Latest news: Court Annexed Mediation Workshop, Justice Writers Workshops, Collateral Brandbuilding and Income Earning wnd other cool stuff

Greetings in peace.

Here is an update on some of the latest developments in the world of ADR and Access to Justice and Justice News:

1. JUSTICE NEWS

We have an an amazing response to the launch of Justice News. OPur current feature surrounds the controversy of Labour Exploitation Song released by Hip Hop group AmaCDE. Is it Anti-Indianism or a cry for help? Please go to www.justicenews.co  and participate in the discussion. We have had an amazing response by a south African of Indian origin. This should highlight the value of dialogue and it’s centrality to advocating for CARE over CURE
2. JUSTICE WRITERS
Writing is a powerful platform and we know we have access to some of the most brilliant legal minds and dispute resolution minds in South Africa. We want to activate you to write. Not only is this a powerful way of sensitizing society to alternatives in Justice, but the collateral benefit of writing in personal  brand building and income earning is immeasurable
We will be running a series of workshops specifically to activate writing and hopefully attract those writers to Justice News. Topics covered will include:
1. Simple disciplines to apply and get writing. Inspiration drawn from the artists way
2. Re-imagining social, political and economic structures for the betterment of all and the centrality of writing
3. Collateral benefits of writing: brand-building and consequential income earning. Practical how to’s
Our first workshop will run in Durban on 17 September 2014 from 9am to 4pm. The cost is R 1000 and includes manuals and light snacks and refreshments

Please confirm your place via EFT as follows:

The Access to Justice Association of Southern Africa
FNB 62481988916
Br 223726
Ref: Surname/JNWW

Please send proof of payment and we will revert with confirmation of your registration together with PDF manuals for pre-reading

3. COURT  ANNEXED MEDIATION

We are conducting a series of workshops particularly to supplement existing training in the area of upcoming Court Annexed Mediation and proposed accreditation standards. Manuals cover basic civil procedure, the role of the mediator, norms and standards and other matters specific to Court Annexed Mediation. The workshops are organic in the sense that the project is still unfolding and there will be updates to material and regular ongoing workshops as a platform for learning and discussion

Costs are as follows:
Registered Panellists no charge
Past and Existing Trainees R 200-covers cost and manuals and updates
All others R 1000  –includes manuals and updates to manuals

Upcoming workshops are:
Durban 25 September 2014 9am to 4pm
Johannesburg 25 September 9am to 4pm
Cape Town 25 September 9am to 4pm
Bloemfontein 11 September 9am to 4pm

Please confirm your place via EFT as follows:

The Access to Justice Association of Southern Africa
FNB 62481988916
Br 223726
Ref: Surname/CAMdbn or CAMct or CAMjnb or CAMbloem

Please send proof of payment whereupon PDF manuals shall be delivered for pre-reading

4. DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAM
We have a limited amount of places on our distance learning program still available at a subsidized rate of R 3000. This is suitable for those who cannot take off 5 consecutive days. Contact time will be made up via webinars and attendance at half day seminars
For more information please email training@adr-networksa.co.za with “distance learning subsidy” in the header

5.  ACCESS TO JUSTICE PROVINCIAL SUBSTRUCTURES
If you have not yet joined Access to Justice, and wish to do so, please send an email with “access to justice” in the header to sheena@accesstojustice.co.za
6.  ACCESS TO JUSTICE GOLF DAY
Please diarise 18 November in Durban for the first annual Access to Justice Golf Day. If you are interested in entering, sponsoring a fourball, prizes or a green or tee, it will be great exposure for legal services or ADR and ancillary services. Please send an email to sheena@accesstojustice.co.za with “Golf Day” in the header
Also if you are keen to help us host a golf day in any other centre, please get in touch similarly

7.  FIVE DAY PROGRAMS
For Upcoming dates or a proposal on in-house training, please send an email to training@adr-networksa.co.za with “Five Day Training” in the header
Please NOTE: The Cape Town program runs next week. If you still wish to attend contact us urgently on training@adr-networksa.co.za
Remember that past trainees just pay cost of catering (normally R 220 per day) and panellists attend Thursday (ie Court Annexed Mediation) at no charge

8. JUSTICE NEWS
www.justicenews.co Our Online News Postal, Justice News is live! This is an aggregator bringing together the work of dynamic bloggers and writers that write around legal, social, political and economic justice and creation care. In time you will be able to buy advertising space. To link your blog, or website, please send an email to justicenews@accesstojustice.co.za  with “Justice News” in the header. Also please send an email to justicenews@accesstojustice.co.za to query advertising opportunities. Use the header “Advertising”

9. PANEL

If you wish to join the panel of ADR Network SA or as a service provider to Access to Justice, please email panel@adr-networksa.co.za and legalservices@accesstojustice.co.za with “panel” and “service provider” in the respective headers

Panellists enjoy ongoing attendance at training times and newtworking functions either at no charge or preferential rates
Thanks for your attention, support and continued interest in our work.
Please send your thoughts.
As always,
Peace
Sheena Jonker
0843773340
sheena@mediatorsa.co.za
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I blog in peace.
Here is an update on some of the latest developments in the world of ADR and Access to Justice:
1. JUSTICE NEWS

