LegalWise plays a significant role in the social and economic development of South Africans, through the provision of access to justice for all. Guided by the Financial Sector Code of Good Practice on Black Economic Empowerment in terms of Section 9(1) of the B-BBEE Act 53 of 2003, we aim to further support positive transformation within the communities in which we operate through responsible Corporate Social Investment (CSI) practices.


In order to facilitate transformation, LegalWise believes in the power of connecting people and establishing shared value partnerships that ensure a meaningful impact in community development. All this is achieved with the support of the LegalWise management and staff, as well as their Members, who believe in working together to improve the lives of all South Africans.


Approach


LegalWise believes that all people possess the strengths and assets to drive their own development. We believe in a philosophy of starting with what you have and building on what you know and therefore avoid responding only to a community’s needs and deficiencies, where communities are often passive recipients of funding and services and are not motivated to find solutions to their challenges.  We choose rather to focus on building on what people have already done for themselves.  We aim to instil a culture where people recognise both their rights and responsibilities through active citizenship to be the driving force of their own development. 

Examples of LegalWise’s involvement in community building include:

Employee Volunteerism


LegalWise fosters a culture of community engagement among its employees, providing opportunities for participation in community building activities.

  • Give-As-You-Earn Payroll Giving

Each month, employees voluntarily donate funds from their salaries, which are matched on a rand-for-rand basis by the Company. These funds are administered by Charities Aid Foundation Southern Africa (CAFSA) and disbursed bi-annually to Non-profit Organisations chosen by employees - www.cafsouthernafrica.org

  •  Employee Community Service

Employees are afforded opportunities to volunteer their time, skills and talents to strengthen communities through sustained, partnership-driven relationships - https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=mdTObaLaCB4

  • Employee Participation

Employees participate in national events aimed at raising awareness and funds for worthy causes, including the CANSA Shavathon, Casual Day and the 702 Walk the Talk.

Socio-economic development

LegalWise seeks to develop long term partnerships with Non-profit Organisations (NPOs/NGOs) which have the best interests of the community at heart and are willing to share and learn with us in the complex environment of development.

  • Ikhala Trust

LegalWise supports Ikhala Trust in their efforts to provide small grants to community based organisations with the aim of improving livelihoods in rural areas of the Eastern Cape - www.ikhala.org.za 

  • The Message Trust

A long-time CSI partner of LegalWise, The Message Trust works with youth at risk helping them to turn away from lives of gangsterism and crime by providing them with entrepreneurial skills and job opportunities through the Reintegration Programme which receives support from LegalWise -  https://www.message.org.za/prison-entrepreneurship-crime-gangs  

 Consumer Financial Education


Through our financial literacy programmes, which are aligned to the Financial Sector Charter requirements, we aim to increase the levels of knowledge, skills and attitudes of consumers within the areas in which we operate.  This information and instruction enables them to make informed choices that will lead to behaviour change to improve their financial well-being.

  •  My Money My Life

This adult consumer financial education training is provided to employees and communities alike, developing their skills and confidence to become more aware of financial risks and opportunities and to make sound financial decisions in their best interests and that of their families.

  •  Young and Money Wise

Providing children, between the ages of seven and ten years old, with the tools to understand the importance of managing finances from a young age. This interactive, activities-based programme equips learners with a valuable lifelong skill of managing their finances effectively.