Council and Management
With over 60 years of reliable and caring service behind us, our Council and Management team is geared to meeting the challenges of an ever changing social and economic environment.
As the responsibility of caring for an ageing population threatens to overwhelm the percentage of economically active South Africans, new and better solutions need to be explored and developed in order to ensure a happy and secure future for older persons in society.
An annual report is usually a reflection of an organisation’s successes on the closing financial year. In 2020/2021 the successes we reflect on commemorate this Organisation’s resilience in one of the toughest years experienced by most across the entire world.
We acknowledge that Tafta’s resilience is firmly rooted in the commitment and dedication of all those who are employed, affiliated and connected to the purpose we pursue. The personal sacrifices made by everyone is a sobering reminder that in the face of adversity, Tafta’s strength lies in its people, and we extend our gratitude to all for remaining steadfast and staying the course.
By April 2020, the world had already been plagued by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The leadership team rallied fast to implement measures to keep our elders safe from the human devastation the virus was wreaking globally. Their response was immediate and effective, indicating a level of agility, flexibility and alertness that set a tone of resilience that remained for the rest of the year.
The Executive Committee and Council members were amazed by the determination and persistence shown by staff to do more, be more and live their mission to serve and protect the elderly. For all of us, it was evident that the mission was an urgent one, and the need to pull together to support the Organisation’s efforts became a priority for Council.
Despite the additional R1,7m expenditure on unbudgeted COVID-19- related expenses, our continued cost savings efforts resulted in a decrease in our expense base of 4% (R3,1m). Unfortunately, the pandemic also resulted in decreased revenue of R2m, creating an operational deficit of R21,3m in the 2020/2021 financial year.
While we continue to experience the financial fallout of the pandemic on business and thus funding for this sector, I am encouraged by the Organisation’s ability to skilfully maintain its sustainability and growth ambitions through the newly adopted 2025 strategy. With so many NPOs closing their doors during this time, it is even more important that we stay the course.
This year, the Council bid farewell to Council member Doris Shembe-Ntuli, who sadly passed on. We also bid farewell to former Chairperson Russell Scorer, who retired from Council in 2020 and who has personally mentored me in this role. Mr Scorer remains an ardent Tafta supporter and we are grateful for his guidance when requested.
To the volunteer EXCO and Council teams that continue to provide support through their wise counsel, we remain indebted to you. Your guidance to our executive staff and, in fact, all our Tafta staff members, is recognised and greatly appreciated.
In a time when leadership is sadly lacking in the global arena, I am proud of the astute leadership of Tafta CEO Femada Shamam. She has managed myriad crises during this financial year and does an admirable job in leading her staff, relatively unscathed, through troubled waters.
We are grateful to the staff who remain loyal and dedicated and the supporters and donors who continued to give, even during these troubled times.
Tafta Council Chairman
Wicus Jacobs – Chairman
Tafta Council Members
|Mr W Jacobs||Chairman|
|Mrs C Shandu||Vice-Chairman|
|Mr C Barford||Treasurer|
|Mrs A Rampersad||Secretary|
|Mr M Barry||Member|
|Dr S Ramlall||Member|
|Mrs Z Ngcamu||Member|
|Mr D Warmback||Member|
|Mrs NM Sithole||Member|
|Femada Shamam||Chief Executive Officer|
|Nita Sewpersad||Chief Financial Officer|
|Bernard Courtois||Divisional Manager: Support Services|
|Marshnee Naidoo||Divisional Manager: Admin and HR|
|Susanne Ramsunder||Divisional Manager: Fundraising, Marketing and PR|
|Yoshina Kistensamy||Divisional Manager: Operations|
Femada Shamam – Chief Executive Officer
MESSAGE FROM THE CEO
Just when we thought that Covid-19 was finally on the wane, cases at some of our Homes began rising again. By mid-January, we had a total of seven positive cases – six elders and one staff member, which brings the total infection rate during the fourth wave to 84.
After consideration, we decided not to lock down any of our buildings at this time. We are monitoring the situation and encouraging elders to continue wearing their masks and following social distancing guidelines, even if they’re vaccinated.
Sadly, we lost two unvaccinated residents over the festive period, which cast a shadow over what should have been a happy time. Their deaths bring the number of lives lost to 33 elders and one staff member since the start of the pandemic in 2020. We remember each person with affection, and extend our deepest sympathy to their families.
We pray for an end to the pandemic, and look forward in hope to a better year ahead.