Who We Are

The Legal Advisory and Information Centre (LAIC) is a  public interest Law Centre, which is accredited as a Law Clinic by the Legal Practice Council of South Africa (LPC), a statutory body established by the Legal Practice Act 28 of 2014, which regulates the affairs of legal practitioners and sets the norms and standards in the legal fraternity.

LAIC was incorporated on 06 November 2017 as a Non-Profit Company in terms of the Companies Act 71 of 2008, as well as a Non-Profit Organisation in terms of the Non-Profit Organisations Act 71 of 1997.  

LAIC specialises in securing land tenure rights, with a specific focus on housing and land related issues in poor townships and rural areas throughout the Republic of South Africa.

LAIC has four (4) thematic programmes, namely: Research, Advocacy, Legal Education & Training and Public Interest Litigation.

Our Approach

LAIC conducts social and legal research on the economic, social, ecological and legal value of land tenure with specific bias to impoverished and vulnerable communities in townships and rural areas. The research is carried out top-down, which means it is informed by LAIC’s partnership with poor communities and individuals it serves. LAIC draws the views of communities from workshops, seminars, stakeholders’ engagement and day-to-day legal clinical work to establish systemic issues that may be taken up as advocacy projects

The advocacy projects are designed in partnership with affected communities and form part of a broader political message to shape public discourse on land tenure rights and access to housing. In this way, LAIC does not express its opinion, but rather supports, amplifies and strengthens community voices. LAIC’s strategies includes: social media, television interviews, submissions to nation parliament, newspaper articles, public education, workshops, seminars, research reports, pamphlets etcetera. 

LAIC’s research work essentially entails “scrutinising prevailing legislation” that governs access to land in various parts of South Africa. It is a combination of both desktop research and interviews with few government and non-governmental stakeholders, including client-communities. As an overview, the research briefly covers the historical and ideological context shaped and influenced by colonialism and apartheid regimes under which Black people accessed, held and alienated property in the urban context.  

Our Mission

· To interrogate the legal framework of the land administration and management system;

·  To transform the land administration and management system to one that reflects and upholds the values of our Constitution;

· To advocate for an inclusive, just and equitable policy and legal framework that recognises and reflects the social forms of land tenure arrangements that exist on the ground.

Our Vision

To achieve secure land tenure rights for all people living in the Republic of South Africa.

Our Story

LAIC understands that certain social and tenure arrangements are excluded by South Africa’s prevailing land administration and management system. The work of LAIC must be understood as one of ensuring the implementation of the transformative constitutional vision, as opposed to one of delivery of social goods to underprivileged communities. Therefore, LAIC’s main focus is to advance a secure, just and equitable tenure of rights to property for all people living in the urban townships and rural areas in the Republic of South Africa.