Sandveld Local Development Agency

The Sandveld Local Development Agency (SALDA) is a registered Not for profit organization established in July 2011. SALDA as it is affectionately known is situated in Graafwater a small rural town along the West Coast 300km from Cape Town. The organization has 5 main focus areas, namely Access to Justice and human rights, farm worker development, Health and HIV/Aids issues, Local economic development and Youth development. The overall objective of the organization it to provide access to justice services to poor and marginalized members of their community and to educate them of their rights. SALDA has in the past worked in partnership with the Black Sash and SCAT as services monitoring partner in the Community Mapping and Appraisal Project between 2011 and 2012. They are also very active participants in various community initiatives such as youth events, community development projects and meetings.  SALDA is one of the established organizations in the Western Cape which was contracted by SCAT to mentor and facilitate workshops for emerging and developing LDAs in the West Coast.

Governance and management

SALDA has a management board consisting of 6 members drawn from the community, i.e.  Chairperson, vice Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, Vice Treasurer and 1 additional member.

Their staff complement is made up of 5 people with Mr Jonathan van der Westhuizen as Office Manager assisted by a Project Coordinator and 3 Project administrators. In addition they have 5 Volunteers who are involved in the various projects.

Main activities of the LDA

The main activities of the organization are:

  • Para legal services to members of their community and surrounding areas.
  • Human rights awareness programs for members of the community and farm workers in the neighbouring farms
  • Local economic development projects
  • Youth development programs and activities
  • Community monitoring programs

 

Highlights, achievements, innovative projects

  • Handled over 500 paralegal cases with 230 of the cases resolved and the balance referred or pending. R17 000 of the clients monies was either recouped or saved through the intervention raging from illegal deductions from their salaries, wages or grants, to unfair dismissals or labour practices and other civil disputes or grievances.
  • Completed 400 questionnaires monitoring the government department services within their community.
  • Assisted 70 individuals with their job applications which were successful.
  • Assisted a client with a civil case regarding a problematic  housing deal in Cape Town and successfully managed to get his R50 000 paid out without the help of a lawyer.
  • Contracted by SCAT as a mentoring and capacity partner in the West Coast for emerging and developing LDAs.