Femada Shamam, Chief Executive Officer of Tafta

Covid-19 update: 21 January

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As of yesterday evening, we now sadly report a total of 173 Covid-19 cases in Tafta homes since 15 June last year. Of these, we have sadly lost 21 elders and one staff member, and we remain grateful for the recovery of 94 elders and 42 staff. There are currently 13 active elder and 2 active staff cases in: John Conradie House/Langeler Towers: 4 residents and 2 staff members Kings Hall: 1 elder Tafta on Ridge: 4 elders Tafta Park: 4 elders This continues to be a very difficult and […]
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Thank you from our elders

You brought the magic of Christmas to our elders

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Once again, the good people of Durban responded in their hundreds to make sure our elders had a Christmas to remember. Thank you so much to everyone who sponsored a festive meal for men and women living in Tafta residences, or attending one of our wellness centres or clubs. The festive season was very different this year … with social distancing, hand sanitiser and masks reminding us all of the ever present threat of Covid-19. Following the spike in cases in mid December, some of the lunches had to be […]
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Important fundraising notice

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Please note: The Association for the Aged (TAFTA) has a formal fundraising team and all calls for donations and in kind support are initiated by this department through professional channels of communication with supporters. We have never, and will not, call on elders to lead fundraising appeals. Any queries in this regard should be directed to the Tafta Income Development and Public Relations (IDPR) department at info@tafta.org.za or 031 332 3721. If you would like to support our organisation – and the elders we care for, thank you! Please click […]
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Retirement questions

Rebooting retirement planning post Covid-19

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In a recent survey to assess the impact of Covid-19 on retirement planning*, 66% of respondents stated that the lockdown had affected them financially. Among the steps they had to take to stay afloat were: Finding another source of income Making special arrangements with creditors to pay their bills Asking family and friends for financial assistance. Over one-third of respondents dipped into their retirement savings. While some saw this as ‘borrowing’, a quarter of those who used their savings believe it is a permanent disinvestment or loss – which doesn’t […]
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Covid-19 protocols

Covid-19 update: 5 January 2021

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Sadly, we have begun the new year with a spate of new infections in our homes. The newer strain of the Coronavirus has taken hold fast, with the infection spreading at a rapid rate once it enters our homes. Since the start of the pandemic in South Africa, we have recorded a total of 144 Covid positive cases among elders and staff. We have sadly lost 17 elders and one staff member to the disease, but are extremely grateful for the recovery of 67 elders and 36 staff. There are […]
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Message from Femada Shamam

Covid-19 update: 13 December 2020

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December 14: Four more elders have been diagnosed with Covid-19 since yesterday at John Conradie House/Langeler Towers complex and Tafta Lodge. There are now a total of 10 Covid-19 positive elders and 2 positive carers at Tafta Homes. Of these ten new cases, six elders are in hospital and a further four are in quarantine. This brings the total number of cases to 57 elders and 28 staff.   December 13: A further 4 elders and 2 carers have been diagnosed with Covid-19 at Tafta’s John Conradie House/Langeler Towers complex. […]
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Sports Day at Tafta

A better life awaits …

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If you’re active on social media, you may have noticed numerous posts recently of Tafta residents having a whole lot of fun! From being included in our fabulous festive lunches to being gifted with all sorts of goodies from caring Durbanites, our elders are really spoiled … as they deserve … at this time of year. And the spoiling continues pretty much all year round! We enjoy a constant stream of visitors to our Homes, who bring entertainment, treats, pamper manicure sessions, dancing lessons, sports days, and opportunities to learn […]
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wheelchair friendly activities

Don’t leave granny behind!

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With the festive holiday season fast approaching comes the challenge of finding fun things for the kids to do. If you need to include elderly parents or friends who are unable to walk far in these outings, this handy list of wheelchair friendly venues is full of inspiration. Remember, you can hire wheelchairs, crutches and other assistive devices from Tafta at nominal rates. Please call 031 332 3721 or email intake@tafta.org.za. Durban Botanic Gardens Established in 1849, this is Africa’s oldest surviving botanic garden, and well worth a visit. Every […]
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Tafta’s 5-year strategic plan on track

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Back in 2014/15, Tafta initiated an extensive 5 year strategy which would be used to guide the organisation into the future. The aims were primarily to meet the needs of elders in our community, to develop an effective operating model and to achieve financial sustainability both now and into the future. These goals were further broken down into internal and external actions that could be measured. Five years later, we can confidently report that great strides forward have been made in all areas covered by the strategy. Please click here […]
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Caring for the Carers

Give yourself a break

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Are you caring for an elderly or disabled family member? Regardless of how much you love them, or your sense of duty and responsibility, the truth is that all caregivers need a break from time to time. If you neglect self care, your reserves will become depleted and you will not be able to give of your best to care for your loved one. Respite Care This is where respite care is so useful. It provides short-term relief for primary caregivers – anything for just a few hours off to […]
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