The University of the Third Age

The University of the Third Age (U3A) is a non-profit organisation for ‘third agers’ i.e. retired people or senior citizens. 

Some Of The Info Below Will, Unfortunately, Not Be Applicable For The Remainder Of The Year On Account Of The Covid-19 Pandemic.

Lectures have been cancelled for the remainder of the year, as have our short courses; however, in place of the usual short courses held at Randjes, we are offering our members a number of “virtual” short courses, as well as computer and other classes (offered by U3A Johannesburg) and other things to do during lockdown.  We are sure you will find these of interest, and enjoyable.

The University of the Third Age

The University of the Third Age (U3A) is a non-profit organisation for ‘third agers’ i.e. retired people or senior citizens.  The organisation started in France in 1968.  It now has branches in over 36 countries and there are more than 28 independent branches in South Africa including five in the Johannesburg area.

U3A Joburg East meets in the RJM Hall on Randjes Estate, Randjeslaagte Road, Highlands North, Johannesburg (GPS coordinates: 26.14S 28.09E.).  Monthly meetings, addressed by experts in their fields, are held from 10h00 to 11h00 on the second Tuesday of each month with the exception of January, July and December.  Tea and Coffee are served at 09h30 and the lectures start promptly at 10h00.   Visitors are welcome.  Non-members pay a fee of R30 for attending each lecture.

How to join

To join U3A Joburg East come along to one of our meetings, complete a registration form and pay the R70 annual registration fee.

Small Group Courses/Interest Groups

In addition to our monthly lecture programme we have a number of small groups that cater for people with a variety of interests.  These groups meet in private homes or agreed venues under the guidance of a course leader.  Membership is open to all U3A Members.  Usually R5 is charged to cover the cost of refreshments although some courses do request a larger fee per session in order to cover costs such as, paper, ink, food, or an honorarium for a speaker.

Most course activities are held during the day.  At U3A learning is for pleasure.  No qualifications are required for admission and none are awarded, as fellowship and love of learning are the focus of the organisation.

In 2020 we plan to offer a cocktail hour programme twice a semester.  This will include a speaker over a drinks and snacks social type event.  Members are requested to bring their own drinks and we will provide pub style snacks.  There will be a charge of R10 per person to cover the costs of the snacks.  Booking is essential to facilitate catering and organisation.