Frans Smit bio

Retired Chartered Accountant
Father of a girl and 2 boys and grandfather of 3 girls and 2 boys
Member of Mozart Choir
Plays backgammon by email
Bonsai addict

Annual General Meeting

Please be aware that our ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING will be held on 9 April 2019 at 0945 in our usual


Are you interested in becoming a member of the committee?

We have already sent out a committee nomination form by email with our monthly reminder for March. Use this form and fill in your name or the name of someone else you want to nominate. Then get a paid up member of U3A West Rand to second the nomination and hand the form in at the March 12 meeting.

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.

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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Pensioner’s Discounts

From the Committee

As you may know we have started to compile a list of all stores and organizations that offer some kind of discount service for pensioners. The list is available for download below and will be added to our new Resources Page and updated frequently.

At the moment the list we have is far from complete and we request your help in improving it.

The West Rand region is very large and the potential for a gigantic list of pensioner’s discounts is massive. If you know of any type of discount for pensioners being offered in any form please let us know so we can add to the list. Send your information to us by emailing or fill out the form on the Contact Us page of this website.

Remember this is an ongoing project and with your help should become a fantastic resource for all of us to use.


Download our current list of Pensioners discounts

U3A West Rand Reminder – November 2017

Upcoming Lectures and speakers


Dear Members

You are invited to attend the following lectures

14 November 2017


Penny Hochfeld – Facts and Fiction

Penny lectures on 25 years of book selling at Exclusive Books – The History and Pleasure of Selling Books.

In this lecture she also makes some very interesting observations on who and why people select certain books.

We are now planning for our 2018 lectures


In the pipeline we have lectures about

  • health,
  • water and son,
  • theatre behind the scenes,
  • eagles in out area (the eagle is on our logo)

If there are any subjects you would like to have a lecture on, please contact any of our committee members and we will follow your suggestions up.

Our first lecture for 2018 will be…

13 February 2018


Ernest Porter – Eagles of the Walter Sisulu Nature Reserve

Ernest is an experienced photographer and nature lover. He holds two degrees in the finance world and is a senior tutor at the Johannesburg University.
As the eagle is on our logo he will be sharing some interesting facts about eagles in our area.

Join the Committee – Your Invitation

Have you ever longed to be in charge or organize something?

Wanting a fresh challenge?


The following positions are vacant from March 2018

  • Chairman
  • Speaker Planner
  • Membership controller

As all our communication is done via the internet you need to be able to print notifications and reports as well as type and handle e-mails.

Searching for speakers is done through Google and members’ requests followed up by telephone calls.

We have one monthly committee meeting to co-ordinate the events for the next month and to share information.

There is no remuneration for committee members but expenses are refunded according to the constitution.

Please contact any of the committee members if you want to join the committee.

Urgent Request to All U3A West Rand Members

From Hanzel Jacobs our Chairman


U3A West Rand urgently needs interested members to join our committee for next year as a number of portfolios will become vacant.

For those who can help, please contact a committee member for more info. Only one meeting per month is all it takes.

We need to keep going”.

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