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

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

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

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

The Legal Practice Act and Community Service

Article by Erica Emdon ProBono.Org is involved in discussions with stakeholders on the Legal Practice Act, and we are developing our own position on what we think “community service” (dealt with in Section 29 of the Act) should constitute. Section 29 of the Act covers people within the legal profession, more specifically

The work of the Durban staff attorneys - April Newsletter 2016

The Durban office of ProBono.Org has two staff attorneys who deal with our various help desks. They are Petrina Chetty, who joined in August 2014 and Trisha Dhoda, who joined in January 2016. In addition to her other help desks, Petrina took over the refugee law portfolio in December 2015 as

Pretoria office news - April Newsletter 2016

We were sorry to lose our intern Lehlogonolo Marota at the end of 2015. He left the organisation to pursue articles of clerkship at Legal Aid South Africa (LASA) in Pretoria where he now works in the civil department. He made a significant contribution to our office and we continue

Community Advice Office Support Project: Social media for social change

Article by: Tshenolo Masha The work of community advice offices (CAOs) remains pivotal in realising the objectives of access to justice. Many advice offices struggle with the harsh realities of not having funding and operating in an environment that is not adequately resourced. They encounter challenges that require instant access to

SAPS ‘failed’ burnt woman

POLICE are investigating the conduct of the Sophiatown police station after alleged negligence by its officers resulted in a woman being set on fire. The investigation comes more than nine months after the gruesome murder, as the woman’s family struggle to cope. Brenda Hedges lived for more than a decade with