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We believe in investing in our communities. CDH is involved in various pro bono and corporate social responsibility initiatives that we believe will have a positive contribution to South Africa now as well as in the future.

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Women's Day

In honour of Women's Month, CSR@CDH hosted several UJ, Wits, UCT and UWC female law students for breakfast. The selection criteria for the students: excelling female law students from previously disadvantaged backgrounds that are currently in their 2nd or 3rd year of their studies. 

The purpose of the gathering was for the students to be inspired by those paving the way for them. The round table discussion touched on various topical elements such as career, social and personal development.  The students posed questions and engaged with CDH's young female lawyers who shared their journeys to 'becoming" the multi-faceted women they are today. The theme of the breakfast was "Becoming" and drew inspiration from Maya Angelou's quote "We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty". 

Mandela Day

On 18 July 2018, which would have been Tata Madiba's 100th birthday, the CDH community came together to show their united support Madiba's most cherished cause: the education of South Africa's children.

The Cape Town office partnered with the Just Grace non-profit organisation to help them to collect stationary for students at Isilimela Secondary School and Langa High School both situated in Langa. 

The Johannesburg colleagues also whipped up stationery packs for each pupil of Riversands Primary, a school on the outskirts of Diesploot educating pupils from Grade R to Grade 7.  Behind the scenes soccer balls were ready to be given to each class in the spirit of the 2018 World Cup, together with books for the school library, that had been generously donated by our colleagues.

CDH Winter Drive

CSR@CDH with the help of our active Candidate Attorneys, ran various winter drives in both offices to assist all those in need. When we feel the bite of the winter cold in the air most of us curl up with a blanket and warm food. But this is an unknown luxury for far too many South Africans.

The Joburg office partnered with Andries Snyman Old Age Home in Pretoria and Itlokomeleng Old Age Home in Alex by donating quality blankets, whilst the Cape Town office partnered with Journey of Enrichment ("JOEs") to donate blankets and feed the hungry with a hearty soup.

Legal Writing Training Programme

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.

Hout Bay | Imizamo Yethu

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.

The CANSA Shavathon

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.

Come Together Children's Home

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.

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, CDH is committed to facilitating access to justice for the disadvantaged and vulnerable, and providing legal services to NGOs or non-profit organisations.

Click here to read more about CDH's dedicated Pro Bono and Human Rights practice.

Ikamva Labantu

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.

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.

CDH's involvement and passion to assist the community has led to positive change at the crèche.

Skills Development

CDH invests in its people and in the community at large. One of the ways it does this is through Skills Development initiatives that make a difference.

Annually the firm welcomes candidate attorneys from smaller Black-owned firms into its in house Practical Legal Training course at no cost to the firms or the candidates. In 2018, CDH also hosted a Practice Management Course for attorneys struggling to obtain their Fidelity Fund certificates. This was hosted in association with the Black Lawyers Association and Legal Education and Development.

In support of people living with disabilities, CDH sponsors the learnerships of deaf learners through its contributions to eDeaf. CDH recruits candidates from eDeaf for projects in the operations of the business so that they receive practical experience in a corporate environment.

Each year CDH provides funding to universities for the purpose of the provision of bursaries to deserving students in need. The CDH LEAF (Legal Education Advancement Fund) as it is called has run for three years and the aim is to bolster access to the legal profession for designated groups at a rate that is faster than we can achieve by employing candidates directly.

Corporate Responsibility Committee Members

  • Brent Williams
    Brent Williams Chief Executive Officer, Director
  • Daleen Botha
    Daleen Botha Financial Services Clerk
  • Eskal Burger
    Eskal Burger Chief Financial Officer
  • Heidi de Wet
    Heidi de Wet Marketing and Events Specialist
  • Jacquie Cassette
    Jacquie Cassette National Practice Head, Director
  • Justine Krige
    Justine Krige Director
  • Lungile Gosa
    Lungile Gosa Marketing Coordinator
  • Michelle Preiss
    Michelle Preiss Head of Marketing and Communications
  • Susan Meyer
    Susan Meyer Director
  • Tasneem Johaadien
    Tasneem Johaadien HR Manager
  • Tracy Cohen
    Tracy Cohen Director, Business Development
  • Zola Mcaciso
    Zola Mcaciso Associate