Getting to know you

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You made us smile. You made us think. You even made us cry. But above all, you gave us a personal glimpse of the wonderful bond that exists between young and old. Thank you to everyone who entered the Tafta Tell my Story competition. The competition, which is open to all our elders and community club members, aims to reawaken a love of storytelling and the sharing of memories. Last year, for the first time, the competition was extended to primary school children, who were encouraged to celebrate the life […]
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Message from the CEO

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Recently, my then four-year-old accompanied me to work. I have often taken her to Tafta events and functions and have watched her interact with our elders. This particular function was held at the Mary Asher Wellness Centre – in a room of elders; she floated around generously sharing her hugs and kisses. I was amused to see her reaction to a particular gentleman. She respectfully shook his hand and within minutes she was dancing with him on the dance floor to the tunes of Mafikizolo. She was captivated by his […]
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Diary Dates

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Thursday 21 March: Human Rights Day – Many elderly people are abused or exploited, despite our Constitution clearly stating their rights: the right to be treated equally, the right to dignity, to have access to adequate housing and food, health care and social security, and the right to access information and adult education. 16 May: Tafta’s Annual Fundraising Golf Day – Get your team together and join us for a wonderful day of social golf at Durban Country Club. 4 ball alliance, 2 scores to count. Great prizes to be […]
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To let

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Tafta’s Langeler Towers on Durban’s South Beach: Rental Accommodation available for over 60’s. Call Tafta’s intake department on 031 332 3721 for rental enquiries.
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Honouring our generous supporters

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Twenty three donors, some of whom have supported us for many, many years, attended our annual Donor Thanksgiving event a the Anna Conradie Wellness Centre on 22 November 2018. Included amongst them were those who have made arrangements for their support to continue into the future, by leaving a legacy to Tafta in their Will. This is such a special gesture and most sincerely appreciated, as it helps provide the financial stability that will ensure our organisation can continue for another 60 years! Other donors expressed interest in becoming involved […]
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Durbanites take to the trails for Tafta

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More than 390 fitness enthusiasts and families braved the wet weather on Sunday 18 November to participate in Tafta’s popular annual Trail Run. Runners had the choice of two distances – 4km and 8km – with both routes taking them along the little known ‘green’ corridors of Virginia Bush. Despite its proximity to the city, this area is  a haven of peaceful paths beneath a green canopy of natural forest, filled with birdsong. Proceeds from the event went towards the cost of caring for vulnerable elderly people in our community. […]
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Meals on Wheels volunteers honoured

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Dedicated volunteers who give of their time to deliver meals to elders who cannot cook or afford food for themselves were honoured at a special breakfast at Tafta recently. Elizabeth Mathews received an award for her 15 years of dedication while Colin Burness received an award for 10 years of service. They are pictured here with Gail Samuels, Tafta’s Divisional Manager; Income Development, Marketing and Public Relations. We salute you all.
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Wisdom of elders shines on Day of Older Persons

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Every year on 1 October, Tafta commemorates the United Nation’s International Day of Older Persons. Last year, we used the opportunity to showcase some of Tafta elders’ wisdom. CEO Femada Shamam explained that by doing so, the organisation hoped to dispel the myth that ageing is synonymous with diminished mental capacity. For 98-year old Kings Hall resident, Mrs Senmathie Pillay, growing old means keeping busy and caring about others. “We can each play a part in making the world a better place,” she says. “When you’re able to, always reach […]
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60 years captured in print

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When we sat down to create a coffee table book in celebration of Tafta’s 60th birthday, we wanted to capture, not only the organisation’s amazing history, but also the elders who are so much a part of everything we do. 102-year-old Josephine Asher is one such person. Together with her husband, Peter, she has lived at Cambridge Gardens for 17 years. Despite her age, Josephine has a wonderful memory and can clearly recall details of her early life in England, before immigrating to South Africa to be with her husband. […]
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Boutique retirement village launches in Hillcrest

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Camelot Retirement Village is the newest retirement opportunity to launch within KZN’s popular and fast growing Hillcrest area. Situated within one of the longest standing estates, Camelot Retirement Village will form part of Camelot Estate, offering 44 apartments in Phase 1, with 1, 1.5, 2 and 3-bedrooms. From R1, 845 000, retirees will have access to multigenerational living, first-rate healthcare on their doorstep, a myriad of facilities, as well as superior homes with exquisite views “Camelot Estate is the perfect location for a luxury retirement village. It’s tranquil, picturesque, safe […]
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