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GK NMMU and the Ubuntu Education Fund

Mandela Day July 2013: GK NMMU talk on gender issues at Ubuntu Education Fund


In an effort to strengthen our relationship with the Ubuntu Education Fund we visited them on Mandela Day. 18 July, to use our 67 minutes to discuss gender issues with their Future Leaders, who are a group of promising grade 12 students from the surrounding townships. Their resident social worker presented a talk on the effects of pornography and casual sex and the contributions it makes on violence in society. Thereafter we opened the floor which comprised of GK NMMU members, 3 executive officers and the grade 12 learners. We used the roaming mic system and everyone contributed comments or questions which were initially answered by the social worker but later progressed into an open floor discussion. It was a great afternoon which allowed both the grade 12 students and the GK members to learn a lot from each other’s experiences and opinions. We ended the afternoon by introducing them to the Pledge and gave each student a ‘Make the Pledge’ badge and they all signed our 17metre pledge.

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UP Walk for Warmth

Walk for Warmth- walking to help keep others warm

Walk for Warmth is a fundraising initiative to raise money in order to donate warm clothing and blankets, as well as money to those less fortunate this coming winter. The event took place on Saturday, the 25th of May at LC de Villiers. It consisted of a 5 km and a 10 km fun walk/run which created awareness about those less privileged individuals, with all donations received going to charities of which Golden Key UP Chapter is specifically involved with.

The event was a success with prizes being awarded to the 1st and 2nd man and woman in both races. Participants also donated blankets and clothing prior and at the event, which will all be distributed to those less fortunate.

This was a lovely day dedicated to all our brothers who need some warmth and we hope we make a difference in the lives we are able to reach. We also hope this initiative will continue...

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Sandwich Day

Friday afternoon was a lovely day to give back! Our chapter took to the streets and gave fresh homemade sandwiches to the hungry around the Durban south beachfront area. We had a positive response from general members who wanted to participate.  The afternoon initiative was a successful and all sandwiches were given away.


§  Giving back to the poor and destitute evoked warmth in our hearts, and was just another reassurance of how fortunate we all are.

§  The beneficiaries were utterly grateful and kindly asked that we come back again soon.

§  Our Chapter envisions making the Sandwich Day a monthly community service initiative targeting different parts of Durban. There are many hungry people on the streets of Durban that need and will appreciate our help, and Golden Key can make an even bigger difference.

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Howard College - UKZN Urban Herd Boys Motivational Talk/ Tour of UKZN Howard

Urban Herd Boys is an organisation founded by Mr. Sandile Mbatha, a Housing Masters lecturer at UKZN. The organisation comprises of eight bright grade twelve students from eight different rural schools around Durban. There are in total, five boys and three girls. They show great potential to be inspiring leaders one day, and the organisation is a stepping stone for them to achieve great things.

On the 26th of April 2013 the UKZN Golden Key Executive Committee hosted the Urban Herd Boys group at the University as a community service project. We started off in the Jubilee gardens, where all girls and boys, including Golden Key Exec members participated in an ice-breaker game. The ice-breaker game helped increase interactivity and allowed the scholars to relax and feel free to ask questions. It also allowed all participants to get to know each other by name.

The activities began with each executive member giving the students information about the degrees they were studying. The students were then asked about the studies they wanted to pursue and were given information about admissions application deadlines, and possible ways to get funding for studies. We provided them with refreshments while advising them about career choices and options available at Howard. Lunch was provided for the students and afterwards they were given a tour of the university grounds. They were shown into the main buildings of most faculties (science labs, law library, classics museum, etc.). The main purpose of the event was to motivate and encourage students to further their education and their tertiary studies. We wanted to inform them that there were many opportunities available for the, especially in terms of obtaining funding.

The visit from the Urban Herd Boys group proved to be stimulating for all. The group of boys and girls showed off good manners and interacted well in all activities. Most of the scholars were interested in studying engineering and some leaned toward humanities. Overall they learnt about the method of applying to university, the benefits of financial aid and the UNITE program- for scholars from previously disadvantage backgrounds who want to study engineering. During the tour of Howard College Campus the group of scholars was taken to the engineering department first, where they had an opportunity to partake in experiments and briefly listen in on lectures. From there they were taken to the humanities department to view the LAN (Computer rooms) and the Classics department museum of Archeology. They were given a brief talk and showed around by Professor Hilton from the Classics department.

A poem: Our Deepest Fear by Marianne Williamson

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness That most frightens us.
We ask ourselves Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.
Your playing small Does not serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking So that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, As children do. We were born to make manifest The glory of God that is within us.
It's not just in some of us; It's in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we're liberated from our own fear, Our presence automatically liberates others.

