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La Récolte October Newsletter


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Retirement Village

Resident of the Month

Recipe of the month

Elsje van Niekerk: Hairdresser to our Residents

Summer Fun

Stress Management

Resident of the Month

neil van Tonder


Neil and his wife Linda are one of our oldest residents at La Récolte.

Neil is on the board of trustees and a well-respected resident.


In the Spotlight


Please tell me about your life before La Récolte?

In my young days our family lived in Parow-East. I attended schools at Parow-East Primary School and Tygerberg High School and matriculated. I went to Stellenbosch University to study BCom. In 1974 the University advertised a financial position at the Faculty of Medicine, for which I successfully applied. I transferred to the Medical Faculty. My portfolio included financial administration as well as research administration. In the late 1990’s the management realized that my responsibilities became too much for one person and a split was made between Financial Administration and Research Administration.

I was promoted Head of Research Administration.

In 2013 I was awarded the Rectors’ Award for Excellent Service. I retired on 31 January 2008.

Why did you decide to retire at La Récolte?

After my Retirement my wife Linda hinted that we should think of down-scaling as the house and the plot was too big. We started to look at retirement centers, but could not find anything that “invited” us. Then we saw the advertisement of La Récolte and visited the show unit, immediately felt that this is the place for us and started the necessary proceedings.

What do you do for fun?

In our younger days we loved to do ballroom dancing.

We also joined the Run Walk For Life organization and participated in many race walks.

I completed many races, some as far as Robertson, in the 5, 10, 12, 15 and 21.1 km formats.

Retirement Villages


When you picture a retirement village, what do you see?

Do you imagine little homes filled with mothballs, knitting needles and an elderly cat or two? Despite thousands of South Africans calling retirement villages home, there is a media myth that they are dark, isolating experiences. The reality is, retirement villages are a world apart from the mental image. In place of mothballs, there are spacious and modern homes. Instead of hoards of elderly cats, there are robust, vibrant communities of retirees.

I am Independent

At La Récolte, we believe you should be able to retain your independence for as long as you wish. With our independent living apartments, you have everything you would have living outside of a village – Plus the additional amenities and social benefits. You can cook, clean, have friends to stay, decorate and design in your home. La Récolte offer independent living, with support if, or when you need it.


Community is Important to Me

If a sense of community is important to you, and you are looking for new connections, consider a retirement village. Village living balances easy socialization with the privacy and quiet of having your own space.


I Value My Privacy

There is a misconception that to move into a retirement village is to forfeit your privacy. This is far from the truth! Your home is your home and is treated with the utmost respect. Living in a retirement village is very similar to living in a gated community, except with the additional facilities, and support.

Elsje van Niekerk

Hairdresser to our Residents

Elsje is the local hairdresser, coming to you unit to attend to your hair needs.

Many of our residents have used her and she is a master at her craft. If you are feeling in the slumps, need to mix it up, or are simply looking to find a new addition to your self-care routine, a new haircut or a fancy blow out may just be calling your name. Sometimes it takes a fresh look to give ourselves the extra boost of self-esteem we might not realize that we needed.