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The significance of the South African Labour Law Society in its 21st year

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Johannesburg (South Africa) Ludwig Frahm-Arp, Partner in the Fasken Johannesburg Labour, Employment & Human Rights practice group, has been appointed as the new President of South African Society for Labour Law (SASLAW). The appointment was announced at the annual SASLAW conference, a highlight in the labour law community’s calendar each year. The conference was recently held on the 7th and 8th of September 2018, in Cape Town, South Africa.

In the commemorative book Celebrating 20 years of SASLAW, Ludwig reflects on how “the personalities, who have created the history and human tapestry that is SASLAW, have developed and promoted labour law in South Africa. SASLAW has undoubtedly breathed life into the LRA and the practice of labour law in South Africa over the past 20 years”.

He sees SASLAW as a “broad church” where topics chosen for discussion at seminars appeal to the diverse members who are involved in a variety of facets that make up the practice of labour law in South Africa.

A key area of SASLAW is the pro bono work run via SASLAW Pro Bono NPC, which is a non-profit company formed by SASLAW to administer the Pro Bono project in the four Labour Courts in Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. The Pro Bono work is the delivery of legal advice and/or assistance within the professional competence of a legal practitioner to facilitate access to justice for those who otherwise do not have such opportunity.

Clare Fincham, General Manager of SASLAW shares that SASLAW in its 21st year, continues to play a pertinent role, especially due to recently passed legislation and labour law judgments in South Africa. The society continues to grow with the opening of chapters in Limpopo and Nelspruit. Lastly, Clare shares, “It is a Society that gathers together practitioners from all walks of life and from different ideological landscapes, and it is for that reason a dynamic force in the world of employment. Perhaps most importantly, it not only generates conversation and debate in respect of matters of law, it also makes the practice of law accessible to those that need it the most. In that respect, it continues to create history.”


SASLAW is a non-profit organisation with the aim of promoting “the advancement of labour law as a legal and academic discipline, and encourage collaboration between lawyers and other experts within the field of labour law.” SASLAW has over 1300 members in South Africa and membership is made up of judges, advocates, academics, attorneys, candidate attorneys, HR and IR management, government officials, CCMA commissioners, students and employers’ organisations.

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