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

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 structures, 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.

  • A non-partisan, non-profit organization (NPO)
  • Established in 1989 as a pilot project of 5 communities.
  • Initially known as community Law Centre (CLC) and status changed in 1998 when incorporated as Section 21 Non-profit company
  • 1998 name changed to Community Law & Rural Development Centre (CLRDC)
  • Currently support 18 Community Advice Offices (CAO’s)
  • Access to justice
  • Democracy and good governance
  • Enhanced human rights culture
  • Promotion of Gender Equality
  • People-centred and driven development
    • Training of Paralegals and Management Committees;
    • Conducting public educational workshops to raise public awareness of rights and law;
    • Provision of legal services to the indigent clients to resolve their problems;
    • Provide on-site support and monitoring of community-based paralegals’ work;
    • Management and facilitation of projects of specialized nature responding to the specific needs of particular sectors;
    • Publication and development of training materials for capacity building;
    • Partner and network with other organisations to advance social justice to favour the vulnerable groups

Development of an integrated and linked skills development system for civil society (communities) and NPOs To strengthen democracy through promotion of:

  • Good Governance
  • Capacity Building
  • Community Participation
  • Human Rights Awareness
  • Rural Development Support

Our Mission

  • To play a pivotal role in the sustenance of a human rights culture through its multi-pronged education and training programmes.
  • Our projects include Democracy and Good Governance, Access to Justice, Capacity Building for Community Structures, Gender Awareness and Rural Development support.

Objectives

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.
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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 Law & Rural Development Centre

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Our Core Programmes

Paralegal Training

Paralegal Training

and Capacity Building of CAO management committees and leadership structures.

Continued Legal Education

Continuous Training of paralegals

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

Capacity Building

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

Provide legal complaince training for NPOs.

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

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

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

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

Publications Research & Advocacy

Development of educational materials.

Publication and development of training for capacity building and advocacy.

Training of paralegals on SER awareness and the significance of human rights-based approach to development.

MAP: Community Advise Offices