South Africa

In South Africa, HelpAge works through our partner Muthande Society for the Aged (MUSA) in several areas:

  • We work on HIV and AIDS programmes promoting open dialogue on HIV issues within communities and civil society, encouraging older people to get tested for HIV and training older people as HIV counsellors and peer educators.
  • We support older people to lead healthy and active lives through fitness activities, such as dance competitions.
  • We work with paralegal advisers to assist older people receive identity documents, so they canaccess social support, such as grants.

Supporting older people in South Africa

  • We have trained older carers andpeer educators anddistributed over 5,000 condoms to older people.
  • We have produced and distributedinformation raising awareness of social grants available to at least 1,500 older people.
  • We have trained and given certificates to 225 traditional health practitioners in the prevention and transmission of HIV and AIDS.
  • We have secured transport for over 8,000 older people so they can get to health clinics.
  • We have assisted over 3,000 older people in accessing foster care grants (300) and identity documents (2,700) for their orphaned grandchildren through our paralegal advisers.

What next?

  • We will advocate for older people to be included in HIV prevention strategies.
  • We will ensure that the supply health kits from the Department of Healthfor older carers will be restored.
  • We will engage with the Ministry of Social Development on the issues affecting grandparents of orphaned children.

Our affiliates

Age-in-Action, Elim Hlanganani, Muthande Society for the Aged (MUSA)

Our partners

Department of Social Development, eThekwini Municipality, Smiths Manufacturing, Harry Brunskill Trust, Afripack, The Spar Group Limited, Operation Jumpstart and Nozala Investment.

Our donors

Irish Aid, DG Murray Trust

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Striking facts

  • Of the 49 million people in South Africa, older people form 15% or 7.4 million.
  • An estimated 5.3 million people were living with HIV and AIDS in South Africa in 2010.
  • 40% of households are headed by older people, each with an average of three orphans.

Contact us

HelpAge International Southern Africa Regional Development Office

Hatfield Plaza, 3rd Floor
1122 Burnett Street
Pretoria, 0028

Post Office Box: 12471

Tel: +27 (0) 12 362 0388/0405/0420/0439
Fax: +27 (0) 12 362-0347

Some projects funded by

European Union

Commonwealth Foundation