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South Africa’s baby boomers generation comprised 13.2% (7,1m) of the country’s 54 million people in 2015 – two-thirds higher than the global number where 8.5% of the world population is older than 65 years.

This is according to a US government-commissioned report, An Aging World: 2015, in which it predicts the global population aged 65 years and older in 2050 to make up 17% of all people on earth.

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“The growth outlined in these statistics is due to the extensive work done in South Africa to improve healthcare services,” says Dave Cameron, director of Cameron Property Group, developer representative for Mount Edgecombe Retirement Village. “Another aspect adding to the longevity of the elderly is that the ‘baby boomer’ generation, within their 50s and 60s, is remaining healthy and active, thus living longer.

“In the coming years, it’s evident that there are going to be far more retirees and in terms of infrastructure, South Africa isn’t adequately prepared to deal with this growth.”

This is clearly evident in the fact that many established retirement villages in South Africa have up to 20-year waiting lists. This gap in supply has prompted a large number of private developers into the retirement accommodation and lifestyle estate game.

Explore the suburbs in which these retirement developments are found

Here is a useful list of private mature lifestyle villages across the country.


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Waterfall Hills Mature Lifestyle Estate, Midrand

Heritage Estate, Modderfontein

Eastlands Mature Lifestyle Estate, Benoni

Featherwood Estate, Pretoria

Riverside Manor Retirement Village, Sandton,

Midstream Estate, Centurion

La Vie Nouvelle Retirement Estate and Wellness Centre, Broadacres Johannesburg

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Mount Edgecombe Retirement Village in Kindlewood Estate

Forest Village, Sheffield Beach

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Bateleur Estate, Nelspruit

Western Cape

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Knysna Lifestyle Estate, Knysna

Zevenwacht Lifestyle Estate, Stellenbosch

The Plettenberg Manor Exclusive Retirement Resort, Plettenberg Bay

The Somerset Lifestyle & Retirement Village, Somerset West

Belvedere Retirement Villages, scattered throughout Johannesburg, and Gauteng retirement accommodation developer, RetireNow, both offer a wide range of villages suited to mature residents.

It’s clear that while many more retirement options are currently being planned, more are needed to ensure the country’s current and future demand are met.

Did we miss your development? Email david@hometimes.co.za and we’ll be sure to include it in this list



David A Steynberg, managing editor and director of HomeTimes, has more than 10 years of experience as both a journalist and editor, having headed up Business Day’s HomeFront supplement, SAPOA’s range of four printed titles, digimags Asset in Africa and the South African Planning Institute’s official title, Planning Africa, as well as B2B titles, Building Africa and Water, Sewage & Effluent magazines. He began his career at Farmer’s Weekly magazine before moving on to People Magazine where he was awarded two Excellence Awards for Best Real Life feature as well as Writer of the Year runner-up. He is also a past fellow of the International Women’s Media Foundation.

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