U3A in SOUTH AFRICA

UNIVERSITY of the THIRD AGE

West Rand Chapter

where something is always happening!

U3A in SOUTH AFRICA

The first local example of the UK model was launched in Cape Town in February 2000 by Sylvia and Arthur Schrire. The response was overwhelming.

Greater Cape Town currently has over 8000 members, and the current national membership of around 11,000 comprises 26 independent local U3As in Gauteng, Free State,  Kwazulu-Natal, and Western, Southern and Eastern Cape. Courses range from Afrikaans to Yoga, but a core curriculum has emerged. Most U3As have a language group, a creative writing group and others that represent an amazing breadth of experience and interest. There are science and technology studies, history and of course all the ‘..ologies’. Many social and cultural activities, such as bird watching and wine appreciation, are also on offer.

The national website for U3A South Africa gives further information and

 links to other branches across the country and useful input on issues affecting retired people.

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