This is the harsh reality for every South African social pensioner. It’s all they have to pay for a place to live, food, medical expenses, clothes, transport, and anything else that they might need.
After a lifetime of working, many of these old people are stripped of their dignity and become victims of loneliness, destitution, abuse, illness and depression.
NOAH’s mission is to restore dignity, respect and life-affordability to as many social pensioners as possible through the provision of:
NOAH has 11 communal homes for 107 fit, independent social pensioners in the greater Cape Town area. These are ordinary houses in ordinary streets where the residents share responsibility for the smooth-running of the home. They pay a monthly rental of R 140, and strive to keep utilities’ costs as low as possible.
This way they are able to live with security, eat nutritiously and meet their health and other basic needs with dignity and respect, on R1690 per month.
With the help of donors and sponsors, NOAH ensures that the houses are well maintained, comfortable, safe and compliant spaces. All houses have water tanks, solar panels and alarm systems.
The houses are situated in Woodstock, Maitland, Athlone, Atlantis, Elsies River and Ida’s Valley.
The outlying houses – those outside of the Woodstock area – each have a Steering Committee made up of volunteers from the community. These volunteers support the home and its residents, connect them to the broader community and represent the interests of NOAH. The Steering Committee members meet with residents formally once a month and on an ad hoc basis, as required. All the Steering Committees come together as a group on a bi-annual basis, as the NOAH Management Forum. This Forum has a representative on the NOAH Management Board which meets monthly.
The subsidy from the Western Cape Provincial Department of Social Development makes the model more sustainable and, apart from the initial capital outlay and ongoing maintenance, a very viable way of tackling an enormous housing challenge.
Because of the affordability and security of tenure, NOAH has a waiting list. We therefore have an urgency regarding the replication of the model if we are to address the critical housing shortage. This replication work forms the major part of our advocacy and lobbying work.
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The number of social pensioners NOAH provides a range of services to every year.
Independent communal living homes for more than 100 fit social pensioners in the greater Cape Town area.
Primary Health Care clinics offering bi-weekly doctors’ clinics with a focus on preventative and promotive health services for approximately 440 members.
Community centres offering financial support (including social enterprise development), social support, wellness support, access to information, and referrals to approximately 150 members.