Category Archives: Thembalami Care Centre

Thembalami residents savour dining hall make-over

Sandton-based Infinitude Design has once again worked a little magic at Rand Aid’s Thembalami Care Centre.

The company has done make-overs of various parts of the care centre over the past few years. Situated in Lombardy East, Thembalami looks after vulnerable senior citizens and aged deaf and deafblind people.

This time around, it was the dining room that was given a new look. The large room was transformed into a vibrant space. Wallpaper was put on three walls, splashes of colour added through paint and artwork, new curtains puts up and tiles laid. In addition, the steel windows and doors were replaced with aluminium ones.

“In the one corner of the hall they created a cosy lounge area with a TV set against the wall. They took a three-and two seater couch and two wingback chairs and re-upholster them with fabric that was donated by one of their suppliers. This is a beautiful space where the residents can sit and enjoy drinking coffee or tea whilst watching the morning news,” says Elize Raath, the head of Thembalami.

She adds that Infinitude Design had 110 cushions made for the chairs in the dining hall.  “One of their suppliers made the cushions at cost price. They are covered in navy blue and brown fake leather, which is easy to wash but has made the chairs nice and soft,” says Elize.

Each table now sports a steel condiment holder with a small succulent plant in it, and laminated place mats were designed for each resident.

“The transformation is amazing. The dining hall looks warm, homely and creates an atmosphere of serenity,” says Elize.


Easter cheer at Thembalami Care Centre

EASTER 2015 (640x433)‘Bunnies’ Val Bartram and Sue van der Neut – Inyoni Creek retirement village residents and members of the humanitarian group Inyoni Angels – were part of the contingent of Angels who visited Thembalami Care Centre on April 1, to bring some Easter cheers to residents. Both Thembalami and Inyoni Creek are owned by NPO Rand Aid Association, and the Angels have opened their hearts to the care centre residents, regularly hosting special events for them. Val and Sue are pictured with Elize Raath, Thembalami’s manager. The residents were each given six Easter eggs by the very generous bunnies.  Continue reading Easter cheer at Thembalami Care Centre

Cyclist Sean Wheeler presents cheque to Thembalami

_DSC3542(1) (640x427)Elize Raath, the manager of Rand Aid Association’s Thembalami Care Centre, received a R30 000 cheque from Sean Wheeler on March 14. Sean and his fellow East Rand to East Coast cyclists raised money for a number of charities when they cycled from Carnival City in Brakpan to St Lucia in December. Sean’s Dad Mike has been a resident of Thembalami for over two years, and the cycle tour was Sean’s way of giving back to the care centre for the ‘fantastic care he receives’. If you would like to get involved in helping the physically and financially vulnerable residents of Thembalami, or want more information, contact Elize at 011 882 4434 or