Xolobeni, Eastern Cape

Dennis Webster




Richard Spoor makes submissions in Baleni v Minister of Mineral Resources in the Gauteng High Court, Pretoria


For more than 30 years, RSI attorneys have harnessed South Africa’s legal system to defend the rights and interests of vulnerable, marginalised individuals and groups. Our clients are mineworkers and trade unionists; commercial organisations and communities, people dispossessed of their land; victims of industrial and occupational neglect or abuse. They must navigate a legal landscape that privileges the State and large corporate entities – and RSI is proud to walk alongside them throughout that journey. We listen to our clients’ stories. We understand their challenges. Through landmark judgments, pioneering settlements and targeted litigation, we empower them. We also contribute to shaping South African case law so that the principles of fairness, dignity and justice enshrined in the nation’s Constitution become a reality for all.

Our History

Maledu v Itereleng Bakgatla Mineral Resources (Pty) Limited in the Constitutional Court of South Africa

Johan Lorenzen

In the more than three decades of legal experience enshrined at RSI, the firm has become a leader in the fields of occupational health and safety, workplace injuries and diseases, land law and class action litigation.

Two of our most notable settlements were achieved with South African mining company Gencor and Swiss multinational Eternit on behalf of asbestos mine workers. These led to the creation of both the Asbestos Relief Trust and the Kgalagadi Relief Trust. Collectively to date, the entities have paid out more than R320 million to thousands of mine workers sickened by asbestos exposure, or to their dependents. A landmark case followed on behalf of goldmine workers who contracted silicosis and tuberculosis on the job, and became the largest class action settlement in South African history. The Tshiamiso Trust, established as part of the settlement, had by early 2022 already paid out R173 million to sick mineworkers and their families.

Our close engagement with mineworkers has given the team painful insight into the devastating effects mines often have on their workers and host communities. We provide efficient, client-focused support for litigation and negotiation to mine-affected communities across South Africa.

Our work on land rights extends beyond the mining sphere. We negotiate complex community transactions in the tourism and agriculture sectors, advocating on behalf of our clients for good governance in land reform entities like trusts and communal property associations.

The firm’s pioneering class actions have led to similar litigation in other arenas. We are the court-certified class action representatives for victims of Tiger Brands’ 2017/2018 deadly listeriosis outbreak. We are also suing the coal mining industry on behalf of victims of black lung disease.

We work alongside some of the world’s leading plaintiffs’ firms, among them Marler Clark and Motley Rice, to hone our skills and gain global insights.

Our Team

Richard Spoor


George Kahn


Alexander Spoor


Nilesthra Padayachee


Johan Lorenzen


Dasantha Pillay


Chloe Hoffmann


Zanele Malindi


Zeenat Emmamally


Tankiso Moeketsi


Konanani Tshidavhu

Candidate Attorney

Sbonelo Nkomo

Candidate Attorney

Sophia Sideras-Haddad

Candidate Attorney

Alexander Dubb

Specialist Researcher

Jabulile Radebe

Senior Paralegal

Celiwe Mdletshe


Mathudi Nyuswa

Specialist Paralegal

Estelle de Villiers

Office Manager

Innocentia Malandule

Administrative Assistant

Tessa Carr