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Welcome To Witwatersrand Lodge

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About Us

Witwatersrand Lodge is a Freemasons' Lodge under the English Constitution meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa. It was consecrated on 1 May 1915 as Transvaal Masters Lodge, a Lodge for Installed Masters. In 1949 its charter was endorsed to become Witwatersrand Lodge, an ordinary Lodge. 2015 was our Centenary Year.

This web-site has been designed to provide a brief and general insight into Masonry to non-masons and as an introduction to WITWATERSRAND LODGE No. 3745 to fellow Masons throughout the world.

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Freemasonry

Freemasonry is a fraternal organisation that has been in existence for hundreds of years. Today there are Freemasons of some form in almost every corner of the globe.

Freemasonry is not a weird cult, its members are all "regular good guys" and are upstanding members of society. Freemasons practise Charity, they promote truth, honesty and fairness. They are secular but all members believe in a Supreme Being, be they Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Jewish or any other religion. Freemasons do not discuss religion or politics in any of their gatherings and promise to uphold the laws of the land. Freemasonry is NOT a secret society.

For more information on the subject of Freemasonry, go to our page about Freemasonry.

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Join Freemasonry

Are you interested in becoming a Freemason? Do you want to learn something about Freemasonry? Was your grandfather a Freemason but beyond that you know very little? This website has some interesting links and information, we have several pages on How to Become A Freemason and Freemasonry in general.

What do Freemasons do?

Freemasons hold regular meetings, usually four to twelve times a year. At these meetings we do the normal business that most organisations would do, such as approving minutes of previous meetings, financial reports, voting on resolutions or considering applications for membership. These would then be followed by a ceremony to admit a new member or advance an existing member to a higher level. Sometimes a lecture on an intersting topic is presented.

We hold social events for members and their families and friends several times a year. These could be theatre events, dinners, lunches or just a cup of coffee.

We have several charity events to raise money for various registered charities. Our main annual charity event is a Clay Pigeon Shoot. We also support several small charities, both phsically and financially.

For more information, go to our pages about our activities.

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Meetings

Our formal monthly meetings followed by a formal dinner are the core of Freemasonry

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Social Events

Members and their families meet at various social gatherings

Clay Pigeon Shoot

Charity

Charity events raise money for deserving causes and are designed to be fun

Regular Meetings

3rd Monday of February, March, May, June, August, October and November at 7:00pm.
Our Installation meeting is on the 3rd Monday of January at 6:30pm, visitors at 7:15pm.

We dine at Freemasons Hall after our meetings.
Freemasons wishing to dine, please contact us to make a booking.

News

Assistant Grand Master with WM, JD and Bafokeng
  • On 8 April 2017 five members of Wits Lodge visited President Lodge for an Initiation where the Assistant Grand Master, Sir David Wootton was present as President Lodge is a member of the Universities Scheme. This was a most enjoyable evening and their Members deserve high praise! The Master, Junior Deacon and Bro Bafokeng took a photo op with the AGM.
  • Bro Thulani was raised to the sublimne degree of a Master Mason on Monday 13 March 2017. Floor workings were performed by the District DC and several visiting Masters. Well done Thulani!
  • We welcomed Bro Bafokeng into our Lodge on Monday 20 February 2017, a well attended event.
  • Our annual Installation meeting was on Monday 16 January 2017. W Bro Paul remained in the chair for a further year and all Lodge officers from IG to SW are MMs and new to their positions.
  • Bro Tom was passed to the 2nd degree on Mon 21 Nov 2016. Memorable meeting with 18 visitors!
  • Bro Leon did his Second Degree on Monday 17 October 2016. Great meeting.
  • Bro Price was raised on 15 August 2016 at a well attended meeting.
  • At an emergency meeting on 11 July the WM Initiated Bro Jarrod, including all the floor workings. This meeting was well attended with 21 visitors. This full working was done in recognition of the full working performed by W Bro David when he Initiated the current Master. Welcome to Freemasonry Bro Jarrod.

Freemasonry

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Freemasonry on the Internet

Please bear in mind that a great deal of the information about Freemasonry on the internet is not correct.

All the links on this site are to what we believe are reliable and honest web sites, and we make sure all the information on this site is correct.

If you find an error, please let us know.

We have heard reports of people paying money to agents on the internet to join Freemasonry. That is not how Freemasonry works. If you were to join a Lodge, you would meet with several members in person to get to know each other, you would then apply to join, your application would be voted on by the members of the Lodge and only then would you be required to pay any fees. You need to live near the Lodge you join to enable you to attend meetings regularly. Any "Introductory" fees are probably a scam. The process of joining involves a ceremony in a physical Lodge, not the buying of a certificate or joining a virtual Lodge.

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Freemasonry in South Africa

Witwatersrand Lodge are Freemasons of the English Constitution. In South Africa we have Freemasons following the English, Irish, Scottish, South African and Netherlandic Constitutions, the only place in the world with five practising constitutions. The different constitutions are very similar in that they all follow the same principles but there are some very interesting differences between them.

We have several pages on Freemasonry in South Africa.

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Upcoming Events

See more information on our Lodge Calendar.

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Senior Warden's Visits

For more upcoming meetings, please go visit Lodge.org.za

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Contact us

If you are a Freemason and are visiting Johannesburg, South Africa, we invite you to join us at one of our meetings.
Please contact us, details at the bottom of this page.

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Want to join?

If you are not a Mason but are interested in joining Freemasonry we would like to hear from you.
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Links to other Web Sites

Contact Us

Map to Freemasons Hall, Park Lane, Parktown, Johannesburg

Address:

6 Park Lane, Parktown, Johannesburg.

Entrance is opposite Princess Place

We share parking with Brenthurst Clinic.

E-mail : info@witslodge.org.za

The Secretary, Witwatersrand Lodge

P.O.Box 6980, Birchleigh 1621

South Africa

Useful Information :

  • Meeting Dates
    • 3rd Monday Jan (I), Feb, Mar, May, Jun, Aug, Oct, Nov.

  • Starting Times
    • Regular meetings 7:00pm, Installation 6:30pm, visitors at 7:15pm

  • Next Meeting
    • Monday 20 February 2017, an Initiation, 7:00pm

  • Next Rehearsal
    • Monday 9 January 2017, Park Lane, 6:30pm