University of the Third Age, Pretoria


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Welcome to U3A Pretoria

The University of the Third Age (U3A) is an international learning cooperative for older people from all walks of life who are no longer in full time employment. U3A began in France in 1972, and came to RSA in 2000 with the formation of a chapter in Cape Town.

The Original Committee Members (2002)
First U3A Pretoria Committee
From left to right: Mary Harrop-Allin, Lily Gerdes, George McGillivray, Angela Rethman, Jeanette Serfontein, Douglas Reid and Lesbury van Zyl

U3A Pretoria was launched on 26 February 2002 at the Pretoria Country Club under the chairmanship of Professor George McGillivray. More than one hundred people attended the inaugural meeting.
The move from Pretoria Country Club to Brooklyn Methodist Church took place during 2006. Membership then numbered around 350 and has remained thereabouts to the present day. Brooklyn Methodist Church proved to be a central and sociable venue for our activities for the past 11 years.

New venue for the quarterly meetings
With effect from 2018, the quarterly meetings will be held at 9:30 for 10:00 at our new venue: NG Kerk Skuilkrans cnr Cussonia Avenue and Jan Alberts Street, Val de Grace.

While many U3As meet monthly, the members of U3A Pretoria meet four times a year, usually the last Thursday of February, May, July and October. A talk by an invited speaker is followed by tea/coffee.

About six excursions are organised in the months in which there is no meeting.

A number of short courses are offered by U3A Pretoria members. Most of these courses take place in the home of the presenter. Course fees of R20 per session are paid to the course leader at the first session, plus the cost of any materials etc. provided.

In addition, several interest groups have been formed.

View or download a schematic map with directions to NG Kerk Skuilkrans (GPS S 25°44.580 E 28°17.494)


The dates of the quarterly meetings for 2018 are

The 2018 annual subscription is R100.
Guests are welcome to attend the quarterly meetings at a cost of R30 per person per meeting.
Payments can be made online (preferred) or at quarterly meetings.

Download the application form.

Banking Details
Code: 160245
Acc. No: 1602376972

A full list of courses and interest groups issued in February, with an update in July.

You are encouraged to wear a name tag at every U3A event.