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YEI News – From the Editor’s desk – 11 March 2020

Posted By Marilynh / March 9, 2020 / 0 Comments

News for seniors – local, international, and YEI specific.
Highlights include Top Letters to the YEI Editor,
YEI member topics, queries,
YEI competition winners and more…


Editors desk

Greetings YEI readers


Christina Bianco – The Girl of a Thousand Voices

 You don’t want to miss “The Girl of a Thousand Voices”!  Christina Bianco.  Me, Myself and Everyone Else!  Only two shows at Montecasino’s Teatro on 11 April.   And, we are pleased to advise that there are special pensioner discounted tickets available, subject to availability.  Click here to take a look.


YEI’s Top Letters to the Editor

YEI recently ran a Spur campaign.  This gentleman sent a lovely “thank you” letter to Spur.  Most appreciated, Neville! 

To all SPURS thank you for pensioners discount as a pensioner .Keep up the good work NEVILLE L

Can I belong to two medical aids?

A YEI member posed this interesting question.   YEI didn’t think one could belong to two medical aids, but went to research this to make sure of our answer.  We have come up with the following:

Many people find the idea of belonging to more than one medical aid scheme quite attractive. Of course, this could seem to make perfect sense because if you run out of funds on one medical aid scheme, the second scheme could cover the shortfall. If you can afford it then belonging to two medical aids may seem like the perfect solution. However, belonging to more than one medical aid is considered to be a form of fraud and, by law, is not allowed.

Costs/pricing on YEI listings

YEI member:  It would be really useful to provide pricing on all offers rather than saying that you will refer the enquiry to the supplier.

YEI:  YEI has taken the decision not to include costs/pricing in the YEI listings.  The reason for this is, that a business/organisation could change their costs at any time and inadvertently do not advise YEI.  YEI is therefore advertising incorrect information.  To solve this issue, we do wherever possible, put a link through to the rates/costs on the advertiser’s website.  In addition, any queries sent through on the contact form within the listing are sent through to the business/organisation pretty swiftly after receiving it and we do know that in most cases, they in turn, respond quickly to the person making the enquiry. 

Advertising big items

YEI member:  Why does YEI advertise big ticket items which pensioners cannot afford?

YEI:  YEI has a large, diverse audience (diverse in terms of demographics and LSM groups).  To cater for all of these groups, YEI does need to showcase all organisations who have an offer specifically for pensioners, be it a small ticket product or a big ticket item. We do understand and are sensitive to the fact that many pensioners are not in a position to afford a big-ticket item such as travel related trips. However, it is interesting to note that there is immense interest in travel related trips. 

Pensioners day

YEI member:  Why are Pensioner Day discounts on specific days of the week, or mid-week?  We are pensioners every day – our income rarely changes.

YEI:  The history behind senior/pensioner discounts is that society sees seniors on a fixed income with limited assets – and this needs to see them through for an unknown number of years.  In order for seniors to afford the essentials and possibly the little extras, corporates and businesses offer discounts to this age group. Businesses are certainly not obligated to offer pensioner discounts, but many do.  It appears to have become the norm that businesses offer a senior discount during their quieter periods, normally a mid-week day.  Some businesses have done away with their pensioner discount days due to exploitation of the system.  

YEI will undertake to speak to those corporates with whom we are in contact to them about the feasibility of having Pensioners Day everyday. Ultimately, it is a corporate decision, but we can bring about the awareness that this is something that pensioners feel strongly about.  With the economy the way it is, who knows?  Maybe some will reconsider. 

You may also be pleased and interested to know that Economists are in agreement that SA retailers should try to tap into the spending power of the growing number of pensioners by creating special pensioner days or pensioner discounts. Pensioners account for about 10% of SA’s gross domestic product (GDP), thus playing a very important role in the SA economy. In total, SA’s pension assets are about the 8th largest in the world.


Requests from YEI members 

A YEI member is asking for help.

Tina Main says: : Hi. Can someone help? I was told my Grandfather worked as a chef at The Doll House in the late 1940’s. His name was Henry Nelson. He passed from a drowning in December 1949. Any information would be so appreciated

If you knew Henry Nelson, please advise in the comments below and send an email to info@youve-earned-it.co.za and YEI will pass this on to Tina Main.


Editor’s choice this fortnight
– pensioner deals for SA over-60s

The Hideaway, Swellendam – click here

City Sightseeing – click here

Woodlands Retreat, Clarens – click here


News and inspirational stories on seniors on the YEI Facebook page.  

A trip down Memory Lane –  In 1976, South Africa became one of the last countries on this planet to get TV!!  Did you watch the test pattern on SABC?   Click here

Budget Speech 2020: R80 more for the old age pension and disability grant recipients – now R1860 per month.  Click here

Time for a bit of fun.  How many song titles do you see in this image?  Click here

Please note that you will only be able to connect to these links if you are a Facebook user.


Reviews on YEI and the YEI Facebook page

Some really great specials from YE. I’m totally hooked
Hedy C

All the deals and benefits are awesome
Linette C

If you would like to review YEI on the YEI Facebook page, these are the steps to follow:

  • Click here to go directly to the You’ve Earned It – Reviews page –
  • You will see a box saying – Would you recommend You’ve Earned It – Pensioner discounts, deals and benefits?
  • If you would like to recommend YEI, you click on “Yes”
  • A pop up box will appear saying “What do you recommend about YEI..?”
  • You simply write your recommendation in this box
  • Then click “Post”
  • Your own individual recommendation will appear on the YEI Facebook page.


#WINNERS – YEI Competitions 

WINNERS:  Tickets to the Cape Getaway Show 2020:

Waseema Ryklief, Marilyn Tromp, Tofeeq Hargey, Hennie Louw and Gerry McCall
Thank you to the organisers of the Cape Getaway Show for providing these awesome prizes!

WINNERS:  Tickets to The Simon and Garfunkel Songbook

Johannesburg:  Gretchen Miller and Tess Rothman
Sasolburg:  Anne Ehlers and Johann Fouche
Durban:  Anne Dorrington and Sushila Kisson
Cape Town:  you still have an opportunity to enter.  Click here!
Thanks to Showtime Management for these fab tickets!

Congratulations all of you!  Enjoy the shows!

Click here to see winners’ names on the YEI website

Click here to see more great competitions on WIN with YEI 

Click here to read the feedback from YEI members and YEI winners

Click here to read the online book reviews on YEI!


What’s On 

Click here to get all the details for the Cape Town Concert Series, upcoming shows such as Christina Bianco* performance, Slava’s Snow show, Carnegie Hall’s National Jazz Youth Orchestra and Disney on Ice 2020.


International news for seniors 

A Coronavirus Guide for Older Adults (And Their Family Advocates)
Click here

The 100-year-old who holds keep fit classes in her care home
Click here 

Canada’s First ‘Dementia Village’ is Helping to Change How People Care for Seniors With Alzheimers
Click here


Time for a quick chuckle… 

Our “funny” this issue comes from a YEI member, Mike Baines.  Thank you Mike! 


1) Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.

2) Forget the health food. I need all the preservatives I can get.

3) When you fall down, you wonder what else you can do while you’re down there.

4) You’re getting old when you get the same sensation from a rocking chair that you once got from a roller coaster.

5) It’s frustrating when you know all the answers, but nobody bothers to ask you the questions.

6) Time may be a great healer, but it’s a lousy beautician.

7) Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes alone.


We look forward to seeing your good chuckles and funnies.



Until next month…


Kind regards,
Marilyn and the YEI Team

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