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 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
 
 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
 

Are More Changes Afoot? Mediation Trends in 2014

The title of this piece is phrased as a question because… frankly… I don’t know the answer. Personal injury law is far more complicated in application than many people might believe. 

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Case update: unreasonable refusal to mediate

We first reported on this case in Issue 140. On 10 January 2012, the day before the trial was due to start, PGF accepted a Part 36 offer that had been made on 11 April 2011. This left the question of costs. PGF at the time OMFS made their Part 36 offer, proposed mediation.

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Court Is Not the Only Option for Separating Couples

Greater Awareness of Dispute Resolution Is Urgently Needed. Each year more than 230,000 people in the UK go through the traumatic process of divorce. The process if often stressful, costly and - particularly when children are involved - it can be complex

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Avoiding Conflict in the Workplace

No employee wants to become embroiled in a workplace dispute. If conflict at work isn’t resolved, it can cause stress, frustration, loss of sleep, a bad temperament, illness or other issues for individual employees.

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Eliminating “Hot Speech” in Marriage

We live in a very fast world. Information is shared instantly. A public figure might do something at 9 a.m., and by 9:15 a.m. it’s all over the Twitterscape and Facebook. By 10 a.m. it is on the internet, which now functions as mainstream media.

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Developing and Drafting Effective Parenting Plans in Mediation

A mediation process that is thoughtful, respectful, and paced to fit the communication style and needs of the parents will increase the chances of crafting a clear and comprehensive parenting plan. Such a process offers a supportive and cooperative context.

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TESTIMONIALS

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.”