About Us

About Us

Maponya prides itself on supplying outstanding legal services to current and future clients

Our Awards Mayoral Commendation 2016 for Contributing towards the City’s vision 2055FINALIST: Annual Pro Bono Awards 2016TOPCO Top Women Award 2013TOPCO Top Performing Company 2013Voted as a Leading Black Law Firm by “In Brief Magazine”Winner Top Empowered Corporate of the Year 2011Voted Top Empowered Company by Impumelelo for the year 2016Mr Phatudi Maponya, crowned Business leader of the year 2016, by Topco MediaVoted Top 10 Law Firm 2016 by the Law Society of the Northern ProvinceTop 10 Pro bono legal services Law Firm, by the Law Society of the Northern Provinces 2017

Mission and Vision

Learning from the past, excelling in the present and evolving into the future, Maponya prides itself on supplying outstanding legal services to current and future clients. With specialised knowledge, highly skilled lawyers and extremely efficient support staff, Maponya continues to expand its reputation as a premier law firm both in South Africa and beyond.

In defining who and what we are, we pay much cognisance to the firm’s vision and mission statement. It encapsulates our heritage, our culture and our values in just 54 words. These are the words that drive us to continue to achieve excellence on behalf of our clients. And the words that inspire us to make a meaningful difference in shaping the economy and social development in South Africa.

Learning from the Past

With our nascent democracy, under the steady hand of President Mandela barely a year old, 1995 was an exhilarating year for South Africans. Expectations were high, and the excitement was palpable. Unleaded fuel sold at R1:88 a litre. Less than R4 would buy you a US dollar. And what was destined to become one of the most successful black owned and managed law firms in the country, Maponya Attorneys, was duly established.

From the outset, founding partner, Phatudi Maponya, had a clear vision in mind. He was determined to build a law firm comprising a highly skilled team of attorneys and support staff that would be more representative of the country’s demographics than any sizable South African law firm had ever achieved.

And the growth of the firm would be dependent on merit, professionalism and personal service, which, collectively, would build a reputation within the legal fraternity that was second to none.

Our First Accolades

Maponya’s reputation is bolstered by the many accolades it received over the intervening years.

Voted Leading Black Law Firm

By the renowned London-based law publication, In Brief magazine, within 4 years of its existence.

Voted one of 12 Leading Commercial Law Firms in SA

On mergers and acquisitions, by the London Chambers Global Guide for the World Leading Lawyers 2000 to 2001, and 2001 to 2002 editions.

Crowned Top Empowered Corporate

For 2011 at the Oliver Empowerment Awards after which we were nominated as one of South Africa’s Top Empowerment Companies, in 2010

As the firm’s reputation spread, the list of clients grew exponentially. In the private sector Maponya represented companies across all sectors of industry, most notably the larger mining houses and financial institutions.

In the public sector, the firm’s track record secured business from municipalities, provincial and national government, State Owned Enterprises, and even African Heads of State. As Maponya’s reputation spread beyond the country’s borders, alliances were developed with global law firms such as Linklaters to work on international trade and privatisation projects.

Excelling in the Present...

For the period 2018, Maponya Attorneys has a staff complement of over 120 individuals. Of these, 14 are directors of the firm, 40 are attorneys and candidate attorneys, and 65 are specialised and general support and administrative staff.

Maponya Attorneys is situated in the heart of the City of Tshwane, with our head office in Arcadia, Pretoria. We also have regional offices situated in Klerksdorp, Mafikeng (in the North West Province) and
Bloemfontein (in the Free State).

Maintaining the highest level of professionalism and personal service

We guide our clients through the intricate and complex details of the legal system. It’s a philosophy that we apply to all the specialised legal work we are involved with:

Commercial Litigation

Administrative Law

National Legislation

Mineral & Mining Law

Public Procurement

Property Law

Industrial & Employment Relations

Competition Law