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Belvedere Group becomes RetireWell SA but more Life Rights contracts are breached…

It was in February 2021 when Carte Blanche interviewed self-declared wealthy retirement village and development mongers, Piet and Willem Steyn, who personally sit on the Trusts of the 12 retirement villages in the Belvedere Group… The excuse at the time for not honouring their contractual o...

Retirement villages – a move away from the concept of the aged home of the elderly.” 

The marginalisation of the elderly in western society is what drove the emergence of traditional old-aged homes, care, and rest homes. These facilities were medically oriented and institutional in nature, not far removed from mental asylums – places where older members of the family were se...

The benefits of living in a retirement village: Why you should consider this lifestyle

As we age, the idea of downsizing or finding a place to settle down becomes more appealing. Retirement villages are an excellent option for those looking for a low-maintenance and community-based lifestyle. Here are some benefits of living in a retirement village you may want to consider. Communi...

Why An ‘Age in Place’ Policy Is Being Embraced by A New Generation of Retirees

Why An ‘Age in Place’ Policy Is Being Embraced by A New Generation of Retirees People are living longer than before but we can’t outrun the health risks associated with ageing forever. The elderly are the demographic most likely to have a chronic illness, with 80% of over-65s  having at le...

Not your typical retirement apartment by Evergreen

You can ‘try before you buy’ these hotel-style suites  When you hear the words “retirement living”, what comes to mind? Perhaps a small, dark  room with oversized furniture occupied by a dispirited elderly person shuffling around in  slippers? Think again. Retirement living nowadays is...

Leading property developer forges ahead with four large scale developments amid SA’s perilous economic climate

Investment into South Africa has been less than encouraging (even pre-pandemic) and coupled with increased capital outflow in recent years, the economic outlook has been and continues to be dire.  Credit rating downgrades and the challenges brought on by Covid-19 have served to exacerbate th...

Why retiring in Constantia, Cape Town will be the best decision ever!

Overlooked by the Constantiaberg and Vlakkenberg peaks, Constantia is packed with an array of entertainment, beauty and glamour. From winding greenbelts to cosy wine tasting rooms, you couldn’t find a more natural, beautiful yet sophisticated place to retire. Need a reason to move here? Here ar...

How to Help Your Parents Plan for Retirement

It’s tempting to avoid discussing money with your parents, and it certainly becomes even harder as they near retirement.  As important as it is to have conversations around financial planning for your parents’ old age, the truth is that it can be awkward and sometimes emotional for many ...

Rising trend in multigenerational retirement estate living

People are living longer and remaining in better health, thanks to advances in modern medicine. Most of today’s baby boomers – people in their 60s & early 70s – are still living independent, active lives, with many still working in some capacity and looking for living conditions...

Is Life Right a “Good Investment”?

While the Life Right model is a popular form of retirement ownership internationally, it is still a fairly new concept in South Africa. For this reason, people are often advised against purchasing life rights when considering their retirement options. If renting a property, paying the rent in adv...