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YEI News – From the Editor’s Desk – 31 October 2018

Posted By Marilynh / October 29, 2018 / 3 Comments

YEI News snippets include:  no more tedious scrolling when using the YEI Directory, suggestion for senior tax payers, further clarity on YEI membership, A trip down Memory Lane and more….

 

Editors desk

Greetings YEI readers

 

 Croatia tour

If you have been thinking about a tour to Europe, then this could be the one!
We invite you to take a look at this incredibly relaxing tour with FCT Senior Travel where one will experience Croatia at its best.

 

Clarity on YEI membership

YEI has been receiving many queries about YEI membership.

Currently, YEI does not provide membership cards or membership numbers to YEI members. You are considered to be a YEI member if you have signed up for the YEI free fortnightly newsletter.  We do request YEI members to quote the YEI reference number that is quoted at the bottom of each and every listing when making an enquiry or booking with a YEI advertiser.  Please click here for further information – scroll down to the bottom of the page for the further information.

 

 YEI Directory Search

A query from a YEI member suggested that browsing through the YEI Directory is a tedious process when one has to scroll through page by page.  The good news is that you don’t you have to do that.

Here’s how….

Please see image below.  In the YEI Directory (the orange bar at the top of the homepage), click on “All Locations” in the Location box, click on “All Categories” in the Category box.  Then click Search.  The results appear.  In this case 4 out of 669 items (see image below).  Change the “count” button to 100, give it a few seconds, and then the first 100 results will appear on the one page.  At the bottom, click on Page 2 to see the next 100 listings.

We hope that helps!

Screenshot YEI

 

Advice from a YEI member

 

Dear YEI editor

Due to the collapse of the local postal service, in August, my wife went into a large finance house in Amanzimtoti, to get them to print out her IRP5 tax forms.  A man there asked her to sign a form so that he could print them.  Much to our dismay, we found out last week that this form was to appoint him as our financial advisor.  Now we are very happy with our existing advisor and have been with her for 25 years.  At no time did he explain to her that he was appointing himself as her financial advisor. He also changed the commission rate to 100% of maximum, whereas we had negotiated a 25% of maximum with our advisor. He did not mention that there would be a change in the fee.  This could have cost us several thousand per year if we had not spotted the increase in fees in our latest statement.  We are busy correcting this back to our long time advisor. We have only lost a few hundred rand.  However, I am most concerned that this man is probably taking advantage of other elderly pensioners, who are unlikely to spot this deception.  Could you please advise your readers to be really careful when being asked to sign something, even inside the office of a huge corporation.  And, get a copy of everything you signed, and make sure the form is filled out completely in your presence.

 

Petition for tax payers aged 70+

 

Suggestion from Mike Caine, a YEI member:

I am 75 years of age.  I am sure that many other retirees also get some of their income from sources other than pension payouts.  This makes me a provisional tax payer.  Now, I never have to pay in to SARS due to my provisional tax submission.  This is just an unwanted hassle, and an additional expense, as I use a tax practitioner.  With the few days left in me, I do not want to spend any more than necessary submitting tax forms. I would like to propose that a petition is started for tax payers over 70 be allowed to submit a tax return only once a year in the normal tax season.  How would we go about this??
Kind regards, Mike Caine

If there is enough interest in this, we will investigate how to do this.
In the comments section below, please let us have your view. 

 

 

 Are you retiring at the end of 2018?

If you are, don’t forget to send us your new email address prior to retiring.   To change your email address, send us a mail with your name, old and new email address, name of suburb, town, province and cell phone number.  Don’t miss out on great senior savings and benefits and other valuable information that you receive through the YEI newsletter.

 

Competitions

 

Winner’s names

We are delighted to announce that the winners of the beautifully photographed culinary book Life on a Cape Farm, are: David Baker from Beyers Park, and Graham Jones from Boksburg.  What a fabulous prize you have both won! Thank you to Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse for providing these two lovely prizes!

 Click here to see the current fabulous competitions on WIN with YEI

Click here to see all of the winners of YEI competitions.

Winners names are also featured on the YEI Facebook page

 

What’s On

Click here to browse through the What’s On guide.

 

Interesting snippets of information

 

The better the weather, the more seniors venture out and get active

Researchers assessed the activity levels of more than 1,200 adults in Norway, aged 70 to 77, who were grouped based on whether they scored low, medium or high on a fitness test.

“Older people in poor physical condition become less physically active if there’s more rain in the summer. Higher temperatures, on the other hand, have a positive effect on their activity level in both summer and winter months,” said study author Nils Petter Aspvik, a doctoral candidate at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

Between April and October, the least fit participants were less active the rainier it was, but rainy weather did not affect the activity levels of those who were in better shape.

“Physical condition is perishable — meaning that the participants who are in good physical shape are likely to be people who are active in everyday life and who exercise relatively regularly,” Aspvik said in a university news release.

“It’s easy to imagine that these individuals have acquired habits and attitudes, in addition to their physical activity, so that they don’t regard bad weather as an obstacle,” he added.

Between November and March, men in good shape were actually more active the more it rained, according to the study.

“We can only speculate as to why that is, but we know that older men go skiing more often than women. And more elderly men than women report that they shovel snow in the winter,” Aspvik said.

“We can’t do anything about the weather,” he noted. “But we can get better at considering how weather can be a barrier to physical activity when we develop new strategies for the elderly to become more physically active — especially individuals who are in poor physical shape.”

The study was published recently in the journal PLOS ONE.

SOURCE: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, news release, Oct. 11, 2018

 

A trip down Memory Lane

 

Let’s have a chuckle and take a trip down Memory Lane..
Remember hot pants and kinky boots?
Come on, own up!! How many of you wore these ?
– let’s hear your stories in the comments section below

 

Hotpants

 

Until next month…

 

Kind regards,
Marilyn and the YEI Team

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Comments

3 Comments

  • Margaret Rundle
    November 1, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    I would appreciate no having to submit provisional tax returns!

  • TUNSTALL
    November 3, 2018 at 5:28 am

    I support Mike’s petition request

  • Arnold Buckley
    November 4, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    I would support such a petition as submitting provisional tax returns is real inconvenience, Thanks

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