Teresa Yates has been appointed as the National Director of ProBono. Org. She was until recently Deputy National Director of the Legal Resources Centre (LRC). Besides legal training, she has a background in human rights and development on the continent. In her 22 years of experience she has worked in NGOs, for government and as an independent researcher and evaluator. She has acquired not only a range of important management skills, but has also been directly involved in strategic planning, law reform and policy development, fundraising and budgeting, monitoring and writing, and leading diverse teams. Teresa led substantial design work on Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Department of Land Affairs in the 2000s, where she worked in the Tenure Directorate. She has as gender justice coordinator with Oxfam in Tanzania, the South African government and Nkuzi Development Association, a South African land organisation focusing specifically on farm workers, land rights and land reform.
Nomaswazi Malinga was born and raised in Soweto. Both her parents worked for a firm of attorneys, which played a huge role in her choice of career. After completing her law degree at the University of Johannesburg, Nomaswazi completed her articles at Webber Wentzel. Soon after she joined First National Bank insurance brokers as a legal advisor. While there she obtained a Higher Diploma in Labour Law in 2011 from the University of Johannesburg. Nomaswazi joined ProBono.Org in July 2015 as the staff attorney in the family law department. She finds this role very challenging and looks forward to helping her clients with the assistance of her fellow colleagues.
After matriculating from King Edward VII High School, Mpho enrolled for a BA at Wits University to major in International Relations and Political Science. He then graduated with an LLB degree from the University of South Africa in 2017.
Mpho’s love for the law stems from wanting to bring about positive change and to advocate against social ills and injustices. He also strongly believes in the value of being of service to others.
In his spare time Mpho enjoys mountain biking, meditating, studying philosophy and trying out Johannesburg’s restaurants.
Mpho initially joined the organisation on a three-month contract to take on the land and housing and deceased estate matters. This contract has been extended for a further nine months and we are very pleased to have him as part of the ProBono.Org team.
Operations, Grants & Communications Manager
Margaret is from Johannesburg and joined Probono.Org in March 2015, having many years’ experience in communications and events management in both local and international NGOs. She has worked in the housing, human rights and arts and culture sectors and has a particular interest in the rights of women and children. Her outside interests are traveling, literature and jazz music.
Nkuli is ProBono.Org’s receptionist and administrator. She is the first person that clients see when they consult ProBono.Org. She does the initial screening and makes appointments with Pro.Bono.Org’s lawyers and staff.
Child Law consultant
BA Law (RAU* 1980), LLB (RAU 1983), LLM cum laude (RAU 1998), Certificate of Qualification -Canada (Federation of Law Societies of Canada 2016)
*UJ since 2005
Elsabe practiced as advocate for own account since admission on 3 July 1984.
She started her career at the RAU Law Clinic (Jun. 1984) where she became the Law Clinic Director (Jan. 1990 – March 2007), whilst practicing part-time.
She mainly taught Applied Legal Studies and lectured intermittently Law of Civil Procedure.
Elsabe was responsible to design, implement and run the National Diploma (Paralegal Studies), RAU with co-designers (1999-2007).
She accompanied her husband to the USA (Sept. 2007 – March 2009).
Since 2009 Elsabe did a variety of projects as she:
- Designed and implemented with her partners a SASSETA registered paralegal diploma;
- Designed and presented a 16-tutorial training programme for the Johannesburg Bar;
- Developed ProBono.Org programmes with attorneys of the South- and East-Rand, Gauteng;
- Presented lectures for the Public Protector’s office, Werksmans, LEAD, ProBono.Org and Octagon;
- Assisted with drafting policy documents for Pitje Chambers and ProBono.Org.
- Submitted various commentaries on draft legislation and/or amendments to legislation, rules and regulations (either as manager of the OCAY project or as facilitator),
Her professional legal experience lies in Divorce Law (2007 to date); Children Law (2016 to date) and Mental Health Law (2017 to date), and has a strong interest in teaching.
