South Africa's first-ever expo aimed at enhancing peoples' lifestyles after retirement will be held at Johannesburg's Coca-Cola dome from 28 to 30 October 2011.
Owned by the Thebe Exhibitions and Projects Group (TEPG) and presented by Century Property Developments, the Retirement Expo will showcase leading financial, property and lifestyle brands.
TEPG Managing Director Carol Weaving says the expo will be established as an important annual platform where South Africans can obtain information, services and products that will suit their retirement lifestyle needs. "We will literally present every relevant option for a mature lifestyle under one roof."
Research by Statistics South Africa shows that almost 9,75 million South Africans will retire within the next 25 years. Most of these are so called 'baby boomers' - people born between 1946 and 1964 - who tend to be optimistic, competitive and focus on personal accomplishment.
According to Weaving exhibitors at the Retirement Expo will include financial and investment planners, retirement villages and lifestyle resorts, local and international travel planners, taxation advisors, property investors, legal and insurance advisors and health and nutrition experts.
Leading brands that will participate in the expo include Liberty, Starlight Cruises, Old Mutual, Marriott, Helderberg Village, Mediclinic, Reader's Digest, The Protea Group, Glacier by Sanlam, the Refirement Network, Alexander Forbes and Northern Area Retirement Villages.
"Today's retirees are generally more active and have great expectations of their golden years," says Weaving. "The expo will help them to pursue their dreams. It will offer visitors a number of interactive workshops where they can obtain personal advice on planning their retirement, related to aspects such as real estate options, investments and drawing up a 'bucket list'."
Well-known retirement coach Lynda Smith of the Refirement Network will explain how retirement can open up a new world. "We say 'don't retire - refire!', she says. "Retired people definitely have a constructive role to play in society and in business."
Other workshops include 'Your retirement: in control, or in crisis?' presented by Old Mutual and 'An estate plan: the centrepiece of your retirement puzzle' presented by Glacier by Sanlam.
The Retirement Expo will follow on the United Nations International Day of Older Persons on 1 October and South African Grandparents Day on 2 October.
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