BLACK ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT

Motla Conradie is rated as a Level 1 Black Empowerment Contributor. Motla Conradie complies fully with the requirements of the Black Economic Empowerment Act. In terms of ownership, 66,7% of the shares in the firm belongs to its black shareholders.

100% of the shares are owned by women and 66.67% of the shares are owned by black women which also qualifies the firm as a black women owned enterprise.

We further go out of our way to procure our goods and services in compliance with the Act.

EMPLOYMENT EQUITY

We subscribe to the Employment Equity Act and have compiled an Employment Equity plan for the firm. The firm takes members of previously disadvantaged communities into account when new positions are advertised and appointments are made.

While token appointments are avoided at all costs, high priority is given to the development and empowerment of staff from the previously disadvantaged communities. The firm also actively invests in training to assist its employees to fill their positions effectively.

STAFF MEMBERS

Although we prefer not to classify our staff according to race we do so for the purpose of presenting an accurate profile of the firm.

The following table illustrates the composition of the firm’s staff

PROFESSIONAL STAFF SECRETARIAL & SUPPORT STAFF
MALE FEMALE MALE FEMALE
BLACK 2 2 7
WHITE 3 4

The firm strives toward service excellence. All appointments and promotions are based on merit and potential.

SKILLS TRANSFER

It is generally our policy to empower our client's legal division by:

1. bringing to their attention new and revised legal developments which affect their business;

2. inviting the relevant employees of our clients to our offices to update them on new legal developments;

3. inviting the relevant employees of our clients on introduction visits to the offices of the State e.g. Deeds Office, Magistrate Court, High Court, Master of Supreme Court, etc.

SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

The firm has a Skills Development Plan, which dates back to the Firm’s inception in 1997, and which includes the following:

~ The firm has trained five black conveyancing typists and two black litigation typists.

~ The firm runs an internship program for the training of black legal typists. At least two candidates are annually offered this opportunity.

~ The firm has trained five black female attorneys, one of which has specialised as a conveyancer and has her own firm, and another who manages her own legal cost consultancy.

~ Two former domestic workers, in whom the firm recognized the potential, were trained as senior legal typists.

~ The firm also contributes to the education and development of staff members. Presently two staff members are enrolled for degrees. Another staff member is enrolled for Adult Basic Education and Training. The firm provides financial assistance as well as study leave towards these endeavors.

~ In addition professional, as well as secretarial and support staff are sent on courses to further their training and bridge the gap in skills and development in order to ensure the highest possible levels of competence.

~ The firm is often consulted by other law firms regarding the development of their employment equity and Skills Development Plan.

~ The firm also often takes in staff as interns for training from various clients at no cost.

~ Some of the firm's attorneys participate in the L.E.A.D. Mentorship Program of the Law Society of South Africa, a volunteer program for the mentoring of aspiring attorneys.