Committee

Adell-Mári Wolmarans

CHAIRPERSON

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

Parenting Coordination & Medical-Legal

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.

Dr Tania Holz

Correspondence & Notices

Dr Tania Holz has worked with children and families since 1989 in her capacity as teacher and later as Educational Psychologist. She has experience and training with regards to psycho-educational assessments, intervention and diagnosis, psychotherapy and psycho-legal assessments and intervention within her scope of practice. She is further accredited as a Family and Divorce mediator and Supervisor of mediators and Educational Psychology Interns.

Nicola Arend

Regionals & Membership

As a mental health professional, I am registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). My career has spanned the justice system, working with the police, the courts and correctional facilities. I work extensively with distressed adults and children and I am trained in forensic interviewing of people in distress. I gently facilitate participation using tools that stimulate conversation. In my mediation practice, I have experienced family disputes having an enormous emotional impact on the family members, adults and children. By consulting with each family member individually to hear each perspective and then meeting with all the family members together, we discuss the issues, discover each person’s role in the conflict and find workable solutions.

Susan Harris

Accreditation

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. <p>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 & Compliance

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.

Adv. Charlene Labuschagne

Commercial

BSc, Hon, MSc (Nuclear Medicine), BA (Communications), LLB (Commercial Law), LLM (Companies Law).

Charlene Labuschagne has practised law as an admitted advocate for more than 12 years. Prior to being a lawyer, she headed up the Corporate Communications Departments in both the private and government sectors for more than 15 years. She started her career in the 1980’s in nuclear medicine, as a researcher in a pharmaceutical plant. She further runs a commercial mediation and change management practice. Apart from being accredited by both Conflict Dynamics and the South African Association of Mediators, the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution, CEDR, in the UK, has also accredited her. She is the owner of retail businesses in the pet industry, and is very familiar with veterinary, medico-legal, commercial and pharmaceutical matters. Currently, she is serving as an Executive Member of the South African Association of Mediators, heading up the Commercial Mediator’s portfolio.

Melissa Dolphin-Rowland

Events

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

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

Relationship Management

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. <p>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.

Rev. Leon Forsman

Treasurer

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.

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Barry Greyvenstein

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.