Mandela Day – spend your 67 minutes at Tafta

With 12 homes and wellness centres to support, you’ll find just the right activity to make your Mandela Day special … and continue the tradition of serving those in need in our community.

Roll up your sleeves

If you’re looking to get your hands dirty, we have plenty of maintenance and other tasks crying out for volunteers. From helping to give walls a fresh, new coat of paint to clean ups, window washing and steam-cleaning fabric chairs. We’re also looking for help to build a new braai area at Tafta park.

Make the day memorable for our elders

Residents of John Conradie House Frail Care and Assisted Living units – 60 in total – would love to be treated to a tea party, with sweet and savoury snacks and entertainment. If you’re in the beauty business, please consider volunteering to provide pamper sessions (hairdressing, manicures and hand massages) to elders at Tafta Lodge.

We’re also looking for groups to provide 545 residents of Langeler Towers and JCH with a special lunch.

Gather your friends and connect through dance

This Mandela Day we ask CommonAge member countries in Africa to embrace the Spirit of Umoja by ‘Connecting through Dance’.

Umoja meaning UNITY: To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.’

Spend your 67 minutes with an older person learning/teaching a dance and share this experience with us in a 30 second video.

Find out more about the Umoja in Motion challenge.

Send your video via Watsapp on +27 84 0846 457 or email it via wetransfer to

Food donations

Food donations are always received with huge gratitude. We can never have too much tea, coffee, sugar and long-life milk. Also fresh bread and pasta, and veggies, meaty bones, stock cubes, soup mix and spices for soups and stews.

Toiletries are another ongoing need. Soap, shampoo, roll-on deodorant, razor blades, toothpaste, toilet paper and incontinence pads are always in demand. We’ve also had requests for hairbrushes, combs, face cloths and nail clippers.

We also appreciate cleaning products – Jik, Handy Andy, Sunlight Liquid and washing powder.

Several homes have asked for plants, vegetable seedlings, compost and potting soil. Others would love garden benches (with back rests), pavings slabs, retaining blocks, pebbles and artificial grass.

Medical Equipment

If you have items like wheelchairs, walkers and shower chairs to donate, you’ll be welcomed with open arms at John Conradie House Frail and Assisted Living units.

Other needs are pillboxes and wound care items (bandages, gauze, plasters, jelonet, wound ointments, wound pressure dressings, zinc/castor cream, barrier cream, antifungal cream and corticosteroid cream), as well as disposable gloves and aprons.

Give gifts of comfort

Donations of pillows, comforters, towels, cushions and bedlinen help provide a comfortable environment for needy residents. We also appreicate gifts of pyjamas, slippers, underwear, socks, vests, beanines and scarves. At John Dunn House, they also need eyelet type curtains.

Primrose Centre is in need of acrylic paint, paintbrushes, a chalkboard with easel, table cloths and picture frames. Board games and knitting wool are also needed.

Larger items

Many of our homes need tables, chairs, fridges, microwaves, portable fans, rechargable lights (for loadshedding), heaters, toasters, cutlery and crockery, as well as tools, washing machines and hairdryers.

Please download the complete Wish List here. For more information, please contact Madeleen van Vuuren on 031 332 3721 or email