Could you survive on R1,780 per month?

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. Our mission at the Neighbourhood Old Age Homes (NOAH) is to restore dignity, respect and life-affordability to social pensioners.

We want to ensure social pensioners have their basic needs met, have a sense of purpose and contribute to their own families, the NOAH family and society as a whole, forever.

NOAH was established in 1981 by Catholic Welfare & Development, in response to the need for safe, affordable accommodation for the elderly poor. Starting with one communal home for social pensioners, this holistic model of support now ensures that over 730 social pensioners are able to continue to lead purposeful and dignified lives.

Our vision

NOAH wants every social pensioner to remain active and independent for as long as possible through purpose, participation and possibility.




11 safe, compliant, affordable communal houses offering dignity, companionship and independence to 107 residents

1 assisted living home providing care and oversight for 15 less independent residents

2 primary health care clinics

2 community centers offering social & wellness support and income generation through social enterprise development, s.

Active engagement with the Provincial government through the Sector Task Team for Older Persons (STTOP) for advocacy and innovation on behalf of our members


Residents are able to live with security, eat nutritiously and meet their health and other basic needs with dignity and respect, on R1,780 per month

Our social pensioners feel less vulnerable or overlooked because of their age

Beneficiaries are largely kept out of health emergency situations, live relatively free of anxiety regarding their health  with a better understanding of their medical treatments

NOAH members have an improved sense of self-worth, hope and possibility


Social pensioners are more connected and contributing in their families and communities without being disadvantaged/abused

They remain healthier, more active and more in control of their lives for longer

An increasing number of social pensioners have a sense of purpose, feel useful, happier, content

Our members feel a significant improvement to their quality of life and that of their families




NOAH has a detailed Sustainability Strategy in order to ensure that the organisation works in the most cost-effective way, is generating more of its own income, is well positioned for donor funding and builds reserves. The aim is for NOAH to be operating within budget and generating 50% of its own income by 2023.


NOAH has an annual strategic plan, an annual budget, and a Monitoring & Evaluation system in place based on a logical framework model.

In 2018, beneficiary interviews were completed in order to illustrate the NOAH Theory of Change. An annual audit is conducted by HG Chartered Accountants and all compliance requirements in terms of the NPO Directorate and South African Revenue Service are met timeously.


NOAH is in the process of implementing a health and safety programme throughout the organisation to ensure compliance and regular oversight in order to mitigate risk and ensure the safety of beneficiaries and staff.


Board members

Lorna Olckers (Chairperson) 

Jacqui Setoaba (Deputy Chairperson)

Janine Marks (Treasurer)

Dee Wills (Secretary) 

Anthony Sellmeyer

Prof David Coetzee

Jeanette Baadjies

Katlego Nkgudi

Fr Audecius Tindinwebwa



Geraldine Levendahl




De Lesce

Contact us


Phone +27 (0)21 447 6334

Fax +27 (0)21 448 9108

Address PO Box 142, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7915

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