ProBono.Org is a young, dynamic NGO that works with the private legal profession to provide pro bono legal services to the poor.

We harness the enormous skill, might and strength of the South African private legal fraternity to cases and clients that we identify. Our existence is a response to the lack of access to justice for people in South African who are unable to pay for their own private legal representation.Section 34 of our Constitution, giving everyone the right to have any dispute resolved by the application of law decided in a fair public hearing before a court, or… another independent and impartial tribunal or forum, has no meaning whatsoever, if a person is unable to afford representation. ProBono.Org has as its goal, the creation of sufficient free legal representation for all who need it.


Glenn Penfold talks about the rules and principles that apply to governmental decision-making

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Constitutionally speaking: Patrick Bracher hosts Glenn Penfold from Webber Wentzel. He practices in the areas of constitutional and administrative law, and wrote “Constitutional Litigation”. Glenn talks about the rules and principles that apply to governmental decision-making. This could include the principles with which public decision-making must comply (and the different types

Pro Bono: A Transformation Issue

Article by Andy Bester. Published in the April edition of the Advocate.

The majority of south africans cannot afford legal representation. In 2011 the average monthly household income was R9 962. The average household income of a black family was R5 803 and that of households headed by a woman,

The Legal Practice Act and Community Service

Article by Erica Emdon ProBono.Org is involved in discussions with stakeholders on the Legal Practice Act, and we are developing our own position on what we think “community service” (dealt with in Section 29 of the Act) should constitute. Section 29 of the Act covers people within the legal profession, more specifically

Empowerment disempowers marginalised refugees - April 2016 Newsletter

Article by Richard Chemaly One often reads about the plethora of obstacles plaguing asylum seekers. Some believe that the system is as rigorous as it is because the benefits of acquiring refugee status place refugees on an equal footing with South African citizens. They would be wrong. Even naturalised African refugees get

The work of the Durban staff attorneys - April Newsletter 2016

The Durban office of ProBono.Org has two staff attorneys who deal with our various help desks. They are Petrina Chetty, who joined in August 2014 and Trisha Dhoda, who joined in January 2016. In addition to her other help desks, Petrina took over the refugee law portfolio in December 2015 as

Pretoria office news - April Newsletter 2016

We were sorry to lose our intern Lehlogonolo Marota at the end of 2015. He left the organisation to pursue articles of clerkship at Legal Aid South Africa (LASA) in Pretoria where he now works in the civil department. He made a significant contribution to our office and we continue

Social Cohesion Programme - 20 April 2016

On Wednesday the 20th April ProBono.Org Durban participated in the Social Cohesion Programme held at the Isipingo Beach Library. Our speaker was Tamara Botha of LFHP Attorneys in Durban and she presented a talk on "Knowing your rights as a Consumer". The community found this most enriching.

Pension theft: how low can you go?

Article from: NEWS/SOUTH-AFRICA / 18 April 2016 at 17:04pm By: Georgina Crouth Illegal deductions from the accounts of Social Security Agency grant beneficiaries is rife, says consumer watchdog Georgina Crouth. The parliamentary shenanigans of recent times have certainly been entertaining to watch on television, but they detract from the actual work that should

Durban Workshop - The importance of a Will - 18 April 2016

Today, the 18th April 2016 ProBono.Org Durban held a presentation for the Mariannridge Highway Aged. Our speaker was Mr Louis Simon, a partner at Mooney Ford Attorneys and his talk was on the importance of a will and the reporting of a deceased estate.


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