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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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GK Wits Chapter Leadership Training at Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls

The Golden Key Chapter from Wits University reached out to the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls and presented a Leadership Training programme over the weekend of 27 Augus 2010 to Grade 11 pupils. The training was conducted by Wits Registrar, Dr Derek Swemmer, as he serves as the Golden Key Chapter Advisor. Dr Swemmer taught the students the importance of teamwork, problem-solving, leadership skills and decision-making processes.

This activity formed part of the various projects Golden Key chapters take on to make a difference in the lives of the community, because through the empowerment of the youth each individual will have the skills to reach their full potential. The Chapter President, Derick Mohlala said: "Leadership is one of Golden Key International Honour Society's three achors. The other two are academic excellence and community service."

Golden Key, an international Honour Society aimed at unlocking young peoples’ potential spreads its wings and did just that for the girls at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa.

This year, in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of Golden Key in South Africa and in the spirit of Women’s Month, the University of the Witwatersrand Chapter decided to host the 2010 Leadership Workshop for the first set of matric (Grade 12) hopefuls at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls.

Each year, the University of the Witwatersrand Chapter (Wits) hosts a Leadership Workshop for students. The workshop uses experiential learning to challenge participants to think outside the box in brainstorming solutions to issues students and young people are often faced with whilst at school and university. True to Golden Key's ethos, the workshop content varies each year yet inevitably touches on the three pillars of Golden Key; Academic Excellence,Leadership, and Service.

On the 21st of August, the Executive Committee and advisors, Dr Derek Swemmer (former Registrar at Wits University) and Mrs Lamese Abrahams (Head of the Student Development and Leadership Unit) helped facilitate the workshop titled “Action Centred Leadership.”

Debbie Dlomo, an aspiring Chartered Accountant says: “The leadership workshop was one of the most fulfilling and educational programmes we've had this year. We are constantly addressed by ambassadors from US colleges, but having representatives, let alone students from a South African University, has broadened our perspective around the fact that South Africa has a broad and diverse education system. In fact, most of us are now considering applying and studying in SA. You have really opened up a network pool for us and we will use you as a resource whenever needed”.

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UP Chapter relationship with Unica School of Autism

The Golden Key University of Pretoria Chapter has adopted Unica School of Autism as one of their projects in 2008 and is still actively involved. The objective of this partnership is to create awareness regarding autism. Through this, students can actively be involved and are therefore encouraged to take part in their Unica Teacher's Assistant project which has been in existence since 2008. This project is open to all registered UP students and participation is welcomed. For more information, please contact Golden Key South Africa directly or Tammy Spandiel, Unica Teacher's Assitant.

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International Scholar Laureate Program (ISLP) - Khanya Matshikwe

Attending the International Scholar Laureate Program (ISLP) has definitely been a highlight in 2010 for Khanya Matshikwe from the University of Cape Town. Khanya served on the UCT Golden Key chapter as the Social Events Officer for 2010.

According to Khanya : "This programme was an absolutely amazing opportunity to network, learn and have fun. Starting in Washington DC, I have a new found appreciation for American history, just because of how patriotic the people are and how much they make sure that it is not forgotten. Experiencing the campus life on foreign soil was interesting as well…the common thread is that we all love to have a good time, whilst trying to figure out what to do with our lives. Visiting U-Street, the Capitol and the White House are some highlights from Washington. The next stop was New York City and all I can say about this place is Time Square, NASDAQ and shopping. Learning about business and social entrepreneurship has never quite been this real and diverse and interesting. I can truly say that the International Scholar Laureate Program fits right into my “Top 3 Best Conferences” ever attended. As I came away not only with knowledge and contacts but with friends all over the world. This was 8 days of learning, fun and exploration".

More information on the ISLP 2011 will be communicated to Golden Key members via e-mail or visit If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact ISLP via e-mail at

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