Children’s Project – training for legal practitioners

By Elsabe Steenhuisen

1. Short dialogues
This year our children’s project is conducting a series of eight two-hour dialogues in four Gauteng regions (Alberton, Roodepoort, Boksburg and Johannesburg) spread over the year. Their aim is to create a platform for recently admitted and young legal practitioners to engage with each other

HCI Foundation Workshop

In Johannesburg on 25 July the HCI Foundation held a well-received workshop for its grantees. The objectives of the day were to share good practices, encourage collaborations, deepen an understanding of monitoring and evaluation, explore fundraising and sustainability and to celebrate and inspire individuals and organisations. The activities included getting

Women’s Day 2019

On 15 August the Johannesburg office held its annual Women’s Day event. 50 Community members came from the Johannesburg area as well as Tembisa, Zola and Dobsonville. Candice Pillay from Hogan Lovells spoke to them about child and spousal maintenance and 30 attorneys, advocates and mediators made themselves available for

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) - Diversity Training Programme for ProBono.Org and law firm affiliates

By Swazi Malinga
ProBono.Org identified the need to sensitise our staff on all aspects of sexual diversity and inclusivity. We engaged Enza, an accredited training provider specialising in gender diversity. The training was offered in three sessions spread over three months.

The programme aimed to sensitise legal practitioners who provide services to

Amnesty International Youth Assembly

By Muchengeti Hwacha, Johannesburg intern.
On 2 August 2019 delegates from 150 countries descended on Johannesburg for Amnesty International’s (AI’s) Annual Global Assembly. This gathering constitutes the organisation’s highest decision making body and befitting the magnitude of the occasion, former Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke gave the keynote address.

AI describes itself

Participation in Africa Month

By Muchengeti Hwacha, Johannesburg Intern.
As an organisation that works to protect and promote the rights of refugees, migrants and asylum seekers, ProBono.Org was invited to join a coalition of civil society organisations in planning events to celebrate Africa Day.

Given the recent xenophobic rhetoric from leaders across the political spectrum and

National Elections - a mediator’s perspective

By Muchengeti Hwacha, Johannesburg intern.
On 8 May 2019 South Africans went to the polls for national and provincial (general) elections for only the sixth time in the democratic Republic’s short 25 year history, and only the fifth time that the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) facilitated the election process. Despite that

Welcome to Cape Town’s 2019 interns

Three interns have recently joined the Cape Town office, made possible by the generous support of the HCI Foundation.




Melissa Engelbrecht
Melissa obtained her LLB degree from the University of the Western Cape in 2018. During her tertiary career she was a member of the Constitutional Literacy and Services Initiative (CLASI),