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Golden Key South African Student Leader of the Year 2011


Golden Key South African Student Leader of the Year 2011 

DEADLINE: 30 September 2011

Golden Key International Honour Society recognises the most gifted students on campuses around the world.  Active Golden Key members are leaders in academics, on campus and in the community.  The Society has designed an award to honour these students for their visionary leadership.

The Regional Student Leader of the Year Award is designed to recognise one talented Golden Key member per region for outstanding commitment to Golden Key, as well as for campus and community leadership and academic achievement.

Each recipient of a Regional Student Leader of the Year Award will receive a R5 000.00 cheque, a certificate and the opportunity to be considered for the prestigious International Student Leader of the Year Award in 2012 which will be announced at the 2012 International Summit.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be an active Golden Key member with a chapter in good standing;
  • Be enrolled in an accredited undergraduate/graduate programme for the academic year 2011;
  • Submit all required application materials to the SA Office by 30 September 2011.

Academic achievement, impact of Golden Key leadership, as determined by the selection committee, and involvement in community engagement service projects and extracurricular activities.

Click here and complete the application form and upload the following supporting documents:

  • Your CV to highlighting your Golden Key involvement
  • A letter of recommendation from your chapter advisor
  • A copy of your most recent academic record

·         Winner Announcement
The Golden Key Student Leader of the Year 2011 South African Award Winner will be announced at the South African Summit Gala Evening on 8 October hosted by the University of the Free State, Centenary Building.  

All applicants will be informed of the status of their application on Monday, 3 October 2011.

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UCT GK - Red Cross Community Development Project

University of Cape Town Golden Key Chapter has established a volunteering-partnership with ‘The Friends of the Children's Hospital Association’ at Red Cross. The project at the hospital provides love and comfort to the children and the parents at the hospital. They provide food and clothes to the children and parents and also do small projects on handy work to keep the parents busy. Moreover, they hold support groups for the parents so as to provide emotional support.

The UCT Golden Key members are involved in the play programme run by The Friends and are actively involved in the initiatives to provide love and comfort (emotional healing) to the children through the play program. GK volunteers play with the children at the hospital, read stories to them, help them with homework and so forth. This is the beginning of a long term community development project with Red Cross.  They also held a clothing donation for the initiative. The chapter had a training day at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital on the 6thof August 2011 with The Friends of the Children’s Hospital Association. The training was an orientation for the GK volunteers. Avril (who works for the association) created awareness about some of the things that volunteers maybe subjected to such as death of a patient in their presence and spoke about the support that the association has to offer in such cases. Overall, it was a successful event and volunteers felt prepared for the project.


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SOS Children’s Village Holiday Club

The Golden Key Pietermaritzburg Chapter visited the SOS Children’s Village over the holidays. The village is home to children from a diverse range of backgrounds and circumstances, aged from 2 to 22 years old.  During school holidays many of the children are left with no option but to stay at the village and a holiday club is therefore organised to occupy and entertain them.  Golden Key’s involvement with this program was diverse and enriching.  They invited Louise Win, a local pottery teacher, who facilitated lessons with the children for a whole day.  The children were encouraged to play with clay, creating sculptures and having fun whilst at the same time gaining important tactile and muscle coordination skills. 

The volunteers also participated as judges for the children’s talent show, a lively and joyous event that went a long way in boosting confidence and rewarding creativity and courage.  They also had one of our members (Bongi) run a ‘chat room’ over two days, sitting down with the children and being an objective outside voice for the children who often feel that they cannot share worries or questions with their house mothers.  Bongi is a Masters student in psychology, and therefore had a good opportunity to skillfully put her counseling training into practice.

They began a project which saw us repainting the village library, a project that is still underway.  Our vision is to not only repaint the book library, but also the toy library next door, and to begin to encourage creative and imaginative play in the village, instilling a love of reading and creating in the children. We hope that this is the start of a long and rewarding relationship between SOS and Golden Key.

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UWC GK Float Parade

The University of the Western Cape GK Chapter participated in the RAG Float Parade for a good cause. They paraded the streets of Bellville and Parow in Cape Town collecting non-perishable items to donate to local disadvantaged schools and homes to aid them for winter. The event was highly successful and created awareness within the community.