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UCT Chapter Tutor Programme

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NWU Mahikeng: Educational Outreach Initiative

When a child smiles then it never rains” said the president of committee the international golden key honour society, Odirile Ramafoko representing the North West University –Mafikeng campus chapter. The committee made of students recognized top performing student of the university organized a fun filled day for the children of kagontle child care center in Montshioa. The children were spoiled with exciting games donations including, food, toys and clothes from the society, which were collected via donations from the university. The center is a shelter for homeless and destitute children who come from very poor families with no food on the table it a haven for these children to also have a shot at life with an actual future. “The center started in 1999 and we were registered in 2001 it is now funded by the department of social development as a shelter for children living and working on and off the streets as well as destitute children.” Mostly these children are from lonely park, signal Hill and other villages around”, Said the manager of the center Noluthando Mashinini. With the center hosting around 32 children from 6-18 years of age, Mashinini and her friends surpassed all odds and continued to show her indefatigable love compassion and care to these kids her resilience carried her through the days when they used to even ask for even rotten food donations and giving up her nursing job just to care for these children. “The opportunities that are given here is that they notice that are loved out there…, because most of them get the misfortune of being abused out there.” Some of the children did not even have Birth certificates and their parents don’t even have identity documents as well at the center they are placed in schools.

The organization aims at fostering hope to these to dream bigger, inculcating a sense of believe that nothing is impossible. “We would like to see you prosper and attend university like ourselves” said Nikita Naee’lah Dellwaria, vice president of the IGKHS-North West University Mafikeng campus chapter committee. One of the children who lives at the center Tshediso Moleleki(18) stood out with his impeccable  rap verses, he sure is a crowd pleaser and maybe even the next Mafikeng motswako origin ale. “I would like to see myself having a recording contract,” expressed the young hopeful lad.

Unfortunately for kids like Tshediso this might be the end of the road, as a child center it can only keeps children until they are 18 , some of them do go back home after their families have been rehabilitated, with close relationship with the department of social development. Mrs Mashinini, expressed hopes to apply for a higher certificate allowing her to open a child and a youth center that will enable her to keep the children in the shelter until they are 22 and able to fend for themselves.

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NMMU - Madiba Day Celebrations

Golden key Nmmu chapter, together with the NMMU Education Department celebrated Madiba day  , by visiting various primary schools in the Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage and Despatch District.

The purpose of the event was to motivate learners about education and also to celebrate Madiba’s birthday. This celebration was expressed by our Sixty –Seven minute school visit for Mandela. 

The list of schools we visited:


·      Charles Duna

·      Ebongweni

·      Jarvis Gqamlana

·      Greenville

·      Noninzi Luzipho

·      Kleinskool Community

·      Saphire Road

·      Illinge

·      James Ndulula

During the school visits we read stories and poems to the learners, we talked about Nelson Mandela, and the learners  presented a play for us in celebration of MADIBA. We also handed out stationery packs to every learner in the various schools and participated in all their fun activities, such as dancing, playing drums etcetera . 


To be  part of such a memorable event was glorious and remarkable. Our engagement with the learners, brought out in each one of us, a character of modesty and appreciation. On this day we learnt what is meant by sharing and sacrificing, and it has set the foundation of what was yet to be learnt by Golden Key NMMU.

This event strengthen our understanding of ALL  our Golden Key Pillars, which is ACADEMICS, by promoting the importance of education, LEADERSHIP, which each member expressed in the involvement with this event. Lasty SERVICE,which truly enlighten our understanding of GIVING BACK.

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Golden Key Disability Unit Tutorship Programme Training

In an endeavour to get more Golden Key members participating in activities and assist them in gaining invaluable experience whilst at NMMU, the GK NMMU Chapter started a new tutor’s programme in partnership with the NMMU Disability Unit.

The tutorship programme seeks to assist GK members in gaining experience that count towards two of the Golden Key pillars namely, Academics and Service. As this is a voluntary programme, Golden Key will recognise such service on the new Co-Curricular Record (CCR) which will be part of each student’s official NMMU academic record. This will prove that while being at NMMUGK members took time to assist fellow students and participated in activities other than their personal studies. Potential learning areas for each GK member includes improved time management skills, becoming adaptable in working with people from different backgrounds, who may have different abilities. The idea is to make our GK members as marketable and as employable as possible.

The GK executive committee and fellow GK members attended two training workshops in order to equip them with skills to fulfil their tasks as potential GK Tutors. The first training workshop, Diversity in Communication, on 2 March was facilitated by NMMU Student Counselling which concentrated on respect for diverse cultures and breaking stereotypes and prejudices. The second workshop held on 8 March was called Disability Etiquette and was hosted by the Disability Unit. It equipped the GK members with skills to work with disabled student while being sensitive to their individual needs.

GK members have also become DU volunteers. They have the opportunity to scribe for disabled students which means that they assist students to write tests by reading and writing for them. The GK Tutor programme is a pilot project which we hope will continue for years to come.


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NMMU Make a Pledge

Golden Key NMMU Chapter pledge calls on all men to take a stand against the prevalence of violence against women. It urges men to examine themselves and take responsibility and be at the forefront of curbing incidents of violence in our society.

 To view a video:

Make a pledge.

