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 Durbanville.

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

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. 


Businesses increasingly find mediation a valuable tool

Mediation has proven, over the years, to be a cost-effective alternative for resolving numerous legal disputes. But it's not just being used for settlement purposes any longer, as a growing number of businesses are now considering it a valuable tool.


Exploring the role of mediation in a small business

Among my hopes for 2014 is that the UK will start to catch on to the benefits of mediation as a serious dispute resolution tool. In a country where we have adversarial systems of both government and justice, it is no surprise that mediation hasn’t taken off as well as one would have hoped.


Discovered: How people want to resolve their lawsuits

People involved in civil lawsuits prefer mediation to nonbinding arbitration and like judge trials more than jury trials, according to a new study by a University of California, Davis, law professor.


5 Ways That Divorce Mediation Can Help Resolve the 'Get' Crisis

Leah was still chained to her ex-husband: two years after the civil court granted her a divorce. Her ex-husband Dovid, a devote orthodox Jew, still refused to give her a religious divorce called a "get."


10 Cornerstones of Mediation Advocacy - Part 1

As advocates for their clients, attorneys must pay as close attention to every detail pertaining to the mediation process as they would to each element of trial preparation.


10 Cornerstones of Mediation Advocacy - Part 2

In part 1 of this series, we introduced five qualities commonly possessed by attorneys who are successful as advocates in the mediation process. We simultaneously identified ways attorneys can unknowingly sabatoge the same process.



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 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.

The mediators are able to provide a non-threatening environment in which the clients are able to talk openly about issues that matter most to them, but which the Court in a divorce matter may choose not to entertain. Through the mediation sessions, the clients are able to reach an agreement together which ultimately they are both happy with. In cases where mediation did not yield the result of a settlement, the process was still extremely valuable, giving the parties better perspective and highlighting the key issues in dispute.”