How we support our communities
At Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, we believe in living our core values and investing in our communities. We strive to make a meaningful difference within the communities where we live and do business.
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.
Bulelani Ku Yehova Creche
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. When Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr initially started supporting the crèche, its premises consisted of two temporary structures that housed the children in all weather conditions. They had no running water, toilets or electricity.
Since then, Bulelani crèche has undergone many significant miraculous changes and the crèche has now moved into new permanent buildings.
Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr's first official contribution was assisting Maria, with committing our legal skills and knowledge, in setting up a trust through which she can operate the crèche and raise funds to continue her good work. We further assisted the Bulelani crèche in its successful registration as a Public Benefit Organisation.
Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr will continue to assist adhoc in renovating the classroom floors, adding to the teaching aids, toys, tables, chairs, and mattresses at the crèche and in rewarding the teachers for their great service at the end of the year.
Come Together Children's Home
In 2005, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr 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.
It also serves as the base from which caregivers go out on a daily basis into the townships and veld to feed, clothe and generally care for and assist orphans in child, relative or friend-headed families. Children in need of special care are also brought on to the property and cared for until they can go back into their community. Weekends are special occasions when all the children, whether orphans or not, 'come together' at the property, and special activities are arranged for them.
The home has opened its facilities to the wider community, as and when the community needs it. It provides a crèche with three classrooms, and the space and training for a sewing group and market gardeners. These grass-root nodes of development will increase and change, in response to the community's requirements.
While the firm supports the home regularly with major capital acquisitions, such as a vehicle, our staff support the home regularly with monetary donations, gifts of food, clothing, books, toys and other useful items. Download the Come Together Brochure (PDF, 1.3 MB)
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.
Established in 1963, Ikamva Labantu helps build communities by connecting with leaders, teachers and guardians who are already committed to supporting and uplifting those around them. This is achieved through providing training, teaching and support. Ikamva Labantu works with seniors, orphans and vulnerable children; in the fields of early childhood development and primary healthcare and also runs and facilitates projects in townships across Cape Town.
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.
We assist the Southern African Litigation Centre, which develops legal resources for human rights litigators in countries of Southern Africa, outside South Africa. We take on human rights litigation or work where there are cogent reasons to do so and we have the resources to service the need.
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). We will also be participating in the mentorship programme being established by the South African Law Society for black practitioners in the corporate and commercial field.
We are more generally involved in public interest law through the distribution of applications for help by Probono.Org, a public interest law clearing house established to serve this function by the major firms in Johannesburg, the organisational overheads of which are sponsored by Atlantic Philanthropies.
We have a twinning arrangement with the Legal Resources Centre (LRC), the largest national public interest legal services NGO, in which we provide professional services in areas that are not part of the LRC's service offering, including corporate structuring and corporate law, commercial law and property law.
Pro Bono Legal Assistance
Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr is committed to respecting and promoting the rights entrenched in the Bill of Rights of the Constitution. As a corporate citizen, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr is committed to facilitating access to justice for the disadvantaged and vulnerable, and providing legal services to NGOs or non-profit organisations.
The CANSA Shavathon
2014 marked our 11th annual Shavathon which was a festive occasion affording employees from both our offices the opportunity to show solidarity with people affected by cancer. Balloons, shaving, spraying, food sales, fun, laughter and, above all, generosity were the order of the day. Over R32, 000 was raised by our Johannesburg office alone and the event continues to be an on-going success greatly anticipated by all.
Nelson Mandela Day Programmes
The 18th of July 2014 marked our first Mandela Day since the passing of Madiba.
In the spirit of teh day and in honour of the legacy of the father of our nation, employees from our Johannesburg Office put on their overalls and spent the day at Kgodisong Day Care Centre in Alexandra revamping their classrooms. Stationery and educational toys collected in a firm-wide drive were also donated on the day. The drive also raised a grand total of R11,609, which went towards providing the centre with food vouchers and other necessities.
In our Cape Town Office, the first year Candidate Attorneys organised a raffle to raise funds for the purchase of goods such as facecloths, soaps, toothbrushes, toothpastes, toys and sweets. Employees spent their 67 minutes putting together a total of 170 care packages.
The care packages were donated to the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital. The Friends of the Children's Hospital Association (FOCHA) is an organisation based at the hospital and takes responsibility for the distribution of all donations received.
Mr Stephens, Executive Director of FOCHA said, "Thank you for thinking of our children and showing them such kindness in true Madiba spirit. Your generosity and compassion will bring many smiles of joy to many little children."