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Johannesburg

TERESA YATES

NATIONAL DIRECTOR

Teresa Yates has been appointed as the National Director of ProBono.Org. Formely the Deputy National Director of the Legal Resources Centre (LRC).

NOMASWAZI MALINGA

REGIONAL DIRECTOR

Nomaswazi joined ProBono.Org in July 2015 as the staff attorney in the family law department. She finds this role very challenging and looks forward to helping her clients with the assistance of her fellow colleagues.

MPHO MOGODI

STAFF ATTORNEY

After matriculating from King Edward VII High School, Mpho enrolled for a BA at Wits University to major in International Relations and Political Science. He then graduated with an LLB degree from the University of South Africa in 2017.

Mpho’s love for the law stems from wanting to bring about positive change and to advocate against social ills and injustices. He also strongly believes in the value of being of service to others.

In his spare time Mpho enjoys mountain biking, meditating, studying philosophy and trying out Johannesburg’s restaurants. Mpho heads up the housing, deceased estates and refugee department.

MARGARET FISH

OPERATIONS, GRANTS & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

Margaret is from Johannesburg and joined Probono.Org in March 2015, having many years’ experience in communications and events management in both local and international NGOs.

Josephine

PARALEGAL

Josephine’s time as a paralegal at the Legal Resources Centre involved providing legal advice, facilitating and conducting workshops, compiling narrative reports and referring and following up cases. Beyond consulting with clients, she worked directly with the communities in conducting and facilitating workshops around the country.

She also collaborated with a number of community-based and faith-based organisations, among others.

NKULI ZUKE

RECEPTIONIST

Nkuli is ProBono.Org’s receptionist and administrator. She is the first person that clients see when they consult ProBono.Org. She does the initial screening and makes appointments with Pro.Bono.Org’s lawyers and staff.

ELSABE STEENHUISEN

CHILD LAW CONSULTANT

Elsabe has been involved with ProBono.Org since 2011. She volunteered at its Help Desk at Johannesburg Civil Regional Divorce Court (Aug. 2011 – Nov. 2018); consulted part-time on the South and East Rand project (Apr. 2013 – Aug. 2015), and became the part-time consultant for the OCAY (One-Child-a-Year) project (Jul. 2016 to date).

GIVEN MAZIBUKO

 

OFFICE MANAGER

Given joined ProBono.Org as a Financial Administrator in November 2019 and was later promoted to Office Manager when the post became available. Given loves working with people and finds her job both challenging and enjoyable as she interacts with people from all walks of life.

BENITA PAVLICEVIC

HR Consultant (MBA), M.Phil (Applied Ethics)

Zamashandu Mbatha

PARALEGAL

Zamashandu has been appointed as the paralegal working on the undocumented minors and
refugee project. She grew up in Soweto and studied bookkeeping after passing matric. She later
worked as a bank teller and then got an opportunity to work at the Legal Resources Centre as a
Finance Intern. She started taking an interest in the cases at the LRC once she moved to the Human
Resources Department as an assistant. This led to paralegal studies and she began to assist the
attorneys and senior paralegals with running of workshops. Zama looks forward to working at
ProBono.Org,  learning more about the clients and finding the correct legal remedies to assist them.
Welcome Zama.

Karabo Mokgatlhe

INTERN

Khanyisa Molaoa

INTERN

Bontle Singo

INTERN

Durban

SHAMIKA DWARIKA

REGIONAL DIRECTOR

Shamika has practised in commercial legal practices and NGOs in both Durban and Johannesburg. She is a trained facilitator and has also lectured briefly. She has also completed a basic counseling course. She joined ProBono.Org in July 2014.

GUGULETHU MAKHANYA

ADMINISTRATOR

Gugulethu is currently the Administrator at ProBono.Org, Durban. She is currently studying towards her LLB Degree as a part-time student at UNISA. She also holds a Certificate in Business Management. 

SESHNI GOVENDER

STAFF ATTORNEY

Seshni Govender completed her LLB degree in 2014 at the University of KwaZulu Natal. She attended Practical Legal Training, completed her Articles of Clerkship and was admitted as an Attorney in 2016.

NICOLE DAYANAND

STAFF ATTORNEY

Nicole Dayanand completed her LLB degree at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in 2012. She completed her articles and was admitted as an attorney in 2014. Nicole was in private practice for five years and has experience in both High Court and Magistrates Court litigation. Her area of speciality is corporate / commercial law. She joined Probono.Org in January 2020 and is passionate about social justice.

MAYENZIWE KHOZA

INTERN

NTANDOYENKOSI MKIZE

INTERN

Cape Town

UZAIR ADAMS

REGIONAL DIRECTOR

Uzair is the Manager of our Cape Town office. Born and bred in Cape Town, he expressed a keen interest in community upliftment early on in his life and his passion for people and making a difference in the lives of the underprivileged inspired him to pursue a career in law. 

ASANDA CONJWA

ADMINISTRATOR

Asanda hails from Mthatha in the Eastern Cape. She holds a BA degree in Language and Communication from the University of the Western Cape, as well as an Honours Degree in Political Studies.  

NAEELAH WILLIAMS

STAFF ATTORNEY

Naeelah worked at Scorpion Legal Protection as a legal advisor and it was there that she realised that while our county is undergoing a transformative transition, there is still much more work to be done. Naeelah has always been and remains passionate about access to social justice and is determined to be a driving force behind the positive change our country so desperately needs.

MASI NCUBE

STAFF ATTORNEY

Masi’s interest in social justice and effecting transformative change through law prompted him to join the ProBono.Org team. He started his legal journey at Stellenbosch University where he was an
active member of various human rights organisations. Thereafter, he completed his articles of clerkship and was admitted as an attorney in 2020. After being retained by his previous employer as an associate, he gained further experience in Magistrates’ Court and High Court litigation. Motivated by the needs of marginalised and vulnerable groups, Masi seeks to uphold the spirit of the
Constitution through his work at ProBono.Org. 

Nwabisa Sobekwa

INTERN

Our board

Ilan Lax

Ilan Lax

Attorney

Wendel Bloem

Wendel Bloem

Director at Mkhabela Huntley Attorneys

Janet Love

Janet Love

Vice-Chairperson Electoral Commission

Mohamed Randera

Mohamed Randera

Chairperson of ProBono.Org

Khalik Mayet

Khalik Mayet

Discovery Health : Head - Legal Services

Teresa Yates

Teresa Yates

National Director

Sayi Nindi

Sayi Nindi

Director, Malatji & Co Attorneys

Meluleki Nzimande

Meluleki Nzimande

Chief Commissioner, International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa.

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Sayi Nindi and Meluleki Nzimande join the ProBono.Org Board 

 At their meeting in June 2020 the ProBono.Org board resolved to appoint two additional members to the board, Sayi Nindi and Meluleki Nzimande.

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