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U3A East London Newsletter


Now that the Voting season is over and politics has been on our minds, with 'ifs and if only’, I came across a little quotation book, showing how the' Fathers of Yesteryear ‘felt concerning politics.

"The most dangerous foe to truth and freedom in our midst is the compact majority". Then "the minority is always right" (Ibsen, Hendrik 1828 _1906)

"Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary"! (Familiar studies of Men and Books)........ We shall see!

Cyril has a momentous task ahead of him in order to prove these quotations wrong. May he govern with strength and integrity.




Membership numbers are stable but it would be good to see more members attending the meetings at St. Andrews. Fees are due from the 01 of July and remain at R 50.00 per annum.


A blessed birthday and New Year to the following members.

JUNE: 04 Pat Eloff, Golda Hundermark, 14 Annegret Mostert, Laureen Falkenberg, 15 Sandra Epstein, 21 Paddy Garrett, 23 Ralph Anley, 25 Helen Tarr, 27 Barry Burmeister, 28 Noreen Zieman, 29 Gill Ansell

JULY: 06 Helen Batting, 07 Margaret Baxter, 08 Brian Phillip, 09 Elaine Bourbon, 12 Toni Tonin, John Allwood, 21 Ruth Volpe, 25 Basil Wingreen 26 Jen Alcock, 28 Biddy Braithwaite, 30 Mary White, Maureen Wells


On the 8th August, we shall gather at St' Andrews club where the A G M will take place We shall begin the morning with the Admin side, of course, after which there will be enjoyable entertainment!

The 'old" Committee will hand over to the 'new' committee before the entertainment.

After the entertainment, we shall share our platters brought by the members. Platters of finger snacks will be very welcome!



JUNE 20 CURRENT AFFAIRS: Annemarie Davis _ ---ILLUSTRATED TALK ON LOCAL WILD BIRDS. [Her photos are outstanding]


JULY 18 CURRENT AFFAIRS: Connie Zziwa, manager of ‘Work 4 a living’ East London Branch, will give an illustrated talk on their work. This organization provides employability training and specific skills

Training to young people at a minimal cost. The success rate for course ‘graduates’ in subsequently getting a job is around 60% even in South Africa’s dire job market! Her talk will be inspirational and not to be missed!


The courses are going according to schedule. Some are better patronised than others, according to popularity, but the members have chosen what they enjoy best....

THE J S E. John Pearson -”The J S E meet on the 6th June at 10am in the INDABA room. This session will include the “Long 4 Life “company results. Moody’s warning of last chance = Hydrogen fuel cells could provide a challenge for batteries in electric cars and be a boost for platinum. More people using crypto Currency and the value has risen…

COMPUTER COURSE: Pam will be away in June so the next computer course will be on the fourth Monday in July, i.e. 22nd July at 09.30 and Cell phones at 10.30.

ARMCHAIR TRAVEL John has indicated that there has been a change to the programme for the next 3 months. On the 3rd June, John Stoddard will be giving a talk entitled “a glimpse of Cascais [Lisbon, Portugal] and Bodrum and Ephesus [Turkey] “ about his brief trips there last year and this.

On the 1st July, Rose Anley will be talking about her and Ralph’s trip this year to Sri Lanka.

In August, Nookie Middleton will be talking about the K Z N battlefields.

All the talks will be illustrated with slides. The time is 10am and the venue is ‘the Indaba Room at The Valley.

Carol Keep’s Music appreciation is continuing successfully and Community Singing is such fun but we need MORE singers! Come and enjoy feeling uplifted with Carol’s super song choices!

Mahjong continues most successfully under Gill Ansell’s leadership. A lot of fun is had what with their bi annual clash between East London Sharks and Gonubie Musketeers [Mahjong wise] we gather! The Sharks ended up victorious for a change!

JDesert Island Discs continues successfully under the leadership of Dave Donkin and the invaluable assistance of John Stoddard to Desert islanders who take turns at presenting their particular choice of songs and music.

We enjoy a happy, nostalgic hour and a half on the second Wednesday of the month in the Oak Room at Parklands at 09.30

Nancy Tietz has plans for the “Umtiza Arts Festival with her Writing Group on the 31st of May to the 2nd June. Five of her members will be reading their stories about Life, Love and Laughter in 5 slots in the morning of Saturday and early afternoon on Sunday .Keep eyes open for details in the Dispatch and the “GO”.

Joan Barrow submitted this bit of humour!


I just discovered my age group!
I am a Seenager [Senior Teenager].
I have everything that I wanted as a teenager, only 65 - 70 years later.
I don’t have to go to school or work.
I get an allowance every month.
I have my own pad.
I don’t have a curfew.
I have a driver’s license and my own car
I have an I D that gets me into bars and wine stores!
I like the wine store best.
The people I hang about with are not scared of getting pregnant; they are not scared of anything
They have been blessed to live this long, so why be scared?
And I don’t have acne.
Life is good!
Also you will feel much more intelligent after reading this, if you are a Seenager.

Brains of older people are slow because they know so much. People do not decline mentally with age - it just takes them longer to recall facts because they have more information in their brains!

Scientists believe this also makes you hard of hearing as it puts pressure on your inner ear. Also, older people often go to another room to fetch something, and when they get there, they stand wondering what they came for. It is NOT a memory problem; it is nature’s way of making older people do more exercise. SO THERE!

I have more friends I should send this to, but right now I can’t remember their names So please forward this to your friends; they may be my friends, too..............

Oh well, that’s life!
It is so good to enjoy the odd chuckle.
Best regards,
Jen Alcock and the newsletter team