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Welcome to the Africa Centre for Dispute Settlement

While South Africa is renowned for its ability to resolve disputes and conflicts peacefully, the application of modern negotiation and mediation practices and techniques to civil and commercial disputes has lagged behind developments in, for example, community, family and labour disputes.

The Africa Centre for Dispute Settlement (ACDS) at the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) sees itself as a catalyst and thought leader in developing the theory and practice of mediation in all its forms, with a special emphasis on conflicts involving economic actors.

The activities of the ACDS include teaching, training, research and publication, consulting, projects and the development and maintenance of accreditation standards for mediators.


Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is the patron of the Centre.



'We have thought of peace as passive and war as the active way of living.  The opposite is true.  War is not the most strenuous life. It is a kind of rest cure compared to the task of reconciling our differences... From War to Peace is not from the strenuous to the easy existence; it is from the futile to the effective, from the stagnant to the active, from the destructive to the creative way of life. The world will be regenerated by the people who rise above these passive ways and heroically seek, by whatever hardship, by whatever toil, the methods by which people can agree' - Mary Parker Follett






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