Africa’s largest law firm is to partner the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) in the fight against doping in the country.

ENSafrica will provide year-round counsel to SAIDS in terms of an agreement signed this month.


“We are very pleased to have secured a partnership with a law company of Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs’ standing,” said SAIDS chief executive officer Khalid Galant. “Anti-doping and sports law has become increasingly complex and, therefore, challenging. I am confident this relationship will bear considerable fruit in the fight for drug-free sport.”

Galant explained that ENSafrica’s contribution would extend beyond the central objective of advice on anti-doping issues. It would also monitor the legislative environment relating to sport and doping,  help draft and comment on legislation and review SAIDS’s processes.

ENS’s sport and entertainment unit will be dedicated to this task. ENSafrica has extensive expertise across a wide range of areas and a growing footprint in Africa. The law company describes itself as “made up of people in Africa, working for Africa”.  Michael Murphy of ENSafrica said “SAIDS has set an example to sports administrators as to how to combine an educational and rights based approach with enforcement.  That is something we as a firm wish to contribute to as best we can.  Anti-doping is, in the end, about athletes and SAIDS not only recognizes that principle it lives it.  It is an honour for us to be involved with SAIDS in this or any capacity.  Hopefully we can add something of value to the already considerable achievements of the body.”

The contract for legal counsel was advertised on several jobs portals.