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SASLAW Pro Bono NPC 2014 launched

A write-up by the office of the Deputy Minister of Justice

South African Society for Labour Law (SASLAW) hosted a cocktail party on 4 March 2014 at Saxon Boutique Hotel in Sandton. The prestigious function was to celebrate the launch of the SASLAW Pro Bono Non-Profit Company Project 2014 and raise funds for the project’s activities for the year.

 

The SASLAW Pro Bono NPC Project has assisted 7888 clients at no cost and 926 of matters were taken on by its 227 attorneys in a period of 3 years.

 

One of the Directors of SASLAW Ms Shamima Gaibe expressed that the project has been thriving since its inception in February 2011 through donations and the commitment of its members who provide legal assistance in courts countrywide at no charge.

 

Judge President Waglay of the Johannesburg Labour Court said that the shortage of judges, court rooms and legal representation not only leads to the delays of matters being finalised it also denies citizens access to justice which is one of their most basic rights.

 

He urged legal practitioners and law firms to affiliate with the SASLAW Pro Bono NPC Project by sacrificing one week a year to act in the Labour Court to deal with the increasing number of matters and raising funds that are much needed to keep the project running.

 

Department of Justice and Constitutional Development Deputy Minister Mr John Jeffery delivered a speech on access to justice and the role of stakeholders in the light of the Legal Practice Bill.

He said that although the Legal Practice Bill is one aspect of improving access to justice from the DOJ&CD’s side and its main intention is for lawyers to impart their skills and knowledge on citizens who have no background of legal processes and find it complicated.

 

“The demand of Pro Bono services is ever increasing. If we have more legal practitioners rendering such services, it will make a significant contribution to the improvement of access to justice.”  The Deputy Minister of DOJ&CD concluded.

SASLAW Pro Bono NPC launch

Who we are

 

SASLAW Pro Bono NPC is a non-profit company formed by SASLAW to administer the Pro Bono project in the four Labour Courts in Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.

Our Mission

 

The SASLAW pro bono project at the Labour Courts serves to deliver a quality advisory service and defined Labour law legal services to those who otherwise do not have access to justice.

Contact us

 

P.O. Box 4858, Cresta, 2118

 

Phone: 011 431 1237

Directors: Richard Maddern, Nick Robb, Shamima Gaibie, Ludwig Frahm-Arp, Ebrahiem Abrahams, Michael Yeats   |   NPC Registration number: 2013/192122/08