Retirement press release

Retirement is a concept that most South Africans (and the rest of the world as a matter of fact) do not want to talk about, hear about or think about. It is however, one of the biggest challenges that will be facing the society that we live in, as well as, the economy that we operate in for the next few years.

These challenges were amongst the topics that were discussed in depth during the first Retirement Communities World Africa conference held in Sandton recently. Representatives of all the different spheres of the retirement industry (Government, NGO’s, PBO’s, Developers, Architects and Marketing Agents) came together with the aim of sharing knowledge and experience, whilst at the same time sharing ideas on formalizing the industry to the advantage of all. One of the most positive outcomes of the conference were a unanimous resolution that was passed on the last day for the establishment of a task team to investigate the formalization of the industry and also the establishing of a grading system, similar to those of the accommodation industries of the world.

This concept was discussed at length, as it will perform a protection as well as educational function for the public in terms of understanding what exactly is offered by the establishment, as well as the standard there-of that can be expected by the residents and their family. Recommendations were tabled for a 5 star system, which will include a secondary grading for care (frail care/assisted living/rehab), accommodation and lifestyle facilities offered (pool/bowling green/golf course etc). This will enable the public to establish what are the most important components for them and make their decision accordingly.

A universal message that came through on all 4 days of the conference was that it is crucial to plan for the day of tomorrow. Research presented showed that the World birth rate is declining as we know, but at the same time the rate at which the older population is increasing is very worrying. UN research figures indicated that by 2025, the highest populations of older people resident in South Africa will be present in the Western Cape, Gauteng and Northern Cape, with the lowest numbers being in the Northern Provence. Another study indicated that the main area of interest indicated where the respondents would like to retire were Pretoria (28%) and the Western Cape (19%).

Nationlink Plattekloof have to date been involved with the marketing and or planning of 5 Retirement Villages in the greater Cape Town area. It’s understanding of the value of property investment and affordability aims to establish retirement villages as a whole. With price brackets escalationg and good outside care stagnating, we intend to value our customers by stressing the most important factors of Retirment Living.

The iKahya Investor’s Club, another initiative launched by Nationlink Plattekloof, offers investors and the general public the opportunity to receive information prior to the launch of a new development project in the media. To register, visit

Latest projects includes Riebeek Valley Retirement Village in Riebeek Kasteel, Wedgewood in Port Elizabeth and the last remaining units in Villa Cortona in Durbanville. For up to date information and expert advise from the Retirement Specialists in Cape Town, contact Marie or Marelize on 021 911 1043 or visit or

Article from: Nationlink Plattekloof