West Rand Chapter

where something is always happening!

Meet the U3A West Rand Chapter COMMITTEE 

The only thing more surprising than the amount of resources that are required to keep an organisation such as the West Rand Chapter of the U3A running, to the benefit of all it’s members, is the expertise and skills that are available in any group of interested and engaged volunteers.

Please meet the group of dedicated volunteers that make the West Rand U3A Chapter possible.

Should you wish to contact any of the individual Committee members please use the mail forms below their names.

John Giani

       John has been married to Audrey to 54 years. They have four daughters and

       eight grandchildren. John has been involved in the Financial Services Industry for the

       past 42 years. In 2016 he sold his practice and became semi- retired.

      John enjoys walking and his goal is to walk 1200km this year. John studies and reads

      everything he can lay his hnds on relating to retirees and pensioners.

Murray Cronje

Murray retired from the Engineering Profession in June 2016, after working for the South African Railways for 23 years and thereafter another 20 years for various private Companies.

He is married to Ricky for more than 45 years already, but has known her for 48 years. They have three married daughters and five beautiful grandchildren, two grandsons and three granddaughters. Two of their grandchildren live in the UK with his eldest daughter and son-in-law, for the past 12 years already, and they have become British Citizens.

Although Murray has retired from the Engineering Profession, he wants nothing to do anymore with his previous career, although he has being invited by the Illumination Engineering Society of South Africa (of which he is a Fellow Member) numerous times to present papers at their AGM’s and also to lecture at the courses that they run, as he did previously when he was still in active employment.

Instead, he keeps himself busy (and out of trouble) by doing little things, e.g. helping with taking the grandkids to school and fetching them, supporting the grandkids in their extra mural activities, doing the shopping, washing the dishes, cooking the meals, working in his garden, planting vegetables in containers (his hobby), acting as courier (delivery boy)/banker for his wife (who is still working from home for the past 40 years), etc.

Murray is proud to be a member of the U3A, and is looking forward to his new role as Treasurer for the West Rand Chapter.

Joan Clark

Dawn Chapman

Dawn and her husband John, a retired architect, lives in Featherbrooke Estate where she has done since 2002. Previously Dawn owned and ran a successful flooring company (Egdal Flooring Company) for 25 years after which she owned a successful window cleaning service called “Formby Enterprises” name came from George Formby’s song “When I’m cleaning windows”!       

Dawn has 2 daughters one of which lives in Croatia and owns and runs a successful hotel and travel agency with her husband and their 2 daughters.

The 2nd daughter is unmarried and works for a commercial company in Johannesburg.

To keep herself out of trouble and to keep fit Dawn does Pilates; Tai Chi and Biokinetics each 3 times per week.

Her hobbies include anything which can be done by hand and twice a week She attends recycled art  and quilting classes. She also enjoys cooking, baking and entertaining.

After all of this Dawn loves to relax by sitting at the piano and tickeling the ivories!

Marthie Coetzer

Marthie is single and lives in Ruimsig Retirement Village in Ruimsig

Mother of two. My son lives in Randburg and my daughter in Perth Australia.

Grandmother to 4 girls.

I am addicted to movies.  Those at Cinema Nouveau.

Love classical music and opera.

My garden is very important to me. I relax by working in the garden and I collect plants. Will never have enough!

Barbara Klarenbeek

Barbara comes from a Secretarial background and have been retired for 5 years.

Barbara and her husband, Robert, have been married for over 40 years and have 4 children and 3 grandchildren

One of our aims, after retiring, is to travel the length and breadth of  Southern Africa.

My hobbies include reading, birding, crocheting and going out for coffee.

Tommy Scanes

Tommy is a retired Medical Technologist who occupied a number of Research, Research and Development and Logistics positions with the South African National Blood Service.

Tommy is married to Patsy and they are blessed with 3 great Sons, 4 tremendous Daughters in Law and 7 of the grandest Grandchildren ever.

Tommy and Patsy have been fortunate to have visited a number of countries all over the world and plan to continue these adventures for as long as they can.

Tommy enjoys spending time sawing, turning and gluing wood in his garage and sometimes even produces something that works without falling apart. Patsy is an artist whose paintings have been sold widely within South Africa and abroad and also enjoys gardening and dressmaking.

Audrey Giani

Audrey and husband John have been married for 54 years. Besides being husband John’s Admin Assistant, her whole life revolves around her four daughters and eight grandchildren. Audrey is very involved in the lives of all her grandchildren with afternoons spent fetching them from school, feeding them, helping with homework and taking them to all after-school activities.

Brian Clark
Additional Member