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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.

SAAM is a Member Organisation for Family Mediators

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.

Online Events

Online Course

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The South African Association of Mediators (SAAM) is proud to present an engaging series of webinars for the rest of the year.

These webinars are designed to equip professionals in the field of mediation with valuable insights, techniques, and updates on various aspects of mediation. 


We have curated a diverse lineup of speakers who will share their expertise and experiences, providing attendees with a wealth of knowledge and practical tools.

Friday 22 September

Dr Lynette Roux and Mrs Vanessa Naidoo

New research on the importance of shared residency

and contact schedules

Friday 13 October

Simone Lamberti

A to Z of section 33 applications in terms of the Prevention of and Treatment for Substance Abuse Act 70 of 2008

Friday 24 November

 Magriet van Schalkwyk

Working with children who have been

traumatised or sexually abused

Friday  27  October

Stella Coetzee and Leentjie de Jong

Calculation of accrual claims

Webinar Postponed to 2024 due to Clarks Family Law Conference

Friday 10 November

Ms Elana van den Berg (Momentum) 

What family mediators should know when dealing with spouses’

pension interests upon divorce

Friday 26 January 2024

Toula Pleaner

The experiences of intimate partner violence from a systemic perspective as experienced by middle-aged

women residing in urban SA

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