ILC-South Africa


To understand processes, implications and situations of individual and population ageing in South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa (SSA); to help African societies to prepare to accommodate an expanding older population; to enhance the quality of life of older people in African society. ILCSA carries out its mission through research, training, knowledge dissemination for decision support and advocacy. It views population ageing and longevity positively, and works to optimise individuals’ capacity for active, healthy and productive ageing.

Major Funding Sources

The Albertina and Walter Sisulu Institute of Ageing in Africa.

Recent Major Activities / Programs

Expansion of Geriatrics Education and development of African Gerontology.
Dementia and care responses: Improving management, and supporting and empowering informal caregivers.
Policy intervention to prevent falls in older persons.
Policy research to diagnose and manage HIV infection in older persons, and to support and empower older caregivers to younger persons affected by the virus, and as change agents.
Promotion of social justice and older persons’ human rights in the South African context.
Exploratory adaptation and employment of the Age Friendly Cities protocol.

Key Staff

ILC-SA Co-Director: Sebastiana Kalula, MBChB, MMed, MPhil, PhD, FRCP
Director: Institute of Ageing in Africa
Member: Board of the South African Older Persons Forum (SAOPF)
Member: South African Geriatrics Society
Member: Global Social Initiative on Ageing (GSIA)
Member: Board of Ikhaya Long-term Care Facility
Member: Board of the South African Care Forum

ILC-SA Co-Director: Jaco Hoffman, DPhil (Oxon)
Research Professor: Optentia Research Focus Area, Sub-Programme: Ageing and Intergenerational Dynamics in Africa, North-West University (Vaal Triangle Campus), South Africa.
Honorary Fellow: Institute on Ageing in Africa, University of Cape Town, South Africa.
James Martin Senior Research Fellow: Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, University of Oxford, UK
Coordinator: African Reserch on Ageing Network (AFRAN)
Board Member: South African Care Forum (SACF)
Past President: South African Gerontological Association (SAGA)

ILC-SA Honorary President: Monica Ferreira, MA, DPhil.
Immediate Past Co-President: ILC Global Alliance.

ILC-SA Executive Member: Rayne Stroebel, DPhil (Dementia Studies)
Managing Director: GERATEC
Regional Coordinator: The Eden Alternative South Africa

Contact information

The Albertina and Walter Sisulu Institute of Ageing in Africa, University of Cape Town,
Faculty of Health Sciences, Observatory 7925, South Africa
Tel: 27-21-406-6211
Fax: 27-21-406-6846


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