By Emsie Martin
You never thought the day you would be classified as elderly would arrive so soon. The lockdown put most people a few months and even years back financially and now is a good time to know where you will qualify for discounts for the elderly. You should be grateful for this because where younger people will have to pay full price, you can sometimes get a discount of up to 50%. Use it. It is impossible to list all of them, but one should do a bit of homework and keep your pension card and ID handy.
Pick n Pay
On Wednesdays people older than 60 get double points on their Smart Shopper cards. You can later exchange your points for money that you can then spend at Pick n Pay.
Certain Spar stores offer pensioners a 5% discount on Tuesdays, but this does not apply to all Spar stores. Ask your closest Spar whether they offer any discount or apply for a Spar Rewards card where there are also other bargains. Visit: https://www.spar.co.za/SPAR-Rewards
Apply for a Game Pensioners card at the client services counter. Every Wednesday people older than 60 get 10% discount on certain products.
On Tuesdays people over 60 get up to 60% discount on general goods (this excludes alcohol, cell phone products, tobacco products, iTunes, ShowMax, Google Play and Makro gift vouchers). This includes a 5% discount on most food products, the butchery, fruit and vegetables included. Visit: https://www.makro.co.za/
BEAUTY AND HEALTH
ClubCard members over 60 earn double points on their purchases on Wednesdays.
Dis-Chem has the 60 Plus programme for people over 60. The benefits include double points on all items purchased in the shop on Wednesdays. You get one free blood-pressure check every month. Get your Dis-Chem Benefit card online or at the store – this includes the 60 plusser programme. Visit: https://www.dischem.co.za/60-plus-programme
Pensioners over 65 get a free selected frame to the value of R599 when you go for an eye test and buy prescription lenses.
At Torga Optical pensioners get daily discount packages. Find out more at your local branch. Visit: https://www.torgaoptical.co.za/pensioners-promotions-2
The Automobile Association of SA offers special packages to people over 60 who enjoy travelling. This includes roadside assistance and tow-in services. Visit their website for more information: https://www.aa.co.za/products/membership/aa-60-advantage-0
Tiger Wheel & Tyre
On Tuesdays people over 60 get discount on tyres and services. Enquire at your nearest branch or visit: https://www.twt.co.za/pensioner-specials-tuesday
People over 60 get up to 15% discount on bus tickets outside peak periods. This discount applies only to prebooked and standby tickets. Tickets must be booked at Greyhound agencies, their website or call centre. Visit: https://www.justmoney.co.za/deals/2019/10/29/greyhound-senior-citizen-s-discount/
Passengers over 60 get a 15% discount on bus tickets. All you have to do is to show your ID when you buy the ticket. Visit: https://www.intercape.co.za/online-bus-tickets/loyalty-discounts/
Pensioners with a valid pension card get 5% discount on bus tickets during peak periods and 10% outside peak periods. Visit: https://www.intercity.co.za/specials/
SANParks offer up to 40% discount on rates for people with a valid pension card. This does not apply on Friday and Saturday nights and over long weekends. Visit: https://www.sanparks.org/tourism/tariffs/pensioners_discount.php, of
If you are a South African citizen, 60 years or older and have a valid ID, you qualify for a discount of 30% on all self-care and camping facilities. The discount is valid only if it is done through the call centre. Discount for seniors cannot be booked online. Visit: https://www.capenature.co.za/?s=pensioners+discount
The Willows Holiday Resort & Conference Centre
Seniors get 10% discount on units and 50% discount on camping sites. In the case of couples at least one must be a pensioner. A pension card and ID must be presented on arrival. Visit: https://www.thewillowspe.co.za/discounts/
Tsogo Sun Hotels
They have a variety of offers and discounts for people over 60. You can get up to 50% discount on the rate, subject to availability. Visit: https://www.tsogosun.com/m/offers/seniors-offers
This is 250 km from Cape Town and people over 60 get 45% discount during the week all year round. Visit:
Montagu Springs Resort
Pensioners get 20% discount during the week until 30 November 2020.
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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
Free admission for people over 60 every Tuesday except on public holidays Visit:
SK Club members over 60 get 22% discount every day. Visit:
Table Mountain Cableway
People over 60 qualify for discount on a return ticket seven days a week. There is also a special offer on meals for pensioners. Speak to a cashier about the special offer. Visit: https://www.tablemountain.net/content/page/seniors
Cape Wheel at the V&A Waterfront offers pensioners a discount every Tuesday and
Wednesday. Pensioners pay R75 between 10:00 and 18:00, weather allowing Visit: https://capewheel.co.za/whats-on/
The next time you go to a shop, restaurant or any other place, ask whether they have discounts for people over 60 and on what days. Make use of this.
Kry jou pensioenkaart
- All South African citizens qualify for a pension card, which they can use to get discounts.
- If you are a state pensioner, you will get a Sassa card.
- If you belong to a private pension fund, you will get a pension card when you retire, but this applies mostly to people working for large businesses.
- If you have to apply for a pension card, you can do so through the South African Association for Retired Persons (SAARP). Membership is free. Apply at 021 592 1279 or https://saarp.net/afrikaans2/
Prices and discounts were correct at time of printing. This may change.