WHO I AM, AND WHY I’M A MEDIATOR
I grew up in the Northern Cape, South Africa . I have vast experience in Risk Management and Para-Legal matters. ( Law of agency, Contract Law, Common Law, Insolvency Law, Law of delict, Property Law, Company Law, Law of Partnerships and trust, Labour Law, Copyright Law, Patent Law, Family Law, Customary Law, Law of Person, Law of Succession, Civil Procedure, Criminal Procedure, Administrative Law, Education Law). I have more 25 years of experience in advising and assisting thousands of consumers over the years to manage their finances, clear their salaries and bank accounts from un-procedural deductions from collectors and assisted many individuals to remove their names from the credit bureaux succesfuly. I am also involve in consumer education, I am teaching consumers legal and financial skill via ringtones, audio, CD and DVDs, Podcasts. I graduated with a BA in Law in 2006 and completed a debt counselling course in 2008, practised as a debt counsellor until 2009. In the same year I have been recruited to take up a legal manger post the banking sector herein I spearheaded the debt restructuring department, left the banking sector and I’ve been here ever since. I became a civil mediator because of the opportunity to help people with legal problems, the “chess game” challenges presented by the adversary system, the opportunity to learn about the diverse issues involved in the wide range of cases I handled, and the drama of the courtroom.
Over the years, I also found that the best result for a client was not always achieved through full-blown litigation and trial. Instead, a well-timed analysis of the risks and costs of going forward, and a frank and professional dialog with the opposition, usually resulted in settlement. I learned early on that settlement skills were as important for a mediator as were courtroom skills – and perhaps even more important, since the vast majority of civil cases are in fact settled before trial.