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