HIV/AIDS and the Law – 23 March 2012

ProBono.Org hosted a training workshop at Webber Wentzel on 23 March 2012 for attorneys and other interested parties on various issues related to HIV / AIDS and the Law (including employment law, social grants, testing, confidentiality and disclosure).A representative from Section 27 also did a brief presentation on the government’s new National Strategic Plan for 2012 – 2016, an important consideration for all HIV / AIDS projects.The speakers were: Metumo Shilange of Section 27; Reghana Tulk of Fasken Martineau and Thifulufheli Sinthumule of Black Sash

The following documents were available to the workshop delegates (copies are available upon request):

  • HIV and AIDS Recommendation, 2010 (No. 200)
  • Irvin and Johnson Ltd v Trawler & Line Fishing Union & Others [2003] 4 BLLR 379 (LC)

Housing Workshop hosted at Fasken Martineau

The awareness of housing matters as a national concern was echoed by the presence of member of the legal profession, grassroots community-based organisations, NGOs and representatives from various government departments.Below you will find links to download the electronic copies of resource packs and material provided to the attendees.

Case: Olivia Road
Case: Maphango
Case: Blue Moonlight (SCA)
Case: Blue Moonlight (CC)

Read a write-up of the event in our Newsroom

Law Society of South Africa: Latest Developments of the Bill – January 2012

Section 96 (1)(a)(i) of the LPA stipulates how the nominations must be made by the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA):
National Forum on Legal Profession
96. (1) A National Forum on the Legal Profession (hereafter referred to as the ‘‘National Forum’’) is hereby established as a body corporate with full legal capacity
and comprising of the following members:
(a) 16 legal practitioners, namely—
(i) eight attorneys designated by the Law Society of South Africa, two of which represent the Black Lawyers Association, two of which represent the National Association of Democratic Lawyers, one of which represents the Law Society of the Cape of Good Hope, one of which
represents the Law Society of the Orange Free State, one of which represents the Law Society of the Transvaal and one of which represents the Natal Law Society; …’


Update on the Legal Practice Bill – November 2011

Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

The justice and constitutional development minister, Jeff Radebe, has expressed his desire that the Legal Practice Bill be tabled in Parliament before the end of this year.

He revealed this in a written reply to a parliamentary question.

The minister added that he hoped that deliberations on the bill could commence “in earnest” at the start of the 2012 parliamentary year.

He confirmed that the bill was currently with the chief state law adviser for certification.

“It is hoped that the certification process will be finalised soon, where-after the bill will be introduced into Parliament”.

Cabinet approved the bill for tabling in Parliament in December 2010.

The minister pointed out that, since then, continuous interaction with the legal profession has taken place to find common ground on certain aspects of the bill.

The proposed legislation aims to put a framework in place that facilitates the transformation and restructuring of the legal profession.


IOL News: Legal Profession Bill Coming – November 2011

Legislation intended to transform and restructure the legal profession will soon be tabled in Parliament, Justice Minister Jeff Radebe said on Thursday.

In a written reply to a parliamentary question, he said the legal profession was still not representative of the country’s demographics.

Entry into the profession was, in many instances, determined by outdated, unnecessary and overly restrictive prescripts.

Access to legal services, especially by the poor, was limited.


SabinetLaw: Legal Practice Bill to be Tabled Within Days, June 2011

Legal Practice Bill to be Tabled Within Days


Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

The deputy minister of justice and constitutional development, Andries Nel, has confirmed that the Legal Practice Bill will be tabled in Parliament within the next few days.

Speaking during the department’s budget vote speech in the national council of provinces (NCOP), the deputy minister also reminded members of the recent tabling of the Constitution Seventeenth Amendment Bill and the Superior Courts Bill in Parliament.

According to the deputy minister, the bills had been in the “melting pot” for 12 years.

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