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.
Patrick Bracher with guest Christine Reddell, an attorney at the Centre for Environmental Rights.
Our guest this week was Christine Reddell, an attorney at the Centre for Environmental Rights. Christine authored the report on the effectiveness of the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) in 2016, on behalf of the Access to Information Network. Join Patrick Bracher for ProBono Law on alternate Thursdays at
ProBono.Org Durban - Divorce Mediation Seminar for Attorneys
ProBono.Org Durban held a Divorce Mediation Seminar for attorneys on the 25th of April at the Law Library Boardroom. The speaker was Mahomed Essack from Essack and Hansa Attorneys. We focused on the role of Mediators in Divorces and Family Law disputes. It was a very informative session.
ProBono.Org Cape Town and Bowman Gilfillan invited by Amnesty International to be panelists on the Constitutional Matters programme hosted by Voice of the Cape
On the 19th of April 2017 ProBono.Org Cape Town and Bowman Gilfillan were invited by Amnesty International to be panelists on the Constitutional Matters programme hosted by Voice of the Cape, a local community radio station. The public education programme is aimed at transformative constitutionalism. This particular session focused on the
Our help desks are expanding
By Shamika Dwarika, Elsabe Steenhuisen and Tshenolo Masha. Help desks have proven to be a good service point for pro bono access. They are well situated and within easy reach for clients who frequent the courts or government departments requiring legal advice. They are also a convenient and efficient system for
Thanking our Pretoria pro bono lawyers
by Neo Chokoe. On 6 April 2017 ProBono. Org Pretoria hosted its first Lawyers Appreciation Ceremony to say thank you to the lawyers that have done pro bono work in collaboration with its office. The event was attended by 38 guests including Judge Mudau from the Gauteng Division, Johannesburg. The Pretoria
Celebrating Human Rights Day with children
- 21 March 2017
by Elsabe Steenhuisen. A special day for the children in homes in the inner city of Johannesburg was organised by Lefika La Phodiso at the restaurant area at Constitution Hill. One of the organisations participating was the Art Therapy Centre, which uses art to assist children to deal with their emotions,
A first-hand account of a “messy“ case
by Nolia Langa, legal intern. When clients approach you for legal assistance, many times they present their version of the events in emotionally loaded ways, requiring you to sift through it, seeking out the most relevant facts - the facta probanda and the facta probantia. One is often faced with a
ProBono.Org is exceptionally saddened and shocked by the tragic passing of Nomboniso Nangu. Nomboniso, the director of the National Alliance for the Development of Community Advice Offices (NADCAO) who passed away on 8 April 2017, was devoted to furthering the interests of the community advice office sector with untiring passion
Wills and matters relating to the social welfare of the community and children
The Johannesburg office and the Municipality of Ekurhuleni Community Development Directorate, hosted a workshop on Wills and matters relating to the social welfare of the community and children. The various speakers included social workers, community forum representatives and one of our staff members. The event was well attended but the
Landlord/Tenant Rights and Obligations for the community of Chatsworth
On Saturday the 25th March, ProBono.org Durban held a talk on Landlord/Tenant Rights and Obligations for the community of Chatsworth. The talk was held at the Nelson Mandela Youth Centre and our speaker was Mr Siven Samuel of Siven Samuel and Associates. Despite the terrible weather conditions on the day,