• When allegations of child abuse arise during a mediation session, the mediator must navigate a delicate balance between maintaining the confidentiality of the mediation process and fulfilling their duty to report suspected abuse. The mediator's primary responsibility is to ensure the safety and well-being of the child in question. A couple of legislation deals with either the mandatory or the discretionary reporting of child abuse....

  • The concept of blended families has become increasingly prevalent in the evolving landscape of modern families. Blended families, formed through remarriage or re-partnering, bring together individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and expectations. While blending families can offer the promise of new beginnings and enlarged support networks, it also introduces unique challenges. Mediation plays a crucial role in addressing these challenges, providing a constructive and communicative fra...

  • Conflict is inevitable in the dynamic landscape of modern workplaces. Whether stemming from interpersonal tensions, discrimination, or contractual disputes, resolving workplace conflicts promptly and effectively is critical for maintaining a harmonious and productive workplace environment. Two methods for resolving disputes, mediation and litigation, offer different approaches to addressing workplace disputes. In this blog, we delve into the comparative effectiveness of mediation and litigation ...

  • Divorce can be a tumultuous journey, and many individuals seek out aggressive "pit bull" lawyers in the hopes that their fierce representation will secure the best outcome for their children. However, before you unleash a legal attack dog, it's important to carefully consider your options. Despite the belief that a courtroom showdown is the answer, practice has shown that what's truly in the best interest of your children may not be found in an acrimonious court battle. Divorce is a difficult an...

  • Mediators must act as a vessel for communication to facilitate rational understanding and clarification among participants to the discussion. Here are a few ways the mediator can utilise active listening in the context of a roundtable discussion: Capturing Key Points As participants share their perspectives, the mediator actively listens to identify and capture the key points of their statements. This involves paying attention to both the content and the emotional tone of what is being said. Wh...

  • Economic abuse is a type of abuse that differs from financial mismanagement in its deliberate use of finances and resources to gain power and control in a relationship. Its end goal is to create a sense of dependence, limit opportunities, and perpetuate a cycle of fear and isolation. Unlike other visible forms of abuse, like physical or verbal aggression, economic abuse can often be elusive and tough to uncover. However, with a trauma-informed mediator leading the way, subtle hints and cues can ...

  • The bully mediator doesn't wield a fist, but their weapon is far more insidious – power dynamics and emotional manipulation. Here are some of the tactics they might employ: • Bait-and-switch: Initially presenting themselves as impartial, they gradually shift their position, favoring one party and subtly disparaging the other. • The ticking clock: Instilling fear by emphasizing the financial and emotional costs of protracted litigation, pressuring clients to settle quickly, regardless of thei...

  • In a world where conflicts are inevitable, the approach we choose to resolve them can make a profound difference. Mediation and litigation represent two distinct paths towards resolution, each with its own set of advantages and disadvantages. However, as we navigate an ever-evolving legal landscape, the benefits of mediation are becoming increasingly evident. Mediation: A Collaborative Dance Mediation is a voluntary process where a neutral third party, the mediator, facilitates communication...

  • The dreaded "storm out" – a dramatic punctuation mark in the already turbulent narrative of divorce. During divorce negotiations, a powerful display of emotion can often be seen when someone is feeling disrespected, undervalued or angered - this is known as a "storm out". It is a physical reaction, relying solely on non-verbal cues, conveying feelings that cannot be put into words. Whether it is a conscious decision to make a statement or a product of emotional overload, storm outs can often be ...

  • In the infinite tapestry of African cultures, mediation has long been woven into the fabric of societal norms, serving as a cornerstone for resolving conflicts and promoting harmony within communities. With roots stretching back centuries, mediation practices in Africa are deeply ingrained, reflecting the continent's rich diversity and traditions. The long history of mediation in African communities dates back to pre-colonial times, when elders, chiefs, and other respected figures acted as media...

  • Using an unqualified divorce mediator can have serious consequences for your divorce process and outcome. Some of the dangers of using an unqualified divorce mediator are: • You may end up with a settlement agreement that is unfair, illegal, or unenforceable. • Without the proper legal knowledge and expertise, the mediator may not be equipped to help you create a thorough and valid agreement that addresses all aspects of your divorce, including property division, spousal support, child care,...

  • Non-Violent Communication (NVC) is a method aimed at increasing empathy and sustaining respect, based on the principles of nonviolence and equality. This person-centered mode of communication was developed by clinical psychologist Marshall Rosenberg beginning in the 1960s and 1970s. It proposes the following systematic steps in voicing complex expressions with assertion, without aggression: 1. Observation/ Fact: The first step involves making clear and specific observations about a factual situ...

  • The impact of sexual harassment extends far beyond the immediate incident, affecting victims both personally and professionally. Victims who experience sexual harassment may face emotional distress, anxiety, depression, a decreased sense of self-worth, and a decrease in job satisfaction. Beyond the immediate psychological toll, sexual harassment can lead to physical health issues, intensifying stress-related conditions. Moreover, the toxic workplace atmosphere created by sexual harassment can le...

  • Discussion on the Radio 702 show with Clement Manyathela with Adv Praise Kambula, Lisa Vetten and Sheena Jonkers on the issue of mediation in domestic violence courts...

  • The adoption of online mediation is on the rise despite these challenges. It is driven by the growing demand for remote dispute resolution services and the increasing acceptance of virtual communication technologies. As we embrace the digital age, virtual mediation offers a promising path forward for resolving conflicts efficiently, accessibly, and sustainably. Virtual mediation represents a paradigm shift in conflict resolution, offering a modern, convenient, and effective alternative to tradit...

  • In workplaces around the world, a silent epidemic is lurking behind closed doors, wreaking havoc on the mental health and overall well-being of employees. This insidious foe is none other than workplace bullying. While it may not always manifest in overt ways, its impact can be profoundly damaging, both for victim and for the organisation as a whole. In this blog post, we delve into what workplace bullying entails, explore strategies for prevention, and outline steps victims can take to seek sup...

  • With the advent of court-referred mediation in Rule 41A of the High Court Rules, mediation and related career opportunities have skyrocketed. Many entrepreneurs, law graduates and attorneys see this as the best time to gain accreditation as a mediator after completing a course and gaining panel membership to a mediation body as such. The superfluous nature of mediation as a career at present has simultaneously offered various career prospects, but also a difficulty in regulation and navigating o...

  • "When all you have is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail," perfectly captures the potential pitfall of relying on a single approach to conflict resolution. In the world of mediation, this translates to overdependence on certain techniques or strategies, even when they're not the best fit for the situation. Let's explore some common "hammers" in mediation and the unintended consequences of overusing them: 1. The "Quick fix hammer": Driven by the desire for a speedy resolution,...

  • Trauma-informed mediation involves adapting the mediation process to accommodate the specific needs of trauma survivors. Mediators may implement strategies to manage triggers or emotional distress during the mediation session, such as incorporating grounding techniques, providing breaks, or allowing for additional support persons to be present. Shifting the lens: understanding trauma-informed mediation Unlike conventional models, trauma-informed mediation doesn't merely focus on resolving...

  • However, despite its potential, even a single misstep, a poorly chosen word, can shatter the delicate dance of compromise and reignite discord. As participants turn to mediation with the best of intentions, there are some who unknowingly sabotage the process with their words, leading to an unsuccessful outcome. In this vulnerable space, certain phrases have the power to detonate trust and goodwill. So, before venturing into the arena of mediation, equip yourself with the knowledge of what not ...