Tapiwa Gandidze

Tapiwa Gandidze


TCG Attorneys

Recognized since 2020

Cape Town, South Africa

Practice Areas

Labour and Employment Law

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Tapiwa is a director and founder of TCG Attorneys, which was established in July 2023. The firm’s offices are based in Tygervalley, in Cape Town South Africa, but Tapiwa renders legal services to clients based all over South Africa.

Even though TCG Attorneys is fairly new, Tapiwa is a highly regarded Labour and Employment attorney in South Africa with over 19 years of post-qualification experience as a practising attorney. She holds an LLB (Hons) cum laude degree from the University of Fort Hare which she obtained in 2001, as well as an LLM in International Trade Law degree from the University of Stellenbosch, obtained in 2002. She was admitted as an Attorney, Notary Public, and Conveyancer of the High Court of South Africa in May 2005, and has been practising since then. She also has a right of appearance in all the High Courts in South Africa.

Tapiwa’s other areas of interest and specialty are Administrative Law and Dispute Resolution inclusive of Litigation.

Over the years, Tapiwa has earned the trust of her clients who have ranged from trade unions, corporates, state/government, tertiary institutions, non- profit organisations and individuals. She has advised employers against executive employees and similarly she has advised executive employees against their employers.

She has appeared in several hearings at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA), Bargaining Councils, the Labour Court, the High Court as well as the Labour Appeal Court. Some of the cases that she has been involved in are reported in law reports.

Since 2015 to date, Tapiwa has from time to time been invited to act as a Judge of the Labour Court of South Africa.

Tapiwa also strongly believes in giving back, evident from her involvement in 3 NPO’s that are championing human rights causes in South Africa. She has also been recognized by the South African Society for Labour Law (SASLAW) for her contribution to the SASLAW pro bono office.

Contact & Links
  • Regus, 1st Floor Willowbridge Centre
    Carl Cronje Drive, Bellville Park
    Cape Town 7530
    South Africa
  • English
  • Pronouns: She/Her
  • Gender: Female
Bar Admissions
  • South Africa, Attorney, Notary Public & Conveyancer, 2005
  • South African Society for Labour Law - Member
  • Legal Practice Council - Attorney, Notary Public & Conveyancer
Court Admissions
  • Attorney, Notary Public and Conveyancer

TCG Attorneys

Cape Town, South Africa

1 The Best Lawyers in South Africa award

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Recognized in The Best Lawyers in South Africa 2024 for work in:
  • Labour and Employment Law
Additional Areas of Practice:
  • Trade Law
  • Arbitration and Mediation
  • Litigation
  • Administrative and Public Law

Tell us a little bit about your practice and what makes it unique.

What sets us apart is our accessibility, the personal touch, and commitment to achieving the best outcomes for our clients. We provide practical, creative, and tailored legal solutions, ensuring a warm and empathetic approach every step of the way. The communication lines remain open throughout the process until a mandate has been successfully executed.

What common questions are you asked by clients, and what are your answers?

Is a win guaranteed? Never, but working together we will achieve the best outcome. 

Are you confident about our case? I promise to give it my best shot, and if your case was so bad and not worth pursuing/defending, you would have been told.

Are you always available? Most of the time, BUT unless something extremely urgent comes up overnight or at the weekend that cannot wait until the following day, it is probably best to send a WhatsApp or an e-mail, which will be responded to at the earliest convenient opportunity.

Describe one of your most interesting or memorable cases in the past year.

I was involved in a contractual matter relating to payment of commission to an executive post departure. The two main issues were whether the executive forfeits the commission earned on deals which she negotiated if such executive resigns prior the execution of the deals, and if not, how such commission is calculated. The court upheld the executive's contractual claim for commission with costs.

What is most challenging about your area(s) of expertise?

One needs to constantly read judgments being handed down to ensure that advice given is current and correct.

Were there any particular inspirations (people or events) that spurred your interest in your practice area(s)?

During my articles of clerkship l was fortunate enough to work under a jovial and kind director who specialised in Employment and Labour Law. (RIP Tim). He gave me drafting tasks and even though initially l felt that l was being thrown in the deep end, with the guidance provided l quickly became comfortable in drafting court document on a range of topics which l had been exposed to. When l completed my articles and moved to a different firm as an associate in the employment and labour law department, the experience gained during articles served me well and made my job so much easier. At the new firm, l was once again fortunate enough to work under another director who continued the coaching process and at some stage he assured me that l could appear in court and do a good job. I believed him and have been appearing in court since then. Thank you, J.

What other interests do you have?

I am not a very active person but from time-to-time l hike, play tennis and go on walks. I also love the countryside, which informed my decision to live (and work) in the Cape Winelands. It is beautiful out here.

Anything else you’d like to share?

I have two daughters who mean the world to me. Mara (my labrador) is also very much loved. 

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