• Position: Advocate of the High Court of South Africa Member of the Johannesburg Society of Advocates

  • Membership: Member of the Johannesburg Society of Advocates since 1989.

  • Practice: Commercial, Construction, Environmental, Administrative law.

  • Work: (011) 722 9000

  • Mobile: 0846460699


1991- 1992 – LL.M. (master of laws) Washington college of law- the American university, Washington d.c.

1977 – 1983 B.A. LL.B. university of the Witwatersrand – South Africa


  • Prior to being called to the Bar, I practiced as an attorney in private practice and in the capacities of senior in house legal Counsel with the South African Power Utility (ESKOM) where I managed a team of Lawyers and with the Small Business Development Corporation of South Africa. In my practice I am briefed by and work closely with a number of the large Laws firms and their international associated law firms. I have a sound knowledge of the above fields of practice including the negotiating and arbitrating based on FIDIC, NEC 2& 3, and JBBC and GCC form of Contracts. In addition I have sound knowledge of general commercial law and been involved in negotiating and drafting a variety of complex agreements. I have been involved in inter alia;
  •  The successful negotiation and drafting of the FIDIC contracts for the construction of two of the largest coal fired power stations in South Africa, • Successfully arbitrated in Mozambique in regard to an oil and gas service contract off the Mozambican coast, Successfully conducted an arbitration
  • concerning a pump storage electrical generating scheme against an Italian – South African Joint Venture entity,
  • Successfully negotiated contracts for the procurement, financing and construction of wind turbines projects on behalf of the South African Power utility,
  • Conducted arbitration and litigation in respect of numerous construction, energy and commercial matters,
  • I was a guest speaker at the school of architecture and engineering at Wits University on Construction Law and disputes.
  • Member of the Environmental Impact Assessment evaluation Team for South Africa’s Nuclear Build programme.
  • Appointed as a consultant to COWI consulting Engineers and Planners of Denmark. SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS: (1995) contracted by the UN Centre for Human Rights (Geneva) to conducted training for non-governmental organisations in Mongolia; Made submission on the Bill of Rights section of the South African Constitution to the Constitutional Assembly. Member of technical team to review and critique the Draft Bill on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission In 1994 I was seconded to the Independent Electoral Commission as the Deputy Presiding and Counting Officer during the first Democratic elections held in South Africa in 1994. Worked as consultant to the Department of Marine Resources on the re allocation of marine resources to small fisher folk in order to begin the process of transformation in the fishing industry. 2008 & 2009:
  • Appointed senior legal advisor at the Electricity Supply Commission (ESKOM) in South Africa and was quickly promoted to Chief legal advisor and Team leader. • Negotiating and drafting Various FIDIC and NEC contracts for procurement and construction of power stations and their components, wind farms and international finance. March-June 1998- 2007:
  • Appointed as independent consultant to the Ford Foundation (New York) under the auspices of INTERIGHTS of the UK to undertake a review of the Southern African Human Rights Network –based in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia and Tanzania. This included a “cross border mapping” study of Human rights promotion and protection activities by NGOs and regional institutions in Southern Africa.
  • Appointed Co- General Manager of KAGISO-COWI Environmental And Development Consultants.
  • Appointed local consultant on mid-term review of DANCED project (The Greenhouse Peoples Project)
  • Appointed local consultant on DANCED Design Mission in SA on the Environmental Litigation Project for the Legal Resources Centre.
  • Appointed a consultant of the Gauteng Department of Environment, Conservation and Agriculture on the proposal for the Cradle of Humankind world heritage site. FEBRUARY 1997: Appointed Director to the GAUTENG Directorate of Environment Duties:
  • Management and supervision of professional; staff of the Directorate,
  • Ensure implementation of Provincial and National Policies and programmes, • Supervise the preparation of Directorate Budget and the financial control thereof,
  • Oversee and assist in the programme and strategic development of policies and programmes, • Supervise and conduct workshops, • Provide opinion and comments on policies, legislation, Conventions and strategies,
  • Supervise and assist in capacity building and training of staff members August 1996: Appointed Director to DEPARTMENT OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY (International Trade Remedies) -Anti- Dumping Duties:
  • Management and supervision of professional; staff of the Directorate,
  • Attend meetings of the Board on Tariffs and Trade, reporting of anti-dumping complaints and investigations, • Supervise anti-dumping investigations, • Meeting with and liaising with local and overseas trade representatives, 1992 – AUGUST: Director of Litigation and Advocacy Programmes -Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR)
  • • Invited by the Swedish Government and NGO sector to participate in the International Conference on Human Rights, Discrimination, xenophobia and Racism in Sweden,
  • 1989 – 1991: Attorney-Attorneys Priscilla Jana & Associates Position Held: Senior Attorney
  •  Represented anti-apartheid activists in criminal, civil and labour trials,
  •  Represented detainees held in terms of the emergency regulations and the Internal Security Act,
  •  Represented clients held on Robben Island, 1986-1989 SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION LTD (SBDC) Position: Chief Legal Advisor
  •  1983 – 1986: Attorneys Goosen and Goosen Position: Candidate Attorney and Professional Assistant