Comprises women lawyers who are leaders in the field of Practice, Corporate Sector, and Government. The panel shall adjudicate on the nominations received and finalise its decision by 15th MAY 2019.
HLALELENI KATHLEEN MATOLO-DLEPU
Compliance, Conveyancing, Housing Developments, Municipal Law, Administrative Law, Public Law, Procurement, Labour, Litigation and Business Rescue Practitioner
MOLEFE DLEPU INCORPORATED
Director | 1996 – Present
Molefe Dlepu Incorporated is a 95% black-woman owned firm with at least 85% of the staff being women and 6 candidate attorneys. Molefe Dlepu is determined to be South Africa’s prime independent legal services provider.
Awards & Acknowledgements
Admitted as an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa – 1989
Admitted as a Conveyancer of the High Court of South Africa – 1994
Admitted as a Notary Public of the High Court of South Africa – 2018
She served as a former non-executive director for the National Home Builders Regulation Council, current Gauteng Legislature Services Board and current Attorneys Indemnity Insurance Fund.
She served as both the National General Secretary and Vice President of the Black Lawyers Association.
She was appointed as the Chairperson of the Policy and Compliance Committee of the Attorneys Fidelity Fund.
She served as the Co-Chairperson of the Law Society of South Africa
She was a Chairperson of the Gender and Transformation Committee of the Law Society and National Coordinator of the Women’s Desk of the Black Lawyers Association.
She is the current Chairperson of the National Legal Practice.
Member of the Transformation, HR & Finance and Risk & Compliance Committees of the Legal Practice Council
Ncumisa Nongogo holds B. Juris and LLB degrees from the University of Transkei ( now WSU) and University of Natal ( now UKZN) respectively. Admitted as an attorney in 1997 and has been practising for her own account as partner and then director at Malusi and Company attorneys in East London since 2004.
In 2007 she was admitted as a Conveyancer.
She runs a general practice covering most areas of the law. She is passionate about access to the profession by women, the training and mentoring of young lawyers. She has been an instructor at LEAD for over 10 years.
She has also been involved in the governance structures of the legal profession and was the vice president of the Cape Law Society , until it ceased to exist with the establishment of the Legal Practice Council . She is also a member of the national executive committee of the National Association of Democratic Lawyers. She is also an active member of the South African Women Lawyers Association whose objectives are to facilitate full participation of women in the legal profession. She always participates in the access to justice activities by providing free legal services to communities in our rural communities of the Eastern Cape.
She is also as a trustee of the PPS Holdings Trust , a position to which she was nominated by the legal profession. Also a chairperson of the Alfred NzoDistrict Municipal Planning Tribunal.
Sashi Nchito Kateka
Sashi Nchito Kateka is a Senior Associate at Nchito and Nchito a leading full service law firm in Lusaka, Zambia. Sashi holds a Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB) from the University of Zambia and is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Sashi was admitted to the Zambian Bar in April, 2005 immediately after which she joined the firm. Sashi is a trial advocate and transactional lawyer, advising and representing local and international corporations in various commercial transactions. Her experience spans competition law, labour law, pensions and corporate and commercial. As a seasoned litigator, Sashi represents both local and international corporations in mainly commercial and labour related disputes before all superior courts of Zambia
Sashi is the immediate past Honorary Secretary of the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) after having served as an ordinary Council Member from 2013 to 2016. During her term of office, Sashi was instrumental in the Mentorship Programme which aimed at guiding and nurturing young lawyers in the profession. Sashi is also a Council Member of the SADC Lawyers Association (SADCLA) and is currently the Treasurer of the Association.
Sashi is also passionate about the advancement of women lawyers and was a member of the organising committee for the International Bar Association Women’s Business Initiative Conference held in Livingstone Zambia in April, 2015. Sashi also participated in the Senior Women Lawyers Leadership Program organised by the Law Society of South Africa Legal Education and Development in August, and October, 2015.Sashi has continued to participate in other activities aimed at advancement of female lawyers.
As part of giving back to the community, Sashi serves pro bono as a member of the Board of Directors for Zambia Health Education and Communications Trust, a non-governmental organisation which aims to reach the Zambian population and affect social behaviour change in HIV prevention and treatment.
Rebotile Bopape started her legal career as a Candidate Attorney at Webber Wentzel Attorneys in 2003. She worked in the Telecommunications and Broadcasting Department and practiced as an expert in telecommunications, broadcasting and entertainment law.
In line with her career plans, she moved to a corporate environment in 2009 when she was appointed as Legal Counsel for MultiChoice (South Africa). In 2013, she was appointed as the General Manager of Legal for MultiChoice Africa, Southern Africa Region and was responsible for setting up the legal department for the Region.
In 2015, Rebotile was announced as one of the Top 100 Corporate Counsel in Africa by The Legal 500, and her team was included in the list of the Top 500 In-house Legal Teams in Africa
She holds an LLB Degree, a Postgraduate Diploma in Cyber Law and a certificate in Advanced Broadcasting Law. She completed a Management Advancement Programme with WITS Business School in 2010, a Women in Leadership Programme with GIBS in 2013 and is currently in her second year of studies for her Masters in Business Administration degree. In addition, she has completed a number of other managerial and legal courses to further her knowledge and enhance her expertise.
One of her best traits is her interpersonal skills. She has a facilitating nature and is able to bring different people together.
She has appeared as a guest speaker and facilitator at numerous workshops organised for the legal fraternity.
Stephanie holds a B.A. from the University of Western Ontario, Certificate en francais langue seconde from Universite Laval, LL.B. from the University of Ottawa and LL.M. from Columbia Law School.
Stephanie is an Associate General Counsel responsible for Shell’s Downstream business in India, Pakistan, Egypt, Oman, Spain, Italy, Turkey and South Africa. She has previously held the roles of lead counsel for Shell’s Retail business globally and Head of Legal for South Africa. Stephanie joined Shell in South Africa in 1999. Prior to joining Shell, Stephanie was a commercial litigation lawyer in the Toronto office of Fasken Martineau.
Stephanie is passionate about purpose and driving sustainable change. In her role as Associate Generate Counsel that means helping Shell to deliver more and cleaner energies. In her role as Chairperson of non-profit Sandton SPCA, it means helping the SPCA to sustainably deliver on its purpose to improve the lives of animals. Stephanie is passionate about animals and people, and her belief that animals will thrive when communities thrive.
Stephanie moved to South Africa from Canada in 1999 with her South African husband, Advocate Paul Farlam. She is the proud mother of four rescue dogs, Ollie, Jess, Abby and Juno. She has climbed Kilimanjaro three times for a purpose and will climb again in 2019.