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KZN Top women in business - Femada Shamam

KZN’s Top Women in Business – Tafta CEO earns her spot

We are excited to celebrate the announcement of our CEO, Femada Shamam, as one of only 30 women hailed at the Standard Bank’s KZN Top Women in Business gala evening, which took place on 18 November at the Coastlands Umhlanga Hotel. Since beginning her career at The Association for The Aged as a newly qualified Social Worker, Shamam has been instrumental in changing the lives of older people. Now, as Chief Executive Officer, she represents Tafta on various local, national and international platforms. She also lobbies and advocates for the […]

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[November 23, 2021]

Wicus Jacobs

2020/21 Annual General Meeting

Tafta’s AGM took place on Thursday 28 October at Tafta on Ridge with all Covid-19 protocols observed. Chairman of the Board, Mr Wicus Jacobs delivered his report for the financial year 2020/21, as did CEO Femada Shamam. Click here for CEO’s message. Please click here to read the Annual Report.

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[October 29, 2021]

Femada Shamam, Chief Executive Officer of Tafta

Tafta calls on local governments to prioritize the elderly

Ahead of the municipal elections set to take place on 1 November 2021, Tafta is calling on local government bodies to prioritize the elderly. With our month-long commemoration of the United Nations International Day of Older Persons drawing to a close just as the elections begin, Tafta has highlighted the need to promote active ageing and improve service delivery to the aged. Global growth of older populations On a global scale, the population of older people is growing, with the global average of life expectancy forecast in 2019 as 72,6 […]

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[October 27, 2021]

Day of Older Persons

Tafta commemorates International Day of Older Persons with launch of innovative Telemedicine platform

The annual Week of Older Persons, leading into the United Nations Day of Older Persons on 1 October 2021, is one of the most coveted celebrations at The Association for The Aged (Tafta). This year, we are commemorating the resilience of older people through the Coronavirus pandemic. With this year’s theme for International Day of Older Persons being ‘Digital Equity for All Ages’  Tafta, in collaboration with LionPride Investment Holdings, is launching the pilot of an internationally renowned health monitoring digital application to Tafta elders, both in our homes and […]

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[October 1, 2021]

Peter & Josephine Asher

Heritage Month reminds us where we come from

The recent death of a member of one of Tafta’s founding families, Peter Asher (1927-2021), reminds us of the richness of our heritage as an organisation. What better time than Heritage Month to look back over the past 63 years to 1958 – when a group of concerned citizens, led by John Conradie, established Tafta to alleviate suffering and distress among Durban’s elderly. At the time, Peter’s mother, Mary Asher, was a noted community worker and a city councillor. At the invitation of John Conradie, she became the first chairperson […]

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[September 8, 2021]