About Golden Key

What is Golden Key?         

Golden Key is is the world's largest collegiate honour society, internationally recognised, non-profit organization affiliated with over 400 universities throughout Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, the Bahamas, South Africa, India and the United States.  The Society’s mission is to enable members to realize their potential by connecting individual achievement with service and lifelong opportunity. Golden Key National Honour Society was founded by a group of undergraduate students and faculty members at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia, on November 29, 1977. It is the world’s largest collegiate honour society and is a mission focused, values based and demographics driven organization.  With 39 years of rich tradition, Golden Key remains committed to scholarship, career development, leadership and community service. Golden Key South Africa started in 2000, has 15 active chapters currently and touched the lives of more than 91,000 South Africans.


Golden Key’s Mission   

Golden Key’s mission is to enable our members to realize their potential through the advancement of academics, leadership and service.


Golden Key’s Values

Integrity, Collaboration, Innovation, Respect, Diversity, Excellence, Engagement


Business Model

Golden Key is registered as a non-profit organisation in South Africa incorporated in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. The 2017 once-off life time membership fee for South African members is R 625.00. Fees received by Golden Key are distributed to universities and members in the form of chapter funding, scholarships, publications and summits.  US$1.57 is spent on programmatic efforts for every US$1 received in membership dues.




Golden Key in South Africa   

Since 2000, more than 102 000 students have joined Golden Key at South African universities. These include the following institutions:

University of Pretoria

University of Cape Town

University of KwaZulu Natal

University of Johannesburg

University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg 

University of the Western Cape

University of the Free State

University of South Africa

Rhodes University 

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Tshwane University of Technology

Durban University of Technology

North-West University (Potchefstroom)

North-West University (Mafikeng)

North-West University (Vanderbijlpark) 

Nelson Mandela University

Stellenbosch University 

Sefako Makgatho University


For more information about the Golden Key International Honour Society, please visit the following pages:

International website: www.goldenkey.org
South African website: www.goldenkey.org.za

For more information about the University of Pretoria Chapter:

            Visit our Facebook page/personal account: "Golden Key Pretoria"

            or follow us on Twitter: @gkpretoria 

            or follow us on Instagram: @goldenkey_up



Published by Asandiswa Chitha

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