The South African Council for the Aged was founded on 13 September 1956 in Cape Town, following growing pressure for government and the general public to form a national body for the aged. Initially the purpose of the organisation was to promote the formation of local organisations for the aged and to co-ordinate the services. The organisation, renamed Age-in-Action, now represents more than 2.7 million older people. The organisation also has over 800 NGO's as members who provide vital services to more than 150 000 older persons in need of care.

Read the Executive summary of the organisation's history or download the complete history (Word document, 621Kb) of Age-in-Action and find out what the people in the pictures below did for the organisation.

Chairpersons

   
Dr. Z Steyn
1958 - 1963
Dr. WJB Slater
1963 - 1980
Mr. ELA Folker
1980 - 1984
Ds. HS Visser
1984 - 1988
Dr. C Erasmus
1989 - 1995
Dr. H v d Linde
1995 - 1997
Rev D Lambrechts
1997 - 2007
Rev JM Phillips
2008 -

Directors

Mrs. Z Droskie
1958 - 1984
Mr. SCA Eckley
1984 - 2000
Mrs. W Bryan
2000 - 2005
Ms. M Mokholo
2005 - 2009