UCT students strike gold

05 December 2007 | Story by Megan Morris

Key students: UCT's Jessica Auerbach, second from left, was one of the winners of the recent Sasol Golden Key Excellence Awards. In the picture with Auerbach are Zafeer Nagdee of the University of Johannesburg, Anri Theron of North-West University, Charlene Gunter of Golden Key SA, Golden Key SA director Mia Badenhorst, and Janeke Thumbran and Ridhwaan Suliman of the University of Pretoria

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UCT students Jessica Auerbach and Wendy Williams were among the winners of the Sasol Golden Key Excellence Awards, announced in Pretoria in November.

This new awards programme was initiated by Sasol and the Golden Key International Honour Society to recognise and celebrate the exceptional achievements of Golden Key members in South Africa. Students are graded for excellence in leadership, their involvement in community service initiatives and their academic track record.

Auerbach was named as the winner in the humanities category, while Williams was the top student in the natural and applied sciences category. Each pocketed R1 000 towards their postgraduate studies in 2008.

Golden Key, based in the US, recognises and encourages academic excellence among top undergraduate students in all disciplines, and now has branches in seven countries. UCT was one of the South African universities to host a Golden Key chapter. The country now boasts branches at 11 universities.

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