What is the MSSA?
The Mediation Society of South Africa (MSSA) is a Non-Profit umbrella organization for South African mediators where they can feel protected, sheltered and supported within their profession, and where the broader public can also be introduced to mediation.
Mediation is not a well-known profession and the general public does not understand mediation and its benefits as a dispute resolution approach.
The Mediation Society of South Africa (MSSA) provides professional and accreditation standards, as well as training and tutelage for mediation practitioners through the Practical Mediation Training School.
The MSSA connects qualified and capable mediators with clients and the community at large. The MSSA brings mediation and society together in a responsible and effective manner.
How does the MSSA benefit Mediators and Associated Professionals?
The MSSA offers membership and accreditation.
The MSSA will evaluate training programmes offered in the industry.
The MSSA can provide access to mediation skills development.
The MSSA promotes working with all professionals related to the client’s interest.
Mediation is a confidential, voluntary process in which parties to a dispute attempt to reach a mutually acceptable agreement.
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What is Mediation?
A short definition would be that mediation is a voluntary process for resolving disputes by mutual agreement.
One can also say that mediation is a flexible form of dispute resolution applicable to different circumstances and situations. Mediation is conducted privately and confidentially. The mediator is a non-biased, impartial person who facilitates the parties to arrive at a negotiated settlement of their dispute, acceptable and/or beneficial to both.
The disputing parties will determine the final decision, since the mediator has no power to impose a settlement. The parties remain in control of the outcome, as they aim to negotiate towards a binding agreement in the interest of them both and preferably a win-win scenario. It is, therefore, of importance that parties voluntarily commit themselves to the process and give their full cooperation.
Why choose MSSA?
The mediation landscape in South Africa remains unregulated. There have been attempts to formalise the process and establish the standards required for qualification in Mediation Skills. However, currently no such legislation or regulatory body exists to monitor the conduct of mediators or administration of the process. Hence, often the requirement to introduce disputing clients to the benefits of mediation is being diminished.
MSSA aims to bring integrity to the mediation industry and acknowledgement of all mediators present and future regarding their skills and competence. We put the client’s interests first and hold professionals accountable for their quality of service.
Problem - Currently the mediation landscape in South Africa remains unregulated. There have been attempts to formalise the process and the standards required for qualification in Mediation Skills however no such legislation or regulatory body exists to monitor the conduct of mediators or administration of the process. Hence the responsibility to the client in term of the benefits of mediation is diminished.
Solution – MSSA aims to bring integrity and prestige to all mediators present and future in their conduct and competence. We put the client’s interests first and hold professionals accountable for their quality of service.
Problem – Meditators emerge from training feeling less experienced and question their competency.
Solution – Practical Mediation Training School. Here mediators will be offered opportunities to conduct mock mediation sessions under the tutelage of senior experienced mediators. They will have one-on-one discussions where guidance will be provided on how to improve their skills. This will count towards their hours spent as mediators and add to their portfolio of experience.
Who We Are
We are a forum of network professional mediators working together to help everyone succeed.
How We Can Help
MSSA provides members with accessible information, practical tips, skill-building opportunities.
How To Join
CONSTITUTION & TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Read the MSSA Constitution & Terms and Conditions
Watch the MSSA Access to Justice Video
MEMBERSHIP FORMS & PAYMENT
Complete the applicable membership form and process payment
MSSA will contact you as soon as your application has been processed