Special Programmes

The following initiatives aim to identify potential leaders and to develop student leadership:


Enactus UP

Who is Enactus?
Enactus is a global organisation with its headquarters in the United States of America. It currently boasts a membership of 70 500+ students in 1650+ universities across 36 countries. All Enactus chapters collectively contribute toward 4900+ projects annually, amounting to 5 850 000+ volunteer hours. This subsequently
results in 1 950 000+ lives impacted annually by its students.

EN-ACT-US stands for ENTREPRENEURIAL ACTION (the willingness to start a business and the commitment to stand by it) through US, (students, academics, advisors and business people).

Enactus aims to create sustainable community development projects through entrepreneurial action. Students are encouraged to implement strategic projects, which address the unique needs of communities from an entrepreneurial stance. In partnership with business and academic leaders, communities and individuals are equipped with the necessary skills to improve communities’ standards of living and
quality of life.

Annually, students from each Enactus chapter in South Africa compete at the National Competition where they present on their community projects. This competition provides students with the opportunity to develop numerous skills and to represent their country in the Enactus World Cup should they win the National Competition.

At UP, Enactus has a two-prong impact: the development of students who are involved in this programme and the upliftment of communities and individuals through assisting them to become entrepreneurs in their own right.

Enactus UP was established in 2009 at the University of Pretoria and has experienced a tremendous amount of success as a programme. In the ten years since its launch, we have won the South African National Competition twice (2010 and 2013). Thus, we have represented our country, province and university at the World Cups held in Los Angeles and Mexico and made it to the semi-final round on
both occasions. Furthermore, we are proud to announce that we have always advanced to the final round of the National Competition in the other years and were positioned in second place in the past two years (2014, 2015 and 2018).

Golden Key

Golden Key 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.

STARS Mentorship Programme

Read the article that was written by Dr. Rina Wilken and posted in the Junior Tukkie magazine that give a detailed explanation about the offerings of STARS:

To improve the first-year student’s adjustment in the transition from high school to university by supporting them socially and emotionally with the view to boosting their academic performance.

Ultimate vision:
To link each first year student with a mentor (second year student and above) to assist him/her to become street wise on campus .


  • To provide first years with someone to trust with whatever problem or situation they may find themselves in;
  • To provide first years with someone to turn to when they need guidance in any way
  • To provide first year students someone to help them work out their goals and ambitions and how to reach those
  • To provide first year students with:
    1. Someone who will remind them about their academic responsibilities
    2. Refer them for assistance to competent people where necessary
    3. Encourage them to take charge of their destinies
    4. Assist them to identify offices and individuals who will help them make their life easy at varsity.

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