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YEI News – From the Editor’s desk – 6 March 2019

Posted By Marilynh / March 6, 2019 / 0 Comments

Today, YEI News is mostly about YOU – the YEI member – your comments, recommendations, and enquiries – come, join the conversation..!


Editors desk

Greetings YEI readers



YEI receives an incredible amount of queries, comments and recommendations during the course of a month.  We endeavour to respond to them all.
Here is a selection…



Letters to the Editor


Thanks to the YEI team,
making it possible for senior citizens to enjoy our old age
with all the discounts and competitions you arrange for us.
Jeanette JVR 

Always interesting and informative. Thanks guys.
Marietjie PVT

YEI – a true ray of sunshine!
Elbie O


Letter regarding MultiChoice/DSTV

A simple stats based on previous usage for maybe 24 months before account holder turns 65 will provide a reliable foundation to allocate/create a specific pensioners package per customer. This usage stats is already in your database… This info can then be used to create e.g. Compact pensioner packages or similar where these 15 channels are added to the current compact package…. This is just a suggestion that I think is workable as I doubt most pensioners will be able to watch more than that on a regular basis….
Ismail V

Please see other comments regarding MultiChoice/DSTV here and here


YEI members’ recommendations regarding pensioner discounts and offers


Botanical Gardens for daily walks


For many people like me, we normally do not feel safe to walk on the roads. I have become a member of the Botanical Society (SANBI) and take my morning walks at the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens. The gates open at 6 am for members. The normal entrance fee is R50 but members enjoy free entry all year round. The annual member fee is R465 for a senior couple (R310 for single) which give one free access to all 11 botanical gardens in South Africa. SANBI is a non profit entity and the member benefits are not generally published.  On a rainy day, I take my walk in the undercover parking of the shopping mall. At 7am there is very little traffic and is a very safe way to take a morning walk
D Govindjee


YEI members’ enquries – can you help?


Help required with electronic equipment

Whilst I consider myself computer literate, I would like to find someone who can assist with various issues related to both use of computer and cellphone. I have been retired two years now and find I am falling behind – there are no children or grandchildren easily accessible to consult. For example, I want to find an internet package that provides me with more than the 2GB per month that I currently get without incurring too much additional expense. The various companies only promote their own products – I want unbiased advice.   I use a prepaid cellphone – I don’t have Whatsapp and contacts complain as this is free. Do you know where I can go for advice? I also need to upgrade my computer as it is now 8 years old but don’t want to spend too much on a computer that has more functionality than I need. I have attended a U3A course but need more help than that. I live in Johannesburg.
B Sebba


Travel insurance

Our Kids are paying for a trip for us to the UK to visit them.  We enquired at the bank re travel insurance, regret to be told as we are over 75 years old, there is no more free travel insurance. Whom should we approach? Please help us to find a trust worthy insurance.  Thank you
Beryl B


News from YEI listings in the YEI Directory


Silver Fit

Click here for further information

Silver Fit is coming to Cape Town in the next few months!!  So we want to hear from you – what area do you stay in and where would you like to see a Silver Fit Branch?

Complete your details via this link and we will add you to our waiting list to let you know exactly when and where we will be!


The Nest

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The Nest in the heart of the Drakensberg are celebrating the following during March 2019:  Bridge Week 2019, The Nest Bowls 2019 and in addition Earth Month with a wonderful special.  And jumping ahead to May 2019 – a marvellous discount – watch this space!!


Major Adventures

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Major Adventures is a leading tour operator on the Sani Pass offering bucket list adventures, plus a senior discount, to adventurous retired South Africans.   They have a special/special offer only until September 2019!!


Check out the regular “Great Deals” article in each and every YEI newsletter for more news from our Directory listers!!

Click here to see this issue’s “Great Deals” article titled
“A handful of senior discounts and benefits”





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

Keep watching this space – lots of exciting competitions in the pipeline

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.


YEI – a little bit of senior fun!


My Forgetter and My Remember-er

Often times I walk into a room, say “What am I here for?”
I wrack my brain, but all in vain a zero is my score.
At times I put something away where it is safe, but, Gee!
The person it is safest from generally is me!

When shopping I may see someone, say “Hi” and have a chat,
Then, when the person walks away I ask myself, “Who the heck was that?”
Yes, my forgetter’s getting better while my remember-er is broke,
And it’s driving me plumb crazy and that isn’t any joke.

My forgetter’s getting better but my rememberer is broke, to you that may seem funny but to me, that is no joke. For when I’m “here” I’m wondering If I really should be “there,” and, when I try to think it through, I haven’t got a prayer!



Until next month…


Kind regards,
Marilyn and the YEI Team


Previous YEI Editor columns


YEI News – From the Editor’s desk – 20 February 2019

YEI News – From the Editor’s desk – 6 February 2019

Happy New Year to all YEI members



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