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.


Partnering for a good cause
- upcoming Durban Event

by Shamika Dwarika. Violence against women takes various forms and ProBono.Org sees the impact of violence and abuse of women at our numerous help desks at all our offices. That is why ProBono.Org Durban has partnered with the 1000Women Initiative to be the local host and beneficiary of the 1000 Women

Litigating for Social Change Conference:
19 - 21 October 2016

by Erica Emdon. A conference was held in Belfast during October bringing together NGOs, community activists, litigators, academics and funders to reflect on the extent to which strategic litigation can transform lives and enable people and communities to realise their rights. With speakers from different geographic and legal settings, the conference

What to look forward to in 2017

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by Tshenolo Masha The focus for ProBono.Org this year will be strengthening relations with attorneys and other legal professionals. We hope to hold pro bono briefing sessions in the Limpopo, North West and Mpumalanga provinces. As our Cape Town office in Khayelitsha is now up and running, we are also

ProBono.Org Cape Town

By Uzair Adams. 2016 has undoubtedly been a momentous year for ProBono.Org as we celebrated the organisation’s 10th anniversary, which coincided with the launch of a new office in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. The formal opening of the Isivivana Centre in Khayelitsha took place on 13 October 2016. The centre is managed by

Appreciation Day for ProBono.Org Durban attorneys

By Shamika Dwarika. Kevin Duke received the Most Dedicated Attorney certificate On 23 September 2016 the Durban office hosted an event at the Gateway Hotel in Umhlanga to show our appreciation to attorneys who have gone beyond expectations in meeting their pro bono obligations. While the majority

KZN Blind & Deaf Society

By Shamika Dwarika. The Durban office recently made contact with the KZN Blind and Deaf Society and we held our first seminar for them on 15 November 2016. Sanelisiwe Nyasulu of Garlicke and Bousfield spoke about housing. This was very well attended and it was heartwarming to see the gratitude

A student’s experience at ProBono.Org

By Nadia Avis. Let me first mention that I had an amazing time at ProBono.Org. I was so proud to be able to job shadow in such an organisation. It gave me a chance to see people who genuinely care about their community. Before I went to ProBono.Org I thought

We visit Community Advice Offices in Limpopo

By Tshenolo Masha. On 17 November 2016, Tshenolo Masha met with the 16 Limpopo Community advice offices in Polokwane at the South African Human Rights Commission to reflect on the work of the ProBono.Org Community Advice Office Support Project during 2016. Community advice office representatives gave feedback on the successes and

National Credit Act training in Pretoria

By Neo Chokoe The National Credit Act is known for the much needed shift it brought into the market for consumers and credit providers alike. ProBono.Org Pretoria saw fit to have a training session on certain aspects of the Act for attorneys and advocates. The training took place at Spoor and Fisher

Orange Farm Community Workshop

By Thato Mashishi, Fasken Martineau. On 20 October 2016, ProBono.Org in partnership with Fasken Martineau hosted a community workshop in Orange Farm. Presentations were made by professionals from Fasken Martineau: Gia Abrahamson, Nasipi Mantshule and Thato Mashishi. The presentations covered Children’s Rights, Domestic Violence and Maintenance and were conducted in English,