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New ILCSA Associate Rayne Stroebel

Rayne Stroebel, a long-time collaborator of the Institute of Ageing in Africa and ILC South Africa, has been appointed an Associate of ILCSA. He started the company GERATEC (Gerontological Research, Training, Education and Caring) in 1996. It is the only company in South Africa that provides services exclusively to the long-term care sector for Older People. In 2010 he brought The Eden Alternative concept to South Africa (read more), and has helped many organisations for the older sector transform their service delivery to be more person-centered. 

Rayne holds an MSc degree in Dementia Studies from Stirling University in the UK and is currently a PhD candidate in Dementia Studies at that institution. He will represent ILCSA in the ILC Global Association biennial meetings in Sydney, Australia in October/November 2019, together with ILCSA Co-President Sebastiana Kalula.

Photo: Rayne Stroebel


Co-President Sebastiana Kalula retires from Geriatric Medicine at Groote Schuur Hospital

Sebastiana Kalula retired as a consultant in Geriatric Medicine at Groote Schuur Hospital and the University of Cape Town at the end of August 2019. Her retirement comes after 22 years of service in the position. She has subsequently been appointed as Emeritus Associate Professor in the Institute of Ageing in Africa at the University, and will continue to conduct research and to build ILC South Africa.

In her Valedictory Lecture on August 27, entitled “We are all getting there: Where are the old age health professionals?“, she traced steps in her career, reviewed the state of Geriatric Medicine in South Africa – practice and training, and shared amusing anecdotes of her experience as an African woman practicing clinical medicine in patriarchal African society. Click here to read her full lecture.

The lecture, which was well attended, was followed by a reception. A choir from the NGO Grandmothers Against Poverty and AIDS (GAPA) (hyperlink to GAPA) entertained the audience with songs in isiXhosa towards the end of the lecture, and then mingled with guests at the reception.

Photo: Sebastiana Kalula delivering her valedictory lecture 

Photo: Profesor Marc Combrinck, Sebstiana Kalula, Professor Wendy Spearman and retired Professor Monica Ferreira at a reception following the lecture


Photo: Sebastiana Kalula with a team of GAPA members who sang and danced at the ceremony

Photo: Sebastiana Kalula with a team of GAPA members who sang and danced at the ceremony


The North-West University (NWU), South Africa conferred a PhD (Honoris Causa) onto Professor Monica Ferreira on 22 May 2019. It was a fantastic celebration and Kavita presented a beautiful congratulatory note on behalf of ILC GA - very special as Monica was a former ILC GA co-president.

To view click below:

Honorary Ceremony:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvEo7nM2iyg

Profile of Professor Monica Ferreira: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nD7Jc4o4tA


A drinks party was held on the NWU Vaal campus to celebrate the occassion

Jacoand Monica with Professor Refilwe Phaswane-Mufaya, Vice Chancellor for

Research and Innovation at NWU



Monica and Jaco toast the occasion


Alison Benzimra, Monica Ferreira, Sinfree Makoni, Jaco Hoffman and Kavita Sivaramakrishnan


Monica Ferreira, Honoris Causa, with Jaco Hoffman who heads the centre of excellence on ageing at NWU


Faculty at NWU and guests celebrate the Honoris Causa conferred on 

Professor Monica Ferreira.  Kavita Sivaramakrishnan, third from left, and 

Sinfree Makoni, right with Jaco Hoffman next to her, are longtime colleagues of





ILCSA is operated at two sites: the University of Cape Town (UCT) (Sebastiana Kalula) and North West University (NWU) (Jaco Hoffman). Recent activities at the two sites described below represent the combined output of ILCSA.

At North West University

Developing the long-term care economy in Gauteng, South Africa: Expanding opportunities for work and equality

A strategy for a long-term care (LTC) economy in Gauteng, South Africa’s province in which Johannesburg and Pretoria are located, was developed in a meeting convened by Jaco Hoffman, Professor Isabella Aboderin (African Population and Health Research Centre, Kenya) and Professor Anne Margriet Pot (WHO, Geneva), held at NWU on March 5-6, 2018. Over 100 academicians, policy makers, and representatives of the UN, the African Union, civil society and the private sector participated in the multi-disciplinary Research-Policy-Practice (RPP) Dialogue to clarify a case for an LTC economy and to assess the potential for one in Gauteng. The core question discussed was whether LTC needs for older persons in need of care as well as other persons with care dependencies engender employment opportunities for younger persons in the province. A well-developed LTC economy could foster enhanced quality of care for the growing number of older care recipients, as well as forge job growth.

A six-point short-term (2018–2020) strategy developed in the dialogue comprises:

  1. A situational analysis, including i) a needs assessment of  LTC, ii) a mapping of the current landscape of LTC service provision and financing, and iii) a mapping of potential platforms for LTC service expansion.
  2. The governance and coordination of an LTC economy in Gauteng.
  3. The unemployment and care interface.
  4. Training, accreditation, regulation and registration of long-term caregivers.
  5. A monitoring and evaluation framework.
  6. Resourcing of an action plan.

