Hope Farm Needs a Miracle


As many of you know Access to Justice and ADR Network SA have been involved in assisting a group of refugees displaced in the attacks in April. Our initial involvement was to instruct attorneys to assist in securing their release from jail after they were arrested in the wake of the closure of the Chatsworth refugee camp.

This particular group had refused to leave since they felt they could neither accept an offer of repatriation, nor could they accept an offer of re-integration. They felt, with what I have learned, good reason that their lives were in danger in their home countries and they had obviously not been kept safe in the place where they sought refuge: our country

A significant component in securing their release was having somewhere to go. That somewhere was Hope Farm and the story has been widely published across SA and also elsewhere. This was an emergency situation. Desperate adults were being arrested and their terrified children were being removed from them.

As we saw things initially, Hope Farm would be a very transitional space of refuge and also a place for those willing to assist in identifying solutions to go and consult with the group.

Over the past months we have been involved in mobilizing legal teams to ward off attacks from outside the gates in the form of prosecution of the owners, threats of removal of the children and threats of further arrest

We have also been involved in various other forms of dispute resolution process, the myriad of which is complex to unpack but can, I am sure, be well-imagined by all

But the world has changed since the beginning of July when the group was released from jail, re-united with their children and moved to Hope Farm. In subsequent weeks we saw literally thousands of desperate Syrian Refugees traversing the ocean to try to get to safety in Europe. The lifeless body of a Syrian toddler on a beach literally broke the heart of humanity and it seemed that for a time, the world had become a kinder place to refugees.

In recent weeks, Paris has been attacked and a state of emergency declared. It seems the attackers have tried to “frame” Syrian refugees as the perpetrators. Notwithstanding that if one really thought things through one would question the plausibility of bomb proof passports, in addition to reports that all the attackers were French Citizens, I understand of Algerian descent. And French history with Algeria contains its own painful complexities.

Be that all as it may, my message today is this: the world has once again become hostile to refugees.

We are under immense pressure to find a solution for a desperately traumatized group. And to tell you the God-honest truth, right now I have absolutely no idea what to do.

We have done our utmost to ward off legal attacks, we have done our utmost to keep the peace within, we have worked to gain insight into the resettlement process and if statistics I have come across are anything to go by, the average time it has taken to resettle refugees in third counties worldwide over past generations is eighteen years.

Right now we need a miracle.

The thing is, I happen to believe in miracles.

As always, Peace

Sheena Jonker

Training enquiries: training@adr-networksa.co.za

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ADR and Mediator Training for the rest of the year and early 2016


We have completed our 5 day training program schedule for this year. Distance Learning Remains open to register and complete.

5 Day Training Early 2016

5 day training will resume in Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town on the last Monday to Friday of January, February and March 2016

You can register until 25 November 2015 at 50 {db4c0d2959e302539fe96b7aa3161328ff99665e8aefb664444410c6414dd29e} of the normal fee (ie R 5999 instead of R 11 999) on any of the above programs or the Distance Learning Programs

In addition to that concession the first 10 registrations will receive a smart watch compatible with apple or Samsung, up to the value of R 2000. Specs and available colours can be requested

1 Day training in various aspects of ADR

For the rest of the year we will host one day workshops. Next Friday’s is as follows:

We are holding a one day ARBITRATION TRAINING next week follows:

When: 20 November 2013

Where: 11 Delamore Road Hillcrest, Durban and Constitution Hill Johannesburg and TBC in  Cape Town

RSVP: training@adr-networksa.co.za

Cost: R 1000 payable to ADR Network SA FNB Number 62488968888 Br 223726

Includes: manuals and certificate of attendance

We are holding a one day workshop in UNDERSTANDING TRAUMA FOR MEDIATORS as follows:

When: 27 November 2013

Where: 11 Delamore Road Hillcrest, Durban and Constitution Hill Johannesburg and TBC in  Cape Town

RSVP: training@adr-networksa.co.za

Cost: R 1000 payable to ADR Network SA FNB Number 62488968888 Br 223726

Includes: manuals and certificate of attendance

Email: training@adr-networksa.co.za

Kindest regards

Sheena Jonker


Mobile: 0843773340

Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, Access to Justice, Restorative Justice

ADR Network SA (Pty) LTD sheena@adr-networksa.co.za for Private Dispute Resolution

ADR and Mediator Training training@adr-networksa.co.za

The Access to Justice Association of SA (NPO 135-398) sheena@accesstojustice.co.za for Access to Justice and Public Interest Matters




ADR Network SA featured Mediators



NARISSA HIRALALL is an attorney, partner in the firm Hiralall Attorneys and a member of the KZN Law Society. She is a CD/ACDS and CEDR-accredited Mediator. Narissa offers mediation services in Labour Law, Commercial Law, and various other areas. Narissa chairs disciplinary enquiries and represents parties at the CCMA and Bargaining Councils. She has joined the ADR Network SA panel.

Email: Narissa@adr-networksa.co.za



ROB RUSSELL Is a SAAM trained Family and Divorce Law Mediator, as well as a University of Pretoria trained Mediator and Arbitrator, I have an Advanced Cert in Labour Law as well as Dispute Resolution and various other certificates in Labour Law, Arbitration & Mediations. I developed a passion for Labour Law and Mediations/Arbitrations whilst serving as a Shop Steward for one of the largest Unions in the country, from there my interest in other branches of Mediations grew. I started my practice in 2007 and I am also a Mentor and Business Development Consultant to emerging Businesses in Mpumalanga. I am in the process of extending my services to the Northern Natal area. I am an ETDP SETA Assessor and I have facilitated training for the likes of Sasol, Univ of Polokwane and others.

Rob is a member of the ADR Network SA Panel

Email: rob@adr-networksa.co.za



ZAAHIRA TIRY (Qualifications – BCOM, LLB, LLM)

Zaahira Tiry founded ZTA Attorneys, the ZTA “Empire of Legal Expertise” in 2009. In 2014 Zaahira gave life to a peoples call for the formation of a regional political party in the Nelson Mandela Bay Region, namely the African Power Movement, known to all as “APM”.

As entrepreneur, lawyer, mediator, assessor, lecturer, public speaker and community leader – Zaahira stands united with power with her clients and all South Africans.

Zaahira is a member of the Standing Committee for Legal Education. She lectures for LEAD, the Legal Education and Development Division of the Law Society of South Africa. Her lecture topic of expertise is ‘Attorneys Bookkeeping’.

Zaahira Tiry as mediator and leader in dispute resolution is a member of the ADR Network South Africa Panel.

Zaahira obtained her Masters Qualification in law. The topic of her dissertation for this qualification is ‘Political Parties in South African Law’. She published a poetry book called, ‘The Greatness in You: The Masterpiece in Me’ to share with you her vision and message: “Who you are and who you inspire others to be, that is your most valuable contribution to our country.”

Email: zaahira@adr-networksa.co.za


ADR Training in Mediation 9-13 November 2015


Just a reminder that 5 day training is scheduled for 9-13 November 2015 as follows:

Durban at our offices in Hillcrest

Johannesburg at Constitution Hill

The Thursday covers prescribed content on Court Annexed Mediation and can be undertaken on its own

Email training@adr-networksa.co.za


Sheena Jonker