On Friday, 17 February 2012, ProBono.Org, in association with Fasken Martineau, hosted a successful and interactive workshop on housing related matters.
The awareness of housing matters as a national concern was echoed by the presence of members from the legal profession, grassroots community-based organisations, NGOs and representatives from various government departments .
Reghana Tulk, director of Fasken Martineau’s pro bono department, provided an informative overview of housing law followed by Nomfundo Gobodo from the LRC who discussed the very specific housing related problems arising as a result of South Africa’s unique history. SERI’s Adv. Stuart Wilson then provided his first hand insight into the latest developments in housing case law and dealt specifically with the renowned ‘Blue Moonlight’ judgment that was handed down in the Constitutional Court. Van Gend Botha from Aurecon finished off the workshop by discussing the history and current practicalities arising from the so-called 99 year leasehold system of ownership in South Africa.
Following on from the positive feedback received from the workshop attendees, ProBono.Org intends hosting a series of housing workshops on various topical issues throughout the coming year.
Electronic copies of resource packs and material provided to the attendees can be located on our website.
Should you be interested in assisting with ProBono.Org’s housing related projects and / or if you would like to attend future housing workshops, please contact Sharon Pillay at email@example.com.