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
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.
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.
Cook 'n Care expanded its operations to provide food to other welfare organisations.
St Martin's Village in Sydenham was officially opened.
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.
A 17 storey block of flats and shops, Kings Hall in Aliwal Street, was purchased.
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.
Construction began on Robert Storm House. The home was officially opened in 1974 by the mayor of Durban, Councillor Ron Williams.
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, 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. 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.
The Roof Garden Centre in London House opened. It was the second multi purpose service 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.