“The most enjoyable aspect of the internship is being able to utilise the knowledge and skills I have acquired to bring solutions to communities at the grassroots level who would otherwise not have been able to find them.”
Matome was born and raised in a small village called Thibeni in the Limpopo Province. Matome enjoys languages, and is fluent in Khelobedu, Sepedi and Setswana. His hobbies include watching Quentin Tarantino films, going on outings with friends and family, and playing sports.
Matome completed his Bachelor of Law degree at the University of the Witwatersrand. He decided to focus on environmental law after becoming fascinated by the protection of the environment by the South African Constitution. In addition to his studies, Matome became involved in a voluntary capacity in adult education and HIV/AIDS awareness projects. He also conducted Street Law workshops on human rights and the Bill of Rights at a youth development centre, as well as in Johannesburg Prison, as part of his training at university.
Matome started as a legal intern at the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) in March 2012 and now works there as a candidate attorney. He assists the CER in preparing court documents, drafting comments on legislation and assisting in the running of workshops hosted by the CER. He also offers general administration and project management support to different projects.
Matome was drawn to the study of law because of the way that law has shaped societies since the beginning of human history. His interest in environmental law was born out of a fascination with the way in which the South African Constitution protects environmental rights and how rarely such protection is used. Matome is in the process of developing himself as an environmental lawyer, with a career aim of becoming a human rights activist focused on environmental rights.