UCT and Mediation in Motion mediation courses








We are pleased to offer these five-day mediation courses, with Mediation in Motion Training Pty Ltd.

The civil justice system has priced itself out reach of many South Africans, and mediation is becoming more and more popular to resolve disputes in diverse fields and industries. Mediation reframes a dispute as a joint problem rather than a battle over who is going to prevail. King IV on Good Corporate Governance and 44 pieces of legislation passed by Parliament since 1994 have prepared the way for mediation to become mainstream in South Africa.

A training methodology is used that has a strong emphasis on multi-media and practical examples, illustrations and role-play, with the emphasis on South African case studies. Final role-plays will be filmed for evaluation and peer-learning purposes.


2024 Dates Course information Fee Platform / venue
24 to 28 June Advocates, attorneys and legal practitioners mediation R22,995 Nelson Wine Farm, Paarl
8 to 12 July Advocates, attorneys and legal practitioners mediation R17,495 Online
23 to 27 September Advocates, attorneys and legal practitioners mediation R17,495 Online
30 September to 4 October Medical negligence and health sector mediation R17,495 Online
18 to 22 November Commercial and court-aligned mediation R17,495 Online
9 to 13 December Medical negligence and health sector mediation R22,995 Nelson Wine Farm, Paarl


About the courses

  • Commercial and court-aligned mediation

    A 40-hour course that covers the essentials needed to become an effective mediator in any field or industry. Download a provisional programme.

    Who should take this course?

    • Entrepreneurs
    • Lawyers
    • Legal advisors
    • In-house counsel
    • Senior management in private and public organisations
    • Members of the judiciary
    • Directors general of government departments
    • Chartered accountants
    • Persons with an aptitude or desire to facilitate the resolution of disputes

    Benefits of taking this course:

    • Students will cover the groundwork to become mediators in their preferred areas of practice or expertise.
    • They will improve their general and inter-cultural communication and negotiation skills, which are essential leadership qualities in South Africa.
    • They will acquire practical mediation skills training from experienced practitioners. This will enhance their existing competencies as problem solvers in their preferred industries and fields.
    • They will discover the potential of mediation as a flexible and creative process which encourages innovation in business, labour and in the various professions active in South Africa.
    • They will be introduced to court-aligned mediation and civil procedure in general.

    Testimonials from past students

    "I have studied and completed many courses throughout my career, but seldom have I experienced the joy and fulfilment that this mediation course brought me. It was extremely enriching, and I am excited by the mere thought of the possibilities to help others with my newly developed skills. I am an extremely proud and positive citizen of my beloved South Africa and it is my passion to make it a better place for all to live in." – Wynand Viljoen, retired police officer, Paarl, Western Cape (2020 online course)

    "A very interesting, challenging and rewarding experience. Coaching sessions were also very informative." – Nontlanga Mokoena, manager in manufacturing company, Port Elizabeth (2020 online course)

    "Professional, excellent value for money, a game changer." – Adrian Oelofse, human resource manager, Riversdale, Western Cape (2020 online course)

    "The course was well structured with a lot of rich learning objectives." – Marlon Hanson, senior human resources manager, Cape Town (2020 online course)

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  • Medical negligence and health sector mediation

    The only mediation course for the health sector in South Africa. A 40-hour course, which will earn you 30 CPD points for ethics. Download a provisional programme.

      Who should take this course?

      Anyone working in the private and public health sectors in South Africa, including:

      • Legal advisors
      • Doctors and other health professionals, clinical and industrial psychologists
      • Hospital superintendents, clinical- and nursing managers
      • Advocates and attorneys
      • In-house counsel
      • Senior healthcare administrators
      • Directors general of government health deportments
      • Other stakeholders and persons interested in becoming mediators in this sector

      Benefits of taking this course:

      • The course covers the groundwork enabling effective mediation in the healthcare sector and also in other preferred areas of practice or expertise
      • The new High Court Rule 41A, RAF matters as well as court-annexed mediation are covered.
      • General and intercultural communication and negotiation skills will be improved – all essential leadership qualities in South Africa.
      • Practical mediation skills will be acquired from experienced practitioners. This will enhance existing competencies as problem solvers in the work place and other fields.
      • The potential for mediation as a flexible, innovative and creative means of conflict and dispute resolution tool will be demonstrated in the health care environment.

      Testimonials from past students

      "All leaders and senior managers need to do this course in order for team dynamics to improve. Highly valuable, informative, easy to apply – I have applied it already" – Dr Thembisile Lynette Xulu, CEO of SANAC, Gauteng (2020 course)

      "I think every medical professional should attend this course. It teaches invaluable communication skills." – Dr Liesel Bösenberg, specialist physician, Pretoria (2020 course)

      "This course was absolutely amazing. It was more than I expected. I have learned so much, not only the new skills of mediation but on a personal level as well. It was definitely worth every moment." – Hanien du Preez, occupational therapist, Gauteng (2020 course)

      "The course was an eye opener and a valuable addition to my professional skills." – Professor Tholene Sodi, clinical psychologist, Limpopo (2020 course)

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    • Advocates, attorneys and other qualified legal practitioners mediation training

      This 60-hour course is 20 hours longer than standard mediation courses. It has been specially designed to enable lawyers to become mediators and mediation advocates in their spheres of speciality, including commercial, medical negligence, intellectual property, RAF and other matters. Download a provisional programme.

