ProBono.Org is a dynamic NGO that works with the private legal profession to provide pro bono legal services to the poor.
We harness the enormous skill, might and strength of the South African private legal fraternity to cases and clients that we identify. Our existence is a response to the lack of access to justice for people in South African who are unable to pay for their own private legal representation.Section 34 of our Constitution, giving everyone the right to have any dispute resolved by the application of law decided in a fair public hearing before a court, or… another independent and impartial tribunal or forum, has no meaning whatsoever, if a person is unable to afford representation. ProBono.Org has as its goal, the creation of sufficient free legal representation for all who need it.
Welcome to our 2019 Joburg interns
We are very pleased to be able to report that our 2018 interns were all offered articles with law firms and with Legal Aid South Africa.
Here are the new intakes for 2019 together with volunteer Zandi Mahlangu. We hope they have a rewarding and interesting time with us and
Human Rights Festival 2019
By Margaret Fish
Over four days from 21 to 24 March the festival included poetry, art exhibitions, a film festival, the social forum, activism row, a music evening and We the People walks on the Sunday. In addition, there was a marquee with food stalls and a market where creatives sold
The Family House Project – forward we go!
By Tshenolo Masha
Our collaboration with Dr Maxim Bolt (University of Birmingham and the UK Social Research Council) on the Family House concept continues.
Following the launch of the Position Paper in July 2018, a public consultation was held to get feedback on the research from members of the public. The input
The importance of estate planning and having a will in place
By Naeelah Williams, Cape Town
Estate planning can be defined as planning and preparing for the transfer of a person’s assets upon death. Policies, pension funds, immovable and movable property all form part of one’s deceased estate. However, so does one’s debts and liabilities.
This article aims to amplify the significance of
Section 17 of the Consumer Protection Act, the lacuna
By Sanele Zondi, Durban Intern
The Consumer Protection Act, 68 of 2008 (“the Act”), is one of the most important pieces of legislation for the indigent. The purpose of the Act as per section 3(1) is to promote and advance the economic and social welfare of the consumer by providing the
Reflections from our Interns
We asked our interns to give us feedback on their experiences at ProBono.Org. Here is what some of them had to say:
I joined the Joburg office of ProBono.Org as an intern on 15 January 2018. I am working under the supervision of the head of the Family Law, Labour
Commemoration of International Human Rights Day
By Shamika Dwarika
ProBono.Org (Durban), in partnership with the SA Human Rights Commission and The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, hosted an event to commemorate International Human Rights Day.
The event was held on 10 December 2018 at the University of KwaZulu Natal, Durban and was open to all legal practitioners
Unlawful Property Sales and Illegal Evictions by “Agents”
By Zunaid Latief, Cape Town intern
In South Africa the conventional purchase and sale of immovable property is administered by registered estate agents who analyse the property market, accompany clients to property sites, discuss and advise on conditions of sale and prepare agreements of purchase and sale between buyers and sellers.
Dialogue on Mandela the Lawyer
In collaboration with the Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF), ProBono.Org held a dialogue on Nelson Mandela the legal practitioner on 11 October to mark the centenary of Madiba’s birth.
The conversation was the first of several planned to start a conversation about the importance of pro bono work and the ethics and
The Open Society Foundation in SA turns 25
On 29 and 30 November ProBono. Org attended the 25th anniversary of the Open Society Foundation for South Africa (OSF-SA), which opened offices in 1993. However, founder George Soros had already been engaged in South Africa since 1979 when he launched a scholarship programme for black students to study at