Lockdown Level 3

Lockdown Level 3 – what does it mean for Tafta residents & their families?

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On Sunday, 24 May 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that, after ten weeks of lockdown, South Africa would move from Coronavirus alert level 4 to alert level 3 as of 1 June 2020. The reason he provided was that, in the preceding weeks, it was necessary for the country to initiate a state of preparedness for when the pandemic reached peak infection rates during the coming winter months. As a second reason, the President mentioned that with a great majority of our workforce having been out of work for almost […]
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Lockdown isolation

What is lockdown doing to us?

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Do you feel that the lockdown has affected your mental health? Are you anxious? Short tempered? Inexplicably sad? Demotivated? Exhausted? Lonely? Are you overeating? Drinking more? Exercising less? Having difficulty sleeping? Whilst everyone is aware of the need to protect physical health – wearing masks, sanitizing hands and maintaining social distance – the very real mental problems associated with self-isolation have largely been ignored. And yet they are just as dangerous, if not more so. Suicide Barely two weeks into the lockdown, we heard the tragic news of an elderly […]
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Elderly woman

93 year old woman living alone and penniless in flat

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Since the beginning of lockdown, Geslina Langeni, 93, has been living by herself in a squalid flat in Sydenham. There is no glass in the windows and they are covered with cardboard or plastic to keep out the wind and rain. Previously, Geslina’s two daughters lived with her and took care of her with money from their state benefits. But tragically, one of the daughters died in February and the other, who has mental health problems, has been admitted to the nearby King George Hospital. Now the old lady is […]
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Vodacom 4U

Putting elders in touch

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Our special thanks and heartfelt gratitude go out to Ebrahim Patel, owner of Vodacom 4U in Musgrave, who donated 400 mobile phones to enable our elders to stay connected with their families during the national lockdown. Since those over 60 have been urged to remain at home, even as the rest of the population enters Level 3 and some semblance of normality, this generous gift is a truly amazing blessing. We cannot express how much it means to them. Thank you!
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Face masks essential for elderly

Covid-19: Elderly need to take it seriously

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Data from China on the first 44 000 Coronavirus patients showed that the death rate in those aged 80 and over is nearly 15%, and 8% among those aged 70 to 79. In South Africa, the median age of those who have passed away after being infected by the virus, is 64. As people age, their immune system gets weaker, leaving older people more vulnerable to succumbing to the virus – especially if they have underlying health conditions like heart disease, hypertension, respiratory disease and diabetes. For this reason, elders […]
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SASSA Grants

SASSA Offices Reopening

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We have received an update from Ms Lindiwe Zulu, MP Minister of Social Development, regarding payments under Level 4 Lockdown: The SASSA local offices will be opening as from Monday, 11 May 2020. However, in compliance with government’s risk-adjusted approach to phasing in public services, the staff complement at these will only be limited to a third. This means that only a limited number of citizens will be served by predefined services. To manage the human traffic at these offices, SASSA will only attend to new applications for older persons […]
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