THE MEDIATION CENTRE
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The Mediation Centre offers a variety of alternative dispute resolution services to suit your unique and specific circumstances. Our offices are in Brackenfell but we also operate out of satellite locations in Panorama, Durbanville and Stellenbosch.

Below are the alternative dispute resolution services rendered by The Mediation Centre:
  • Family Mediation
  • Commercial Mediation
  • Elder Mediation
  • Facilitation
  • Family Dispute Resolution
  • Parenting Plans
  • Pre-Divorce Mediation and settlements
  • Collaborative Divorce
  • Workplace Mediation
  • Independent Arbitration
  • Workplace Disciplinary Hearings
  • Deeds of Settlement
 
 WHAT IS MEDIATION?

Mediation is generally defined as the intervention in a negotiation or a conflict of an acceptable third party who has limited or no authoritative decision-making power, which assists the involved parties to voluntarily reach a mutually acceptable settlement of the issues in dispute.

In addition to addressing substantive issues, mediation may also establish or strengthen relationships of trust and respect between the parties or terminate relationships in a manner that minimizes emotional cost and psychological harm. 

   
NEWS, VIDEOS, INFO AND TESTIMONIALS
 

Solving the Growing Never Married Parent Dilemma for Courts and Divorce Professionals

ALMOST ONE OF EVERY FOUR BIRTHS TODAY ARE TO UNMARRIED, COHABITATING COUPLES - National Center for Health Statistics (2010)

These startling figures represent an eighty percent increase over 2002.

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In An Interdependent World There Is No Them And Us, Only Us

We have entered a fascinating period in British politics.

The old certainties are gone. The disruption caused by the General Election result will inevitably cause instability - and opportunity.

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Why Taking the High Road to Deflate “Deflategate” is Important

It’s the most talked about dispute in New England and in sports these days. Deflategate. But really, how important is this issue? Whether the league rule was violated and footballs were intentionally deflated to a weight less than the range allowed. On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being most important, this topic is a 1, if that. Ask anyone who ever played football, at any level.

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Making Better Use of Mediation to Resolve Disputes and Manage Difficult Issues

What do we mean by mediation?

Mediation encourages parties who have – or who anticipate having – differences, conflict or a dispute to sit down and talk, with a view to finding a mutually acceptable way forward. It is usually most appropriate when,

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Designing a Successful Parenting Plan

Here are several important issues you should think about as you design your parenting plan. Virginia Satir, a well-known psychologist in the family and divorce field, once said, “Parents are teachers of human beings, not owners of human beings.” This is a wise view to keep in mind when creating your parenting plan. A child needs the love and affection of both parents, but they also need both as teachers.

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'Mediation' an option, according to people suing Flint over its high water bills

Plaintiffs in a lawsuit to reduce Flint's high water bills say they would like to reach a deal.Soon after taking the job in 2011, former Flint emergency manager Michael Brown hiked the city's water and sewer rates.  The lawsuit claims Brown violated city ordinances by imposing the rate hike. The suit also contends that Michigan’s emergency manager law didn’t give him the authority to do that. A lower court found that state law did give Brown the authority and dismissed the lawsuit. Attorney Val Washington holds a binder with information on Flint residents with liens

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TESTIMONIALS
 
Thorburn Holdings (Pty)Ltd
"We would like to thank and congratulate everybody from the Mediation Centre involved with the conflict management training of our administrative staff on the 26th March 2013 on a job well done. Everyone was impressed by the efficiency, knowledge and the manner in which they were equipped with the necessary tools to handle potential conflict resolutions in the future." More
 
Connie Theron, Practising Attorney - UCT Law Clinic
“While working at the University of Stellenbosch Legal Aid Clinic and later at the UCT Law Clinic, I found the pro bono mediation services of Sandra Hitchcock and Gerrie van der Watt of the Mediation Centre to be highly professional and extremely effective in our divorce matters. It is fantastic that our clients, with little or no financial means, can benefit from such an excellent programme. " More