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.
Celebrating the contribution of the legal profession
Once again, on 6 September we celebrated the extraordinary work being undertaken by lawyers, the media, the NGO sector, students and others in promoting human rights and the interests of the poor and marginalised. Not only did this third award ceremony mark great achievements, but it marked our 10th anniversary.
Pro Bono Law on Radio Today
For the past nine years ProBono.Org, in partnership with Norton Rose Fulbright SA (NRF), has had a half-hour slot on Radio Today every second Thursday evening. The aim of the programme is to inform the public about the Bill of Rights and to discuss broader constitutional issues. We have been
The official opening launch of the Isivivana Centre in Khayelitsha
On Thursday, 13 October 2016, ProBono.Org Cape Town attended the official opening launch of the Isivivana Centre in Khayelitsha. The centre is like none before, and aims to make access to social justice realisable and accessable to marginalised communities. It will house a total of 9 NGO's, such as the new ProBono.Org
ProBono.Org teams up with Clyde & Co on behalf of a student
Article by Richard Chemaly ProBono.Org was informed of the difficulties being faced by a University of Cape Town (UCT) student, Rethabile Makoanyana, who was unable to graduate due to outstanding fees. The primary issue was that a Free State municipality had contractually agreed to pay his fees but failed to
Domestic violence, with a focus on economic abuse and the suspended warrant
Article by Swazi Malinga When one mentions the word domestic violence, the immediate picture that comes to mind is that of a battered woman covered in bruises with a swollen face. However the truth of the matter is that domestic violence does not end there. Perhaps she was threatened, intimidated and
Women’s Day Breakfast
Durban director ShamikaDwarika with EvitaBezuidenhout ProBono.Org Durban currently has 218 firms on our panel of attorneys and is signing up new firms all the time. We deal with so many attorneys, but very rarely do we have an opportunity to socialise with them. Recently, however, attorneys Garlicke
Pro Bono Attorneys needed for Master of the High Court Help Desk
Article by Neo Chokoe The Pretoria office of ProBono.Org holds a weekly legal clinic at the office of the Master of the High Court, Pretoria. The aim of this project is to give pro bono attorneys a platform to assist poor clients with issues pertaining to the administration of deceased
ProBono.Org welcomes and supports shortlisting of Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh for Public Protector
Article by Richard Chemaly. Following the Students for Law and Social Justice’s nomination of the executive director of the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) for the position of public protector, Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh is on the parliamentary shortlist for the job. ProBono.Org has worked with Ramjathan-Keogh from her days at Lawyers for Human
Ombuds for consumers and taxpayers
Article by Tshenolo Masha ProBono.Org Johannesburg hosted an attorney seminar on the services offered by the Ombud for Consumer Goods and Services and the office of the Tax Ombud on 26 July 2016 at Hogan Lovells attorneys in Sandton. Advocate Neville Melville, the Ombudsman for Consumer Goods and Services explained that
Too costly to ignore - the economic impact of gender-based violence in South Africa - KPMG Human and Social Services
It is well documented that South Africa has one of the highest rates of gender-based violence (GBV) in the world. But until now what has been less well documented is the economic cost to society of these horrific and unacceptable levels of violence. This report thus represents an important contribution