News & Events

South African Delegates at the International Summit in Scottsdale, AZ

What an amazing experience it was to attend the annual Golden Key International Summit with +/-600 fellow Golden Key members across the globe in Scottsdale, Arizona on 15 - 17 July 2010. The South African delegates’, who were privileged to attend this prestigious event, lives are forever changed. Charlene Gunter, Director: Golden Key South Africa says: “Doing the Diski Dance on “Waka Waka” and blowing the vuvuzelas as part of the Spirit Parade was “ayoba” and it felt fantastic to represent South Africa with the start of the Summit. The days were packed and touched the unique three pillars of Golden Key: academics, service and leadership. It was a wonderful networking opportunity with inspirational workshops, service projects and personal and professional growth opportunities". 

 From left to right: 1st row: Charlene Gunter (Director), Anastasia Buma (UJ), Liz-Marié Basson (CoSM/UP), Joey Mullah (UP) 2nd row: Nicole Lardner (UP), Devandre Boonzaaier (NMMU), Hope Khoza (Chapter Relations Officer), Haseenah Mutala (UCT), Mia Badenhorst (CoA/UP), Chaneah Pelston (UWC), Jason du Plessis (US) and 3rd row: Puso Thahane (Wits), Bernard Hamann (UP), Dr Derek Swemmer (BOD/Advisor/Wits), Hans Haupt (Monash), Peet van Rooyen (NWU), Gerald Chikosi(NMMU) and Ryan Meintjes (NWU)

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2010-2011 Scholarship & Awards Listing

The Golden Key Scholarship & Awards Listing is available on the Golden Key International website. Be sure to check it out!

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University of Pretoria Community Engagement Projects

UP June 2010 pictureOn 23 to 25 April 2010, the Golden Key Pretoria Chapter held their annual World Book Day and Global Youth Day Service projects where they took the children from the Danville rooms to a nearby park where everyone participated in different activities ranging from 3-legged racing to a treasure hunt. Afterwards all enjoyed lunch together. The chapter donated books to the Danville Rooms as well as to UNICA School for Autism. The day was filled with fun literacy activities as well as face-painting. The kids at UNICA were also sponsored with toys, some of which were educational. (Books were sponsored by Exclusive Books, Brooklyn Mall).

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University of Cape Town Tutoring Initiative

The University of Cape Town’s Golden Key chapter selected Garlandale High School in Athlone, Cape Town, and initiated a Tutoring Program this past March. The structure of the tutoring sessions is simple. Interested grade 12 learners were asked to bring any questions and problems that they encountered with their school work, and Golden Key members were recruited as Volunteer Tutors to work through these problems with them individually, or in small groups. So far, 11 Golden Key Volunteers have tutored at Garlandale High on Tuesdays. Over these three weeks, learner numbers have increased from 19 to 29, which suggests that word is spreading across the grade and that our tutors are competent and creating a positive impact.

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UKZN Chapter Community Engagement Activities

UKZN Mpolweni

On Thursday, 6 May 2010, the Howard College Executive Committee hosted an Awareness Day to existing Golden Key members in terms of how one can participate and contribute to organisation. The chapter informed current prospective members on the benefits the Society has to offer. The chapter committee was able to address a substantial amount of students who will make valuable and lucrative contributions to the organisation in the current year and years to come. The Pietermaritzburg chapter collected second-hand books to donate to Mpolweni High School, an underprivileged high school without a proper library. They managed to collect almost 900 books, including fiction and non-fiction books as well as study guides, all of which were delivered to the school on Tuesday, 8 June 2010.  


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University of the Free State Chapter Activities

UFS June 2010The UFS chapter hosted a community outreach project in conjunction with Villa hostel and visited an orphanage. The chapter runs an ongoing tinned food and clothing campaign where they collect non-perishable food and clothes. On Saturday, 17 April they distributed the clothes and food at Eden Christian Home. Majority of residents are mentally handicapped and receive a small pension. They stay at the home at no cost and in return look after the home, the ladies sew and the men do woodwork. The institution is completely dependent on donations from others. Each person received at least one new outfit from the clothes handed over. The tinned food supplied the home with at least a two month supply of canned food. The chapter also runs an ongoing literacy project where they volunteer to read to blind students on campus.

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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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