Golfer encourages corporates to support Tafta Golf Challenge

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Bidvest McCarthy Toyota Durban North Dealer Principal, Glenda Austin, is calling on all golfers – especially the ladies – to support Tafta’s 60th anniversary commemorative Golf Challenge, taking place at the Durban Country Club on 10 May 2018. Glenda, who will lead an all-male team and is the only female participant in this year’s event, says that as a mother and hopefully, one day grandmother, she is in full support of the Tafta Meals on Wheels service, that will benefit from the event. “Ageing is inevitable and so many families […]
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Important information regarding new SASSA cards

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SASSA cards can still be used until 30 September 2018. The new SASSA card will be available from 01 May 2018 to new applicants of social grants. As from May 2018, SASSA will start with changing of the old SASSA card to the new SASSA card for the existing beneficiaries. The changing of the cards will take place at venues identified by SASSA such as community halls. SASSA will let you know about the venues through radio, newspapers, community organizations, etc. Bedridden and frail beneficiaries will be provided with the […]
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Tafta staffer awarded CommonAge Bursary

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Nirupa Kasserchun, our Fundraising Manager, has been given the opportunity of a lifetime to attend the National Care Forum Conference, incorporating the CommonAge Elder’s Forum, from 16-18 April 2018 in Berkshire, UK. Nirupa was selected as one of three Quality Compliance Systems (QCS) bursary recipients from South Africa, Malawi and Kenya respectively, given the opportunity to travel to the UK to contribute to and learn from the international ageing care community. Mat Whittingham, CEO of bursary sponsors QCS,  said, “We are proud to partner with CommonAge to support this fantastic […]
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Tafta Employees honoured with Long Service Awards

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At our annual staff update event, held at the Durban Country Club on 6 April, two staff members were honoured for their many years of loyalty, commitment, and service to Durban’s aged. Renee Chislett, Divisional Manager of Finance, has chalked up 30 years’s service, while Carer, Nompilo Mkhize has been with the organisation for 10 years. Tafta CEO, Femada Shamam, used the opportunity to praise the dedication of both employees: “Tafta is proud and thankful to celebrate this achievement with our staff. It is said that there is no better […]
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Community takes over the reins of outreach project at Amaoti

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On 27 March 2018 Tafta CEO, Femada Shamam, and Tafta Council Chair, Wicus Jacobs, officially handed over the multipurpose outreach project in Amaoti, Inanda, to the community based NPO Ilungelo Labadala. Tafta began developing and mentoring the outreach project in 2000 and, following a two year handover process that began in 2016, handed over assets amounting to nearly R4.7 million to the Ilungelo Labadala organisation. Tafta initially became involved in the Inanda area in 1989 when the Association was approached to provide a meal for pensioners waiting for pension pay-outs […]
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Human Rights Day – Tafta highlights plight of elderly

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To mark Human Rights Day on 21 March, Tafta is urging the South African government to deliver on the provisions set out in the Older Person’s Act, through the delivery of support services that enable elders to continue living in their own homes. The sheer demand for care services by the ageing population remains a concern for Tafta. Recent research indicates that in the next 10 years, the number of people over age 60 will surpass one billion, making the case for governments, advocacy groups and non-profit organisations to come […]
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Empowering women to make a difference

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As we celebrate International Women’s Day with its theme of #PressforProgress, Tafta is proud of the role we’ve played in mentoring the women of the Illungelo Labadala village in Amaoti, Inanda – helping them to develop a community outreach initiative aimed at protecting its most vulnerable members – elders and children. “Our association has a history of strong female leadership,” explains  Tafta CEO, Femada Shamam. “Initiatives like the Amaoti Village help strong and motivated women press for progress in their communities. Since 2003 when we began mentoring this project, there […]
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Tafta urges corporates and communities to get together

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After successfully mentoring the Illungelo Labadala project in Amaoti, Inanda for the past 14 years, Tafta has proved that sustainable development initiatives in rural areas are dependent on community members and business working together. “Through being involved in the Amaoti project over the past decade and a half, we’ve seen a paradigm shift in how those involved in the community see themselves,” says Tafta CEO Femada Shamam. “Through initiatives such as the food security project, sewing club, and enterprise development projects, community members can actively contribute to their livelihood whilst […]
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Tafta seniors embrace technology

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Tafta is helping its residents ‘stay connected’, with the launch of Media Centres at six establishments. Whether it’s online shopping, research, or just keeping in touch with family through social media, Skype and email, the new centres are proving a hit with residents. “Internet usage among the 65+ age group is growing,” says Tafta CEO Femada Shamam. “It’s an important way of bridging the gap between them and loved ones far away, re-connecting with friends from long ago, and reducing feelings of isolation and loneliness.” Elsa Maree (71), who lives […]
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