ProBono.Org is a 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.
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Phumi Ngenelwa Celebrating 10 years with ProBono.Org
Phumzile (Phumi) Ngenelwa is the Office Manager at ProBono.Org. On 1 July she celebrated her ten-year anniversary with the organisation. She came from the firm CA Schoeman Attorneys in Northcliff, where she worked for two years as a filing clerk, later becoming an administrator. She heard about ProBono.Org through one of
Our fight against domestic violence, one community workshop at a time
By Zunaid Latief, Cape Town Domestic violence, in all its unsightly forms, reaches every corner of our society. Abuse is an issue that does not respect race, gender, sexuality, class, religion or wealth. It is however, especially prevalent in previously disadvantaged communities. Women, children and men are subjected to physical,
Marriages (civil, civil unions and registered customary marriages) concluded with the (main/only?) aim of obtaining permanent residency and ultimately South African citizenship - are they valid marriages?
By Elsabe Steenhuisen This is a complex issue with legal and moral implications which are briefly dealt with here. The full discussion is available on our website. Marriage is a special type of juristic act resembling a contract, but remaining sui generis as marriage creates a status while ordinary contracts do
Wills Week at ProBono.Org
By Swazi Malinga As part of our community outreach, we conduct workshops to create awareness about the importance of having a Last Will and Testament. We regularly visit communities in areas like Orange Farm, Tembisa and Kagiso. When a client approaches our offices with a request to draft a will, we
Women’s Day 2018
ProBono.Org Johannesburg held our annual Women’s Day event on 15 August, which was attended by 87 women from Orange Farm, Kagiso, Tembisa and Dobsonville. Grateful thanks to everyone who assisted us to make this day special: Our guest speaker Sibongile Baloyi, acting head of the UNISA Law Clinic, who addressed
Lauren Salt from Baker McKenzie’s Employment and Compensation Group discusses gender pay disparities
Our guest was Lauren Salt, senior associate in Baker McKenzie’s Employment and Compensation Group in Johannesburg. Lauren represents both local and international clients in various industries including financial services, consulting, aviation, media, maufacturing and mining. To mark Women’s Month Lauren will address gender pay disparities and the rights provided by
Peter Delius, Professor and historian at Wits talks about land rights and the land restitution process
Our guest was Peter Delius, Associate Professor and historian at Wits, and writer of The Land Belongs to Us, who will talk about land rights and the land restitution process. In 2015 the Constitutional Court declared the Restitution of Land Rights Act invalid and stipulated that land claims lodged by
ProBono.Org Durban’s Appreciation Day 2018
By Shamika Dwarika The Durban office of ProBono.Org hosted its third annual Appreciation Day on 20 April at Howard College, University of KwaZulu-Natal. The occasion is an opportunity for us to thank the attorneys who have given generously of their services on a pro bono basis, as well as expressing
Mediation at ProBono.Org
By Swazi Malinga. As part of our service to the community, we offer pro bono mediation. We have a panel of qualified and dedicated mediators who are readily available to assist our clients. In the family law context, we offer mediation to parents of minor children, often parents who are
By Elsabe Steenhuisen. In short, the answer is “yes”. The reasoning, with reference to case law, follows below. 1. What does the Common Law state? The Common Law position is that children below the age of seven are infans and cannot act. A curator or a guardian has to act on behalf of