We have an an amazing response to the launch of Justice News. OPur current feature surrounds the controversy of Labour Exploitation Song released by Hip Hop group AmaCDE. Is it Anti-Indianism or a cry for help? Please go to www.justicenews.co  and participate in the discussion. We have had an amazing response by a south African of Indian origin. This should highlight the value of dialogue and it’s centrality to advocating for CARE over CURE
2. JUSTICE WRITERS
Writing is a powerful platform and we know we have access to some of the most brilliant legal minds and dispute resolution minds in South Africa. We want to activate you to write. Not only is this a powerful way of sensitizing society to alternatives in Justice, but the collateral benefit of writing in personal  brand building and income earning is immeasurable
We will be running a series of workshops specifically to activate writing and hopefully attract those writers to Justice News. Topics covered will include:
1. Simple disciplines to apply and get writing. Inspiration drawn from the artists way
2. Re-imagining social, political and economic structures for the betterment of all and the centrality of writing
3. Collateral benefits of writing: brand-building and consequential income earning. Practical how to’s
Our first workshop will run in Durban on 17 September 2014 from 9am to 4pm. The cost is R 1000 and includes manuals and light snacks and refreshments

Please confirm your place via EFT as follows:

The Access to Justice Association of Southern Africa
FNB 62481988916
Br 223726
Ref: Surname/JNWW

Please send proof of payment and we will revert with confirmation of your registration together with PDF manuals for pre-reading

3. COURT  ANNEXED MEDIATION

We are conducting a series of workshops particularly to supplement existing training in the area of upcoming Court Annexed Mediation and proposed accreditation standards. Manuals cover basic civil procedure, the role of the mediator, norms and standards and other matters specific to Court Annexed Mediation. The workshops are organic in the sense that the project is still unfolding and there will be updates to material and regular ongoing workshops as a platform for learning and discussion

Costs are as follows:
Registered Panellists no charge
Past and Existing Trainees R 200-covers cost and manuals and updates
All others R 1000  –includes manuals and updates to manuals

Upcoming workshops are:
Durban 25 September 2014 9am to 4pm
Johannesburg 25 September 9am to 4pm
Cape Town 25 September 9am to 4pm
Bloemfontein 11 September 9am to 4pm

Please confirm your place via EFT as follows:

The Access to Justice Association of Southern Africa
FNB 62481988916
Br 223726
Ref: Surname/CAMdbn or CAMct or CAMjnb or CAMbloem

Please send proof of payment whereupon PDF manuals shall be delivered for pre-reading

4. DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAM
We have a limited amount of places on our distance learning program still available at a subsidized rate of R 3000. This is suitable for those who cannot take off 5 consecutive days. Contact time will be made up via webinars and attendance at half day seminars
For more information please email training@adr-networksa.co.za with “distance learning subsidy” in the header

5.  ACCESS TO JUSTICE PROVINCIAL SUBSTRUCTURES
If you have not yet joined Access to Justice, and wish to do so, please send an email with “access to justice” in the header to sheena@accesstojustice.co.za
6.  ACCESS TO JUSTICE GOLF DAY
Please diarise 18 November in Durban for the first annual Access to Justice Golf Day. If you are interested in entering, sponsoring a fourball, prizes or a green or tee, it will be great exposure for legal services or ADR and ancillary services. Please send an email to sheena@accesstojustice.co.za with “Golf Day” in the header
Also if you are keen to help us host a golf day in any other centre, please get in touch similarly

7.  FIVE DAY PROGRAMS
For Upcoming dates or a proposal on in-house training, please send an email to training@adr-networksa.co.za with “Five Day Training” in the header
Please NOTE: The Cape Town program runs next week. If you still wish to attend contact us urgently on training@adr-networksa.co.za
Remember that past trainees just pay cost of catering (normally R 220 per day) and panellists attend Thursday (ie Court Annexed Mediation) at no charge

8. JUSTICE NEWS
www.justicenews.co Our Online News Postal, Justice News is live! This is an aggregator bringing together the work of dynamic bloggers and writers that write around legal, social, political and economic justice and creation care. In time you will be able to buy advertising space. To link your blog, or website, please send an email to justicenews@accesstojustice.co.za  with “Justice News” in the header. Also please send an email to justicenews@accesstojustice.co.za to query advertising opportunities. Use the header “Advertising”

9. PANEL

If you wish to join the panel of ADR Network SA or as a service provider to Access to Justice, please email panel@adr-networksa.co.za and legalservices@accesstojustice.co.za with “panel” and “service provider” in the respective headers

Panellists enjoy ongoing attendance at training times and networking functions either at no charge or preferential rates
Thanks for your attention, support and continued interest in our work.
Please send your thoughts.
As always,
Peace
Sheena Jonker
0843773340.
sheena@mediatorsa.co.za.

What’s up with the AmaCDE song?

I think it was 20th Century Catholic Archbishop who said when I feed the poor they call me a saint, but when I ask why the poor are hungry, they call me a communist.