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Stellenbosch makes 2050 sandwiches

The Golden Key Stellenbosch Chapter made 2050 sandwiches on Thursday (5 May) that were given to the Feeding in Action Project in Stellenbosch. The sandwiches were distributed to the needy at 15 locations in the Stellenbosch area, including schools in Ida’s Valley, Cloetesville, Kayamandi and Jamestown. Ms Zanelle van Zyl, a BAcc student and coordinator of the Toasties for Tummies project, the largest of the Stellenbosch chapter’s community interaction projects, said the project is a practical example of how Stellenbosch students can use an initiative of this nature to help give shape to SU’s HOPE Project. “We’re obviously very excited that we reached and exceeded our target of 2000 sandwiches. About 185 Maties helped to make sandwiches. The goal of the day was to bring relief to people who really don’t have something to eat, but of course it does almost as much for the students who made the sandwiches too.” About 200 loaves were used for the projects – purchased by the Golden Key Stellenbosch Chapter.

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Rhodes University Literacy Project

The Golden Key Society of the Rhodes University Chapter has collectively focused their interest to running a ‘Love Reading Club’ in D.D Siwisa Primary School, Grahamstown, Extension 6. For it is not the creativity and innovation that necessarily makes a progressive change, but it is the perpetual effort put into existing dreams that constitute success. The 2011 ‘Love Reading Club’ commenced in our second term of study being a divide of two groups, a group club orientators committed to improving Xhosa reading skills, and a group specialising in English reading skills. The project is gradually becoming effective, and we hope these little leaps are leading us toward achieving our goal of D.D Siwisa pupils being literate and bestowing a passion for literature and comprehension. English pupils under the program are an estimate of 60; pupils constituting the Xhosa group are an estimate of 25.

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UFS Making a Difference

The University of the Free State chapter has been busy since the beginning of 2011 making a difference where ever they go. The year kick started with the 'Cinema of Love', together with the Psychology Student Association, they visited the House of Compassion; held a "Trip to the Roots" by visiting Bloemfontein National Museum and attend the Beyers Naude lecture by invitation that took place on the Qwa Qwa campus conducted by UFS Rector and GK honorary member, Prof Jansen who reminded all to be human.

Join the UFS GK Chapter Facebook group now and take part in the chapter's enriching initiatives.

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Congratulations - Vincent Nowaseb! Winner of GK International Study Abroad Scholarship US$1,500

Golden Key would like to congratulate Vincent Nowaseb, graduate from Cape Peninsula University of Technology. He has been named the winner of the Golden Key International Study Abroad Scholarship valued at US$1,500.

"I am extremely honoured and delighted to have been selected for this prestigious award. I am from Windhoek, Namibia and am currently studying towards an MSc degree in Biotechnology and Enterprise at the University of Manchester, United Kingdom. Here, I also serve on the Masters Coordination Panel as student course representative.
The award comes at a timely moment as I am in the process of planning a trip to Windhoek for collecting samples that I require for my research, which pertains to measuring the prevalence of a certain fungal infection in HIV/AIDS patients in Namibia. The funds will go towards covering the travel expenditure. I have been so blessed that I have recently also received the Namibian Graduate Scholar award which covers the bulk of my tuition costs."

He is just one Golden Key member who benefit from Golden Key membership. You can do as well - Apply for Golden Key member only scholarships and awards here.

Vincent provided us with a testimonial video - click here to watch. We wish Vincent all the best with his studies!

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UCT Tutor Programme Every Tuesday

The Golden Key International Honour Society UCT Chapter adopted a school in 2010, Garlandale High School in Athlone and are running a tutor programme at the school. The learners are assisted with their homework. However, we need YOU to help us achieve this goal.  This is our way of helping, sustaining and empowering the community, please help us achieve these goals, for without ambassadors such as yourselves, we cannot succeed in our mission.

The tutor programme details are as follows:
Where: Garlandale High, Athlone
Time: leave UCT by 14:45 return by 16:00
When: Every Tuesdays

Are you willing to volunteer?  For more information contact Ziyanda Ndzendze, UCT Chapter: Community Development Director


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Golden Key Pietermaritzburg - Raceday Fundraising Event

The Golden Key Chapter, UKZN Pietermaritzburg campus, held another successful race day fundraising event at Scottsville Racecourse on Sunday, 11 September 2010. The main focus is education and the funds raised go towards improving teaching conditions of underprivileged schools in the Pietermaritzburg area.

There was a range of food and fleamarket stalls, promotions by Virgin Active and red Bull, raffles and prizes for the best-dressed and was a big success.

Well done, Golden Key Chapter! You make us proud!

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