Initially the role of the Forum was to promote the rights and dignity of older persons, consult and advise government, comment on legislation and policy, foster the growth of community organizations, disseminate information, raise public awareness, interact with the Minister of Social Development, Parliament and other relevant stakeholders.
Post 2005 the SAOPF has established itself as a legal entity, established an office and employed a coordinator. The SAOPF in collaboration with older persons has been instrumental in drafting the Older Persons’ Charter. The SAOPF has also engaged with National government and relevant organisations on a variety of issues affecting older persons in an effort to make a difference to the lives of all the older persons in South Africa
Mission: The mission of the South African Older Persons Forum (SAOPF) is to identify and articulate the concerns and needs of older persons, as voiced by them, and, in consultation with Government and other role players, to ensure that these needs are addressed in legislation, services and programs.
For more information, visit the SAOPF website.