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National pensioner rebates and concessions

Although U3A is primarily a learning co-operative for people in the third age, we think there is nothing wrong in exchanging information amongst ourselves about rebates and discounts available to senior citizens.

Each U3A may be able able to identify privileges available to senior citizens in its town or city.  Look at the 7 or more concessions identified by our diligent Cape Town members, for example. 

In this section we give information on privileges available to pensioners from national organisations. Whether it's reductions on car cover or reduced price hearing aids, it is always helpful to have these privileges and to be aware of them. Some of these are state or parastatal, and some of them are commercial. The savings we've identified so far in this section, assuming that you watch TV, have a Post Box and a phone and don't have a big income, are R561 per year. This is about 15 times the cost of your annual U3A membership fee.

Who says that being a member of U3A isn't good value??

Automobile Association

If you are 60 or over, your annual membership of the AA will be R 497.50, (called "AA Alliance" membership for pensioners) instead of the full membership fee. This includes 3 call-outs per membership year.  The procedure is to provide them with proof of your age such as an ID document, either by calling at an AA office or simply advising them over the phone. They can check your ID number and they'll apply the reduction..  To sign up for AA Alliance Membership, contact 083 843 22.

If you are not 60 or over, the annual subscription for the AA"Advantage" package is R 780, including 5 call outs.  This amounts to a saving of (780 - 498 = ) R 282.  

AVIS Car Hire

AVIS offers to Senior Citizens over 65 a 20 % discount on car hire in all groups.

Banks

All banks that we've checked with offer seniors some form of special account. Check with yours.

Builders Warehouse

A member contacted us to say that he received a 10% discount on his purchases on a Wednesday at Builders Warehouse Rivonia. The cashier asked whether he was a Senior Citizen of 60 or more, and gave the 10% discount without asking for proof. This is probably a general discount available at any Builders Warehouse (and Builders Express) store. (May not include the gardening section.) This discount is available on Wednesdays.

Cape Town specials

Our Cape Town members have contributed the following -

Aquarium on the Waterfront - R60 for pensioners instead of the usual R76
Cape Argus subscription half-price, presumably Cape Times also
Cinemas - R23 instead of R45 daytime
Cruises - Rhapsody, Melody stopping at Cape Town 20%
Greyhound / InterCape buses 20% - but also see below.......
Iziko museums and galleries, Groot Constantia and the planetarium R5, entry free on public holidays
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden - entry is free for pensioners on Tuesdays and public holidays
Mike’s Kitchen off Koeberg Road, Milnerton offers a buffet lunch and supper on Tuesdays at a cost of R45.00 per person and included a glass of wine or cool drink
PathCare - 25% off pathology tests, if not covered by medical aid for out of hospital items
Sea Point Pavilion - entry to the pavilion and pool is free to pensioners
Spur restaurants have a special pensioners' menu which is great value

Many thanks - any more, people?

DION

DION stores across the country offer senior citizens of 60 and over a 10% discount on all purchases made on Tuesdays, excluding items already discounted as special offers, up to R 1000 in total value. The procedure is to go into a DION store, show your ID, and ask for a Senior Citizens card. You can then use it to purchase goods.

GAME Discount World

Game stores across the country offer senior citizens of 65 and over a 10% discount on all purchases made on Wednesdays, excluding items already discounted as special offers, up to R 1500 in total value. The procedure is to go into a Game store, show your ID, and ask for a Senior Citizens card. You can then use it to purchase goods.

GEORGE Discounts

The George U3A has compiled a list of discounts in that area.

Greyhound Bus Services

Greyhound bus services offer a 5% discount to all seniors over 60.

Hertz Car Hire

Hertz Car Hire offers a 15% discount to all seniors over 55

Insurance - see SAARP below

Intercape Bus servics

Intercape offers a 15% discount on Flexi and full fares to seniors - please check the age qualification...

NEW Metrorail

Metrorail gives a 40% discount to seniors on production of your ID, copy of your ID or your Driver's Licence.  You must board the train after 9:a.m. and be on the platform to board before 2:00 p.m. 

