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.
Dialogue on Mandela the Lawyer
In collaboration with the Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF), ProBono.Org held a dialogue on Nelson Mandela the legal practitioner on 11 October to mark the centenary of Madiba’s birth.
The conversation was the first of several planned to start a conversation about the importance of pro bono work and the ethics and
The Open Society Foundation in SA turns 25
On 29 and 30 November ProBono. Org attended the 25th anniversary of the Open Society Foundation for South Africa (OSF-SA), which opened offices in 1993. However, founder George Soros had already been engaged in South Africa since 1979 when he launched a scholarship programme for black students to study at
Attorney get-together and feedback session
On 6 December a good crowd of attorneys, advocates and mediators gathered at our offices to socialise and give us feedback on their experiences staffing our legal clinics and help desks and taking on our clients’ cases. We are grateful for this feedback and also for the good work of
The dead man’s property
By Neliswa Ncama, Durban intern
The passing of a loved one is one of the most challenging experiences that a family has to face. After a funeral, they are left to pick up the pieces and figure out how to proceed after this tragedy. The family would have to begin the
Defamation via social media – rights vs responsibilities
By Uzair Adams
Social media platforms have become an increasingly convenient and instant means of communication across the globe. However, easy access to Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter, amongst others, does not come without drawbacks, particularly relating to matters of defamation.
Defamation via social media has been the bone of contention of
Events and work with SMME's
By Swazi Malinga.
ProBono.Org generally provides legal assistance on corporate governance to young aspiring entrepreneurs, business start-ups and SMMEs by referring their requests for assistance to law firms who have volunteered their services on a pro bono basis. We assist clients with an annual turnover of less than R1million.
Because many of
Impact Africa 18 Summit
By Molebogeng Manyako, Johannesburg intern.
Further focus on SMMEs and advancing young entrepreneurs saw ProBono.Org and the British Council collaborate on a session presented by ProBono.Org and Bowmans at the Impact Africa Summit from 20 to 22 June. The purpose of the event was to accelerate innovative solutions to Africa’s most
Public Interest Law Gathering (PILG) 4-5 Sept 2018
By Tshenolo Masha.
At this year’s event, convened by the Legal Resources Centre (LRC) ProBono.Org organised a plenary session on Transformation, both in the public interest law sector and the profession as a whole.
The panellists were Lisa Chamberlain (CALS), advocate Amelia Rawhani (Johannesburg Bar), Silomo Khumalo (Black Workers Forum), Mari van
Expropriation of land without compensation – Dialogue with the legal profession
By Tshenolo Masha.
In collaboration with Bowmans and Wits University, we held a dialogue on this hot topic on 23 August. The panel consisted of Prof. Elmien du Plessis (North West University), Nomzamo Zondo (SERI), Pierre Venter (Banking Association of SA), Stephen Grootes (SAFM) and Tebele Makhetha (Business Leadership SA). The
Child abduction – the new scourge of the nation
By Courtney Cupido, Cape Town intern.
According to a recent Eye Witness News report, there have been at least 13 reported cases of child abduction and attempted kidnappings in communities across the Western Cape since 8 August 2018. The motives for these abductions may vary from forced child labour, financial