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SAARP was started in 1982, with the aim of promoting the interests of senior citizens in South Africa. While the organisation has evolved over the years, our aims remain essentially the same: SAARP believes that senior citizens are entitled to a secure and rewarding existence in line with the highest moral principles of mankind. We work with vigour to enrich lives, raise self-esteem and influence society to support these ideals.
SAARP negotiates with various appropriate companies in order to provide very competitive prices and excellent services and value for money, at greatly reduced costs to members. Our main source of income (excluding donations) is the commission which we receive when members use our products. This situation is crucial for SAARP's survival, and is in fact a symbiotic one. We need members to support us in order to survive, and in return we offer members excellent services at reduced costs.
SAARP is a service organisation in terms of the registered Memorandum and Articles of Association. We exist solely for our members and there are no shareholders who can lay claim to assets or profits. Because of this, we are able to plough the profits back into benefits for members.
SAARP also lobbies, promotes and intercedes on behalf of its members and senior citizens in general.
SAARP membership is free. The only qualifying requirement is that members are 50 years of age or older.