Pensioners battle to make ends meet

2015-10-08 06:00

PENSIONERS living at retirement villages on the South Coast say they are “feeling the pinch” due to the rise in food prices.

A resident of Anerley Place says has had to abandon her passion for baking because the ingredients are too expensive.

“My budget no longer allows for my hobby. Surviving on a state pension means that my budget is very small and I often have to leave out the luxuries.”

Another Anerley Place resident, Christine Metcalf, said she and her husband buy groceries for R2 000 every month.

“My medication costs R1 000 a month, but my son sends me money for that.

“There are certain fruit and vegetables that I leave out sometimes because it’s just too expensive,” she said.

Joy Hare, who lives at the Flower Foundation, said she has to turn her money into bubblegum and make it stretch as far as possible every month.

“I often leave out meat and chicken from my grocery shopping. I’d like to go to the hairdresser and get my hair cut too, but I can’t afford it,” said Hare.

Julia Boddy, who also lives at the Flower Foundation, said fortunately the rent is low at the retirement home so it makes her feel at ease.

“We also get a lot of assistance from sponsors and donors for which we are very grateful. I can’t buy meat and all of the fruit and vegetables that I would like because I simply can’t afford to,” said Boddy

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.