Tafta on Ridge is the first home in Kwa-Zulu Natal – and the third in South Africa – to become a member of Eden Alternative South Africa Registry.
The newly renovated John Conradie House, together with the newly built Langeler Towers officially opens. Langeler Towers offers its residents bright new rooms overlooking the Durban beachfront.
Barns Cottages in Morningside opens following a genrous donation from the Barns Trust.
The first TAFTA Care Practitioners training course was run for people wanting to work in our care facilities.
Construction began on the new 11 storey Langeler Towers building and upgrade of the adjacent John Conradie House
TAFTA acquires The Outspan Retirement Complex in Sarnia Road from Trans 50 and is able to accommodate a further 104 pensioners.
Ageing in Place is launched with a substantial donation from the Durban Benevolent Society. The service is aimed at alleviating the demand for accommodation for the elderly, by providing care/assisted living facilities in their own homes.
At Amaoti, work began on the Development Village for grandmothers caring for orphaned grandchildren. The first 8 cottages were completed in November; a further 11 units were added the following year, including a 6 bedded Assisted Living Unit for frail aged.
Work began on a psycho geriatric home adjoining Farrer House, and the complex was renamed TAFTA on Ridge. The building adjoining Ray Hulett House was purchased and linked to the existing building to provide much needed additional housing for Durban pensioners.
Official opening of the village for vulnerable people in Amaoti, Inanda. This was a collaborative project between TAFTA and a community based organisation, Illungelo Labadala.
Margie Smith is appointed CEO of TAFTA, a position she will hold for 15 years.
John Dunn House was restructured, reducing the frail care unit from 104 to 52 beds and opening up space to provide sheltered housing to 29 sub-economic pensioners.
TAFTA board approves the creation of a Farrer House residential wing.
Cook 'n Care expanded its operations to provide food to other welfare organisations.
TAFTA's first Life Rights complex St Martin's Village in Sydenham, officially opens.
TAFTA establishes a feeding scheme for over 1500 pensioners in Inanda, the site which will later be used to establish the Illungelo Labadala development.
The first Alzheimer's support group for carers was established at Farrer House.
TAFTA Lodge was opened to provide sheltered accommodation for 254 sub-economic residents.
The Squirrels Workshop was established with a donation from the Argus Community Project.
The first residents were admitted to the John Dunn Home for Frail Aged in Austerville, Wentworth.
TAFTA celebrates its 25th Anniversary with a banquet at John Conradie House.
A 17 storey block of flats and shops, Kings Hall in Aliwal Street, was purchased.
TAFTA celebrates its 21st Anniversary with a banquet at John Conradie House.
31 Acutt Street was purchased to provide accommodation for 104 old age pensioners. The property was renamed Ray Hulett House.
The Athena Cultural Club was established. Also during this year, the first Community Liaison Worker was employed.
Mayor of Durban, Councillor Ron Williams, officially opens Robert Storm House.
Construction began on Robert Storm House. The home was officially opened in 1974 by the mayor of Durban, Councillor Ron Williams.
The Department of Social Welfare introduces a subsidy specifically for Frail Aged Homes.
Mr CJ Vorster, Minister of Social Welfare and Pensions, laid the foundation stone of TAFTA House, the first specially designed home for frail aged built in South Africa.
In 1977, the home was renamed John Conradie House in honour of our president.
Meals on Wheels service is launched (and is still going strong today, thanks to wonderful suppoters like you!)
Laundry Scheme and Home Help Services launched. The Home Help Service was the first home care programme for incapacitated elderly in South Africa.
The Durban Bachelors club donated Cambridge House to TAFTA - which is a home for 23 elderly ladies. This was the first property TAFTA owned and in 1973, it was registered with the South African Nursing Council as a training school for enrolled nursing assistants.
TAFTA employs its first social worker in response to the growing number of older people in need of help.
The Roof Garden Centre in London House opened. It was the second multi purpose wellness centre of its kind in South Africa.
A group of concerned citizens, led by John Conradie, established TAFTA to alleviate suffering and distress among Durban's elderly, many of whom were living in dire circumstances. They began by taking meals to the poor and housebound.