TAFTA staff

work for us

Opportunity for social workers to serve in Area Based team approach to elder care services.

Minimum requirements are valid South African qualification in Social Work theory and practice and registration with the SACSSP. Demonstrable knowledge and experience in all levels of social work practice. Technical requirements include competence in MS Office and valid driver's licence.

Please email your CV to marshneen@tafta.org.za

Closing date: Friday, 9 April, 2021

Employee Vacancies: Area Manager positions - Central and South Areas.

This position manages an integrated team providing comprehensive services to elders within specific areas and meeting the organisations mission, vision, values and strategic goals.


  • Qualifications: Degree or Higher Diploma in Humanities, Social Sciences or similar, relevant qualification.
  • Experience: Minimum 4 years’ experience in working in the field of elder care
  • Management experience: Minimum 4 years’ experience in supervision/management of a team/employees
  • Literacy: MS Office; high standards of literacy and numeracy
  • Dependability – reliable, responsible and dependable in fulfilling obligations and meeting deadlines
  • Analytical thinking – analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems
  • Attention to detail – careful about the details and thoroughness in completing work tasks
  • Initiative – a willingness to take on responsibilities and work tasks
  • Integrity – honest and ethical
  • Cooperation – teamwork
  • Time Management — managing one's own time and the time of others. Be available after hours and for emergency situations.
  • Negotiating skills – ability to communicate professionally in achieving the best value for the organisation
  • Problem solving skills – ability to identify problems and possible solutions and work towards the systematic addressing of these issues
  • 1. An integrated basket of services to meet the needs of the elderly
  • 2. A well designed structure (physical and human resources) which facilitates the needs of the elderly
  • 3. An effective team working together to achieve the aims of the organisation
  • 4. Effective and efficient financial management of area
  • 5. A well-managed administration system
All interested parties who meet the minimum criteria and qualifications are invited to apply for the above position.

Applications must be forwarded to: M Naidoo, TAFTA, Kings Hall or email marshneen@tafta.org.za

Applications not receiving a response by end of February may consider their application unsuccessful.


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.