Hellenic Students Association
The success of the Students Hellenic Association (SHA) at Wits University in Johannesburg inspired Laki Parolis and Pam Kallos to found a similar organisation, the Hellenic Students Association (HSA), in Cape Town in 1960.
From 10 members in the early days, the HSA now boasts more than 80 members. The organisation’s mission is to keep the Hellenic fire burning, and to provide a platform for young Hellenes to celebrate their rich culture and heritage. Through Greek dancing, taverna evenings, and participation in religious and cultural events, the HSA offers its members numerous opportunities to meet, mingle and contribute.
HSA Cape Town is one of the founding affiliates of NAHYSOSA (National Hellenic Youth and Student Organisations of South Africa) and holds a key position in the national body. The proceeds of many of the HSA’s events are donated to the NAHYSOSA bursary fund, to which the SHA makes a yearly contribution. The bursary fund offers financial aid to Hellenic students embarking on tertiary studies.
The HSA is an integral part of the Hellenic Community of Cape Town, and plays a vital role in uniting and supporting young Hellenes. The current President is Raphaella Joannou.