February 26, 2013
Cape Town for pensioners
Cape Town offers pensioners a great deal, and it is no wonder that so many people have moved here from other parts of our country to retire.
Many choose locations close to the sea, which means that they can enjoy the beauty of the ocean, the mountains and invigorating walks at little or no cost. Those close to the City Bowl have the opportunity of walking in the Company's Garden and can also enjoy a visit to the South African National Gallery and the South African Museum.
In the winter months it is worth knowing that there is much to see and do indoors, like a visit to the District Six Museum, as well as the Slave Lodge and the 18th-century Sending Gestig Church in Long Street, which is now a museum – entrance is free.
The city centre contains a number of art galleries, and information about these can be obtained from the tourism offices.
St George's Cathedral is sometimes missed by even the locals, but it is open every day and contains some of the finest stained glass in Africa. The crypt contains the Crypt Memory and Witness Centre, which has a fascinating exhibition of the involvement of the faith communities in the struggle against apartheid, particularly around the 1980s and the time of Archbishop Tutu.
Valuable information can be obtained about the University of the Third Age, U3A. (The U3A are groups of people who come together to share knowledge, skills and experience in an informal association of their own design. Workshops, group outings and general meetings are also popular.) It has a variety of programmes for pensioners in various parts of the city, and this includes monthly concerts at the Baxter Theatre.
The Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is a tranquil, healing place, and it offers concession rates.