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

Posted By Marilynh / November 6, 2019 / 4 Comments

News for seniors – local, international, and YEI specific.  Check out the ideas, comments and feedback from YEI members, current competitions, and much more…


YEI - Editors desk

Greetings YEI readers


Feedback from YEI members


Kudos for Thandulula, a YEI listing in the YEI Directory

This is to give you some feedback from our wonderful “spoil” at Thandulula.

From the moment we were warmly welcomed by hosts, Annatjie and Hans Dreyer, to our reluctant departure, we enjoyed every minute at Thandulula.  This luxury safari resort was built with love and it is run with such care to detail and awareness of what guests want, that it is a wonderful place that draws people back over and over again.


Thandulula competition


On arrival, we were so excited to see the enormous “honeymoon” tent that was to be ours for the duration.  Annatjie knew it was Rick’s birthday and had gone to extra trouble to give us special surprises.  The queen sized bed was decorated with petals spelling out “Happy Birthday Rick” and there were lovely candles, red hearts and petals to add to the atmosphere.  We were given an ice cold bottle of champagne and delicious snacks – all beautifully arranged on our dining table.  We discovered more treats in the fridge.

An extra delight for us were the friendly dogs and we were pleased to have a well mannered Rhodesian Ridgeback as our holiday companion.

Thandulula was built among huge trees that give the feeling of being in a nature reserve.  We were lucky to see a bush buck just outside the gate and to hear the very rare tree hyrax at night.  This is a startling sound, but we had been warned and marvelled at how such a small creature could make such a loud noise.  We felt very safe as the entire property has good security.

It was wonderfully romantic listening to soft rain falling on the canvas the first night we were there.  The tented bedroom was huge with an attached sitting/dining room, including a TV.  The kitchen and bathroom are cleverly designed and well appointed.  Large, fluffy towels were replaced daily.

Although we had intended visiting several beaches that were close-by, we simply did not move our car at all as we thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere right where we were.


Janet and Rick Proctor


We had fun making fires with the twigs and the wood supplied daily.  Somehow, a braai just tastes better when cooked over wood.  A maid washed dishes and did the housekeeping each morning and the braai grid and area was also taken care of for us too.

We will certainly return and urge other retirees to make use of the discount that is offered and to relax at Thandulula (which means “unwind”).

Thank you to Marilyn at You’ve Earned It and to Annatjie and Hans at Thandulula.

Kind regards, Janet and Rick Proctor  


Feedback from YEI member after using Mango Airlines

Used Mango Airlines for a flights to Durban in October – what a wonderful flight and so obliging – easy to book on line.  Thank you You’ve Earned It/YEI and Mango airlines


Novel idea from YEI member

Please help me spread this message so that it is as visible and assimilated as possible !!
Soon will be the season of fruits like plums, peaches, pumpkins, watermelons, cherries, apricots, mangoes, oranges, grapes, avocados, apricots .,… etc.  My request to everyone is to avoid throwing the seeds in the trash, but instead wash them, dry them (in the sun) and store them in a paper bag (not plastic) and store them in the bag or in the car. .. Every time you leave and go to a field, or while traveling on a road, throw these seeds on the ground.  With this simple act we can contribute a tree, a branch … every season to our world, and our mission to make this green world happen.  The Thai government has promoted this idea to all its citizens in recent years.  Many of its districts conducted this campaign firmly and were very successful.  The number of fruit trees and legumes in the wild multiplied, especially in the northern districts of Thailand. The Malaysians joined the Thais in this brilliant initiative to spread abundance in nature, and in this simple yet effective way, have contributed to future generations.
Just a thought…


Editor’s choice this fortnight
– great deals for pensioners, seniors, retirees
and baby boomers


De Bakke Santos – Click here
Uniquely positioned to get the most out of your Garden Route experience

Watami – Click here
An oriental cuisine restaurant in Modderfontein

Dulux Krugersdorp – Specialist Paint Centre – Click here
Save a little with their offer of a pensioner discount!


YEI news/views/articles (serious and tongue-in-cheek)
on the YEI Facebook page.


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

YEI Brain Teaser:
A man pushes his car to a hotel and tells the owner he’s bankrupt. Why?
Click here

Bishop Eric Pike and his wife Joyce, in their 80s, will start a 200km walk through Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB) to launch the city’s unique Nehemiah Prayer Route on Monday 4 November.  Click here

Loneliness affects 1 in 4 people.  Are you feeling lonely?
Click here


Reviews on the YEI Facebook page

Thank you YEI for the much appreciated Pensioner’s Discount received from DStv on our monthly premium for the 2 months of RWC 2019.  Keep up the fantastic work you do to assist us pensioners in our golden years – Cynthia

Everything for pensioners in YEI and great competitions you can enter!   Ina

If you wish to post a review on YEI on the YEI Facebook page, here 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.


Competition winners 


The winner of the 2-night stay at Greystone Lodge  is Jill Stone from Umkomaas, KZN.
Congratulations  on winning such an awesome prize.  Enjoy!  Well done!
Thank you to Greystone Lodge for providing this awesome prize!

Click here to see the fabulous competitions on WIN with YEI 

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

Winners names are also featured on the YEI Facebook page.


What’s On 

Click here to check out all the details for the Cape Town Concert Series, the Unplugged Live Concerts, upcoming shows such as Marvel Universe Live, Disney on Ice 2020 plus events such as the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.


 International news for seniors 


Dementia risk higher in those who eat more trans fats
Click here 


India yoga: Inspirational teacher V Nanammal dies at 99
Click here 


‘Happy to Chat’ benches: The woman getting strangers to talk
Click here


 YEI – senior humour


While visiting a retailer on Pensioner’s Day,
my wife and I decided to do some shopping and soon became separated.

“Excuse me,” I said, approaching a clerk.
“I’m looking for my wife. She has white hair and is wearing white shoes.”

Gesturing around the store, the clerk responded, “Take your pick.”


Until next month… 

Kind regards,
Marilyn and the YEI Team

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  • Mandy pillay
    November 7, 2019 at 5:05 am

    I would like to know how to go about applying for a discount on DSTV monthly subscription . I am 70 years old

    • Marilynh
      November 7, 2019 at 10:37 am

      Dear Mandy

      As far as we understand, DStv do not have a discount for pensioners, unless you live in a retirement village, and then the village applies as an entity. They did have a limited time offer for YEI members for the Rugby World Cup, but that offer has now expired.

      Kind regards, YEI

  • JAN Chamberlain
    November 7, 2019 at 10:53 am

    I am 70 yrs old and am happily employed full time in a retirement village .
    I love theYE! as it is so informative. I always to find some very useful articles in each newsletter. Lonliness is an all prevailing problem here.The chat bench will be my next project !! 🙂
    Thank you

    • Marilynh
      November 8, 2019 at 10:31 am

      Hello Janis

      How nice to hear from you, and thank you for the compliments you have paid YEI! The YEI staff will be so happy to read this! The chat bench is such a novel but wonderful way of speaking to people and we look forward to hearing how you have implemented it.

      Kind regards, YEI

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