The Financial Literacy Project is an annual initiative which aims to empower our surrounding communities (schools and farms) with essential financial literacy skills. The project is coordinated by one of our attorneys, Josie Parks, who was assisted by our candidate legal practitioners, Theo Opperman, Itumeleng Mashego and Stephanie O’ Reilly. The training is conducted by third year civil procedure students of the Faculty of Law and financial planning students currently enrolled at the EMS Faculty of Stellenbosch University. The training deals with issues such as the importance of a good credit score, the effects of being over-indebted, the benefits of saving, and certain rights contained in the Consumer Protection Act. This year, we conducted five sessions through which we reached approximately 800 individuals.


We recently visited the office of the National Credit Regulator. The meeting was extremely productive and we look forward to collaborating with the NCR in various regards in future. We are pleased to have now concluded a Memorandum of Understanding with the NCR to facilitate our future collaboration. Pictured: Stephan van der Merwe and Odwa Nweba.

The recent SABC1 programme, 26 April 2022, Yilungelo Lakho (“It’s Your Right”), featuring the Clinic's Stephan van der Merwe and Odwa Nweba, focused on how false and misleading advertising puts consumers at a disadvantage

From 11-15 December 2022, the Stellenbosch University Law Clinic joined the Faculty of Law in hosting the Global Alliance for Justice Education (GAJE) 11th Worldwide Conference in collaboration with the International Journal of Clinical Legal Education (IJCLE) and the South African University Law Clinics Association (SAULCA). The theme of the conference is "Justice Education: Building Resilience and Strong Connections in Times of Global Challenges”. Among the speakers were Prof Thuli Madonsela, Director of the Centre for Social Justice at Stellenbosch University, and renowned jurist professor David McQuoid-Mason.

The Clinic is pleased to be collaborating with international organisations Global Alliance for Legal Aid (GALA) and Advocates for International Development (A4ID) as part of their valuable project to review 34 countries' legal frameworks related to financial consumer protection and debt relief. The project focusses on the negative consequences of debt default and analyzes options for debt discharge. This work is closely aligned with our own objectives to educate and empower our financially vulnerable community.

The Clinic's Stephan van der Merwe has been invited to present an online guest lecture to faculty and students of Christ University in India to highlight the Clinic's social justice and clinical legal education projects.

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Please take notice that a class action will be instituted in the Western Cape Division of the High Court of South Africa against the companies and individuals listed below:

  1. Lifestyle Direct Group International (Pty) Ltd
  2. Capital Lifestyle Solutions (Pty) Ltd t/a Lifestyle Legal
  3. Loan Tracker SA (Pty) Ltd
  4. Loan Spotter SA (Pty) Ltd
  5. Loan Match SA (Pty) Ltd
  6. Loan Choice SA (Pty) Ltd
  7. Loan Quest SA (Pty) Ltd
  8. Loan Connector SA (Pty) Ltd
  9. Loan Hub SA (Pty) Ltd
  10. Loan Zone SA (Pty) Ltd
  11. Loan Locator SA (Pty) Ltd
  12. Loan Scout SA (Pty) Ltd
  13. Loan Tracer SA (Pty) Ltd
  14. Loan Detector SA (Pty) Ltd
  15. Lifestyle Legal (Pty) Ltd
  16. Lifestyle Attorneys (Pty) Ltd
  17. All Wheel Auto (Pty) Ltd
  18. Damian Malander
  19. Nandie Paich

Please take notice further that the class action will be brought on behalf of the following class:

“All persons who have had any monies debited from their bank accounts and/or who have been harassed and threatened in connection with any demand for or collection of payment by any of the respondents at any time from 20 May 2015 to date on the basis of them having concluded purported agreements with any of the respondents through any of the websites listed below:

Should you wish not to be a member of the class you may opt out of the class by notifying the class action attorneys of record, the Stellenbosch University Law Clinic, of your choice to so opt out by no later than Monday 30 October 2023.

The Stellenbosch University Law Clinic can be contacted at:

18 – 24 Crozier Street
Telephone: (021) 808 3600

Electronic copies of the Court’s order certifying the class action and the particulars of claim therein shall be available on the Stellenbosch University Law Clinic’s webpage –

You may contact the Stellenbosch University Law Clinic through the details provided above should you wish to obtain more information about the class action.