Contact Details

Debra Lamson

Chapter Advisor

+27 21 959 2884

Yaheem Badrodien

Executive Co-President, Services and Outreach

Mokone Mmola

Co-President, Administration Management

Golden Key International Honour Society

The Golden Key International Honour Society’s seal emphasises Academics, Leadership and Service. Golden Key membership begins with the recognition of academic excellence, but the true benefit of membership is realising one’s potential through leadership and service to the community.

This echoes beautifully with UWC’s vision and mission of ethical leadership and engagement for the service of humanity.

On 11 August 2020, the UWC Chapter inducted 250 new members, students nominated from among the top 15% of academic achievers across all Faculties.

Golden Key is the world’s largest collegiate honour society. Membership into the society is by invitation only and applies to the top 15% of college and university, as well as top-performing graduate students in all fields of study. As an international honour society with more than 400 chapters at colleges and universities around the world, Golden Key is committed to a high standard of scholastic achievement, and an ethos of integrity, innovation, respect, collaboration and diversity.

As we recognise the 60th Anniversary celebrations of the University of the Western Cape this year, and applaud our institution for this milestone, we would also like to acknowledge that the UWC Chapter of Golden Key will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2021.

With over two million members, including honoraries such as Emeritus Desmond Tutu, President Nelson Mandela and Professor Brian O’Connell, Golden Key carries an esteemed legacy of achievement. Members are a community with a linkage to widely respected individuals and ideals … all part of the continuum of excellence.

For more information about the Golden Key International Honour Society and its UWC Chapter, please visit our website

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Golden Key Southern Africa is hosting our first ever virtual summit, Virtual Goes Viral.

Circumstances compel us to present this year’s summit as a virtual event. We believe the themes and programme structure will enable you to meet, connect, and inspire Golden Key members and alumni in South Africa and across the world.

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Dear partners and students,

The International Relations Office at the University of the Western Cape extends our well wishes to you during these uncertain and unprecedented times. Given the current global COVID-19 pandemic, we wish to extend our solidarity with our university partners – with compassion. The University has taken the necessary decision to postpone all inbound and outbound international travel and engagement until further notice.

However, we remain committed to our international partners, students and researchers, as well as to the broader society, to utilise our connectedness to offer intellectual contributions that seek to bring a measure of insightful scientific rigour and empathy to all those affected by the crisis. It is together, with unity of purpose and with our diversity and compassion, that we can continue to work with solidarity in service of humanity.

Additional information can be found on the UWC main site

Yours sincerely,


Umesh Bawa

Director of International Relations