The South African Association of Mediators, also known as SAAM, is a registered Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) which 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 practice. 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 training of mediators. Driven to transform as a current and up to date organisation continually, SAAM is mindful of a growing mission and vision and thus proposes specific goals.
- To enhance and uphold the status of mediation in South Africa and to promote the notion of mediation as a sound process for dispute resolution in various circumstances;
- Establish regulated, predictable, fair and consistent standards and procedures for admission to the profession of mediation;
- To coordinate training opportunities according to standards set by NABFAM/DISAC and/or by the Association and according to international standards;
- To accredit mediators in Family, Civil/Commercial, Labour and Restorative Justice and other disciplines appropriate for mediation and ADR;
- To provide conferences and training opportunities to its members and interested parties for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) purposes;
- To set standards and norms of performance and ethics and to ensure that these standards and norms of performance and ethics of its members are maintained.
- To be the preferred Mediation and ADR association for Mediators and ADR practitioners in Southern Africa;
- To continuously promote mediation and ADR disciplines in South Africa;
- To unify the mediation industry in Southern Africa;
- To set and follow acceptable international standards for training, conduct and qualifications of mediators and ADR practitioners;
- To set the benchmark in developing the mediation and ADR industry;
- To collaborate with Government Departments, other Associations in the same industry, training institutions and places of learning including but not limited to universities;