Alternative Dispute Resolution Capacity Building Training


I greet you in peace. Please see email below from Gerhard. Have a careful look if you intend devoting your career to Alternative Dispute Resolution in the future. Please respond on





Dear Sheena,

As per our discussion this
morning, there is a growing demand for ADR across South
Africa, and with this in mind, our efforts over
the next few months would have to be on building more capacity and growing the
ADR-Network SA panellists in order to service this demand.

finalisation of the Access to Justice foundation will increase the demand
further. I believe we have been receiving quite a few enquiries regarding the
training program that we host, and I think it would be good if we can get some
indication of their interest in our training program with a view of building
capacity over the next few weeks and months.

Of course, on successful
completion of the programme the trainees will have the option of becoming
panellists, after which we can start referring mediation work to them as the
network grows.

Ideally, we are looking for individuals who are passionate
enough to make a full-time career as ADR practitioners.

Is it possible
for us to contact all those who enquired into our programme and get the
following information in order for us to let those who are interested know when
we have workshops in their area:

1. Full names
2. E-mail Address
Contact number(s)
4. Address (Suburb, City, Province)
5. Industry
currently employed in/studying

The above can be sent to with ‘workshop’ in the subject line.

I am
also in the process of looking into the creation of systems that will be able to
handle the increased amount of cases in future and to implement standard
operating procedures for such case handling.

This really is exciting
times for ADR, as we see a growing shift in focus from adversarial ways to
methods that emphasize restorative justice.

Please do not hesitate should
you require more information on any of the above.

regards/Vriendelike Groete
Gerhard Borstlap
Ba Law, International
Operations Director
ADR-Network SA
+27 (0) 83 280 6536


Restorative Justice for Sanele May, all victims and road users


I blog in peace. And I blog today with a specific request. We are activating for an ADR Restorative Justice Process in the matter S V Sanele May. May has been charged with 23 counts of murder. I have watched this case closely and worked with his legal team who are supportive of an ADR process. I have spent some time with May (he is known as May) and I have observed many human rights abuses in this particular matter.

Of great concern though in the criminal justice process is the fact that the Truck was tested by the truck owner’s forensic experts and then returned to the truck owner before May’s defence has had an opportunity to conduct it’s own forensic analysis. My view is that forensics have already been compromised and the matter should not proceed. I believe that this matter should be investigated by an Independent Commission of Inquiry. And so with some guidance from Advocate Dali Mpofu as well as some of those in the Department of Justice, I have drafted an application in terms of Sections 84 and Section 206 of the Constitution which will be served on Senzo Mchunu, KZN Premier. In support, we have established a petition which went live on Sunday and we need signatures of those who back this course of action.

An independent process to establish facts will pave the way for an ADR Restorative Process later which we believe is the only process that is able to honour truth, accountability, healing and restoration and ultimately transformed Road Safety for us all.

If you back us please sign the following petition and share it far and wide.

For regular updates of the bail application today, please follow me on twitter @sheena_ostjon.

As always, peace

Sheena Jonker