Hold that thought

AmaCDE’s song, Umhlaba Uzobuya, has caused widespread controversy, sparking a national dialogue on the notion of what some view as “Anti-Indianism”.

The ruling party has come out strongly condemning the song and calling for its banning. In an opinion piece yesterday, Senzo Mchunu says “in a democratic country such as ours, we must work towards the creation of a society of people who live peacefully, and whose thoughts are of positive sentiments of love and concern for other people, thinking about how to help the next person. We need to work together to build the spirituality of all our people so that anyone who comes to Kwazulu-Natal will remember the smiles of the people of this province”

I met with the lyricist of the song yesterday, and anyone looking for the lyrics should please email me at sheena@accesstojustice.co.za. This is good. Before we opine. Before we pronounce. Let us think. So a good place to start is with the lyrics. Do they condemn Indians? No. The narrator of the song speaks of his abuse at the hands of an Indian Employer. In my work in alternative dispute resolution, access to justice and restorative justice peacemaking, this narrative is replicated in South Africa, across the board and across the races. But in Kwazulu-Natal, the demographics are such that in the main, in Industry, the Employers are Indian, and the workforce is Afrikan. And there is abuse. There is exploitation. There is widespread brutality. Let’s just be honest. Not in every workplace. But it is widespread.

If I were speaking of Industry in other provinces, the demographics may be different, but narratives of the workforce remain hauntingly similar: widespread abuse, exploitation and brutality. Sadly I’m not surmizing, I’m not guessing….I do this work. I get these calls. I get the first-hand cries for help.

I respect Senzo Mchunu’s sentiments. I really do. Much like the love and light brigade that would have us think only happy thoughts, that is the ideal and we all need to work towards a nation where is possible that beautiful South African smiles don’t mask the pain of widespread continued economic exploitation and exclusion. And the brutality that comes with it.

I am in the process of running an ADR Dialogue in this area of Kwazulu-Natal. A court recently acknowledged that public violence charges against a group of protesting employees were complex and acceded to submissions made, ordering an attempt at ADR Diversion. This is a managed dialogue process where all interested parties are invited to unpack, look at and dialogue around the originating source of protests that lead to the arrests of 46. An interim mediation summary is available. It is before the court already and you can get a copy from me at sheena@adr-networksa.co.za. The dialogue reveals that workers are subject to ongoing human rights violations in the workplace. Again, this is in Kwazulu-Natal, but if we are conscious in South Africa, we know that workers have similar narratives all over South Africa and at the hands of Employers across the racial divide.

But this is Kwazulu-Natal. For convenience I repeat: in industry, Employers are largely Indian. The workforce is largely Afrikan.

Cries for help are being and have been ignored. For over twenty years. And for about three centuries before that. So getting back to the AmaCDE song. This is a personal narrative. Someone is being abused. A story is being told. But it mirrors the narrative of many. It gives a voice to multitudes.  Are we then to say that it’s okay that the plight of millions of South Africans is being ignored. Cries for help amount to little. But then we say that we must not talk about what is happening to us because it might incite hatred against our abuser? Is this what we are saying.

I don’t think this song has sparked racial tensions. Racial tensions are there. We need to be honest. This song has the potential to spark action. Mobilize hope in our land.

I notice we are spending millions to beef up police services. Police are not going to keep us safe. Let’s not kid ourselves. The only thing that has any hope of keeping us safe is that South Africans everywhere decide to get serious about dismantling systems that perpetuate economic exploitation and exclusion

The lyricist acknowledges the contribution of Indians to the struggle. He and the group he is associated with work with many Indians to dismantle exploitation and human rights violations. But there is an honesty that is needed. The world over Hip Hop artists say what others are thinking. Rise above the political correctness of “let’s think happy thoughts and say only positive things.” They confront real issues.

If we edge towards the shutting down of the creatives, I fear for all of us. That will spark the kind of anger that leads to war. Let’s not do that. As Steve Hofmeyr merrily leads his adoring fans in Die Stem all over and in the face of those brutalized by Apartheid, with abandon,  let’s have the conversation. Let’s use this opportunity to say what needs to be said and confront what needs to be confronted.

But let’s not tell the abused and the exploited that they may not speak of what is happening to them.

This is an opportunity for us to become concerned. We never change what we are not concerned about. And we can never be concerned about what we do not know of. The AmaCDE song tells us many are still in pain. It lets us know. We advocate for CARE over CURE. We need to become a deeply caring society. Care will leave us with less necessity for cure.

The cure strategy in this is banning the song. It will get us nowhere. The care strategy is let’s be honest. South Africans are suffering. This is an opportunity to start doing something.

1994 was about peacekeeping. But that is durable for only so long. We need to make peace now. And peace can only really exist where there is justice. And in our land justice will only be accomplished through the displacing of systems that allow for continued exploitation and exclusion.

So let’s not ban the song and think happy thoughts. Let’s really ask why this song was written and then do something.

Sheena St Clair Jonker

Founder: ADR Network South Africa and The Access Justice Association of Southern Africa