Thanksgiving lunch for Tafta volunteers

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On 27 June 2018, we hosted our annual lunch for 250 dedicated Tafta volunteers at the Anna Conradie Wellness Centre at Tafta Lodge. The theme was “Going back to the Sixties”, in honour of Tafta’s 60th anniversary celebrations this year. Speaking at the lunch, CEO Femada Shamam said that it was one of Tafta’s most important events on the calendar, as it recognises the spirit of humanity, kindness and respect shown to Tafta elders by this special group of people. “We’ve been hosting the volunteer thanksgiving event for many years […]
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Step up to make a difference, say Sponsors of Tafta Fundraising Gala Dinner

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Chateau Gateaux, sponsors of decadent desserts to be served at The Association for the Aged’s (Tafta) Fundraising Gala Dinner in September this year, are calling on fellow Durbanites to step up and support the event, which will contribute to the association’s nutritious meals programme. “We’ve partnered with this amazing organisation for the past year now and we’re especially proud of our involvement in the Gala Dinner event as it supports such an important programme,” said Chateau Gateaux director Malcolm Lyle. Tafta CEO Femada Shamam said of Tafta’s meals programme, which […]
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Latest on new SASSA payment system

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SASSA beneficiaries need not to worry about allocating the whole day to collection of social grants as they can now withdraw anytime and anywhere, electronically, from any post office, ATM, supermarkets and shops. According to the latest issue of SASSA News (May 2018), the widely spoken about new SASSA/SAPO card has arrived and is being rolled out. The cards are available at SASSA offices, SASSA paypoints and will soon be available at the Post Office. Beneficiaries who collect their grants from paypoints and merchants, need to swap their old cards […]
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Join us for an evening of glamour, fine dining and top class entertainment

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Tafta invites you to our first ever Fundraising Gala Dinner on Friday, 21 September 2018, held to commemorate our 60th birthday. The glittering event, themed “Night of Diamond”, will be hosted by well-known celebrity, radio presenter and comedian Darren Maule, at the sumptuous Elangeni Hotel. Tickets cost R550 per person or R5500 per table, and include a three-course dinner, exclusive gift bag and an evening filled with top class entertainment. Proceeds from the evening will go towards providing healthy balanced meals to Durban’s elderly, through Tafta’s nutritious meal programme. This […]
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Qualify as a Care Practitioner

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Tafta offers 3-month courses for those wishing to train for a career as a Care Practitioner. Courses are held at John Conradie House (15 Prince Street, Durban) and are taught in English, so students need to be proficient in the language. Requirements: in order to apply, you will need: Certified copy of your ID School Certificate (in Grade 10) Curriculum Vitae (CV) ID/passport size photo Duration: the 3 month course consists of 12 modules of theory (5 weeks) 5 weeks’ practical training, including exam 12 assignments 2 written exams Only […]
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Social grants in South Africa – separating myth from reality

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Since the proposed introduction of the new SASSA payment system and the issue of new cards, we have received numerous comments and questions regarding the social grant system, and it’s long term sustainability as the number of beneficiaries grows. The Old Age Grant is just one of seven different categories of grants. What these categories are, who is eligible to benefit, what impact the grants are having and myths and misconceptions around the viability and long-term benefits of the system can be found by visiting www.africacheck.org.
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Support our Winter Warmth Drive

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With temperatures falling, Tafta is launching a Winter Warmth Drive to safeguard vulnerable elderly people, who face greater risk of coughs, colds, flu and other ailments in the colder months. “Winter also brings an increased sense of isolation.” explains Tafta CEO Femada Shamam. “For elders who can barely afford increased utility bills, warm winter clothing and bedding, a plate of hot, nutritious food that helps fight common winter ailments such as the ‘flu, is considered a luxury.” Tafta Kings Hall resident Rachel Chetty says, “I’ve seen how many of my […]
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All systems go for new SASSA cards

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The long talked about new SASSA card has finally arrived and is ready to be launched. The card roll out is currently being piloted at selected offices, and will be officially launched in May and continued through June, July and August, when old cards will be swapped for new ones. How will the new SASSA card work? The new card is a debit card, and will work very much the same as the current SASSA card, except that it will not work at the existing cash pay points, because the CPS […]
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Support for Tafta Golf Day Challenge

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It’s “all systems go” for our 60th anniversary commemorative Golf Challenge, taking place at the Durban Country Club on 10 May 2018. Tafta Council Chairman, Wicus Jacobs, expressed the association’s gratitude at having received such widespread support from Durban Corporates who have registered teams to play and sponsored various holes. “The support we’ve received is overwhelming. Tafta is working hard to go beyond the role of providing shelter and care for elders. I believe an opportunity like the Golf Day and other fundraising events is the perfect platform to encourage […]
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