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

Our mission is to play a pivotal role in the sustenance of a human rights culture through its multi-pronged education and training programmes influenced by the above and it approaches access to justice and redress from a human rights perspective. It projects currently include HIV and AIDS, democracy and good governance, access to equitable justice, capacity building for community structures and gender awareness.

Our Vision

The vision of the CLRDC is to enhance 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 is a former Paralegal and 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 10 years working in the NPO sector.

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

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Our Core Values

Social Environment

Creating a social environment which is conducive and sustains human rights culture at all levels.

Responsible Governance

Developing an awareness and practice of the rule of law, democracy, good and responsible governance based on accountability

Traditional Leadership

Creating an environment where traditional leadership understands human rights, the rule of law and tenets of equality.

Paralegal Training

Facilitating an effective and vibrant paralegal training programme for greater intervention in rural communities where advice offices could be upgraded to one¬stop resource centers

HIV and AIDS Awareness

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

Involvement of Rural Communities

Enhancing the involvement of rural communities through their elected committees in the governing structures of the CLRDC.