29Mar, 2018

Community takes over the reins of outreach project at Amaoti

By: | Tags: , | Comments: 0 | March 29th, 2018

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 at five pay points in the area on a monthly basis. After playing an instrumental role is establishing the Inanda Pensioner’s Forum in 1992, Tafta was then approached by one of its representatives Mrs Victoria Mtshali to help form the Ilungelo Labadala Association. This was done in 1994, and after requesting that Tafta enter a partnership with their association, land was sought to “develop a village project to care for the most vulnerable in the Amaoti community, namely, the elderly, disabled and orphaned children.”

“It certainly is a momentous occasion for Tafta,” Shamam said. “Since our involvement began with this Inanda community all the way back in 1989, we’ve seen the tangible difference we’ve made to the lives of the elders, the youth and children who benefited from the village through the years. We wish the Ilungelo Labadala team the very best as they take over the project and give them the reassurance that Tafta will always remain on hand to assist where required.”

Ilungelo Labadla Chair Sabelo Mfeka says the organisation was extremely grateful for the contribution made by Tafta; “We have shadowed the Tafta leaders for a while and we are excited to take the project forward to continue the work currently being done and to expand our reach further into the Amaoti community”.

Pictured above: Tafta Council Chairman Wicus Jacobs (left) hands over the keys to Ilungelo Labadala Chairman Sabelo Mfeka, while Tafta CEO Femada Shamam looks on.