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Golden Key South African Summit 2013

The Golden Key 2013 South African Summit was all about: Lead – Inspire – Grow. More than 200 Golden Key members, chapter officers and chapter advisors, nationally and internationally, attended this event at The River Club Conference Centre in Cape Town over the two days, 20 and 21 September. Delegates had the opportunity to network and listen to incredible speakers, attend workshops, engage with corporate representatives and enjoyed an enriching personal experience.

It was an honour and a privilege to have Brad Rainey, Executive Director of Golden Key HQ, and Dr. Derek Swemmer, Chairman of the Golden Key Board of Directors, present at the conference. Golden Key celebrated 13 years of existence in South Africa. The South African staff under the leadership of Charlene Gunter, Director, along with her team, Stephan Gericke, Chapter Relations Officer, and Natasha Maharaj, Membership Services Coordinator, are pleased with the Summit and wish every delegate all the best with their future endeavours.

The first day of the conference started with the official welcoming to the conference. The key note speakers on day 1 were Marlene le Roux, a Director at Artscape, who shared her life history as women’s activist during the Apartheid history and her personal struggle with polio. Later, Travis Gale, Director of Appletree, spoke about his personal life experiences and how to equip yourself with personal motivation and drive to succeed in life. He peddled over 16500km’s through 4 continents to raise R1.7 million for children living with HIV/Aids in KwaZulu-Natal in 2000 and how he survived the tsunami in 2004.

Day 2 involved key note addresses from Prof. Charl Cilliers, Director: Centre for Student Counselling and Development at the University of Stellenbosch, who had every individual on their toes with his inspirational message of Essential skills to flourish in life. And lastly, Cathy Sims, founding member and Executive Director of SAGRA (the South African Graduate Recruiters Association), shared her wisdom on graduate recruitment and development based on her extensive Talent Management history.

All of our speakers were incredible! The following workshops were presented by guests and delegates over the two days:

• Managing and engaging chapter members at a distance – Colt Tallent, George Ureke and Amanda Wilson
• Using knowledge processes to Lead-Inspire-Grow organizations: practical applications of theory – Melissa Altimirano, Janis Davis, Joshua Moore and Debbie White
• Intercultural competence: It’s significance in the globalized world – Tariro Anifasi and Tafadzwa Kachara
• Dialogue as a conversational and leadership tool for social change – Mbavhalelo Sundani
• Tverpia: exploring cultures – Dr. Derek Swemmer
• Life in, out and after varsity – Sisi Kubheka, Tatiana Latilla and Katie Mathebula
• Networking and Mentorship – Daniel Bumblauskas
• 10 Steps to Career Success – Beverley Hancock
• Considering Social Entrepreneurship – Dr Sanele Poswa
• Starting in Canada – Making a global impact with service projects – Derek Zhang and Phyllis Tang
• Social Entrepreneurship: Leadership for social change in the 21st century – Nyarai Chirinda
• The fear of the youth to start investigating – Mbavhalelo Sundani and Billy Tshanjane
• The psychology of civic engagement and pro-social behavior – Prof Christopher Walther

Professional development in the form of a Career Expo along with a networking lunch was held with the following representative: Oasis Group Holdings, Bain & Company, Exxaro, TeachMe2, Standard Chartered, PWC, Human Alliance and Rotman School of Management. To support the Service pillar of Golden Key , a service Initiative in co-operation with the Western Cape Golden Key chapters (University of the Western Cape, University of Cape Town and University of Stellenbosch) partnered with Nooitgedacht Primary School. We made 800 stationary bags filled with a ruler, pencils, a pen and highlights and 300 colour-in books along with crayons and educational posters. The Principal, Mr Carolissen, attended the service project and handing over.

An Awards Gala Great Gatsby Themed Dinner concluded the Summit in style! We recognised all our active and hard-working, committed chapters, announced the Chapter Standards and awarded special Recognition Awards to those chapters who go far beyond their goals. The slogan was: “Great Role models Engage Actively Together. Great Actions Transform Success Beyond Yourself.” It was truly a wonderful experience and many new friendships and connections were made.

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Not only did members from South Africa attend, but there was also an international presence as members from North America and the Asia-Pacific region attended. Amanda Wilson, the American Public University GK Chapter Advisor, traveled with two student officers to attend and present. Amanda described her favorite part of the Summit: “I was attending a presentation about social change. After just having toured the country-side, driving through the townships and experiencing the magic of South African culture, I sat watching the future leaders (i.e., the top 15% of students in the country) devise plans to enact change that included integrating service into their communities to make a difference; teaching people to advocate for the value of education; and brainstorming ways to utilize their natural resources in a responsible and efficient way as a country. The passion of the presenters, the activity in the audience, and the overall synergy of everyone at the Golden Key conference was absolutely beautiful and inspiring! They believe, like Nelson Mandela said, that education could change the world, and that’s what was happening, right before my very eyes.”

Read more about Amanda’s journey here. Nearly 20 Golden Key members were awarded $2,000 each to attend with our South Africa Conference Travel Grants.

Check back on the blog tomorrow and throughout the week for highlights on some of the travel grant winners’ experiences! Share this:

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