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The Board of the SAOPF were deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the death of one of our colleagues, Mme Mpepanduku who sadly passed away on the 27th of October after a long sickbed. Mme Mpepanduku served on the SAOPF Directorate from...


The deputy chairperson of the SA Older Persons’ Forum, Ivy Ketse, has become the organisation’s chairperson after the death of Mr Tom Boya. Rev...

SAOPF Klerksdorp Workshop

Klerksdorp Workshop

Approximately 150 older persons in the North West province attended the SAOPF workshop in Klerksdorp on the 05th of March. Older persons from all districts in the province was present at the event.

Commissioner Bokankatla Malatji, SAHRC Commissioner for Older Persons, gave the...

Gordhan’s speech - some good news for the elderly

In his budget speech Minister Pravin Gordhan announced an increase of R60 in the old age grant to R 1260 and R80 for those over the age of 75 years (R1280). The increase of only 5% will make it difficult for many older persons to support themselves given the soaring cost of living.

Sentencing of granny rapist welcomed

The SAOPF welcomes the 24 years sentence passed down to the 22 year old Ndumiso Gcabashe from KwaZulu-Natal for raping a 90-year-old grandmother.
On July 20, 2010, the elderly woman was alone in her house in Woza, Maphumulo, when Gcabashe entered the house and threatened her with a...

About Us

Our History

Following a public outcry in 2000, the Minister of Social Development commissioned an investigation into the abuse, neglect and ill-treatment of older persons. Public hearings were held in all provinces and older persons told of the abuse they suffered at the hands of their families, communities and government officials. A report was published in 2003, “Mothers and fathers of  the Nation, the forgotten people”, that called for action to make the concerns of older persons a priority and to improve the quality of their lives.

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