The Johannesburg Office had our first meeting on Thursday 26 May 2022, with the Community Advice Offices (CAOs) we are working with.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the projects for the year ahead, to determine the progress and challenges they experienced, while also engaging in powerful conversations on the justice system as well as it accessibility to victims of gender-based violence.

The CAOs also highlighted evident changes in the legal needs within their communities since the COVID-19 pandemic, stating that community members are in greater need of labour and housing-related legal assistance.

We have seven CAO partners in the Gauteng province. These are meant to be the first points of contact for

community members in need of legal assistance:

1. Human Rights Centre (Dobsonville)

  1. Kempton-Thembisa Advice Centre (Thembisa)
  2. Musawamaswazi Community Organisation (Zola)
  3. Ntsu Community Advice Office (Mabopane)
  4. Human Rights Advice Centre (Orange Farm)
  5. Thusang Morwalo Advice Centre (Kagiso)
  6. Women And The Law Advice Centre-WATLA (Thokoza and Katlehong)

We would also like to congratulate the paralegals who received compliance certificates for report writing.

These certificates are accredited by Imisimbi Training. Well done to Mrs Rita Tladi (WATLA) and Mr Jojo Mashaba (Kempton Thembisa Advice Centre) on their achievements!

We would like to acknowledge the support of the C S Mott Foundation for this project.

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