About Legal Aid South Africa

Legal Aid South Africa was established in 1969 as an independent statutory body to provide South African citizens who may not have the resources to afford the cost of a legal representative, with legal services. The organisation's mandate is to ensure that all South African's have access to justice, with no regard to their social or financial status. As the largest law firm in Africa in terms of the number of lawyers employed, Legal Aid South Africa has distinguished itself by rolling out legal services to the poor and vulnerable, and has become a model for the implementation of legal aid services in the rest of Africa and abroad.

Facts & Figures

Industry Public Sector
Number of employees 2619
Number of active countries 1

The Research

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The employee offerings of Legal Aid South Africa

This is a selection of the Employee Offerings that this company offers to (some of) its employees.

Communication Channels

  • Brainstorming sessions
  • Formal sessions (e.g. one-to-one meetings between employee and manager)
  • Works councils
  • Special access to CEO/Leadership
  • Suggestions box/email
  • Forums/blogs on Intranet
  • Instant messaging
  • Social media
  • Employee surveys
  • Employee website (separate URL)

Learning and development programs

  • Graduate development programmes/traineeships
  • Internship programmes
  • Job rotation programmes
  • International exchange programmes
  • Competency-based training programmes
  • Coaching programmes
  • Mentor programmes
  • Peer support programmes
  • Soft skill training programmes (e.g. feedback, time management, communication)
  • On-the-job training
  • Conferences/congresses/seminars (internal/external)
  • Workshops (internal/external)
  • Online training programmes (always available)
  • 180- and/or 360-degree feedback
  • (Peer) coaching
  • Mentor groups
  • e-Learning (module)
  • Coaching
  • Simulations and learning games
  • Communities of Practice
  • Collaborative Learning Experiences (e.g. Action learning group/Team-based learning)

Compensation and benefits

  • Salaries
  • Variable compensation
  • Pension
  • Training investment
  • Secondary benefits
  • Subsidy Medical Insurance

Flexible Working Conditions

  • Compressed working hours
  • Flexi-time working
  • Time off in lieu (TOIL)/Time-for-time
  • Telecommuting/working from home
  • Reduction in company travel
  • Special leave for parents (above legal requirements)
  • Take your family/child to work day

Networking Activities

  • Sports events (e.g. sports day)
  • Online chat/instant messaging
  • Personal online profile/social media
  • Seasonal social events
  • Special informal sessions with Executive Management

Onboarding Activities

  • Pre-Employment package (after contract is signed)
  • Step-by-step On-boarding programme (hard copy or online)
  • Employee handbook that specifies HR policy and regulations (hard copy or online)
  • Use of internal/external social media (networks) to chat with current employees
  • Meeting with HR to explain procedures
  • Check-in meetings at specific intervals
  • Meeting with manager regarding job role, tasks,expectations
  • A role-specific introductory training programme
  • A buddy is assigned to the new employee
  • A mentor is assigned to the new employee
  • Post-hire assessment
  • Announcement/introduction by management
  • A tour around the organisation
  • Meeting with CEO/Executive Management
  • (Social) Networking events for new employees
  • Internal social media (network) experience sharing
  • Team lunch/dinner
  • Induction course (covering the organisation’s mission,vision, values)
  • Code of Conduct
  • Safety policies and instructions
  • Follow-up session one year after joining

Career and succession management

  • Job rotation
  • Training programme
  • Mentoring
  • Coaching
  • Special assignment
  • Secondment
  • Job enrichment

Secondary benefits

  • Laptop
  • Mobile Telephone
  • Telephone allowance
  • Car/travel allowance
  • On-site parking

Well-being programs

  • Safety programme
  • Stress management
  • Time management
  • Ergonomic support
  • Health & Safety officer/manager
  • Personal support line
  • Employee debt support
  • EAP (Employee Assistance Programme)
  • Preventative Occupational Health programme
  • Confidential adviser
  • Maintaining salary level above legal requirements
  • Maintaining employee contractual rights above legal requirements
  • Occupational Health professional
  • Fitness centre membership subsidy/reimbursement
  • Health screening programme
  • Smoking cessation programme
  • Weight loss programme
  • Wellness programmes
  • Nutritional information programmes