TAFTA staff

work for us

A vacancy has become available for the part time position of Wellness Activity Coordinator (WAC). Suitable candidates or referrals with the following qualifications and experience are invited to apply.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Matric
  • 2 years’ experience working in service orientated industry
  • Occupational Therapy Technician qualification would be an advantage
  • Experience in Hospitality industry including housekeeping and catering would be an advantage
  • Knowledge of Geriatrics and Gerontology would be an advantage
DEMONSTRABLE TECHNICAL AND BEHAVIOURAL COMPETENCIES:
  • Basic Knowledge in financial and business management processes
  • Competence in MS Office including but not limited to Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint
  • Events planning, implementation and evaluation of programmes for the elderly
  • Minimum Code 08/10 Drivers EB license would be an advantage

REQUIREMENTS OF THE POSITION:
People Orientated: Ability to keep calm, friendly, professional and approachable to the elderly and significant others even in the face of adversity.
Leadership skills: ability to motivate, develop and direct people, resolve conflicts and have the ability to make decisions.
Time Management: Must be able to manage their time, support staff, committee and volunteers
Initiative: Willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges
Attention to Detail: Accuracy and thoroughness in completion of work tasks.
Innovative Thinking: Ability to explore creative ways of presenting activities and events.
Communication (Written and Verbal): Wellness Activity Coordinator is expected to communicate within the teams and with the broader community. Good verbal communication and grammar is required.

A copy of the full job description is available for perusal.

Interested parties who meet the minimum qualifications and other criteria are invited to apply for the above position. Applications must be forwarded to: Nicole Pillay, 5th Floor, Kings Hall; email: hr@tafta.org.za or fax: 086 297 0797 by 29th October 2021. TAFTA reserves the right to not appoint an internal candidate and to advertise and fill the post externally.




Divisions

Providing suitable and affordable accommodation for older persons remains our greatest challenge. TAFTA manages 13 well organised and secure residential facilities within the greater Durban area, that cater for the specific needs of the elderly – including 3 frail care units and 4 Assisted Living facilities. Please click here for a full list of accommodation to rent or buy on our Life Rights Scheme.

We have a full time Maintenance Department, which takes care of routine repairs to our buildings, as well as renovations of bathrooms, kitchens and communal living areas.

The social workers are responsible for assisting and empowering older people to lead a better quality of life. Practical advice and information about resources available to older people, theraputic counselling and budgeting, which all form part of the service, along with providing relevant information on ageing and other related issues. These services include Ageing In Place, Home Based Care and Meals on Wheels, which enable elderly people to continue living in their own homes for as long as possible. The Operations Division reaches out to over 5500 older people monthly, through the social workers, as well as our four Wellness Centres and various clubs, which are popular meeting grounds and jointly boast a membership of over 2000 older people.

Value for money and service excellence are critical standards that are maintained by our Procurement Department, which is responsible for negotiating contracts with various outsourced service providers. We also have our own IT Department, which supports staff and strives to improve efficiency via technology.
Our business is caring for older people and creating awareness of their needs and issues – none of which would be possible without compassionate, dedicated and hardworking staff.

TAFTA employs approx. 330 people – about half of whom are outsourced – ranging from management and professional staff to skilled and semi-skilled workers. Skills development is encouraged by means of both internal and external training courses, covering subjects such as palliative nursing care, conflict resolution, time management and organisational skills, financial management, basic first aid, HIV/AIDS, epilepsy, bereavement and grief, substance abuse, mental health care, depression, suicide and the elderly.

We also have in place an employee wellness programme designed to help staff cope emotionally and achieve personal growth and job satisfaction.
With operating costs amounting to around R5.4 million per month, the importance of fundraising and awareness programmes cannot be over emphasised. We are truly grateful to our many loyal donors who support our efforts to care for the elderly.

Whether this support is in the form of gifts of cash or donations in kind ... participation in our annual Golf Day and other fundraising events ... or time given freely by volunteers – each and every contribution makes a difference.
This division provides support to the core services in the areas of transport, building projects, health & safety, security and Life Rights support. It also oversees various commercial enterprises, including two charity shops in central Durban.

In addition, the commercial catering unit 'Cook n Care' in Falcon Park, New Germany, provides nutritious meals for all TAFTA facilities as well as the Meals on Wheels Service. Just short of 70000 meals are delivered every month, with the highlight being the 2000 superb three-course Christmas lunches served to all our residents during the festive season. In 2014, Cook 'n Care launched a new product range – Frozen Food to Go – providing affordable 'heat and eat' meals that pensioners can conveniently prepare and enjoy in their own homes.