Erica-EmdonErica Emdon

National Director

The national director is an attorney and development law specialist, having been involved in government policy formulation. She worked for three years as the women’s rights and child justice co-ordinator at ProBono.Org before moving into advancement. She became the National Director on 1 January 2013. Erica is a published author.

 

Nomaswazi Malinga

Staff Attorney

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.

Margaret-FishMargaret  Fish

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.

 

Phumzile Ngenelwa

Office Manager

Phumi was the administrator for a commercial law firm before joining ProBono.Org in 2008. She manages the company’s statistics reports, updates the information management system and the database of clients, attorneys, legal practitioners and media. She also performs a variety of duties to ensure the efficient administration of Probono.Org.

 

Nkuli-ZukeNkuli Zuke

Receptionist

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.

Tshenolo Masha

Paralegal

Tshenolo joined ProBono.Org on 1 April 2015. She obtained a Diploma in Paralegal Studies at the then RAU (now UJ) Law Clinic in 2008 and then volunteered at the Tembisa Justice Centre before joining the Alexandra Justice Centre as a Paralegal. Tshenolo is passionate about public education and empowering communities in aspects of the law.

Lorraine Mashaba

Data Capturer

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUR INTERNS

Nolia Langa

Born and raised in Johannesburg, Nolia Langa is an LLB student at the University of South Africa (UNISA). She has always shown an interest in the legal field, particularly in enviromental, commercial and family law. She was a volunteer at our ProBono.Org help desk in the Master’s office in August 2016, where she gained exposure to deceased estates. She aims to use what she has learnt to bring the law to those that would otherwise not have the means to do so. Having now been appointed as a legal intern she is excited to gain experience and exposure to different spheres of our law.

Koketso Molotsi

Koketso Molotsi is completing her LLB with the University of South Africa (UNISA). Her relationship with Probono.Org began when she was a volunteer for five months assisting with the legal clinics. Her interests in law are labour law, deceased estates and conveyancing. She is looking forward to growing in the profession through the work she will be doing for the organisation.

Lesego Vakalisa

Lesego Vakalisa is currently a fourth year UNISA LLB student. She joined Probono.Org as a volunteer in February 2016 prior to becoming an intern. The areas of work that interest her are medical negligence, police brutality, family and public law, as well as working with children, mental health care users and helping marginalised individuals to realise social justice.

Masechaba Modise

Masechaba Modise is an LLB graduate from the University of South Africa. Before joining ProBono.Org, she was a legal adviser at the Legal Exchange Corporation. In the future she would like to open her own conveyancing and notary firm in Soweto.

 

Shamika-DwarikaShamika Dwarika

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.

 

 

 

STAFF ATTORNEYS

Petrina-ChettyPetrina Chetty

Petrina completed her LLB and LLM (Labour Studies) Degrees at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. After completing her Articles of Clerkship, she was admitted as an Attorney in 2013. She started working at ProBono.Org in August 2014. Her main areas of focus at ProBono.Org are Family Law/Divorce and Refugee law.

  

Gugulethu-MakhanyaGugulethu Makhanya

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.

 

TrishaTrisha Dhoda

Trisha has an LLB from UKZN and was admitted as an attorney in 2012. She practised as a professional assistant for over a year, and then worked as a legal advisor at Scorpion Legal Protection. This helped her realise that social justice is of special interest to her and she looks forward to assisting many clients in need. Trisha facilitates the Consumer, Housing and Masters Office help desks.


DURBAN INTERNS

Welile Mtolo

Welile joined Probono.Org in January 2017. She obtained her LLB Degree at the University of KwaZulu Natal (PMB campus). Welile is eager to learn and finds that interning at ProBono.Org has taught her so much, despite only being here for a few months. She enjoys refugee and labour law.

 

Nolwazi Mathebula

Nolwazi completed her LLB studies at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2016. She started working for ProBono.Org in February 2017. Her interests lie in all aspects of property law. She is particularly interested in housing rights and is passionate about the realisation of these rights as an end to achieving social justice. She wishes to pursue a masters degree in this field in the near future.

Zandile Nxumalo

Sinenhlanhla Zandile Nxumalo is from Ingwavuma, KZN. She completed her degree at the University of Zululand and joined ProBono.Org in Janaury 2017. Her interest areas are labour law, conveyancing and family law. She is looking forward to growing in the profession through the work that she will be doing at ProBono.Org.

Uzair Adams

Manager

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-ConjwaAsanda Conjwa

Administrator

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.

Naeelah Williams

Staff Attorney

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.

 

OUR INTERNS

Ellen Boriwondo

Ellen Boriwondo holds a BSoc.Sci and an LLB Degree from the University of Cape Town. She is currently studying towards an LLM in Human Rights Law at UCT, with future plans to do a PhD. She has a background in refugee matters and has volunteered at the UCT Refugee Rights Unit. Ellen is a Zimbabwean national who strives to use the law to come to the aid of under-privileged locals and foreign nationals in need of legal assistance. ProBono.Org provides her with a platform to assist communities in accessing justice, which remains a challenge across South Africa.