The South African
Association of Mediators


The South African Association of Mediators, also known as SAAM, is a registered Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) that acts as a professional regulatory body for its members.

Proudly, SAAM is a founding member of the National Accreditation Board for Family Mediators (NABFAM). In accordance with this, SAAM occupies two seats on the NABFAM Executive Board. As part of the process of defining and adopting sound standards, the executive committee sought to align South African Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) standards with international best practices. As such SAAM accreditation aims at supporting standards consistent with that of the International Mediation Institute (IMI). Fundamentally SAAM’s contribution to the complex and valued function of the practice of mediation in South Africa is based on solid foundations. These foundations are upheld by sound education and the training of mediators. Driven to transform as a current and up-to-date organisation continually.

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What does NABFAM Accreditation mean?

If a mediator is “NABFAM Accredited”, it means that the Practitioner:

    • An Accredited Mediator is a Mediator whose competency in the practice of mediation has been accredited according to National Accreditation Board for Family Mediators (NABFAM) standards through a NABFAM member organization, such as SAAM.
    • Has undergone approved training as a mediator/arbitrator
    • Was independently assessed and found to be competent
    • Has agreed to practice under supervision (and disciplinary processes) of a NABFAM Accredited Supervisor
    • Has agreed to abide by the Code of Conduct of their member organisation, and
    • Is subject to continued professional development requirements

Are all Mediators Accredited?

There is currently no regulatory requirement that mediators accredit themselves. This means that some people without the necessary qualifications hold themselves out to be mediators.

SAAM provides industry supported certification of qualification and good standing. This accreditation is voluntary, and provides peace of mind to the public that a SAAM accredited mediator meets the minimum industry standards for practice.





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