at the University of Stellenbosch. He has been accepted to continue his studies at the prestigious Nyenrode Business University in Breuklen, Holland in 2007.  But Shayne is not getting on a plane…

On 1 February 2007, Shayne was cheered on by a crowd of grade 8’s as he left his Alma Mater, Pretoria Boys High, to embark on a motorcycle trip through Africa.  His aim?  To travel through 12 African countries in 98 days and report on his journey by posting diary entries and educational facts on his website and in various national newspapers.

Shayne is a proud South African with a passion for Geography.  We believe that, through his regular diary entries, children in South Africa would be able to learn more about their continent.  The use of interactive media in the classroom will also be encouraged.  In schools where this infrastructure does not exist, Shayne’s newspaper articles will enrich the Geography curriculum.

Moreover, Shayne’s adventure will encourage young South Africans to dream big and to take bold steps to realise their dreams.

You can track Shayne’s progress by clicking on .

We wish him a safe journey!

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