Organisational Overview

CLRDC has for more than the last two decades, provided true, reliable and unbiased information to rural communities, its primary beneficiaries, and continues to be a welcome source of information to rural citizens. The analysis of information obtained from communities has helped the CLRDC to shape its programmes to meet the needs of rural communities.

Working under the jurisdiction of AmaKhosi (Traditional Leaders), when it started, and now with the elected government institutions, the CLRDC’s good relationship with most community leadership structures opened doors for paralegals to work without obstacles, intimidation and in relative security, and most of our offices are hosted in the traditional courts and administrative structures.

CLRDC’s strength and its pride lie in its successful model of establishing and sustaining a network of its CAOs.

Our Mission

To play a pivotal role in the sustenance of democracy and a human rights culture through its multi-pronged education, training and development programmes. Its projects include access to justice, human rights, democracy and good governance, capacity building for Community-based Structures, gender awareness and rural development support.


To promote sustainable rural community development, access to justice, democracy, good governance and the rule of law and human rights awareness and education for rural communities, by establishing and supporting community-based advice offices in rural areas, and by education and training of Paralegals to staff such offices; building capacity for local community leadership to advocate for social change

Our Vision

Enhanced rural communities’ capacity to use human rights, law and democratic values to advance their socio-economic and justice aspirations for improved quality of life

how can we help you?

Contact us at the CLRDC office nearest to you or submit a business inquiry online.

Mr Sithole is an Executive Director of Community Law and Rural Development Centre and Ex-officio member of the Board, as its Secretary. He has been the helm of the organisation from 1 July 2012. Mr Sithole holds a Masters Degree in Social Science from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and has led a number of projects as a Co-ordinator. He has more than 20 years working in the NPO sector.

Mr. Sandile Sithole
Executive Director, Community Legal & Rural Development Centre

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Our Core Values

Paralegal Training

Continuous Training of paralegals and Capacity Building of CAO management committees and leadership structures.

Provide on-site support and monitoring of community-based paralegals’ work.

Continued Legal Education

Provision of legal services to the indigent clients to resolve their problems.

Provide legal compliance training for NPOs.

Capacity Building

Conducting public educational workshops to raise public awareness of basic human rights and law.

Participate in the training of election observers through partnerships with other stakeholders in the Civil Society sector.

Partnerships & Networks

Partner and network with other organisations to influence policy changes to favour the vulnerable groups.

Development of an integrated and linked skills development system for civil society (communities) and NPO.

Community Outreach

Management and facilitation of project of specialised nature responding to the needs of the communities served.

Publication and development of training materials for capacity building and advocacy.

Publications Research & Advocacy

Training of paralegals on HIV and AIDS awareness and the significance of a human rights approach to HIV and AIDS.

MAP: Community Advise Offices