The Pro bono Directors are delighted to welcome three students from the University of Toronto to their summer fellowship programme.
The students are:
- Erica McLachlan
- Jasmit de Saffel
- Him Ranjit
The 2019 University of Toronto Summer Fellowship students, Erica McLachlan, Him Ranjit and Jasmit De Saffel from the University of Toronto worked in the Joburg pro bono office twice a week from mid-June until the end of August. They enjoyed their time in South Africa, embraced the project whole heartedly, loved the city, and have found being at the firms very enlightening and interesting. The students have been exposed to the CCMA and other Courts. Thank you to them for their enthusiasm. They will be missed!
The SASLAW Pro Bono NPC project at the South African 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.
About the Project
SASLAW Pro Bono NPC is a non-profit company formed by SASLAW - the SA Society for Labour Law - to administer the Pro Bono project in the four Labour Courts in Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.
SASLAW was started in 1997, and is an association for those individuals who are involved in Labour Law in South Africa. The association has 1400 members, 5 chapters, 6 members of staff and is run by national and chapter committees. The members serve SASLAW and the Pro Bono NPC on a voluntary basis.
SASLAW Pro Bono NPC is committed to the project and its general membership is committed to:
- Assisting unrepresented and indigent litigants in gaining access to justice
- Using their knowledge in the field of Labour Law to perform pro bono work
- Assisting the Labour Court in addressing the backlog in its case-load and facilitating the efficient operation of the various Labour Courts
The project assists the Labour Court with giving South Africans who cannot afford legal assistance, the right to have access to justice, and to receive advice on their labour matters from professional and qualified attorneys in a dignified and respectful manner.
University of Toronto Faculty of Arts & Science partnership
On Wednesday, November 14th, the CIRHR welcomed Shamima Gaibie and Ludwig Frahm-Arp of the South African Society of Labour Law. They spoke to a group of faculty, PhDs and MIRHR students about labour law in South Africa
“Respect for the rule of law and access to Courts of law are two sides of a coin. Respect for the rule of law promotes peace and stability and can only be warranted if the ordinary and the indigent have meaningful access to courts of law. The service provided by SASLAW is therefore indispensable in a community fraught with conflict. The more accessible the courts of law to the ordinary and the indigent guided by experts the more accepting will be the community of the rule of law. SASLAW must therefore be given all the support possible in its attempt to provide that access because industrial peace will and must equate to economic prosperity for the benefit of the nation.”
Basheer Waglay - Judge President, Labour Court and Labour Appeal Court
“The pro bono project is the perfect opportunity to utilise the skills transferred in the profession to assist individuals in need. It assists the pro bono client through the prompt resolution of disputes and gives the client an opportunity to get advice and assistance, which ordinarily will not be available to them. It is further an opportunity to fulfil a fundamental obligation, we as legal practitioners owe to the court. The experience is both intellectually stimulating and benevolent.”
Preshni Govender – PG Attorneys, Johannesburg
"It was a pleasure for us to have worked with SASLAW – Johannesburg and Cape Town in the past year."
Fatima Laher - Pro Bono Manager, Bowman Gilfillan
“Thank you for saving me. I have got my position back and am able to look after my family”
Anonymous pro bono client
The membership of the SASLAW NPC shall be confined to natural persons are members of SASLAW in good standing. Every SASLAW member recorded as such in the SASLAW register on the 1 March of every year are eligible to become a member of the NPC.
Administrators at the Pro Bono Offices:
- Cape Town: Fatima Rustin
- KwaZulu-Natal: Diane Cochran
- Port Elizabeth
The operating hours of the various offices will be as follows:
- Johannesburg: 09h00 t0 14h00 Tuesday,
- Durban: 09h00 to 13h00 Wednesday
- Cape Town: 09h00 to 14h00 Friday
- Port Elizabeth: 09h00 to 12h00 Monday