Issues affecting older people
World Food Day highlights food insecurity in South Africa
World Food Day highlights need for food security World Food Day, celebrated every year on 16 October, shines the spotlight of awareness on food insecurity. According to a report by The Food and Agricultural Organisation, 800 million people go to bed hungry...
Join our webinar: The Role of Older People and Their Rights
This October, join our CommonAge webinar on the role of older people and their rights in the context of ‘our health, our planet, our future’.
Front row seat at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM)
In her capacity as the Africa Ambassador for CommonAge (CommonWealth Association for the Ageing), Tafta CEO, Femada Shamam attended the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Kigali, Rwanda from 20-25 June 2022.
Do you qualify for a SASSA old age grant?
The SASSA Older Person’s Grant – also known as a state pension – is intended to help people who have reached retirement age, have stopped working, and who are struggling financially.
Tafta calls on local government to prioritize the elderly
Tafta CEO, Femada Shamam, has called on local government to create safe and healthy environments for the elderly, and provide services such as an elder-friendly indigent policy, which offers concessions toward basic food and transport.
Human Rights and your health
Although the right to health care applies equally to all South Africans, in our unequal society, the reality is very different.
Elder abuse – recognise confusing signs and symptoms
Elder Abuse is everyone’s business. But the signs of elder abuse are not always easy to recognise.
Shameful truth about elder abuse
Elder abuse can take place in the home, at the hands of spouses, adult children and even grandchildren. It also happens in institutions such as hospitals or nursing homes
Funding gap in caring for aged
Only 6% of South Africans can retire completely independently of others. The rest are dependent on a small government Old Age Grant, creating a funding gap for those who need frail care or assisted living services.
Older people and the law
The South African Constitution states that everyone has the right to equality, a safe environment and access to adequate housing, with no unfair discrimination on the basis of age.
Reference materials related to legislation in place to protect the rights of older persons.