Tafta welcomes new CEO, Femada Shamam

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Compassion and commitment to providing uncompromised care for the elderly is core to the work ethos that has propelled visionary, Femada Shamam to the helm of Tafta. The newly-appointed CEO is committed to providing the best quality of life for Durban’s Elders and driving the continued growth and success of the organisation. Femada (pictured right above) takes over the reins this month following the semi-retirement of longstanding CEO, Margie Smith (left). Also pictured is Vice Chairman of the Tafta Council, Wicus Jacobs. Through her passion improving the lives of Elders, […]
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Beginning of a new era for Tafta and Margie Smith

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After more than three decades, Margie Smith, who has successfully led Tafta through the years with passion, dedication and commitment, hung up her coat as CEO and now assumes a new role during semi-retirement, as head of the special projects division, TAFTA Business. “What a great gift it has been, to serve an organisation that is deeply committed to social justice and takes such bold positions to solve the housing challenges of the senior citizens in the eThekwini region,” she said.  “I consider myself blessed to have worked alongside such […]
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John Dunn House residents can now dream of being beside the ocean

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Thanks to a beautiful new mural, painted on the wall of the John Dunn House Wellness Centre by Dezzo Roofing, residents of the home may be forgiven for feeling they are sitting on a tropical beach instead of an old age home! The mural was officially unveiled by building supervisor Ingrid Singh at an Easter Tea for residents on 4 April 2017. She introduced representatives from Dezzo Roofing and The Robin Hood Foundation, which donated a bookshelf and second hand books, magazines and journals for the centre. After the brief […]
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9 ways to reduce your chances of Alzheimer’s Disease

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Alzheimer’s disease, the irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills among the over 60s, creates heartache for those affected and their families. Whilst many people assume forgetfulness is the inevitable result of growing older, it is not necessarily indicative of Alzheimer’s Disease. It’s quite normal to forget where you put your keys – but if you can’t remember what the keys are for, you might be facing the onset of Alzheimer’s. Whilst the disease is irreversible, research indicates that some lifestyle choices can delay the onset […]
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Official opening of Langeler Towers

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After almost a decade in the planning and building stage, Tafta’s landmark 11 storey Langeler Towers was officially opened at a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday 29 March 2017. Pictured above cutting the ribbon are (from left to right) Cardinal Wilfred Napier, Femada Shamam (Tafta COO), Margie Smith (Tafta CEO), Coucillor Mpume Ntshangase, Wicus Jacobs (Tafta Vice Chairperson). Guests of honour included his Eminence, Cardinal Wilfrid Napier OFM, city councillors and representatives of major donors including the Victor Daitz Foundation, Nemit Trust, Comburs Foundation and the Department of Human Settlement. Cardinal […]
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Durban celebrities embrace Tafta’s “Hug Therapy” campaign

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Durban’s influential personalities have thrown their support behind a novel campaign launched by the Association for the Aged (Tafta) by giving of their time to show love to the elderly. Former Miss South Africa finalist and model, Julia Petersen along with Gagasi FM DJ, Mzokoloko Gumede were among the do-gooders, who took time off their busy schedules to add much-needed joy and companionship to senior citizens. During their visits to Langeler Towers and John Conradie House on Durban’s South Beach and John Dunn House in Wentworth, many residents immediately recognised […]
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Message from Margie

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Generosity never grows old . . . 2016 brought with it some wonderful initiatives, which have seen so many happy faces as a result of your generosity. The success of Tafta’s festive campaigns is measured by the smiles on the faces of each resident. This year their joy was once again made possible by the generosity of dedicated supporters and friends of Tafta. Through each donation and the commitment from staff, we were able to treat 1 800 senior citizens to 22 scrumptious three-course lunches throughout the city. Our Festive […]
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Claim your tax back

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Time is running out to take advantage of the tax benefits of donating to Tafta before the tax year ends on 28 February! Making a donation towards the care and shelter of a needy older person not only makes you feel good, SARS will reward you by allowing you to deduct the value of your donation from your taxable income.
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A new chapter in care

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In November last year, we were forced to close Ray Hulett House, as the building was simply no longer viable. All the old wiring and plumbing needed to be completely replaced and the cost of the repairs was simply beyond our reach. There were mixed feelings among the residents, all of whom were offered alternative accommodation at various other Tafta residences. Fortunately the closure of Ray Hulett House coincided with the opening of Langeler Towers, and we were able to accommodate many of the elderly people in bright new rooms […]
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Diary Dates

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Tuesday 21 March: Human Rights Day – many elderly people are denied the right to dignity, housing, respect and protection. Some are physically abused, but too scared to speak up for fear of losing what little they have. Join Tafta in fighting for the rights of elderly people to live out their lives free from fear, pain and hardship. May 2017 – Tafta’s popular annual Fun Walk is back at Durban’s beachfront. Pull on a pair of your funkiest socks and come and join us for this great family event […]
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