    Click here for additional information.

    Rockefeller Centre Forum in Bellagio, Italy

    Jaco Hoffman participated in a Forum at The Rockefeller Centre at Bellagio, Italy in September 2018, where he and colleagues discussed New Partnerships to Improve Social Health and Economic Reinvestment in Low-Income Neighborhoods:  The Role of Anchor Institutions. The week-long session focused on broad issues of health and wellness, and how new partnerships are needed to create anchor investments in some of the poorest neighborhoods in the USA. These investments can, and will, profoundly affect health outcomes that are the result of inequitable conditions of race, education and poverty.  It is increasingly apparent that Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs*) banks, and capital investors are important players in these new teams with health systems.  The group also deliberated about other community institutions that should be part of the team, such as universities; how outcomes are demonstrated; and criteria that make for a good anchor partner.

    *(CDFIs) are private financial institutions that are dedicated to delivering responsible, affordable lending to help low-income, low-wealth, and other disadvantaged people and communities join the economic mainstream.

    Grey is the New Pink exhibition

    An exhibition on Age(ing), Grey is the New Pink, opened at the Weltkulturen Museum in Frankfurt, Germany in September 2018. 

    The exhibition questioned: Who is old – where and when? Can we meet the ‘challenge of ageing’ optimistically? And what untapped potential lies slumbering in the process of aging?

    Grey is the New Pink presented diverse ideas and models of ‘age(ing)’ from the perspective of cultural studies and the visual arts, as well as personal and individual experience. Like fragments in a lifetime’s memories, the exhibition compiled an anthology of ageing of individual ways of dealing with areas such as lifestyle, love and sexuality, transmission of knowledge, longevity, illness, health, and death.

    In the exhibition, Jaco Hoffman with Mr Osborne Macharia, a photographer from Kenya, explored the ageing process in Africa. For more information, see the cataloguepublished by KerberVerlag Publishers. Below are photos of the opening ceremony and exhibition in Frankfurt.

    UN (INIA) / ILCSA Training Course: Introduction to Social Gerontology in (South) Africa

    A training course in Social Gerontology in South Africa was offered by the UN (Malta) International Institute of Ageing (INIA) and convened by ILCSA, the South African Gerontological Association and the national Department of Social Development at North West University on March 12-14, 2018. Seventeen senior policy makers and managers of care facilities for older persons participated the course, which was taught by eight lecturers, including Professors Marvin Formosa (Malta), Isabella Aboderin (Kenya) (Isabella is an ILCSA associate) and Jaco Hoffman. Click here for additional information.

    Photo: Seventeen participants in the training course received a Certificate of Attendance. Jaco Hoffman is on the far left.


    Jaco participated in the CommonAge Elders Forum held in conjunction with the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), on April 16-18. He joined Dr John Beard (WHO, Geneva) and Professor Julienne Meyer (Professor of Nursing: Care for Older People, University of London, UK) in a panel discussion. Click here to see the full programme and here to see some media coverage.


    Jaco convened the Trinity Term 2018 Seminar Series "Leave no one behind" – Sustainable Development Goals, Ageing and Global Development, at OIPA from April 26 to June 14. The series offered eight seminars on topics relevant to ageing and dividends of sustainable development intervention across the life course to benefit persons in old age. The lectures, given by international scholars, policy makers and practitioners, addressed strategies for older persons’ visibility and inclusion in the SDGs; healthy ageing and a need for LTC systems; gender and rights; ending violence against children; inclusivity of older persons in government policies; the measurement of multidimensional poverty; age disaggregated statistics; and child poverty and later livelihoods. Forging the inclusion of older persons in the SDGs is a key focus at ILCSA. For more in information on the OIPA seminar series, click here.

    At the University of Cape Town

    Summit in Celebration of Families

    Sebastiana participated in the Family Summit in Celebration of the International Day for Families, in Johannesburg on May 30-31. The summit was convened by the national Ministry of Social Development. Her presentation was entitled “Care and support for people with disabilities and older persons, in response to families.” Click here to read the Concept Paper for the Summit.

    Visiting Research Scholar

    Professor Sinfree Makoni, professor in Applied Linguistics and African Studies at Penn State University, USA, visited ILCSA for the month of May 2019, where he worked with ILCSA researchers and other researchers on ageing in Cape Town, and gave lectures to three expert groups. Makoni has worked and published extensively with Monica Ferreira at ILCSA and the Institute of Ageing in Africa (IAA) over three decades. His research focus is on language in ageing, particularly in the presence of health conditions and disabilities, such as dementia, stroke, diabetes and epilepsy, and the effects of multilingualism in old age. Makoni initiated joint research projects to be conducted at ILCSA, the IAA and PSU during his sojourn in Cape Town. Click here for Makoni’s CV.

    Post-graduate Palliative Care course

    Sebastiana taught the Geriatric Care component in a Post-graduate Diploma in Palliative Medicine course held at UCT’s Health Sciences Faculty on June 4-8. The course, is aimed at creating awareness in doctors and other health professionals of  palliative care needs across the clinical platform.