Committee

Adell-Mári Wolmarans

CHAIRPERSON

BA(Social Work)Hons / BSc(Psychology)Hons

Adell-Mari is an accredited Family and Divorce Mediator with the South African Association of Mediators (SAAM) since 2009 and has been serving as the Chairperson of SAAM since November 2018. As a mental health professional, Adell-Mari is registered with the South-African Council for Social Service Professions (SACSSP) and is a registered Masters Degree student at the North West University completing her studies in Forensic Social Work.

Adell-Mari is passionate about helping families in crisis and as a family and divorce mediator, believes that the manner by which a family, – divorce or post-divorce dispute is settled, sets the tone for the future. With the best interest of the child standard as guidance, Adell-Mari perceive mediation as a way of preserving and enhancing restructured relationships.

Dr Lynette Roux

Qualification Standards

Clinical Psychologist 

Dr Lynette Roux is a clinical psychologist who has been practicing for over 30 years. She specialises in psycho-legal and forensic work. Dr Lynette Roux is an accredited mediator, accredited parenting co-ordinator, accredited supervisor and accredited trainer.

Susan Harris

Accreditation

BA / LLB / LLM

Is an attorney, mediator and arbitrator. She has worked in the ADR field since 1994. She has been on the SAAM EXCO Committee from 1994 until 2015 and again from 2018 to date. She is chairperson of the Accreditations panel.

An alumnis of the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS), she graduated cum laude with an LLM in 1994. She has lectured at the Practical Legal Training School and at the WITS Law School. She has extensive experience mediating for the CCMA, the Bargaining Council for the Motor Industry and in private practice. She also does voluntary mediations for Family Life Centre (FAMSA) and pro bono work for Probono.org.

Johan Venter

Legal

Dip Iuris / LLB

Johan has extensive legal knowledge and experience and has served in various capacities in the Department of Justice including as magistrate and prosecutor in a career spanning 30 years. He holds Dip Iuris, LLB qualifications, both obtained through UNISA. During 2017 Johan was accredited as a family law Mediator and also co-opted to the SAAM EXCO as a director where he serves in the portfolio Legal and Compliance. In addition to the above Johan also serves on the ECXO’s of two NPO’s; Mighty Wings, an outpatient drug rehabilitation facility and Irwin Animal Rescue Centre.

Melissa Dolphin-Rowland

Events

BA / Hons Psychology

Melissa is an accredited Family and Divorce Mediator with the South African Association of Mediators (SAAM). She is also a chartered graduate member of the British Psychological Society (MBPsS) and holds an Honours degree in Psychology and BA degree in Counselling Psychology, which she obtained Cum Laude from the University of South Africa (UNISA). Melissa is currently conducting Masters research into the “Lived experiences of parties pre, during and post-divorce mediation” through the Psychology department at UNISA in collaboration with the Institute of Dispute Resolution Africa (IDRA).

Orné Louw

Training

BA Hons Training management

Orné has 3 main passions that has shaped her life and work spanning 45 +years namely family (own and others), human development and gardening. A great part of her career was spent, nationally and internationally, in the fields of substance abuse and HIV and AIDS prevention for which she is recognised as prevention specialist by the United Nations Drug Control Program. For the past number of years she has extended her practice to include mediation as a SAAM accredited mediator, NLP Life Coaching, program development and training (she has a B. Hons degree in training management and is an accredited ETDP Seta Assessor). She co-manages the East Rand Mediators Forum and it is pro bono project, is a SAAM accredited mediation supervisor and serves on the SAAM Exco as member responsible for training. She is still gardening ….

Niel du Plessis

Public Relations

(LLB)(UP)

Niel du Plessis is an admitted attorney with right of appearance in the High Court of South Africa, practicing as a director in the name and style of Modiba Du Plessis Attorneys, a general practice situated in Pretoria.

Niel is further a passionate mediator and advocates the use of mediation in all disputes and/ or proceedings, accredited by SAAM in the fields of family and/ or divorce mediation and also civil mediation. Niel is of the opinion that all family matters should be resolved by mediation in the interest of the children and considering the impact on the financial well-being of parties pre or post-divorce. Further, Niel believes that the legal practice is developing to the benefit of all South Africans in addressing access to justice for all and expedited legal proceedings by facilitating mediation as a part or first stop for litigation in all matters.”

