Bulelwa Mabasa

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Director, Head of Land Reform Restitution & Tenure

Location: Johannesburg

Tel: +27 11 535 8309

Fax: +27 11 535 8709

Email: bmabasa@werksmans.com


Bulelwa Mabasa is a Director and Head of the Land Reform Restitution & Tenure Practice. Her expertise is spread across a number of practice areas which includes the following: Dispute Resolution; Infrastructure, Energy & Projects and Mining & Resources practice areas. Her areas of specialisation include administrative law; tenders and procurement; constitutional law; due diligence investigations; commercial law; expropriation litigation; mining law; and banking litigation. Bulelwa has written extensively in various articles on topics of interest, ranging from healthcare to energy and land restitution. She is a sought-after guest speaker at various conferences and has successfully represented high-profile clients in disputes pertaining to administrative law – such as tenders and procurement in High Courts and the Supreme Court of Appeal.

  • Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE)
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Healthcare & Life Sciences
  • Land Reform Restitution & Tenure
  • Mining, Environmental & Resources
  • administrative law
  • tenders and procurement
  • constitutional law
  • due diligence investigations
  • commercial law
  • expropriation litigation
  • mining law
  • banking litigation
  • The Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act No. 28 of 2002
  • The provisions of the Promotion of Access to Information Act No. 2 of 2000, as amended
  • The Promotion of Administrative Justice Act No. 3 of 2000
  • The Restitution of Land Rights Act no. 22 of 1994
  • The Medicines and Related Substances Act No. 101 of 1965, as amended
  • The Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act No. 5 of 2000
  • The Public Finance Management Act No. 1 of 1999
  • The Restitution of Land Rights Act No. 22 of 2004


  • BA LLB (University of the Witwatersrand) 
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Prospecting and Mining (Nelson Mandela Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand) 
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Land and Water Law (Nelson Mandela Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand) 
  • 2008: Director, Werksmans
  • 2019: Head of Land Reforem Restitution & Tenure Practice.


Bulelwa is doting wife and mother of four. Bulelwa is an avid traveller, a keen lover of African literature, a failed violinist and a lover of live jazz and classical music. Bulelwa is the first black female home-grown director having been appointed as a partner at the age of 28. Bulelwa has been with Werksmans for over 16 years and has grown and solidified a practice and a reputation as a notable lawyer around land reform, land restitution, tenure reform, tenders and procurement, general commercial litigation and constitutional law, having acted for banks, mines, communities, landowners and claimants in various leading and precedent-setting cases. Bulelwa's area of passion and interest has been the balancing act that is required to be taken in section 25 of the Constitution, 1996. Bulelwa's work and opinions on land and land reform has been extensively published on all media platforms for a number of years. 

  • Has written extensively in various articles on topics of interest, ranging from healthcare, energy, mining, and land restitution
  • Is a sought-after guest speaker at various conferences, which includes both radio, television work and print work
  • Has successfully represented high-profile clients in disputes pertaining to administrative law, such as tenders and procurement and healthcare law in High Courts and Supreme Court of Appeal
  • Has successfully advised various multi-national clients in healthcare and life sciences, with respect to clinical trials, medical schemes regulation, medicines and medical device regulation and traditional health practice regulation
  • Has successfully represented funders, landowners and land claimants in various high-profile land claims related settlements in various provinces across the country.
  • Bulelwa was recently appointed as one of the panel members on the Expert Advisory Panel to the President on Land Reform. She is the only attorney on the panel.  
  • Acted for the New Reclamation Group (Pty) Ltd in a reported matter successfully reviewing and setting aside a decision to award a tender. Bulelwa also represented client in the Supreme Court of Appeal , one of the leading cases on tenders and procurement;
  • Bulelwa successfully represented  Sun Edison in the conclusion and negotiation of a Solar Power project, settling a land claim;
  • Bulelwa successfully represented a large property development company in defending expropriation;
  • Bulelwa successfully represented the Cavaleros Group, the Traditional Healers and Kara Institute in matter protecting a national heritage site on the basis of cultural, environmental, historical heritage.
  • Represented Royal in a matter where Royal sought to review and set aside the award of a tender to Bosasa Operations (Proprietary) Limited (“Bosasa”), in respect of a tender in which Bosasa was required to provide catering and food services in all national prisons.
  • Recognised by the Women in Law as Best woman Lawyer in Land Rights in 2019.