The Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa (AFSA) is a private dispute resolution authority which manages and administers the confidential resolution of a wide-range of local and international disputes by way of mediation, adjudication, arbitration and related processes. AFSA’s head office is in Sandton, Johannesburg, with branch offices in Cape Town, Pretoria, Durban and Mthatha.
AFSA is a non-profit organisation which counts amongst its founding members many of the leading firms and institutions in the attorney, accounting and advocate professions as well as organised business and affiliated bodies. AFSA operates through its Secretariat consisting of specialised executive staff. Arbitrators, mediators and adjudicators
are appointed from AFSA’s extensive Panels consisting of leading practitioners.
AFSA is the national and regional leader in its field and is named as the preferred dispute resolution authority in the King III Report on Corporate Governance.
AFSA administers numerous local business disputes and since 2017 handles a wide range of international disputes making AFSA a premier dispute resolution authority on the African continent.
AFSA offers a full-framework of professional services for a confidential business-like and expedited outcome of disputes referred to its Secretariat.
AFSA Divisions and Services
To meet the growing need for dispute resolution services, AFSA has created various specialist divisions with advisory panels to ensure that AFSA keeps abreast with new trends and developments.
Supervises the resolution of disputes where the parties are South African in accordance with its Commercial and Expedited Rules.
CAJAC Johannesburg is a subsidiary of AFSA, and a founding member of the international association of leading arbitration institutions which make up the CAJAC arbitration mechanism. CAJAC was established at the instance of the 51 States who are members of the Forum of China Africa Cooperation to meet the need for a credible China-Africa dispute resolution mechanism, necessitated by the growing trade between China and Africa.
CAJAC offers disputing parties the neutrality, speed, confidentiality and flexibility
required to resolve China-Africa commercial disputes in an amicable manner.
CAJAC offers disputing parties internationally based rules and a professionally administered process, tailor-made for China-Africa dispute resolution in convenient, well equipped venues as well as a carefully selected panel of independent, neutral and qualified arbitrators and mediators.
CAJAC Johannesburg is chaired by Advocate Michael Kuper SC.