Making Quality Legal Services Accessible To All

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About Us

For the majority of people in South Africa access to legal services has become more of an occasional privilege than a right. Many South Africans do not have access to justice as a result of increasing costs, unawareness of existing services, a fear of engaging the formal legal system and, in many cases, the long distances they need to travel to access such assistance.
This is where Masenze-SA comes into the picture. We are a non-profit organisation (NPO) whose key intention is to provide education on socio-economic rights to vulnerable and marginalised communities in an effort to make the law accessible to all, as has been enshrined in the Constitution of South Africa.
We believe in the words of Dr Martin Luther King Jr:
“Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere.”

Our Services

We conduct educational workshops informing communities of their legal and social rights. We specifically focus on basic rights that affect the daily lives of individuals in the community, providing information on areas such as family law, labour law, wills and succession planning and consumer law issues. We are not limited to the list provided and, because of our legal experience and partnership network, are able to accommodate a variety of requests in the area of law and socio-economic rights.

Because awareness and education is not always enough to assist individuals in their pursuit of social justice, we partner with other organisations who hold similar values and beliefs. Through our partnerships we are able to provide an opportunity for persons, wishing to enforce their rights, to engage the formal legal system. In this way we act as a catalyst, together with our partners, to bring about real change in peoples lives.

About

Grace Gichanga

The owner of Masenze-SA, Grace Gichanga, graduated with a Bachelor of Law Degree (LLB) from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2008. It was during her time at Wits, and through her participation in the Street Law Programme and the Wits Law Clinic, that she truly understood the transformation that can come about simply by engaging communities and informing them of their rights.

Grace went on to complete her articles in predominantly corporate commercial law firms where she was exposed to all manners of legal drafting, and was an integral member of the team responsible for the implementation of the bus rapid transit system in Johannesburg. She was later admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa.

Her passion to become a soldier in the fight against injustice was reignited when she started conducting socio-economic awareness training workshops for the cleaning staff (who were predominantly women) in the large organisation where she is employed. Through these interactions she realised that there was indeed a gap in legal and rights-based knowledge resulting in a dire need to bring legal awareness and education to those who are unable to access their rights, irrespective of the circumstance.

Grace’s decision to embark on this new path is founded on the realisation that the rights entrenched in the Constitution may remain rights on paper unless people are made aware of what their rights are and how they may access them.

Contact Masenze-SA

Masenze-SA is an NPO that provides information on socio-economic rights to vulnerable and marginalised communities. We believe in justice for all.

Contact us for more information.

We are based in Johannesburg.

Telephone: Click to view number076 427 6758
Email: Click to view emailgrace@masenze-sa.co.za

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