Elsabe has been involved with ProBono.Org since 2011. She volunteered at its Help Desk at Johannesburg Civil Regional Divorce Court (Aug. 2011 – Nov. 2018); consulted part-time on the South and East Rand project (Apr. 2013 – Aug. 2015), and became the part-time consultant for the OCAY (One-Child-a-Year) project (Jul. 2016 to date).
HR Consultant (MBA), M.Phil (Applied Ethics)
Benita has many years of experience providing support to NGOs, including capacity building, facilitation, evaluation and HR support. Her clients include a wide range of social justice organisations that aim to make human rights available to those who are the most vulnerable.
Director – Durban
Shamika has a LLB from the University of Natal and a LLM (Business Law) from the University of KwaZulu Natal and is an admitted attorney. She has practiced in commercial legal practices and NGOs in both Durban and Johannesburg. She is a trained facilitator and has also lectured briefly. She has also completed a basic counseling course. She joined ProBono.Org in July 2014.
Gugulethu is currently the Administrator at ProBono.Org, Durban. She initially joined the organisation in March 2013 as a Legal Intern. She is currently studying towards her LLB Degree as a part-time student at UNISA. She also holds a Certificate in Business Management.
Seshni Govender completed her LLB degree in 2014 at the University of KwaZulu Natal. She attended Practical Legal Training, completed her Articles of Clerkship and was admitted as an Attorney in 2016. She then worked as a Professional Assistant in private practice for over a year. Through her practical experience, she realised the issues related to social justice and the amount of people in need of help. Her future goal is to eventually open her own firm through which she will be able to assist people with social justice issues.
Nicole Dayanand completed her LLB degree at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in 2012. She completed her articles and was admitted as an attorney in 2014. Nicole was in private practice for five years and has experience in both High Court and Magistrates Court litigation. Her area of speciality is corporate / commercial law. She joined Probono.Org in January 2019 and is passionate about social justice.
Uzair is the Manager of our Cape Town office. Born and bred in Cape Town, he expressed a keen interest in community upliftment early on in his life and his passion for people and making a difference in the lives of the underprivileged inspired him to pursue a career in law. Uzair obtained an LLB degree from the University of the Western Cape in 2011 and a Postgraduate Certificate in Practical Legal Training from the University of Cape Town in 2012. He served his Articles of Clerkship at Legal Aid South Africa, Cape Town Justice Centre, and was admitted as an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa in December 2013. He has been employed at the Master’s Office and the Office of the Family Advocate which afforded him sound experience in social justice issues.
Asanda hails from Mthatha in the Eastern Cape. She holds a BA degree in Language and Communication from the University of the Western Cape, as well as an Honours Degree in Political Studies. She has worked in the NGO industry for 8 years and is currently studying towards her LLB degree. Asanda has always been passionate about social justice and strives to be a voice for the voiceless by advocating for marginalised people’s rights.
Miss Williams grew up a stone’s throw away from Khayelitsha, a township in Cape Town where the need for social justice has always been particularly prevalent. Very early on in her life she made the decision to pursue a career that would aid the upliftment of our democratic South Africa. She completed her LLB at the University of the Western Cape in 2011 and obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Practical Legal Training from the University of Cape Town in 2012 and was admitted as an attorney and conveyancer in the Western Cape High Court in 2014. Miss Williams worked at Scorpion Legal Protection as a legal advisor and it was there that she realised that while our county is undergoing a transformative transition, there is still much more work to be done. Miss Williams has always been and remains passionate about access to social justice and is determined to be a driving force behind the positive change our country so desperately needs.
Masi’s interest in social justice and effecting transformative change through law prompted him to
join the ProBono.Org team. He started his legal journey at Stellenbosch University where he was an
active member of various human rights organisations. Thereafter, he completed his articles of
clerkship and was admitted as an attorney in 2020. After being retained by his previous employer as
an associate, he gained further experience in Magistrates’ Court and High Court litigation. Motivated
by the needs of marginalised and vulnerable groups, Masi seeks to uphold the spirit of the
Constitution through his work at ProBono.Org.