Attorneys Development Fund seeks to help more attorneys

April 1st, 2017

Attorneys Development Fund Vice Chairperson Mimie Memka and the newly appointed Chairperson, Nomahlubi Khwinana, at the organisation’s annual general meeting.

By Kgomotso Ramotsho

The incoming Vice Chairperson of the Attorneys Development Fund (ADF), Mimie Memka, said word must be spread that there is an organisation that is available to assist attorneys grow in their career. She said that although the ADF has been in existence for seven years, not many practitioners know that it exists. Ms Memka was speaking at the ADF’s annual general meeting (AGM) held at Emperors Palace in February.

Ms Memka said despite the efforts of board members trying to market the ADF in their respective areas, their efforts have become insufficient. She said that the organisation relied on their partners (ie, the Attorneys Fidelity Fund, Black Lawyers Association, Cape Law Society, Free State Law Society, KwaZulu-Natal Law Society, Law Society of the Northern Provinces and Law Society of South Africa) to point all the newly appointed and older attorneys, who have been in practice and might want to branch out into other areas of law, into the ADF’s direction.

The operational manager of the ADF, Mackenzie Mukansi, said the mission and vision of the organisation is still fairly the same, however, the organisation will have some changes in 2017. He added that there will be engagements with the ADF’s stakeholders to find out what is expected of the organisation, so that the organisation can focus on those specific needs.

Attorneys Development Fund (ADF) operational manger, Mackenzie Mukansi speaking at the organisation’s annual general meeting in February.

Mr Mukansi pointed out that the ADF is a business development organisation and said the organisation’s day to day work includes visiting attorneys that they have helped, to see how they are doing. He added that the organisation had a project where it gave information sessions to attorneys and said the project was held in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape last year with the help of LexisNexis.

Mr Mukansi announced that the next information sessions for attorneys will be held in Mpumalanga and another in Northern KwaZulu-Natal later in the year. Mr Mukansi encouraged attorneys to attend the sessions.

After the AGM adjourned, Nomahlubi Khwinana was elected as the new Chairperson for the ADF, the board members of the organisation include –

  • Ms Memka as Vice Chairperson;
  • Mr Luvuyo Godla;
  • Mr Roland Meyer;
  • Mr Etienne Horn;
  • Mr Gavin McLachlan;
  • Mr Tšiu Vincent Matsepe; and
  • Mr Dave Bennett.

Kgomotso Ramotsho Cert Journ (Boston) Cert Photography (Vega) is the news reporter at De Rebus.

This article was first published in De Rebus in 2017 (April) DR 4.