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Selina Tshabalala Celebrates 20 Years with  AFSA

March 10, 2019
Congratulations to Selina Tshabalala, AFSA’s Training Coordinator, who recently celebrated 20 years of service years with AFSA. Selina is well-know to the many students who completed AFSA’s Advanced Programme in Alternative Dispute Resolution.

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AFSA  Board appointed

March 10, 2019
AFSA has pleasure in announcing a significant enlargement of its Board of Directors following the amendment of its Memorandum of Incorporation in order to reflect its national and international activities.
  • Advocate Michael Kuper SC (Chairman)
  • Advocate Ghandi Badela
  • Advocate Aslam Bava SC
  • Advocate Azhar Bham SC
  • Timothy Fletcher
  • Advocate Patrick Lane SC (Vice-Chair)
  • Stuart McCafferty
  • Leslie Mkhabela
  • Advocate Lindi Nkosi-Thomas SC (Vice-Chair)
  • Advocate Anthea Platt SC
  • Advocate Leon Sibeko SC
  • Desmond Williams

Establishment of  AFSA  Branch in Eastern Cape

March 10, 2019
An AFSA branch will soon be established in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape to provide arbitration and mediation services to both the public and private sector in the Eastern Cape.

This follows an approach by a number of legal practitioners from the Eastern Cape who saw the need to establish an AFSA branch in this region. A committee was established comprising legal practitioners who practice in Mthatha, East London and Johannesburg. The committee members, now the founding members of the AFSA Eastern Cape branch, include:

Adv V Notshe SC, Adv MM Matyumza, Adv V Msiwa, Adv E M Matanda, Adv B Metu, Adv SX Mapoma, Adv G Badela, Adv Z Ndesi Gilikidla and practising attorneys Ms VS Mncedane, Mr T A Nkele, and Mr V Nosindwa.

The AFSA Eastern Cape branch will offer services to the whole of the Eastern Cape Province. The founding members are of the view that historically, the Eastern Cape has produced strong and competent lawyers, while a number of judges in the various courts of the country are products of Eastern Cape universities and practiced in the Eastern Cape before elevation to the bench. Future arbitrators and mediators who have successfully completed AFSA’s Advanced Training Course, offered under the aegis of the University of Pretoria, will be excellent arbitrators.

According to Advocate Mapoma SC “the establishment of the branch augers well for the future. With the assistance of AFSA, systems will be put in place, training will be provided, and a panel of arbitrators will be established.”

SOAS Conference in Arusha

March 10, 2019
The 5th African conference convened by Dr Emilia Onyema from the School of Oriental and African studies (SOAS), took place in Arusha, Tanzania in February 2019.

The conference focused on the development of arbitration practice in Africa and representatives from South Africa included Prof David Butler from the University of Stellenbosch, Deline Beukes, CEO of CAJAC Johannesburg,
Julia (Zhang) le Roux, AFSA’s International Registrar and Jonathan Ripley-Evans from Herbert Smith Freehills.

Topics included Africa’s Experience in Adopting the UNCITAL Model Law and Arbitration Rules as well as The Enforcement of Arbitral Awards in Africa. One of the sessions also focused on an explanation of the African Continental Free Trade Area.
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