U3A Johannesburg

Our branch started about six years ago, and we presently have nearly 600 members. Last year we helped a new group to form in the Eastern part of our big commercial capital city. (Cape Town is the political capital - the ‘Mother City’.) The new Group is called Joburg East. We struggled to find a more evocative name for it, but we don’t have clearly defined natural boundaries on the Highveld. Our municipal namings are not anything to go by either. Joburg East is going great guns and succeeding in attracting new members from different parts of the sprawling metropolis.

There is a common SA website for the U3A Groups in South Africa except for the ones around the Western Cape, which Peter Lawson does. All our sites can be accessed immediately from www.u3a.org.za - Johannesburg, Joburg East, Pretoria, Durban, East London, Port Elizabeth, Plettenberg Bay, Knysna and George, in addition to the ones in the W Cape. Most of our U3As offer 25 to 50 courses at a time, held in private homes, libraries, church halls, etc. In addition we all hold General Meetings monthly, addressed by eminent guest speakers.

U3A gives me a chance to do good things for my fellow seniors, trusting that they too will realize that life goes on, so stay fit and think young, and take all the benefits you can from the varied affordable stimulation that U3A can provide.