SAARP in a nutshell
SAARP was started in 1982, with the aim of promoting the interests of senior citizens in South Africa. While the organisation has evolved over the years, our aims remain essentially the same: SAARP believes that senior citizens are entitled to a secure and rewarding existence in line with the highest moral principles of mankind. We work with vigour to enrich lives, raise self-esteem and influence society to support these ideals.
SAARP negotiates with relevant companies to provide services at a reduced cost to our members. Our main source of income (excluding donations) is the commission which we receive when members use these products. SAARP is constantly on the lookout for new or additional services and products that can be of benefit to our members.
SAARP is a service organisation in terms of the registered Memorandum and Articles of Association. We exist solely for our members and there are no shareholders who can lay claim to assets or profits. Because of this, we are able to plough a large percentage of profits back into benefits for members.
SAARP also lobbies, promotes and intercedes on behalf of its members and senior citizens in general.
SAARP membership is free. The only qualifying requirement is that members are 50 years of age or older.
Membership and discount cards
When you join SAARP, you are automatically issued with a SAARP membership / Mahalas card that provides you with discounts and redeemable loyalty points. This is used all over South Africa, and the world, to obtain age related discounts.
The SAARP B-smart card is an additional card that you can apply for. As the B-smart card is a credit card, there are processes, such as FICA, to go through before a card is issued. With the SAARP B-smart card, you get a 5% annual bonus on all your purchases.
Social and leisure
SAARP has a network of social clubs around the country, where thousands of our members enjoy the camaraderie and outings offered by these clubs. Click here to find a club in your area. If there is no SAARP club in your area, and you think that a club is viable, contact SAARP for more details on starting or initiating a club.
SAARP, on behalf of its members, purchases Holiday Club points which are made available to our members at discount prices. Contact Renske at SAARP on 021 592 1279 firstname.lastname@example.org
We have a special deal with African Sky Hotels for members. A substantial discount is offered to members by this hotel group. Members wishing to make use of this service should phone Renske at SAARP on 021 592-1279 to make arrangements.
SAARP has negotiated with Avis, Holiday Autos and First Care for discounted car hire rates for our members. Check here for details on how to book and get your discounted rate at each company.
Finance, insurance, wills
SAARP offers short term insurance policies through a number of companies to our members. Members have saved up to R10,000 per annum on their SAARP policies. Contact Renske or Beverly at SAARP 021 592 1279 or email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
SAARP also offers special funeral insurance at reduced rates. Contact us at SAARP 021 592 1279 email@example.com
Members get a special discount for funeral services from Doves Undertakers. This is given to members who are able to produce their SAARP membership card when requiring these services.
SAARP members have access to a free wills and estate planning service through Warwick Private Wealth. For more information on this, click here.
Simple wills can also be done at long distance by fully qualified attorneys. Piet Matthee offers simple and quick solutions for uncomplicated estates. Click here for more information.
A negotiated scheme with Impact Hearing gives members a R750 discount on the purchase of one of four well-known makes of hearing aids.
SAARP has also negotiated with SpecSavers for special discounts. For more information, click here.
SAARP has a special agreement with Universe Direct which enables us to offer refurbished, branded computers to our members at extremely low prices and also includes genuine licensed software which is normally an extremely expensive item. These items have a 12-month warranty.
Communication and information
SAARP produces a bilingual printed magazine, the SAARP Bulletin, twice a year. The Bulletin is only posted to members who choose to receive it, and who make a minimum donation of R30.00 per annum to defray the cost of production and postage. Sign up to receive the Bulletin here.
SAARP produces a free monthly e-newsletter in English and Afrikaans. If we have your e-mail address we will send you a free monthly e-newsletter. You can sign up for the newsletter here.
The SAARP Forum is a member-only forum where you can share and interact with other SAARP members. Here’s how to join.
SAARP is also on Facebook, and we encourage our members to use Facebook to interact with SAARP and with other SAARP members.
That is SAARP in a nutshell. You can find more information on all of these services on the relevant pages of our website.