The Honeymoon Phase of Retirement

  Normally when you stop working, in the Honeymoon period you will have less contact with your previous co-workers, business associates and other groups of people, which could result in you socialising less. This could result in you spending more time with your... read more

After the honeymoon is over

Before I go into discussion regarding the above, I wish to provide another example coming from a different angle, which may assist the reader, who is preparing for retirement. Several years ago I was part of our Parish Council when a new rector was appointed to our... read more

What is the official age to stop working

    When it comes to employees’ retirement, South African labour legislation does not make any provision for a retirement age. This subject is the most common one to be neglected or ignored by employers – especially where a retirement age was agreed upon in... read more

Surendering to Retirement

  Most of us go through life living each day at a time and meeting those conditions that our society demands we observe. Some of us rebel against those demands which do not suit us. This is one reason why some of us spend our lives in the country rather than the... read more

Forced and Planned Retirement

  Age is, normally, measured as the number of years lived by an individual. However, in our book, we address life as a series of steps. We each pass through each step at least once in our life. I feel that age (Years Old) is simply a number which, in any real... read more

The wondering holiday

In 2005 we sold The Pickle Pot and farm and found ourselves completely liquid and with nothing to do. We rented a small pondokkie in Howick and sat thinking about our future. I need to spend a little time putting you in the picture before we set off, so please indulge... read more

The best type of holiday

  There are as many holiday options out there as there are people taking them. From the weekend away to the “Grand Tour” of Victorian times, there should be a better reason than simple relaxation behind the holiday. From my viewpoint, there are some non-starter... read more
The  Honeymoon Phase of Retirement

The Honeymoon Phase of Retirement

  Normally when you stop working, in the Honeymoon period you will have less contact with your previous co-workers, business associates and other groups of people, which could result in you socialising less. This could result in you spending more time with your...
After the honeymoon is over

After the honeymoon is over

Before I go into discussion regarding the above, I wish to provide another example coming from a different angle, which may assist the reader, who is preparing for retirement. Several years ago I was part of our Parish Council when a new rector was appointed to our...
What to do when the “honeymoon ” is over ?

What to do when the “honeymoon ” is over ?

  In the opening pages of our book The Next Step: Planning the road through Retirement” I commented on steps that we take through life and how these compare with the human contribution to creating a child. While I hope my explanation gave rise to a few chuckles,...
Combatting boredom and depression in retirement

Combatting boredom and depression in retirement

Recently I spent a very enjoyable lunch with some retirees. When time came to “sing for my lunch” I extolled the virtues and pleasures to be enjoyed from planning your time through retirement, the best years of your life. At question time, the subject of...
10 mistakes to avoid in your will

10 mistakes to avoid in your will

  Willie Fourie, Head of Estate and Trust Services, PSG Wealth. Many people think a simple, one-page document is all they need to transfer ownership of their worldly possessions to their heirs. Some even go so far as to rely on the pre-printed will forms you can...
What is the official age to stop working

What is the official age to stop working

    When it comes to employees’ retirement, South African labour legislation does not make any provision for a retirement age. This subject is the most common one to be neglected or ignored by employers – especially where a retirement age was agreed upon in...
Surendering to Retirement

Surendering to Retirement

  Most of us go through life living each day at a time and meeting those conditions that our society demands we observe. Some of us rebel against those demands which do not suit us. This is one reason why some of us spend our lives in the country rather than the...
Forced and Planned Retirement

Forced and Planned Retirement

  Age is, normally, measured as the number of years lived by an individual. However, in our book, we address life as a series of steps. We each pass through each step at least once in our life. I feel that age (Years Old) is simply a number which, in any real...
Conscious retirement: An imperative.

Conscious retirement: An imperative.

  I was riding a stationary cycle in the gym the other day. It was our 7am spinning class. My leg muscles were pumping in time to the music. I was concentrating hard. As I caught my breath, I looked around and realized I was the oldest in our class. The thought...
The  Honeymoon Phase of Retirement

The Honeymoon Phase of Retirement

  Normally when you stop working, in the Honeymoon period you will have less contact with your previous co-workers, business associates and other groups of people, which could result in you socialising less. This could result in you spending more time with your...
After the honeymoon is over

After the honeymoon is over

Before I go into discussion regarding the above, I wish to provide another example coming from a different angle, which may assist the reader, who is preparing for retirement. Several years ago I was part of our Parish Council when a new rector was appointed to our...
What to do when the “honeymoon ” is over ?

What to do when the “honeymoon ” is over ?

  In the opening pages of our book The Next Step: Planning the road through Retirement” I commented on steps that we take through life and how these compare with the human contribution to creating a child. While I hope my explanation gave rise to a few chuckles,...
Combatting boredom and depression in retirement

Combatting boredom and depression in retirement

Recently I spent a very enjoyable lunch with some retirees. When time came to “sing for my lunch” I extolled the virtues and pleasures to be enjoyed from planning your time through retirement, the best years of your life. At question time, the subject of...
10 mistakes to avoid in your will

10 mistakes to avoid in your will

  Willie Fourie, Head of Estate and Trust Services, PSG Wealth. Many people think a simple, one-page document is all they need to transfer ownership of their worldly possessions to their heirs. Some even go so far as to rely on the pre-printed will forms you can...
What is the official age to stop working

What is the official age to stop working

    When it comes to employees’ retirement, South African labour legislation does not make any provision for a retirement age. This subject is the most common one to be neglected or ignored by employers – especially where a retirement age was agreed upon in...
Surendering to Retirement

Surendering to Retirement

  Most of us go through life living each day at a time and meeting those conditions that our society demands we observe. Some of us rebel against those demands which do not suit us. This is one reason why some of us spend our lives in the country rather than the...
Forced and Planned Retirement

Forced and Planned Retirement

  Age is, normally, measured as the number of years lived by an individual. However, in our book, we address life as a series of steps. We each pass through each step at least once in our life. I feel that age (Years Old) is simply a number which, in any real...
Conscious retirement: An imperative.

Conscious retirement: An imperative.

  I was riding a stationary cycle in the gym the other day. It was our 7am spinning class. My leg muscles were pumping in time to the music. I was concentrating hard. As I caught my breath, I looked around and realized I was the oldest in our class. The thought...