Hi @michaelotto and community,
My apologies for the acronyms.
CMS: Case Management System
RLT: Rural Legal Trust
The Rural Legal Trust (RLT) was established in 2000 as an interim arrangement that would provide free legal services for farm workers, farm dwellers and labour tenants, whilst the then Department of Land Affairs and the then Legal Aid Board were seeking parliament approval to establish such units. The interim period lasted three years through which the three organisations set up a pilot project that would best inform the envisaged model. The pilot also employed paralegals and lawyers who were meant to provide a direct service to above mentioned clientele; these personnel were also to be absorbed into the system. Unfortunately the tripartite arrangement seized to exist when Land Affairs decided not to financially support the pilot; which did not hinder the RLT from continuing to provide legal services to the indigent of South Africa.
RLT established partnerships with land rights organisations in all nine provinces where paralegals, lawyers and fieldworkers were placed to be supported through its re-granting facility. This arrangement continued through 2008 when RLT had to conduct and external evaluation of its intervention programmes. The external evaluation report argued for continuation of its programmes with recommendations that would improve service provision. At least after its strategic planning of 2009 – 2010, the RLT emerged an organisation that continues the provision of legal services to the indigent, enhanced by its people-driven advocacy work.
CWAO: Casual Workers Advice Office
The Casual Workers Advice Office (CWAO) was founded in 2011 as a non-profit, independent organisation. It provides advice and support to workers, privileging casual, contract, labour broker and other precarious workers. The organisation was formed out of the recognition that the traditional labour movement appears incapable or unwilling to organize the new kinds of workers created by neo-liberalism. This recognition also informs the emphasis the CWAO places on precarious workers beginning to organize themselves. The old industrial model of organizing seems unsuitable for precarious workers. Indeed, it seems no longer suitable for traditional industrial workers themselves. The new organizational forms that will take its place will be determined by workers through struggle. It is through organisation that precarious workers will best defend their rights, improve upon those rights, and connect with broader struggles for social justice and an egalitarian society
CCJD: Centre for Community Justice and Development
The Centre for Community Justice and Development (CCJD) is a non-profit organisation which provides fundraising, training, research and other support services to fifteen community-based advice offices in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The offices provide access to justice to rural communities, offering legal advice, mediation, counselling and educational services, and negotiating with service providers on behalf of clients. The main issues addressed are domestic violence, entitlements such as pensions and grants, labour rights and child abuse.