      Who should take this course?

      • Advocates
      • Attorneys
      • Members of the judiciary
      • Legal advisors
      • In-house counsel
      • Academics
      • State law advisers
      • Persons with legal training or background that wish to facilitate the consensual resolution of litigious matter

      Benefits of taking this course:

      • The legal landscape is changing rapidly, and lawyers must acquaint themselves with consensual mechanisms for the resolution of conflict.
      • Attorneys, advocates and legal advisers will be able to ensure compliance with the new High Court rules regarding mediation.
      • Lawyers are ideally suited lo become independent and impartial mediators in disputes not involving their own clients.
      • Their clients or their companies will also benefit since lawyers will be equipped to advise their clients on all facets of mediation and to assist them during all phases of the process.
      • Through mediation, clients will enjoy quicker access lo justice, easing overburdened court roles to the benefit of the judiciary and of all litigants.

      Testimonials from past students

      "Excellent course presented very well with exceptional lectures. Very interesting." – Adv Werner Calitz, Southern Cape Society of Advocates, associate member of the Cape Bar, George (2020 course)

      "I believe that each and every lawyer, manager and employee should attend this course." – Adv Mankakane V Magagane, Pabasa (2020 course)

      "This practical course has broadened my understanding and vision - worth every cent and minute." –  Adv Francois van der Merwe, South Cape Society of Advocates, associate member of the Cape Bar (2020 course)

      "The online mediation training surpassed my expectations and I found it to be seamless and convenient." – Adv Muneer Rabaney, Pretoria Society of Advocates (2020 course)  

      "This course is presented by people who know mediation and who are able to share their knowledge by teaching in a practical way. You emerge from a grueling week with usable skills." – Adv Mark Seale SC, Cape Bar (2020 course)  

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    • Government institutions, procurement and commercial mediation

      This 60-hour course is 20 hours longer than standard mediation courses. It has been specially designed to enable attendees to become mediators and mediation advocates in mediations involving government institutions including procurement-related disputes. Delegates that qualify will also be able to mediate other commercial disputes. The program includes the recent amendments to the Court Rules pertaining to mediation. Due to the extended hours delegates are advised to stay on the Nelson Wine Estate.

      Who should take this course?

      • Persons who want to become mediators of disputes involving:
        • Procurement contracts concluded by government and other organs of state
        • Implementation of such contracts
        • Other commercial disputes in the public and private sectors
      • Municipal, provincial and other government officials involved in disputes relating to:
        • Procurement
        • The implementation of contracts, or
        • Inter-governmental disputes
      • Members of the State Attorney’s Office
      • Legal advisors to companies that contract with government entities for the supply of goods and services
      • Attorneys, advocates and other legal advisors
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    Course presenters

    Adv Alan Nelson SC has practised as an advocate for 40 years and was by his own admission an aggressive trial lawyer. He has acted as a judge in the Cape High Court. Alan has undergone extensive mediation training both locally and abroad at the Institute for Peace and Dialogue in Switzerland. He is an accredited CEDR mediator. Over the past nine years he has mediated a vast number of disputes in many different conflict situations including multiparty disputes. Alan frequently addresses audiences on mediation and has been a part of the UCT Law@work mediation training team for many years. Alan serves on three mediation panels and is an elected member of the ADR Forum of the Western Cape Government. Alan is the founding member of the Mediation Foundation for Peace and Justice, Mediation in Motion Not for Profit and the Nelson Peace Centre.

    Oscar Siwali has worked with a range of organisations operating in the fields of conflict transformation, human rights, and election monitoring and observation in the African continent for the past twenty years. He has worked with Chapter 9 institutions such as the office of the Public Protector, national human rights institutions, various government departments as well as NGOs, the military and police. He has extensive experience in training and capacity building, facilitation, community conflict resolution, and mediation. Oscar is a peace builder and conflict transformation practitioner.

    Professor Johan Walters is a retired orthopaedic surgeon and former head of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UCT. He is an accredited mediator and has 35 years of experience in the preparation of medicolegal reports. He served on a preliminary committee of inquiry for the HPCSA, and is a member of the SAMLS. He has coached mediators for UCT Law@Work and Mediation in Motion Training Pty Ltd.

    Daniel Nelson is a highly trained and experienced information technology specialist with international experience. Daniel is a co-founder of Mediation in Motion Training Pty Ltd and is passionate about promoting mediation, especially in the IT, business and agricultural sectors. He has played a key role in the development of MiM's innovative process that connects mediators with their prospective clients. Daniel first trained as a mediator in 2011 and in 2013 successfully completed the UCT/MiM commercial mediation course. He has since become a member of the UCT/MiM team of trainers. He is also a Harvard trained negotiator, specialising in strategic deal-making for the long term.


    Closing date for registration: Registrations and payment must be received 7 days before the course starts.

    To register: Complete and submit the registration form. You will then be given the payment information. Please note that registrations will not be accepted until payment has been made.