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Golden Key South Africa will shortly commence with the new member invitations for 2015.  All hard-working students should be on the look-out for e-mailed invitations.  Please ensure that you check your student email address.  Information tables will run on campuses around the country where you can find our more about joining the network of top academic achievers.  More information will follow shortly!



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Conference Fees


We encourage you to select the “Full Conference Pass” during registration to experience all aspects of the Summit.  The Full Conference Pass allows you to take advantage of everything from the Opening Session, the all-day workshops, EXPO, service event, closing Gala and much more.


There are other options available to you.


Early Bird Pricing for those that register before 31 March 2015.







The entire conference will be held at Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa.  Each attendee will be responsible for booking their own hotel room(s) using our group rate.


Book you group rate.


Daily rates for rooms (excluding tax) is $230-$240 AUD.  Same pricing for all room types (1 King bed or 2 Double beds).


Guest will be required to provide a credit card upon check-in to cover incidentals.  A $100 bond per night will be held against the card as a pre-authorisation.  If a credit card cannot be supplied, then a $100 cash (or eftpos) bond will be required with photo identification.


Travel Grant Deadline31 JANUARY 2015


South African recipients will be awarded $1 250 USD.  Don’t miss out on applying for a travel grant.




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Anniversary of Madiba's passing sees Golden Key member launch workshop to introduce youth to 3D technology and SPARK-a-Change

Anniversary of Madiba's passing sees Golden Key member launch workshop to introduce youth to 3D technology and SPARK-a-Change




This past Monday UCT graduates , Golden key member Matthew Westaway and Gustaf swart  held a workshop on connecting art and science using 3D technology at Norma Road primary school in Athlone. Being the anniversary week of the passing of Nelson Mandela it was only appropriate to use Nelson Mandela as a medium to illustrate this connection.   

The workshop begun with sculpturer Right Mukore from Montebello Design Centre teaching the learners how to sculpt a bust of Nelson Mandela from wood. Gustaf and Matthew then demonstrated to the learners how to create a 3D model of the bust using photographs (structure from motion) and how to get a 2D line drawing (edge detection) from a photograph of the bust. 

The learners then got involved by each taking turns on a smart phone to take a photograph of the bust and generate an edge drawing of the photograph using a mobile application Gustaf and Matthew had written. Each learner then printed this edge drawing and using their artistic expression created their own image of Nelson Mandela .

To further the continuing of the legacy of Madiba, the learners learnt a new skill-set which will make them more entrepreneurial and keep them up to date with the changing technological environment.



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Opportunity for Part-Time Work - Teach Me 2


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Student years are the best! We'd love to make them even better for you.


 Well, so much of the part-time work available to you as a student involves poor pay, degrading work, and generally awful times. What we offer is quite the opposite.

We’d like to introduce ourselves… we are Teach Me 2, the top private tutoring agency in South Africa. We have partnered with Golden Key to bring you the most awesome part-time work opportunities while you study!

 How can working for Teach Me 2 make your student years even better?

  • Flexibility – pick & choose your own tutoring jobs to suit your schedule
  • Freedom – you are still free to work privately or with another agency
  • Moola Moola – earn a decent pay cheque every month
  • Employability – distinguish yourself in the workforce with Teach Me 2 on your CV
  • Be a hero – help a struggling learner and change their life prospects (epic winning!)
  • Join the best team – everything is awesome; everything is cool when you're part of a team!


Click here to get the best opportunity to work part-time as a student!


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During June 2014, Charlene Gunter was installed in her post as Director - Corporate Relations at the Golden Key International Honour Society Head Quarters in Atlanta.  Dorette took over from her as Director - South Africa.

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                               Charlene handing over the reigns to Dorette

Brad Rainey, CEO of Golden Key announced:

We are excited to announce that Charlene Gunter will be joining the Golden Key Atlanta international office staff on 16 June as our new Director of Corporate Relations! Charlene has been the Director of South Africa for 7 years and has been successful and instrumental in managing the GK South African office.   During her time as Director, Charlene was pivotal in creating more than 21 corporate relationships and 15 recruiting partnerships that brought benefits to her members as well as incredible financial support to Golden Key. South African membership grew under her leadership as she added 6 new GK chapters during her tenure as well.

As the Director of Corporate Relations, Charlene will be responsible for all corporate partnerships, sponsorships, member benefits and most importantly, creating a new GK Job and Internship Program.  The Job and Internship Program will not only provide tangible  benefits to our GK membership but also will serve as a new revenue stream for the Society.  “I am so excited to be joining the GKHQ staff and look forward to bringing many new corporate relationships and tangible jobs and internships to our members worldwide,” said Charlene.

We are also thrilled to welcome Dorette Parsons as the new Director of South Africa.  Dorette comes to Golden Key with extensive experience in business, finance and exemplary involvement in non-profit and education. She holds a master’s degree in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management and will complete an Advanced Program in Taxation at the end of 2014.  Dorette’s overall business background and her skills in strategic planning and management will help to continue the positive growth with GK South African chapters.  “I am honored to be the new Director of South Africa and look forward to continuing the positive growth and image of Golden Key throughout South Africa,” said Dorette.

Please join me in congratulating them both and welcoming Charlene to the Atlanta office. 

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Golden Key is proud to announce SPARK a Change, our new global service initiative. The mission of SPARK a Change is to bring all our chapters together towards a common objective: to impact and improve the lives of at-risk youth across the globe through literacy, education and real-world preparedness.


It is estimated that one in five adults in the world cannot read or write. Even among those who are literate, many face challenges in receiving a quality education. As a society that recognizes the importance of education, Golden Key identifies literacy, education and real world preparedness skills as rights that everyone is entitled to. In an attempt to improve the lives of those who are not fortunate enough to receive a quality education or have tough circumstances to overcome, Golden Key’s SPARK a Change will give members, advisors and volunteers the opportunity to help youth who may not have the resources to reach their full potential.

With the creation of SPARK a Change, Golden Key projects that our chapters will help us complete our goal of more than $40,000 raised, 400,000 hours of service performed and the lives of more than 400,000 people affected by the year 2017! Golden Key will also give out scholarships totaling $1,000 this year to chapters who have the greatest impact in their communities.

When all of our chapters can work together towards a common goal, we can truly move the needle on important societal issues. We are so excited to see all the wonderful projects that our members get involved in. YOU can SPARK a Change!



Want to get involved? Log into and click “Chapter Toolkit” in the upper right hand corner to visit the Service Toolkit with helpful guides on how to get started.


400 000 HOURS

400 000 LIVES

$40 000





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UCT - Thank you note: Need to Read events

From the Golden Key team, we would just like to thank everyone for their support and attendance to the Need to Read events. Saturday was a great experience, not only for the children, but for the volunteers as well. We have attached a few pictures from the event-more of which are on our facebook page and will be on the site as soon as it is launched:). It would be highly appreciated if those who attended the Need to Read events could please email a short review of their experience to

We plan on holding many more great outreach events-all of which need your support. Our next event will be held on Saturday-Blisters for Blankets-which is a charity walk from lower campus to Rhodes Memorial-we plan on using all funds collected to attain Winter essentials for the homeless, so please spread the word and get involved:). Look out for our Golden Key committee members who will be promoting this event today and Thursday around campus:)


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UWC Paint the School Project - Nooitgedacht Primary



This is a continuous project and one of many: Outreach 1: Nooitgedacht Primary 15 March 2014

The Golden Key UWC Chapter is working closely with Nooitgedacht Primary School.

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