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Lockdown Level 3

Lockdown Level 3 – what does it mean for Tafta residents & their families?

On Sunday, 24 May 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that, after ten weeks of lockdown, South Africa would move from Coronavirus alert level 4 to alert level 3 as of 1 June 2020. The reason he provided was that, in the preceding weeks, it was necessary for the country to initiate a state of preparedness for when the pandemic reached peak infection rates during the coming winter months. As a second reason, the President mentioned that with a great majority of our workforce having been out of work for almost […]

[May 29, 2020]

Elderly woman

93 year old woman living alone and penniless in flat

Since the beginning of lockdown, Geslina Langeni, 93, has been living by herself in a squalid flat in Sydenham. There is no glass in the windows and they are covered with cardboard or plastic to keep out the wind and rain. Previously, Geslina’s two daughters lived with her and took care of her with money from their state benefits. But tragically, one of the daughters died in February and the other, who has mental health problems, has been admitted to the nearby King George Hospital. Now the old lady is […]

[May 26, 2020]

Vodacom 4U

Putting elders in touch

Our special thanks and heartfelt gratitude go out to Ebrahim Patel, owner of Vodacom 4U in Musgrave, who donated 400 mobile phones to enable our elders to stay connected with their families during the national lockdown. Since those over 60 have been urged to remain at home, even as the rest of the population enters Level 3 and some semblance of normality, this generous gift is a truly amazing blessing. We cannot express how much it means to them. Thank you!

[May 15, 2020]

SASSA Grants

SASSA Offices Reopening

We have received an update from Ms Lindiwe Zulu, MP Minister of Social Development, regarding payments under Level 4 Lockdown: The SASSA local offices will be opening as from Monday, 11 May 2020. However, in compliance with government’s risk-adjusted approach to phasing in public services, the staff complement at these will only be limited to a third. This means that only a limited number of citizens will be served by predefined services. To manage the human traffic at these offices, SASSA will only attend to new applications for older persons […]

[May 12, 2020]

Clapping for Tafta Staff

Clapping for Tafta

We are so appreciative of the many messages of support we’ve received during this difficult time of National Lockdown. Thank you to everyone who has acknowledged the efforts made by our dedicated staff to ensure the safety of elders in our care. Neil Green wrote: “Those of us at home, we feel like we are making sacrifices. And we are – we can’t do the things we want to do and some of us are losing money here or there. But the sacrifice you are making is on another level. […]

[April 30, 2020]