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Our Corporate Social Responsibility programmes range from pro bono legal assistance to taking care of the needs of children, especially those who have been orphaned through AIDS-related deaths in their families.
On 20 and 21 July 2017 CSR@CDH in partnership with Juta hosted a very successful and insightful legal writing training workshop. This was for 16 law students from UJ and Wits that CDH funded through LEAF (Legal Education Advancement Fund).
One of the fundamental reasons for hosting the students is that not only are we assisting them financially but also allowing them an opportunity to improve their legal writing skills. Our commitment in this regard also exemplifies our interest in their growth, and the future of the legal industry.
CDH honoured the legacy of Nelson Mandela by participating in Mandela Day initiatives across our Johannesburg and the Cape Town offices. Each of us can make every day a Mandela Day by choosing to do something sustainable that will help South Africa eradicate poverty and ensure we each realise the ideal of a dignified life. Aligned to this theme of #ActionAgainstPoverty, CDHers created hygiene care packs for the youth at Abraham Kriel Childcare, a registered NPO providing care and skills development for traumatised children and youth in need in the greater Johannesburg area. In Cape Town, similarpacks were delivered to the Homestead Child and Youth Care Centre which provides a daily programme for children living, working and begging on the street. The Centre assists these children to settleinto a routine life by ensuring they get the support they need to transition off and away from the street life.
On Saturday 11 March 2017, 7500 homes in the small township of Imizamo Yethu in Hout Bay, Cape Town, were left homeless after crippling fires swept through the area in the early hours of the morning, destroying thousands of houses in the process. The devastating blaze is said to be one of the largest fires to have ever occurred in the Western Cape. While thousands of people managed to save the little that they have others, unfortunately, lost everything.
A plan of action was formed for the week and within the space of two days, CDH managed to donate boxes of grocery hampers, including blankets, a 5-litre bottle of water and several non-perishable food items to some of the affected families in Imizamo Yethu. In addition to this, special boxes were also donated to the families with babies under the age of three years old.
With the support and leadership of our CEO Brent Williams and Cape Town Managing Partner Gasant Orrie, arrangements were made to make this an ongoing project as opposed to a once-off donation.
Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr hosts CANSA Shavathon to raise funds for CANSA.
The CANSA Shavathon is an outward show of solidarity and support for those affected by cancer. The event also provides vital financial support for CANSA, allowing the association to continue its holistic and integrated fight against cancer.
Spoilt for choice, participants were able to show off their new hairdos. Balloons, shaving, spraying, food sales, fun, laughter and, above all, generosity were the order of the day.
In unison with Madiba's affinity with children, CDHers honoured the Mandela Day initiative by visiting the Masihambisane Day Care and Lerato Laka Day Care Centres in Alexandra. The visits were a fun-filled experience with fervent activity – from face painting, singing and dancing, to having one-to-one encounters with the little ones and handing over the offerings we had for them which consisted of blankets and party packs.
In 2005, CDH sponsored the acquisition and ongoing maintenance of a nine-hectare property adjacent to Sebokeng, with two dwellings, a crèche, staff accommodation and a number of sheds and storerooms. The property predominately provides two foster homes to AIDS orphans in the Sebokeng area. Our staff also support the home regularly with monetary donations, gifts of food, clothing, books, toys and other useful items.
Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr is committed to respecting and promoting the rights entrenched in the Bill of Rights of the Constitution. As a corporate citizen, CDH is committed to facilitating access to justice for the disadvantaged and vulnerable, and providing legal services to NGOs or non-profit organisations.
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We are committed to supporting Ikamva Labantu, a well-respected non-profit organisation whose primary objectives are to redress the damaging effects of South Africa's apartheid past. They work with seniors, orphans and vulnerable children.
Our Cape Town office provides Ikamva Labantu with ongoing pro bono legal assistance, including providing advice on various legal and governance matters, as well as helping with the registration of their properties.
Our support for Bulelani Ku Yehova crèche is inspired by our belief that everything in our community is of the utmost importance, including the wonderful little people at Bulelani Ku Yehova crèche. The crèche looks after over 100 children aged between six months and six years and is located in Delft, Cape Town.
CDH's involvement and passion to assist the community has led to positive change at the crèche.
We assist the Southern African Litigation Centre, which develops legal resources for human rights litigators in countries of Southern Africa, outside South Africa.
We continue to be active in practical legal training in commercial work for black lawyers through the Black Lawyers Association (with the American Bar Association) and through the South African Law Society (with the Irish Law Society).
Chief Executive Officer, Director
Brent Williams has been the Chief Executive Officer/Managing Partner of Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr since April 2011. He is currently in the third year of his second term of office in this capacity. Brent has been responsible for leading Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr’s strategic direction, rebranding, repositioning in the corporate legal services market and the firm’s day to day management since he took office. At the time of his appointment, he was the first black legal professional to be appointed the Managing Partner of a major national corporate law firm in the history of the legal profession in South Africa.brent.williams@cdhlegal.