As a senior advocate Alan Nelson challenges the conventional wisdom that litigation offers better justice than mediation. No one in South Africa is more qualified than him to lead the message that mediation offers more just outcomes than litigation. He practiced as an advocate for 40 years and was by his own admission an aggressive trial lawyer. He has also acted as a judge of the Cape High Court. This experience has driven him to fearlessly carry the message that mediation should always precede court action, even before summonses and applications are issued. Alan is sensitive about the complex history of South Africa, especially in the agricultural sector, where conflict could threaten our food security. Alan’s dream is to see community mediators trained as peacemakers throughout South Africa.
Alan has spearheaded the campaign in South Africa to train medical negligence mediators with UCT. Alan is the first founder of the Mediation Foundation for Peace and Justice and of the Nelson Peace Centre.
Oscar Siwali is one of the committed activists for peace and dialogue who helped usher in our peaceful transition to democracy in 1994. He has extensive experience in facilitation, community conflict resolution, training of community stakeholders and mediation in community disputes. He has worked with a range of organisations operating in the fields of conflict resolution, human rights and HIV and AIDS, including the Office of the Public Protector, Department of Correctional Services (DCS), Department of Education, Department of Transport, Department of Social Development, South African Council of Churches (SACC) and various religious bodies in South Africa. Outside of South Africa, Oscar has worked with Churches in Manicaland (Zimbabwe), NGOs, national human rights institutions, military and police in South Sudan, Burundi, Ghana, Kenya, Swaziland, Lesotho, Malawi, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rwanda, Tanzania.
As an ordained pastor Oscar holds a Bachelor of Theology and a Licentiate in Theology.
Paul Dalmeyer, a certified reproduction specialist and leader in health sector is deeply concerned about the threat of spiraling indemnity and insurance costs to the entire health system. Paul attended a 5-day medical negligence mediation of MiM/UCT where he first grasped the potential of mediation to bring indemnity and insurance costs down. Mediation, for Paul is not a luxury but a necessity in South Africa to save the health sector.
Paul obtained extensive experience serving the private sector for 35 years as a private clinician. His basic medical training was obtained from the University of Pretoria. His postgraduate training as an Obstetrician and Gynecologist was completed at the University of Cape Town.
Paul is working tirelessly to implement mediation in the health industry. The current focus of his work is to make mediation available to all walks of life and to protect the future of obstetrics in South Africa.