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Membership   
Membership is open to anyone, but because U3A is structured for the benefit of retired and semi-retired persons, most interest groups and meetings take place during the day.  Membership fee is R50 per person, per year. You can obtain a new membership form at any General Meeting, or from this website.
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Next Speakers/Artists


DATE: THURSDAY 12 SEPTEMBER 2019 - 10:00am

VENUE: BELLVILLE CIVIC CENTRE

VIDEO: TBA

GUEST SPEAKER: DR D KIRKWOOD

 Curator at the University of Stellenbosch Botanical Gardens

TOPIC: Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden – opportunities and challenges for a small academic garden the World’s most threatened flora.

Dr Donovan Kirkwood completed a PhD in ecology at UCT in 2003, and has subsequently worked in the conservation sector, starting as a Regional Ecologist with CapeNature, moving into nature reserve and landscape planning from 2008, first with CapeNature, later as a private consultant. Donovan started as curator at the Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden in Oct 2018, embracing his love for growing and communication, and opportunity to take a plant species focused approach.



DATE: THURSDAY 10 OCTOBER 2019 - 10:00am

VENUE: BELLVILLE CIVIC CENTRE

VIDEO: TBA

GUEST SPEAKER: JUNE McKINNON Historian and Writer

TOPIC: CRIMINALS, CORRUPTION AND CRAZY CRITTERS

This is the history they never dared to teach you at school or university. An unveiling of the under-belly of South African history. Our ancestors could have been convicts. In 1508 the Portuguese planned to make convicts the first settlers in South Africa.



DATE: THURSDAY 14 NOVEMBER 2019 - 10:00am

VENUE: BELLVILLE CIVIC CENTRE

VIDEO: TBA

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History of U3As 

U3A began in France in 1972, under the aegis of the University of Toulouse. In the French model, faculty members and working academics are course facilitators and lecturers. With its spread to the UK and the realization that Third Ager's had the skills to organize and teach their own autonomous learning groups, the nature of the organisation changed and this model has been enthusiastically adopted in more than 30 countries around the world. Today, U3A is a learning co-operative with objects and principles, inter alia, “to assail the dogma of intellectual decline with age”, “to provide from amongst the retired, the resources for the development and intensification of their intellectual, cultural and aesthetic lives”, “to create an institution where there is no distinction between the class of those who teach and those who learn ….” The word ‘university’ in the name of the institution is used in its original sense, meaning a corporation of persons devoted to a particular activity, not necessarily intellectual. Its course leaders therefore are experienced volunteers. While some may be retired academics, many are amateur enthusiasts!

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 8,000 members, and the current national membership of around 11,000 comprises 26 independent local U3As in Gauteng, Free State,  Kwazulu-Natal, Western Cape and Eastern Cape. Interest groups 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.


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