Dordrecht

Dordrecht advice office was established in 1992 to address issues of human rights violation experienced by members of their community. Dordrecht is approximately 72km from Queenstown where members of the community can be able to access legal services.  The advice office was therefore established to make it easy for community members to access justice without having to incur unnecessary expenses. The organization is providing paralegal services and support within Dordrecht and neighbouring farms which are 156 in total. Dordrecht was first funded by SCAT in 1995 and thus makes it one of the longest funded organizations within SCAT.  They have in the past received funding from HIVOS and Rhodes University.

List of Committee member

Dordrecht has a management committee made up of 6 members drawn for the community, i.e. a Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer (Fundraiser) and 2 additional members. They also have a staff compliment of 3, Ms Nomathemba Tsulo as Project Manager assisted by an Administrator and Field worker. 

Main activities of the LDA

The organization’s main activities are:

  • Paralegal services
  • Programs aimed at educating farm workers on their rights as employees
  • Income generating projects in the community

 

Highlights, achievements, innovative projects

Below are some of the highlights of the organization:

  • Saved or recouped close to R190 000 in monies due to their clients emanating from unfair dismissal or unfair labour practices.
  • Facilitated the training of 12 local women in the design and manufacturing of school Tracksuits which are much in demand by local schools in the area.