AFSA in Small Claims
AFSA's Magistrates' Court initiative offers civil litigants in the Pretoria and Cape Town Magistrates' Courts the opportunity to refer their matter to an available arbitrator for a nominal fee, should a Magistrate be unavailable to hear their case on a particular day. Parties are asked to sign an Submission to Arbitration form and a Submission to the appointment of an Arbitrator form.
Junior Arbitration Project
AFSA's Junior Arbitration project deals with matters of a very small quantum, which are heard by our most junior panellists. These cases are, if possible, heard on the papers only by exchange of affidavits. If the arbitrator requires amplification on a point from either or both of the parties, the parties are then called before the arbitrator to deal with that particular point.
AFSA Against Crime
AFSA is involved in Specialised Prosecutions on behalf of Business Against Crime, This initiative allows the State to use experts drawn from the private sector to combat and prosecute complex white collar crime.
AFSA In Sport
AFSA is the appointed dispute resolution body to the SA Sports Commission, a parastatal comprising some 100 sports federations in South Africa. AFSA trains nominated individuals within each Federation in a specialised form of dispute resolution to settle small disputes. Where the Sports Commission's Dispute Resolution Centre requires a neutral person to mediate, arbitrate, facilitate or head a commission of enquiry AFSA appoints such an individual. Sportspeople can direct their queries to www.sasc.org.za.
AFSA in SADEC
AFSA is also engaged in ongoing discussions with neighbouring Southern African states in a venture in the use of a common arbitration system. Part of this venture is to boost our cross-border panels with arbitrators and mediators drawn from the Southern African region and from further afield as well. AFSA has recognition agreements with the Permanent Court of Arbitration Mauritius and has close links with allied bodies throughout the Southern African region.
AFSA in Business
In 1999 AFSA signed a National Accord with the South African Chamber of Business in which AFSA, as a preferred alternative dispute resolution authority, undertook to provide effective dispute resolution and allied services to SACOB members, a function which it now actively performs.