Launched in August 2013, the project creates a support system for emerging businesses working to establish themselves. It also allows our commercial lawyers to contribute to the communities we operate in according to their areas of expertise. Since the inception of the project, we have serviced a total of 170 small businesses.
Through our Ishishini Lethu project, we partner with non-profit organizations who can refer clients in need of legal services.
Our partners are
- ProBono.org – partnering with private law firms in the delivery of free legal services
- Enablis – empowering and supporting small business through their entrepreneur development model
- Business Information Centre of South Africa (BICSA) – providing business development support and customised solutions to Soweto’s entrepreneurs
- South African Business Resource Institute (SABRI) – facilitating access to business resources for small and medium enterprises to contribute to their growth, sustainability and, ultimately, create jobs
- Alexandra Chamber of Commerce – A non-profit organisation that serves the small business sector in Alexandra, Johannesburg
- Shape eKasi Entrepreneurs – A nonprofit organisation that develops township entrepreneurs by hosting conferences and other events that provide training, development and access to information and finance
- Technoserve – An international nonprofit organisation that works with enterprising men and women in the developing world to build competitive enterprises in business, industries and on farms
- Adams & Adams – A leading intellectual property (IP) law firm based in South Africa
We consult with the small businesses that qualify for legal assistance at the Ishishini Lethu advice clinic. Here, we have helped small businesses and start-ups – ranging from events coordinators and butcheries, to small manufacturers and gardening services – with a variety of matters.