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
 

Mediation ruled first step in cyber coverage case

Policyholders scored a victory in a closely-watched cyber coverage case, in which a U.S federal court in Los Angeles dismissed a case filed by an insurer seeking to deny coverage.

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Mediation Perspectives: Where Do Norms Come In?

After months of seemingly endless negotiations in a country that has seen years of conflict, the moment has finally come to sign a peace agreement. Exhausted, the mediator is preparing herself for the ceremony, which will take place in a few hours.

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The Future of Mediation: Changing the Default of Fault

Will the future of mediation be, as Woody Allen remarked, “much like the present, only longer”?  Given what we know about human nature, systems, and the resistance of each to change, that’s perhaps the safest prediction. But it’s also a less than hopeful prognosis,

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Mediating Family Property and Estate Conflicts: Keeping the Peace and Preserving Family Wealth

Of all of the cases I have mediated over the past 30 years, the most challenging and rewarding disputes have been those between family members over family property, estates, trusts and businesses. Brothers and sisters may fight over partnership property, but they are really sorting out old issues of sibling rivalry and dominance.

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How to Become a Successful Mediator

I have a passion for many things in life, including a passion for family, for travel and for mediation. So, to be here with my wife in Florence, one of my favorite cities in the world, together with a community of mediators, is an absolute pleasure.

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Middle East construction disputes almost double

Construction disputes in the Middle East region grew to their highest value since 2011, growing to $76.7 million last year.

Arcadis building consultancy, in its report ‘Global Construction Disputes:

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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