The clubs spring from two main roots, the "Campus Club" founded by the Rotary Club of Welwyn Garden City and the Probus Club founded by the Rotary Club of Caterham in UK in 1954 and 1966 respectively.

Since then, Probus has spread worldwide and clubs continue to be established at a rapidly increasing rate. We are part of Probus Global with clubs around the world:

In the Southern African sub-region, the first Probus Club was established in 1977 in Durban and Probus has since spread to many other regions of South Africa.  The Western Cape Association (Cape Town, West Coast and Garden Route), has 45 accredited clubs catering to the fellowship needs of more than 2,000 Probians.


To preserve the integrity and reputation of these autonomous clubs, they adhere to a constitution and suggested by-laws.  This has proved to be a very successful basis for serving the needs of retired people in many countries in which the Probus movement is now flourishing.

In Southern Africa the Probus Council and Probus Regional Associations, encourage, advise and maintain a community spirit between clubs, keep an up-to-date Directory of Probus Clubs, and through the Probus Shop, distribute lapel badges and other regalia, as may be found necessary.