Blog and Opinions

The Relationship-by-Objectives (RBO) process
28 October 2021

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Mark Anstey
Employment relationships carry inherent conflict, but at the same time demand cooperative endeavour if the organisations in which they are enshrined are to deliver to their purpose, and as a consequence deliver to all who work in them, invest in them, and rely on them for what they do.
Advanced Negotiation Skills for Mediators
25 October 2021

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Felicity Steadman
Unfortunately, parties preparing for mediation are often not given much guidance by their lawyers on what mediation is or on these questions. Indeed, lawyers often do not have much mediation experience and have not spent time developing a negotiation strategy for mediation.
RAF and Mediation Advocacy
12 October 2021

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Danie Weideman
Come and learn how to approach RAF mediation as a plaintiff or defendant attorney.
Rule 41A and Mediation Advocacy
22 September 2021

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Hendrik Kotze
The increasingly strong stance of the Courts in ensuring compliance with that Rule 41A means that even more cases will in the future be mediated. Most legal practitioners will at some point have to participate in mediation and will have to understand how to best to represent their parties in mediation proceedings.
If you don't ask you don't get!
09 August 2021

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Robin Monakali
As women’s lives have become increasingly complex and business structures continue to change, negotiation skills have become a necessity.
If there is no Performance Management... there is no business
05 July 2021

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Robin Monakali and Vanessa Botha
A solid approach to Performance Management is essential for managing people effectively in order to achieve organisational growth and productivity.
Collective Bargaining 2021: a webinar
28 April 2021

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William Thomson
As the South African labour market enters its annual season of negotiations and collective bargaining in 2021, collaboration, creative thinking, complex problem solving, and co-determination are going to be paramount as the parties seek to ensure stable and sustainable outcomes.
Workplace mediation skills for accredited mediators
11 April 2021

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Felicity Steadman
Workplace mediation follows the same principles as mediation in other contexts, but in my experience there are also a number of significant differences. It is important to be aware of these differences and to adapt your mediator skills if you wish to work effectively as a workplace mediator.
Rule 41a - Your Role And Responsibilities
03 March 2021

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Robin Monakali and Felicity Steadman
Rule 41A is a powerful tool in the South African legal system and if used effectively by parties, their representatives and mediators it could make a considerable impact on the management of litigation in the High Courts. Join our webinar on Rule on 18 March 2021, to learn about how you can best use this tool.
Who Attends a Mediation and what are their responsibilities?
08 February 2021

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Robin Monakali and Felicity Steadman
Critical to the success of mediation is careful planning and preparation. Therefore it is essential that lawyers and parties understand what mediation is, the process involved, and its characteristics in order to fulfil their roles and responsibilities before, during and after the mediation process.
How Mediation Differs from other Dispute Resolution Processes
24 January 2021

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Robin Monakali and Felicity Steadman
Mediation is emerging in South Africa as an effective and often preferred method for resolving disputes because it has the capacity to deliver better outcomes that parties can determine for themselves in a flexible, facilitated, negotiation process.
Managing discipline for employees working from home and engaging in online disciplinary enquiries
04 January 2021

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Ingrid Lewin
One of the biggest challenges for employers as more employees work from home is developing policies for the management of day-to-day discipline and performance and conducting disciplinary enquiries online to ensure a fair outcome for both employer and employee.