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Welcome to the
UNIVERSITY of the THIRD AGE
West Rand Chapter
Living, Laughing and Learning after retirement – because you’ve earned it!
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WHAT IS U3A?
U3A – University of the Third Age is a learning co-operative for ”Third Agers”. The term “Third Agers” was coined to refer to what we in South Africa tend to call Senior Citizens – older people from all walks of life who are no longer in full time employment.
How did it start?
U3A began in France in 1972, under the aegis of the University of Toulouse. In the French model, faculty members and working academics, are course facilitators and lecturers. With its spread to the UK came the realization that Third Agers had skills to organize and teach their own autonomous learning groups and the nature of the organization changed with the current model being enthusiastically adopted in more than 30 countries around the world.
U3A in South Africa
The first example of the UK model was launched in Cape Town in February 2000. The response was overwhelming. The current national membership of around 11 000 in 25 independent local U3A chapters in Gauteng, Free State, KZN, and Southern, Eastern and Western Cape.
Objectives of U3A West Rand Chapter
Our logo, the Black Eagle and the Waterfall are synonymous with the West Rand so they were a natural choice.
U3A West Rand is a group of mature persons in partial or complete retirement (i.e. the Third Age) and whose objectives are:
- To provide intellectually stimulating programmes of learning and social contacts arising therefrom.
- To deliver these programmes through a voluntary self-help community in which all members enjoy equal status.
- To promote improvement in the quality of life of members.
- To demonstrate that intellectual capacity can be maintained well into the third age.
U3A West Rand Membership
Members pay an annual subscription fee of R 70-00 payable from October.
Meetings take place monthly (except December and January) on the second Tuesday of each month starting at 09:15, with a cup of complimentary tea or coffee, at 10:00 an invited guest speaker shares his/her knowledge on a topic of interest, with our members. Enthusiastic members also participate in our courses and special interest groups. If you would like to join or have the skills to start a new special interest group, please contact our group co-ordinator.
Please note all correspondence, newsletters and special notices of U3A West Rand upcoming activities will be distributed via e-mail to all registered West Rand U3A members. In addition all such correspondence will be featured on this website.
A visitors fee of R20 will be charged to visitors for each meeting they attend.
Your Membership cards will be accepted for entry at any U3A Chapter worldwide.
Please note that membership cards are to be worn at all U3A functions. Should members not have their membership cards, a visitors card will be supplied at the visitors fee of R20.