NWU Vaal welcomes record number of students to academic international honour society

Annette Willemse -- Wed, 05/27/2015 - 15:11

NWU Vaal welcomes record number of students to international honour society

The Golden Key International Honour Society - the world largest honour society - recently welcomed a record number of students to its chapter on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal).

More than 390 students accepted the invitation to join the society and gathered on 26 May 2015 for the annual New Member Recognition Ceremony, which saw several high-ranking officials from Golden Key South Africa, as well as members of the campus management in attendance.

More than 300 new members joined the honour society New members represent the top 15% of all academic achievers
Dorette Visser-Parsons (Director: Golden Key SA), Diné du Preez and
Maggie de Beer (both NWU Vaal Chapter Advisors)
The Dean of Students, Prem Coopoo, congratulated the new
members on their achievements

In his welcoming address Mr Stephan Gericke – Chapter Relations Officer: South Africa, congratulated the new members and shared with them the fact that the North-West University was the first university in the country to be affiliated with the society. This came about in August 2000. The NWU Vaal Chapter came into being in 2009 and is run by a team of Chapter Officers (all current students) and two Chapter Advisors, namely Mrs Maggie de Beer and Ms Dine du Preez. The Chapter Officers are:

  • Zoleka Ndolela                                 President
  • Ntswaki Makoetlane                        Vice-President
  • Francina Kwakwa                            Treasurer
  • Busisiwe Ntozini                              Secretary
  • Keitumetse Moeletsi                        Membership Recruitment Director
  • Hendrik Mojalefa Phelane               Service Director
  • Fatima Bibi Mohamed                    Campus and Community Outreach Director
  • Bongani Mzelemu                           Public Relations Director
  • Katleho Makoko                              Fundraising Director
  • Thukwa Shongwe                            Professional Development Director
The leadership of Golden Key South Africa and the NWU Vaal Chapter.

More about the society

The Golden Key International Honour Society connects high-achieving individuals locally, regionally and globally with lifetime opportunity, reward and success. The society focuses on academic excellence, leadership development and community service. It is furthermore a non-profit organization affiliated with over 400 universities throughout Australia, Canada, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Africa, the Bahamas 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 is the world’s largest honour society and is a mission-focused, values-based and demographics-driven organization.  With 36 years of rich tradition, Golden Key remains committed to scholarship, career development, leadership and community service. To date more than 70 000 South African students have joined the ranks of the society.

The mission, vision and values of the society

According to Mrs Dorette Visser-Parsons – Director of Golden Key South Africa, the mission of the society is to enable members to realise their potential through the advancement of academics, leadership and service. The vision of the society is to continually strive towards being the world’s premier honour society and to recognise academic excellence and provide tangible value to its members, advisors and partners all whilst positively impacting the communities in which Golden Key functions.

The values which are ascribed to, include: integrity, collaboration, innovation, respect, diversity, excellence and engagement.

Academic excellence and leadership awarded

“Your hard work has provided you with an opportunity to be formally recognised for your academic achievement – in fact, you represent the top 15% of the top academic achievers – from all disciplines, at the Vaal Triangle Campus,” said Visser-Parsons.

The keynote-address was delivered by Dr Stef Esterhuizen, a senior lecturer within the School of Educational Sciences (within the Faculty of Humanities). In her address, Dr Esterhuizen focused on the importance of making the most of all the opportunities that presents itself – be it within the realm of academia, social leadership or community engagement. She motivated the new members to cherish their accomplishments and to always stay true to themselves and by doing so pro-actively work towards becoming the best version of themselves they can possibly be.

The event ended on a high note as all the new members pledged their allegiance to the charge of the society.  The ethos of the society is summed-up by the last paragraph of the charge: “The key holder is a leader, but the greatest leader is the greatest servant. As a member of Golden Key International Honour Society, you have chosen to live as a seeker of wisdom with a lifestyle of service. You have demonstrated your ability; now fulfil your potential.”

Diné du Preez, Primary Advisor to the NWU Vaal Chapter Dr Stef Esterhuizen, delivered a keynote-address
Stephan Gricke, Chapter Rlations Officer, addressing the audience The charter was read aloud by Diné du Preez