Monthly Meetings


West Rand Chapter

where something is always happening!


West Rand U3A monthly meetings are held on the second Tuesday of every month, except December and January, at the Wilgespruit NG Church on the corner of Mimosa and Wag ‘n Bietjie Streets in Wilro Park in Roodepoort. Please see Google Maps below to get directions.

Guest speakers will stat at 10h00 sharp but members are invited for a complimentary cup of tea, biscuit and a chat from 09h15.

The West Rand monthly meetings are the backbone of the U3A in the West with members and visitors in excess of 100 often attending. One of the reasons for this success is the quality of speakers month after month. This is due to the exceptional work done by our Speaker Coordinator Dawn Chapman who  manages to arrange excellent speakers month after month.

Should you have any speaker suggestions for Dawn, please click on the link above and let Dawn know via the email form below her name and photo.

For a schedule of past and future speakers please see below.

Speaker Schedule to July 2020

(Please note that last minute changes to the program are sometimes unavoidable and when such changes are made, please accept our apologies.)

10 March         U3A Annual General Meeting

14 April           Louise Schweikerdt – Empathy in Health Care

In her talk, Louise will briefly touch on the importance of empathy in healthcare and why she thinks this is failing. She will explain what an SP is and what her work as SP (simulated/standardised patients) facilitator at Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (previously Medunsa) entails.

 Louise at the age of 24, she enrolled as a student of BA Drama at the University of Pretoria (UP). In 2002,

Louise started portraying the roles of patients as a Simulated/Standardised patient (SP) at UP.

Teaching students through role portrayal quickly turned into a passion. Louise was appointed as the

first SP facilitator in South Africa at Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (then MEDUNSA) in

  1. A position she still holds.

12 May           Sally Sands – The History of Gardening

9 June            Francis Callard – The History of Rotary

14 July           Presenter to be announced – Transfusion in South Africa: The safest blood in the world