TAFTA staff

Could you work for us?

From time to time, opportunities arise for dedicated and caring individuals, with a genuine interest in promoting the wellbeing of older persons, to join the TAFTA team.

Careers in Elder Care

Worldwide, there is a huge demand for trained carers with the special skills and empathy to look after frail elderly people. TAFTA has a wealth of knowledge and experience in this field and our 12 week Care Practitioners Course – which includes practical work and examinations – is geared to providing people who wish to enter this field with the necessary skills and certification.

This training has a dual benefit; it not only produces additional carers, but also enables unemployed or disadvantaged people to gain skills that ensure job security.

For more information, please contact Marshnee Naidoo by emailing marshneen@tafta.org.za or call 031 332 3721.

Divisions

Providing suitable and affordable accommodation for older persons remains our greatest challenge. TAFTA manages 14 well organised and secure residential facilities within the greater Durban area, that cater for the specific needs of the elderly – including 3 frail care units and several Assisted Living facilities. Please click here for a full list of accommodation to rent or buy on our Life Rights Scheme.

We also provide community services, such as Ageing in Place, Home Based Care and Meals on Wheels, that enable elderly people to continue living in their own homes for as long as possible.
Our business is caring for older people and creating awareness of their needs and issues – none of which would be possible without compassionate, dedicated and hardworking staff.

TAFTA employs approx. 330 people – about half of whom are outsourced – ranging from management and professional staff to skilled and semi-skilled workers. Skills development is encouraged by means of both internal and external training courses, covering subjects such as palliative nursing care, conflict resolution, time management and organisational skills, financial management, basic first aid, HIV/AIDS, epilepsy, bereavement and grief, substance abuse, mental health care, depression, suicide and the elderly.

We also have in place an employee wellness programme designed to help staff cope emotionally and achieve personal growth and job satisfaction.
With operating costs amounting to around R5.4 million per month, the importance of fundraising and awareness programmes cannot be over emphasised. We are truly grateful to our many loyal donors who support our efforts to care for the elderly.

Whether this support is in the form of gifts of cash or donations in kind ... participation in our annual Golf Day and other fundraising events ... or time given freely by volunteers – each and every contribution makes a difference.
TAFTA buildings and staff require comprehensive infrastructural support in order to provide a high standard of service.

We have a full time Maintenance Department, which takes care of routine repairs to our buildlings, as well as regular renovations of bathrooms, kitchens and communal living areas.

Value for money and service excellence are critical standards that are maintained by our central buying department, which is responsible for negotiating contracts with various outsourced service providers. We also have our own IT Department, which supports staff and strives to improve efficiency via technology.
The Social Services division reaches out to over 7 500 older people monthly, through the Social Agency, as well as our six Service Centres and various clubs.

The Social Agency team is responsible for assisting and empowering older people to lead a better quality of life. Practical advice and information about resources available to older people, therapeutic counselling, budgeting all form part of the service, along with providing relevant information on ageing and other related issues

The Service Centres are a popular meeting ground and jointly boast a membership of over 2 000 older people. The members enjoy and participate in the various services and activities, which are designed around their specific needs.
This division provides support to the core services in the areas of transport, building projects, health & safety, security and Life Rights support. It also oversees various commercial enterprises, including two charity shops in central Durban.

In addition, the commercial catering unit 'Cook n Care' in Falcon Park, New Germany, provides nutritious meals for all TAFTA facilities as well as the Meals on Wheels Service. Just short of 70000 meals are delivered every month, with the highlight being the 2000 superb three-course Christmas lunches served to all our residents during the festive season. In 2014, Cook 'n Care launched a new product range – Frozen Food to Go – providing affordable 'heat and eat' meals that pensioners can conveniently prepare and enjoy in their own homes.