ProBono.Org joins LexisNexis to support recovery and rebuilding.

Are you a SME that has been impacted by the recent devastating riots and looting?

Do you feel like you are all alone and grappling with the legal ramifications of the riots and looting?

If you have said yes to one of these questions then you are in the right place. LexisNexis South Africa in partnership with is offering free legal resources and a complimentary virtual one-hour consultation with an attorney to Small and mid-size enterprises (SMEs) grappling with the impact of the recent devastating riots and looting.

As a SME you can now get free premium legal advice on a wide array of issues such as those listed below. KwaZulu-Natal Regional Director of ProBono.Org, Shamika Dwarika, said, “During the 10 years that our Durban office has been in existence, we have assisted thousands of the most vulnerable and marginalised members of society. We are therefore very proud to be partnering with LexisNexis SA to assist SMEs as they rebuild. ProBono.Org prides itself on the free, quality legal assistance that we are able to offer through our network of private legal practitioners that undertake pro bono work through us. Our organisation and our legal practitioners are ready and eager to assist and we are confident that SMEs that access the resource portal and avail themselves of the resources and services on offer, will benefit greatly.

Examples legal areas that legal practitioners can assist with

Insurance Advice

  • What is covered by business interruption insurance
  • How to start the claims process
  • How to simplify and shorten the claims process
  • What to do if your claim is repudiated
  • SASRIA’s ability to pay out claims


  • Basic conditions of employment
  • Unemployment insurance and benefits
  • Retrenchments and the LRA if the business has to close or downscale
  • Dismissals and the LRA if an employee was caught looting
  • Discrimination (Promotion of Equality)

Property Law

  • Rental Obligations and Rights

Banking Advice

  • Bridging finance/loans – what is available and pitfalls to look out for
  • How to access low- and medium-cost funding from private/government sources
  • Bank charges in the wake of the destruction of ATMs

Data Protection, Consumer Law and IP Law

  • Guidance on POPIA compliance
  • Guidance on how to simplify contractual terms and conditions and required paperwork for SMMEs that may not have dedicated commercial teams.
  • Data breaches, cyber-crimes and security

Tax Advice

  • Assistance on various remedies available, including:
  1. deferral of the payment of employees’ tax liabilities for tax compliant SMMEs
  2. extension of ETI
  3. deferral of excise duties on alcoholic beverages

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you require legal assistance on

Terms and Conditions:
Consultation with an attorney is not guaranteed - you may be directed to additional resources before this comes available.
Consultations are subjected to the availability of an attorney to assist.
The ability to attend the virtual consultation is the responsibility of the submitter
Any legal guidance/advice offered is between the submitter and respective attorney - LexisNexis and cannot be held accountable
Any legal advice required beyond 1 hour must be negotiated and agreed upon with the respective legal practitioner