Adelaide Legal Advice

The Adelaide Advice office is a registered NPO established in 1984 by local human rights activists in order to assist people in their community who were victims of inequality and discrimination. The advice office is located in Adelaide a very small rural town in the Eastern Cape approximately 123 km from King Williamstown and almost 200 km from East London. Post 1994 the organization became a fully fledged advice office with the main objective of providing paralegal services to people with limited access to justice, promote and protect the right of the poor and marginalized, to support and educate people of the rights and to do advocacy work for people affected and infected with HIV/Aids.  In addition the office as well conducts programs aimed at empowering the youth to be economically active members of society. Adelaide is well known for mobilizing its community to get SA Social Security Agency (SASSA) to reopen an office for their community. They as well have participated in the Community Mapping and Appraisal Program (CMAP) as a government services monitoring organization in their community.  Adelaide is one of SCAT’s longest funded partner organization

Governance and management

Their governance structure is made up of 10 committee members made up of a Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary, Vice secretary, Treasurer, Vice Treasurer and 4 additional members.

They have a staff complement of 4 with 5 Volunteers. Ms Patricia de Lange is the Project Coordinator assisted by two 3 program managers who each are responsible for their various programs. 

Main activities of the LDA

The organisation’s main activities are:

  • Para legal services, i.e. labour related concerns and disputes, human rights violation, Land Access cases, etc.
  • Consumers Rights awareness programs
  • Advocacy, awareness and support for people infected and affected by HIV and Aids
  • Victim Empowerment programs with a specific focus on children
  • Programs dealing with issues affecting foreigners, refugees and asylum seekers

Highlights, achievements, innovative projects

Below are some of the major highlights of the organisations:

  • They were very instrumental in mobilising their community against what they saw as SASSA denying their community to access to justice by refusing to reopen a satellite office for their community members. The office was finally reopened in 2014 and is servicing the needs of the people of Adelaide and surrounding areas.
  • Adelaide was also one of the organisations in The Eastern Cape that played a big role in the case against illegal deduction of airtime, policies premium, electricity amounts from the social grants payments without the consent of the grant recipients.
  •  During the height of xenophobic attacks against foreigners in the Eastern Cape, the office engaged with process that encouraged dialogue between local community members and foreigners in their community. These dialogues with support EU Migrant, Asylum seekers and Migrant program facilitated by SCAT and other partners helped ease tensions between warring parties.
  • Participated in Making all Voices heard program in partnership with the Black Sash
  • The office has an income generation program in the form of a poultry farming project which is the only one providing fresh chicken to the local small businesses and community members.