Please note that Masonic meetings and activities have started again now we are under level 1 lock down in South Africa.
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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 Freemasons throughout the world.
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 almost 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
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 Join Freemasonry.
Freemasons hold regular meetings, typically four to twelve times a year, depending on the Lodge. 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, music evenings, a few cool beverages or just a cup of coffee. Freemasonry is very social and you make many new friends through Masonry.
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 physically and financially.
Wits Lodge hold 8 regular meetings a year, one of which is our Installation meeting.
Visiting is the backbone of Freemasonry. All strong Lodges visit regularly and attract visitors to their Lodges' meetings and events.Someone almost famous
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.
The process of joing a Lodge takes anything from 4 months to several years, depending on various factors. It is not something that should be rushed.
If you are interested in becoming a Freemason, please look at How to Join Freemasonry.
Freemasonry is founded on the immutable laws of Truth and Justice and its grand object is to promote the happiness of the human race.George Whashington (Freemason and former President of the US)
We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.Plato (Not a Freemason)
The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them.Mark Twain (Freemason and American Writer)
Freemasonry teaches not merely temperance, fortitude, prudence, justice, brotherly love, relief, and truth, but liberty, equality, and fraternity, and it denounces ignorance, superstition, bigotry, lust, tyranny and despotism.Theodore Roosevelt (Freemason and former President of the US)
Some of the members of the Lodge
For more information and some other useful websites
Thoughts of members of the Lodge
Freemasonry has taught me the meaning of Fraternity and Brotherhood.Someone very famous
Through Freemasonry I have met like-minded people from widely different backgrounds - and have become firm friends with them.Someone truly famous
Freemasonry has made me more aware of the needs of others and the problems we all face.Someone exceedingly famous
What has been happening in Wits Lodge
Lodges give to Charities directly and to The District who make large and small annual contributions to Charities and Grants to those in need.