The Association for the Aged (Tafta) hosted a flag hoisting ceremony to celebrate a milestone 60 years of existence in 2018.

The event, which was one of a series of ongoing events that are planned in celebration of Tafta’s 60 years, was hosted at the John Dunn House in Wentworth on Monday, 12 February at 11:30am. eThekwini’s Deputy Mayor Fawzia Peer was among the VIP guests attending the event.

Nirupa Kasserchun (Tafta Fundraising Manager), Sanele Dlamini (Provincial Lottery Manager), Ethekwini Deputy Mayor Fawzia Peer and Gail Samuels (Tafta Divisional Manager), at the flag hoisting ceremony.

Speaking at the event, Peer highlighted the impacts of technology within the traditional family dynamic saying that the elderly have become excluded as the rest of the family is absorbed with their devices.

“Most senior citizens are not tech savvy,” said Peer who explained that going forward, government seeks to be involved with Tafta. Echoing these thoughts was Provincial Manager for the national lottery, Sanele Dlamini. “Our grandmothers used to sit at the centre of the kitchen and tell us stories. The cellphone has zapped the opportunity from our grandmothers,” said Dlamini.

The organisation has cemented its reputation as a leader in providing safe, sheltered housing and care for elderly people in need within the eThekwini region. “We take stock as we celebrate this milestone anniversary and recognise that our success and our growth over 60 years has been the result of contributions by many individuals, partners, funders and supporters,” said Tafta CEO Femada Shamam.

Also speaking at the event was Tafta’s Ingrid Singh who highlighted the financial difficulties that Tafta has faced and over come through the years. Singh highlighted that dedication and effort have allowed the organisation to stay afloat and that financial difficulties are an ongoing concern.

The diamond jubilee celebration will be celebrated throughout the year as Tafta highlights its mission to inspire active ageing.