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A List of Pensioners’ Specials in South Africa

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Many South African pensioners are dependent on the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) old-age grant. But for most, if not all, this is just not enough. Which is why some retailers and establishments have made it their business to help older citizens by offering them discounts on products or services.

We’ve put together a comprehensive breakdown of retail categories and the various offerings from well-loved brands across South Africa. But there can be some confusion as to what exactly is a pensioner, and how do you qualify as one?

What is a pensioner?

Not everyone who is at ‘pensioner age’, presumably 60 or 65,  is a pensioner. In fact, a pensioner is someone who receives an 'old age pension' or what is now called an Older Persons Grant.

To qualify as a pensioner, you must be a South African citizen, permanent resident, or refugee, and live in South Africa. You also must not:

  • Receive any other social grant for yourself
  • Be cared for in a state institution
  • Earn more than R86,280 per annum if you are single or R172,560 if married.
  • Have assets worth more than R1,227,600 if you are single or R2,455,200 if you are married.

To apply for a SASSA card, visit the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) office nearest to where you live along with your 13-digit bar-coded identity document.

For more information: Pensioner grants, how to apply, what documentation to take with, and more.

What if I don’t have a SASSA card?

Not every pensioner special requires you to be on an Older Persons Grant. There are many retailers and institutions that simply need your ID to prove you are at the required age to qualify for their special offer. Each will have different requirements so be sure to check beforehand..

List of Pensioners Specials on Offer Across South Africa

1. Groceries

  • Food Lover’s Market – Each branch has their own pensioners day, enquire at your closest branch for details.
  • Game – 10% discount on in-store purchases up to the cost of R3,000
    • When: Any day of the week
    • To redeem: Present your SASSA card and ID
  • Makro – Up to 10% discount on general in-store purchases and up to 5% off ins-store food purchases to mSenior members. The discount is intended only for purchases made for personal use. Bulk purchases for commercial or business use do not qualify.
    • When: Every day
    • To redeem: Present your SASSA card and mSenior card
    • Extras: Priority entry to the store and express checkout
  • Pick n Pay – Double points to all Pick n Pay Smart Shopper customers over the age of 60
    • When: Wednesdays in Pick n Pay stores.
    • To redeem: Present your Smart Shopper Card

2. Building & DIY

  • Builders’ Warehouse – 10% discount on certain purchases (some products are exempt)
    • When: Every Wednesday
    • To redeem: Present your Builders card and ID

3. Health & Beauty

  • Clicks Seniors Club –60+ ClubCard members earn 4% cash back on online or in-store purchases.
    • When: Every Wednesday
    • To redeem: Present your ClubCard
  • Dischem 60 Plus – Double points on in-store purchases
    • When: Every Wednesday
    • To redeem: Present your Dischem card
    • Extras:
      • One free blood pressure test a month (T&Cs apply)
      • Discounts on selected salon treatments
      • Invitations to exclusive 60 Plus tea parties

4. Medical

  • Torga Optical – Choose from three different options:
    • Single vision package
    • Bifocal package
    • Multifocal package
  • When: Everyday
  • To redeem: Present your ID

5. Entertainment & Leisure

  • Spur – See the Senior’s Menu for specials
    • Available at all Spur restaurants nationwide
  • Ster-Kinekor – 22% discount on movies
    • When: Every day except Tuesday when tickets are ½ price.
    • Access to SK Club screenings and SK Club lounge.
    • To redeem: Present your SK Club card
  • Nu Metro – Discounted rates on Regular, VIP, and Extreme movie formats
    • When: Every day
    • To redeem: Present your ID
  • SANparks – Up to 40% off camping, accommodation, game drives
    • When: Certain months of the year, excludes Fridays, Saturdays and long weekends.
    • Required: Proof of identification or proof of pension category must be given on arrival.
  • Accommodation – Pensioners can find discounts on accommodation at certain establishments. For example:

6. Car Hire

  • Hertz – Special offer on car hire for over 55s by using the promo code when booking
    • When: Every day
    • To redeem: Present your ID on vehicle collection

7. Fitment

  • Supa Quick – Wheel balancing, wheel alignment, and tyre rotation for only R250. 
    • When: Every Wednesday.
    • To redeem: Present your ID
Disclaimer: This information is for educational, or entertainment purposes only. It must not be construed as advice, legal, financial, or otherwise. We do not make any warranties about the completeness, reliability, and accuracy of this information.

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