An Important Reminder

All U3A West Rand members, as well as members visiting from other branches are reminded to wear their U3A membership name tags at the monthly meetings, otherwise a visitor’s fee of R20.00 will be charged.

Attention All Walkers

We have received the following from Griet Wessels, of the Walking Interest Group:

Hello all

I decided not to wait for the rain before walking at Griffins Estate in
Randfontein on TUESDAY 19 SEPTEMBER. There is no entrance fee. » Read more

From the Committee

Pensioner’s Discounts

We would like to put together a list of shops and stores that have pensioner’s discount days days. If you know of a shop or store that has a discount day or some other form of offer for pensioners please fill in your information on the form which will be available at the monthly meeting, or email Frans at

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News From the Participants of the Recent Laughter for Life Workshop

U3A West Rand are now proud to have four trained Laughter Leaders after having taken part in the Laughter for Life workshop held recently.

The two day course was presented at Ruimsig Retirement Village on 23-24 November 2017 by John-Peter Gernaat, Master Trainer.

The aims of the participants varied. One wanted to learn how to release the inner child through laughter, another how to bring a new happy and relaxing atmosphere to her environment, yet another wanted to take the course to be able to help out at a local centre for the disabled and the fourth participant wanted to spread a little happiness at various centres for the aged.

The training involved some background history and a lot of practical work. We, as trainees, enjoyed every minute of the course and we hope that we can share our experience with more people. Bringing laughter back into society has a lot of benefits.

Just two of the benefits of laughing is the feeling of total stress release, and a feeling of well being brought about by the increased oxygen flow in the body

We hope to start a U3A West Rand Laughter Club next year.

At the end of the course certificates were awarded to Marthie Coetzer, Janet van der Mewe, Christine Doel and Griet Wessels.

Congratulations to all and thank you for your enthusiastic participation, and a BIG THANK YOU to John-Peter Gernaat who held the training and supplied the training manual and certificates

Downloading Files from the Resources Page

From the Webmaster

A member recently contacted me to say he could not download a file from the Resources page of this site.

To avoid any further difficulty in downloading files from our website here are the steps to take to download files from the Resources page:


  1. On the Resources page there is a table with all our downloadable resource files.
  2. Click the link for the file you would like to download from the column on the right (the link is blue and will be underlined when you hover your mouse over it). The file will then open in a new page in your web browser.
  3. Above the opened file page there is a header with three icons on the right hand side (if you don’t see this header just place your mouse above the page and it will appear).
  4. The middle icon shows a little arrow pointing down. This is the download button. Click this and the file will download to your computer.

Something to do on Sunday Afternoon

INVITATION TO MUSIC EVENING with Jacques Steyn (Member of U3A)

Sunday 29 July  5pm – 7pm

Address : 28 Galway, Kenmare, Krugersdorp


Jacques Steyn performs music in many different styles accompanying
himself with keyboard, piano or guitar, depending on the song, on top of
background music he arranged and recorded plugged or unplugged (Acoustic)

He has performed in the State Theatre, National Arts Festivals, TV,
radio, “Kerslig, Vers en Melodiee”, festivals and other occasions for many
years and his music styles vary from ballads, pop rock, latin, golden
oldies, cross-over classics, music theatre, cabaret, jazz and blues – in
short, lots of music from the past 50 years.

Enjoy Music and singing of the highest quality performed by this
professional musician in a warm atmosphere – Candlelight and lounge – with

Tickets are R100. Bookings is essential to reserve your seat – call 083-045-6466

Bring your own basket, drinks and glasses.

Additional on order : Thick soup Medley with fresh bread @ R25 / Cake &
Coffee @ R25



Jacques Steyn has an extraordinary passion for music and one can feel the
soul when he sings. Great songs to listen to and he has a gentle way of
portraying his music that you feel totally captivated in his world. Will
definitely recommend him for any event“.

– Joanne & Tonna Pieterse


Putting aside the man’s obvious talent, his choice of music was both
emotionally stirring and refreshingly lighthearted and I couldn’t help
myself from enjoying the ride. I recommend Jacques Steyn for any event if
the goal is to captivate and enchant the audience“.

– Christiaan Putter

Speakers for our Monthly Meetings

Message from Griet Wessels

We know we have some very capable members at U3A West Rand who we feel can assist us as speakers for our meetings. If you are doing, or have done, something interesting that you can share with our members your expertise would be very welcome. Please contact the Speaker Seeker, Griet, and let her know.


We have Moved!!

First a bit of history

At a meeting of U3A Johannesburg North on 2 March 2016, a few members, living on the West Rand, came together with the idea of establishing a branch of U3A on the West Rand. The first planning meeting, was attended by members of U3A Johannesburg North management committee and took place on 4 March.

The inauguration meeting of U3A West Rand took place the following month on 12 April at Ruimsig Retirement Village in Roodepoort, with a membership of 54 signed up.

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