Adv. Sias Reyneke

Ethics

BA LL.B. [Rand Afrikaans University]

Sias is presently practicing as a member of the Duma Nokwe Group of Advocates, specializing in construction law, commercial law and administrative law litigation and arbitrations.

Acting Judge of the High Court of South Africa [Gauteng North] for periods during 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008 and 2010 and has been appointed and acted as arbitrator in several commercial and construction related disputes.

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Dr M de Jong

Compliance

BLC (Pret) LLB (Pret) LLD (Unisa)

Dr Madelene (Leentjie) de Jong completed her BLC degree in 1984 and her LLB degree in 1986 at the University of Pretoria. She started her working career in Pretoria in 1987 as a candidate attorney at Couzyn, Hertzog & Horak Inc. After her admission as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa, she joined Du Plessis & Eksteen, where she practised as an attorney from 1989 to 1990. She joined Unisa in 1991 as a lecturer in Family Law in the Department of Private Law. She was promoted to a senior lectureship in 1994, an associate professorship in 2004 and a full professorship in 2008. She retired from Unisa at the end of 2019 and is now a full-time mediator, parenting coordinator and divorce liquidator.

In 2003 she obtained her LLD degree from Unisa on the strength of a thesis entitled “Divorce mediation in South Africa – a comparative study”. She is the co-author of four books and has published many articles on family law and, more specifically, matrimonial property law upon divorce, maintenance matters, divorce or family mediation, family arbitration and parenting coordination in various legal journals. In 2008 and 2013 she received the Hugo de Groot prize for the best short contribution to the Journal of Contemporary Roman Dutch Law and in 2018 she received the Hugo de Groot prize for the best article in this journal. Prof De Jong is a C1 NRF rated researcher.

She has delivered papers at various national and international conferences, mainly on alternative family dispute resolution, matrimonial property law and maintenance matters.

Dr de Jong is accredited as a divorce and family mediator and a parenting coordinator by SAAM. She has been practising as a part-time family mediator since 2004.

She is presently serving on the advisory committee of the South African Law Reform Commission’s Project 100D (Family Dispute Resolution: Care of and Contact with Children) and acting as project leader of the advisory committee of the South African Law Reform Commission’s Project 100B (Review of the Maintenance Act 99 of 1998).

She is also serving on the Board of Management of Child Welfare Tshwane.

Tania M. Lara Bocher

Members

UNISA [BA Health Sciences and Social Services & BA Honours Psychology Counselling]

Tania is an accredited Family & Divorce Mediator, and Supervisor to accrediting mediators. She is also a registered Restorative Justice practitioner and Cognitive Behavioural Coach.

Her psychology background includes the completion of her degrees through UNISA [BA Health Sciences and Social Services & BA Honours Psychology Counselling].

She has worked for many years with LifeLine and SADAG as a counsellor, facilitator and trainer, as well as assisted in compiling therapeutic programmes and training for the social workers of Ikhaya Lethemba shelter for abused women.

Tania is passionate about working with individuals, couples, and corporates. She believes family is of core importance in society. Children’s lives should be respected and childhood memories protected. To this end the focus in her family mediations centre around the Best Interests of the Child principal.

Tania’s core belief is that communication is key in all aspects of our lives. Mediation is therefore ideal to finding alternatives for high conflict situations.  Thereby allowing the parents the opportunity to improve communication and to find practical solutions through mediation.

Barry Greyvenstein

Vice Chairperson

BCom in Entrepreneurship

Barry practices as an SA- & internationally accredited Family and Divorce Mediator with Alternative Divorce. As co-founder of Mediation Academy, he is also an SA- & internationally accredited training facilitator.

He holds a BCom in Entrepreneurship with UNISA, as well as qualifications in family law, ISO-process design, training and marketing.

In 2019, he co-engineered the Zero-Math Maintenance Calculator and made it freely available to practitioners and the SA public.

Barry is an ardent enthusiast of SME’s and believes that technology, coupled with innovation, can bring access to justice to all South Africans – and create new opportunities in the process.

Rev. Leon Forsman

Treasurer

BA, BD (Theology)

Rev. Leon Forsman has a BA, BD (Theology), MTh Missional Leadership from the University of Pretoria and the University of Stellenbosch. Leon is a part-time pastor and full-time mediator and accredited Specialist Councillor, as well as a SAAM Accredited Trainer & Supervisor.