Arbitration Foundation of South Africa

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[edit] General Information

  • Official name: Arbitration Foundation of South Africa
  • Country: South Africa
  • City: Benmore
  • Type of organization: Foundation
  • Date of creation: 1996
  • Interests: Arbitration - Negotiation - Mediation - Training
  • Fields of expertise: Commercial Disputes

[edit] Description

AFSA resolves disputes. The Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa is the national leader in all types of appropriate dispute resolution. Founded in 1996, AFSA is a joint venture between organized business, the legal and accounting professions.

AFSA is based in Sandton, with branches in a number of major centers throughout South Africa, and aims to provide a one-stop dispute resolution service. It offers arbitrations, mediations and a fully administered dispute resolution service in comfortable surroundings. AFSA maintains panels of experts and offers disputants a choice of rules depending on the size and complexity of the matter. ADRASA (The Alternative Dispute Resolution Association of South Africa) is a wholly owned subsidiary of AFSA.

[edit] Rules and Clauses

[edit] Case Management

AFSA's fully administered service offers specialized case-management within a flexible process. AFSA provides Commercial Rules for Arbitration for complex matters with substantial financial claims, or Expedited Rules for smaller, less intricate disputes.

[edit] Rules: Labour Management

AFSA provides arbitration and mediation services to individuals, companies and trade unions. Once again, it is important to point out that AFSA can only extend this service to parties who have agreed jointly to use the Foundation as a private dispute resolution body. The matter can be heard in terms of AFSA's Expedited Rules.

AFSA can administer matters in terms of other sets of rules, once the parties have consented to us being the administering body.

[edit] Clauses: Commercial Disputes

The first and most important step in ensuring a trouble-free process of dispute resolution is to agree the terms of an arbitration agreement which sets the rules and terms which govern the resolution of the dispute. AFSA clauses are tailor made for this purpose and are ideal.

AFSA’s clauses have been incorporated in thousands of agreements of all types and we offer a selection of four. The Institute of Directors of South Africa (IOD) together with AFSA, have developed a recommended clause for IOD members to guide them through the processes of Negotiation then Mediation and finally Arbitration.

[edit] Training

AFSA offers an advanced certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution in conjunction with the University of Pretoria. The study program lasts for approximately six months and is broken into four compulsory modules. One of these modules is an elective module which students choose from four options.

The compulsory modules for the advanced certificate are:

  • An introduction to conflict management and dispute resolution;
  • Mediation, consensus building processes and skills;
  • Arbitration, adjudicative processes and skills.

The elective courses, from which the student must choose at least one, are:

  • Labour arbitration;
  • International commercial arbitration;
  • Divorce mediation;
  • Construction arbitration.

The ADR course is ideal for most professionals, business people, IR and HR professionals and union representatives. Graduates of the course qualify as arbitrators and mediators, and can apply for membership of AFSA, and to our panels.

[edit] Contact

PO Box 653007 Benmore 2010 – South Africa

Tel: 27 (11) 320-0600

Fax: 27 (11) 320-0533

Email: info@arbitration.co.za

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