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
 

Facilitative mediation a positive way to resolve disputes

There are various processes for resolving disputes including power, litigation, arbitration, and various styles of mediation. Each has its role and its skilled practitioners. These processes may end the conflict but not resolve the underlying causes of the dispute.

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ADR: Simple But Not Easy

Conflict resolution is, in theory, quite simple. Yet who among us hasn’t experienced times when our common sense flies out the window and even the most basic skills desert us. Those times demonstrate that conflict resolution may be simple, but is far from easy. Let’s see why.

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Attorneys and Negotiation Ethics: A Material Misunderstanding?

Attorney negotiation ethics is a timeless topic as evidenced in a recent contribution from Peter Reilly (Texas A&M), Andrea, and me entitled, Attorneys and Negotiation Ethics: A Material Misunderstanding? 29 Negotiation J. 265 (2013),

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8 Top Mobile Apps for Mediators

If you are a solo mediator or a partner in a larger ADR focused firm, the time has never been better to leverage new and exciting tools that are now revolutionizing both productivity and client relationships.

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Divorcing Parents: Avoid Bringing Your Battles to Court

You're getting divorced and you're angry, resentful, hurt, vindictive or any combination of other painful emotions. You want to lash out, to get back at your spouse or boost your own sense of esteem.

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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.”