Nu Metro

Nu Metro gives Senior Citizens aged 60 and over a 50 % discount on all shows on weekdays up to and including the 5.30 one, and on Saturdays and Sundays. Depending on which cinema you go to, this means paying R 7 not R14 or R19 not R38.
[I think these are the concessions - I'm guessing that they match the ones that Ster Kinekor give.]

The procedure is to show your ID at the Box Office.

RCI (Resorts Condominiums International)

'For Pensioners only
A 10% discount on 141 exchanges or 20 % discount on Bonus for midweeks at selected resorts. ... T&C apply.'
Dated February 2008.

Procedure - call them.

SAARP - South African Association of Retired Persons (particularly insurance)

Various concessions are available if you are member of the SAARP. In particular INSURANCE obtained through the Assoication can get you considerable savings. Here is a recent testimonial.

"We are currently insured with Mutual & Federal. Thanks to the SAARP, next month we switch to Alexander Forbes. We are taking the opportunity to increase the value of the house and its contents, including adding my notebook under all risks. Our premium goes down by over 40%, giving a saving of some R 550 per month! "

Go to the SAARP web site, and follow the instructions for joining.

SABC TV Licence Fee

The SABC gives a rebate to pensioners aged 70 and over on the annual TV Licence Fee, provided that no persons younger than the specified age are sharing the house and benefit from watching. The normal charge is R 225, and the rebated charge is R 160, so the value of this concession is R 65 per year. (We're waiting for final confirmation of the qualifications.)

The procedure is to get an affidavit (your bank will probably do this) affirming who stays in your house, and mail it with a copy of your ID and a note giving your account number and asking for the concession, to Private Bag X60, Auckland Park 2006, Freepost JHZ153K. Or you can fax them on 011 330 9560/1.

SA Post Office Box Rental

The Post Office defines a pensioner as someone over 60. A pensioner holding a Postbank account gets the full concession. This is bigger than for someone who does not hold a Postbank account. However, you only get a concession if you earn less than R 10 000 per year. The full concession is 50% of the normal box rental charge. The normal charge is R 225, so the value of this concession is R 112 per year.

The procedure is to go into your local Post Office with your ID and proof of earnings 'that is, a pension reference number'. We're not sure what one of these is, but if you have one then you'll know.
[Source - Mike Olien of SAP as reported in the Sandton Chronicle w/e 27 Jan 2005. We suggest that you don't get your hopes up by the fact that the official pamphlet describing this, 'Renew your Post Box', says you qualify if you earn ">R1000 per year".]

Shosholoza Meyl train services

Shosholoza Meyl train services offer a 25% discount to seniors over 60.

Starlight Cruises

Starlkight Cruises offers a 20 % discount on cruises of 2 to 4 nights, and 10% for cruises of 5 nights or longer.

Ster Kinekor

Ster Kinekor gives Senior Citizens aged 60 and over a 50 % discount on all shows on weekdays up to and including the 5.30 one, and on Saturdays and Sundays. Depending on which cinema you go to, this means paying R 7 not R14 or R19 not R38.

The procedure is to go to a cinema, produce your ID and ask for a Sixty Plus card.

Telkom Line Rental Charges

Telkom gives pensioners aged 70 and over a 1/3 reduction on the line rental charge. The result will depend on what your bill says - what appears on mine and what the lady in the Customer Service Centre said are different. Using the figures on my invoice, the rental is R 93.98 excl. VAT. So the value of this concession or rebate should be [rental times rebate plus VAT] (R 93.98 * 0.3*1.14 =) R 32. This applies every month so the annual value is (32*12) R 384 per year.

The procedure is to look up your nearest Telkom Customer Service Centre in the front pages of your telephone directory, pay them a visit, produce your ID and ask for the concession.

You've earned it

You’ve Earned It has recently re-launched as YEI – You’ve Earned It!  A guide to discounts and benefits for boomers, seniors and retirees. YEI serves as an all-encompassing online platform for this age group, and provides a brand-new environment where our subscribers can read about issues and topics that are relevant to their daily lives, communicate with like-minded people, and share stories and experiences.

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