Peter & Josephine Asher

Heritage Month reminds us where we come from

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The recent death of a member of one of Tafta’s founding families, Peter Asher (1927-2021), reminds us of the richness of our heritage as an organisation. What better time than Heritage Month to look back over the past 63 years to 1958 – when a group of concerned citizens, led by John Conradie, established Tafta to alleviate suffering and distress among Durban’s elderly. At the time, Peter’s mother, Mary Asher, was a noted community worker and a city councillor. At the invitation of John Conradie, she became the first chairperson […]
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Fire at home

Safety during fire season

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No doubt the recent intense cold snap sent South Africans scurrying for their heaters and electric blankets … as well as stocking up on coal and fire wood for open fireplaces. All of which have the potential to cause fires in our homes. Most fires are caused by human negligence or electrical faults. Non-compliant wiring, overloaded plugs or faulty electrical appliances can catch fire unexpectedly. People who live in older homes – e.g. old wood and iron structures – need to be particularly vigilant, as the wiring could have degraded […]
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Top Women in Business Initiative

Top Women in Business – Tafta CEO short-listed

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Tafta is proud to announce that our Chief Executive Officer, Mrs. Femada Shamam, has been short-listed in the 2021 Standard Bank KZN Top Business Women Initiative. Femada, together with the nine other phenomenal women, will share their stories during an interactive online webinar series. Starting on Thursday, 2 September at 6.30 pm, the series offers an opportunity to learn from the best! The nominees come from all sectors – big business, entrepreneurs and agents of social change. With a wealth of insights gleaned from their experiences to share, these role […]
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Fulfilling a wishlist

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We are so grateful to Glenashley Preparatory School for their commitment to fundraising and collecting much needed items over this past school term. After selling over 1000 Purple Hearts stickers, the awesome learners and staff of Glenashley Prep chose to further assist Tafta by hosting a toiletry collection drive. Everyday items like toiletries are costly for some of the elders in our care, so learners and their families have been hard at work over the last few weeks fulfilling our Toiletries Wish list for elders in need. Toilet paper, soap […]
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Women of Tafta

Shout out to the incredible women of Tafta

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August is Women’s month. Time to celebrate the contribution women make to society. And what better place to start than right here in our own Tafta Homes? We count ourselves fortunate indeed to have so many strong, capable, compassionate and dedicated women on our staff. Like everyone else, they have been touched in one way or another by Covid-19. Some have been infected by the disease themselves. Others have been affected financially, emotionally or mentally. Yet, without exception, they’ve all put on a brave face and come to work, wearing […]
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Guardian ‘angels’ protect our most vulnerable elders

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Special thanks to the members of our exclusive ‘Guardians’ circle, for contributing towards the cost of frail care for needy elders. At Tafta we offer 24 hour nursing care, so for someone like Mr H – a 78 year old divorced state pensioner with no children, your caring kindness is a true blessing. Mr H has Parkinson’s disease, prostate cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. He is incapable of caring for himself. Initially we provided a home based carer to help him with bathing and meals. But his condition steadily deteriorated, and […]
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Femada Shamam, Chief Executive Officer of Tafta

Message from the CEO

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On 12 May 2021, we celebrated International Nurses Day at Tafta. It was an opportunity to acknowledge our frontline heroes for their dedication, patience and exemplary service throughout the difficult days of 2020 and 2021. Our nurses go the extra mile to ensure residents’ safety, comfort and care. I am so proud of the way they stepped forward to complete the training that qualified them to administer the Covid vaccine to elders right here in our Homes. My gratitude is echoed in the note of appreciation from the family of […]
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Letter of Appreciation

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We, the family of the late Mrs JD Henry, would like to express our appreciation to all those at JCH Frail Care Unit who cared for her. Thanks to the staff nurses and sisters who kept us updated on our mother’s physical and emotional state and needs, especially during lockdown. Our heartfelt gratitude goes to Sr. Erica Bothma who, even when she was off duty, took the trouble to keep us informed pf any changes in our mother’s condition, and who made it possible, with very strict protocols, for me […]
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Let’s not forget the grandparents!

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Get ready to celebrate the International day of Older Persons on 1 October 2021. It’s the perfect opportunity to show the older generation that they are appreciated … and to spend some precious time together (should conditions allow) to combat the loneliness experienced by many older people. Be sure to take time to listen – grandparents have wonderful tales to tell about bygone days … and snippets of information about long gone family members … that help create a richly woven identity of where we come from. We can also […]
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Elders volunteer to help out

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While some elders reacted to the Covid-19 Lockdown with anxiety, dismay or anger, others used the opportunity to step in and help. John Conradie House resident, Basil Usher is a people person, who enjoys interacting with others. He volunteered to ‘man’ the front entrance, bottle of sanitiser at the ready, making sure that everyone was protected before they entered the building. “I also help sanitise deliveries of groceries and medication, and take these up to people’s rooms,” he says. “And I pass messages from their families, who aren’t allowed into […]
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