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Tel. 073 949 9730 or email intake@tafta.org.za

The Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa (HPCA) has a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with The Association for the Aged (TAFTA). This collaboration aims to improve access to palliative care for older people in South Africa through training, support and policy development.


Despite our best efforts and extreme vigilance, the Coronavirus has found its way into Tafta Homes. Our first confirmed case, on 15 June, was at Langeler Towers, followed by a second case in the same building on 22 June. The following day, a woman in her eighties, living in the frail Care Cottage at Tafta Park, also tested positive.

Needless to say, we are devastated. This dear old soul has not left the cottage in months. She has been looked after by our team of trained carers, who live 'in' for two weeks at a time, on a rotational basis. All staff are screened before entering the premises. None showed any signs or symptoms of the disease.

We've immediately placed three carers, two kitchen staff and the home’s sister – together with all eight frail elders in the Care Cottage – in isolation, pending the results of their Covid-19 tests. Full scale screening is also underway throughout Tafta Park.

In addition, more staff have been brought in to deep clean and sanitise the entire property. That means a huge investment in PPE, safe hazardous waste disposal bins and bags, hundreds of pairs of gloves, N95 masks, sanitizing equipment and laundry services.

Tafta receives no state funding towards any of this. We have to manage the virus on our own, using our own resources. But we can't count the cost when it's measured against possible loss of human life.

We can only hope and trust that others who care will rally round again now ... and donate generously to help keep our elders safe.

Your gift of any amount – made online right now – will go towards the extra costs of stepping up efforts to rid our homes of Covid-19 before precious lives are lost. Please help us protect and care for the most vulnerable members of our society ... our elders. And please continue to support us through this devastating time with your thoughts and prayers.

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.

Fighting Covid-19

Ready to serve and protect. Tafta staff must have new personal protective wear to put on every day in order to ensure the safety of vulnerable elders in our care.

Please help Tafta stock up with PPE, masks, gloves, sanitizer, disposable coveralls, hazardous waste bins and other equipment to prevent the Covid-19 outbreak spreading further. Thank you.


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Traditionally, people work on the idea of saving a certain amount – such as 15 times their annual salary – to cover their needs in retirement. But these plans may be upset by factors that cannot be built into typical retirement savings calculations.

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About us

The Association for the Aged is a registered non-profit organisation (NPO 002093) dedicated to the alleviation of distress and the promotion of the welfare of aged persons living in the Durban area.

Any person who is over 60 and in need of help – or any person who knows of an elderly person in need of help – should contact us. TAFTA cares.

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