• Joachim Reppmann

Rotary Mediation Action for Southern Africa (RMASA)

A brief description of the project by Annemarie Mostert & Grace van Zyl, Rotary South Africa:


Minka & Annemarie Mostert.

Grace van Zyl

According to research at the University of South Africa and by other organizations, there is a need for modifications in the mediation of differences and conflicts in Africa. Currently, not all segments of society are represented during mediation sessions. In particular, young people, women, and other marginalized groups should become key participants, using mediation as an option in the resolution of disputes. The need for African mediators fits the Rotary focus area of peace and conflict resolution. Since Rotary is a politically neutral body, it is trusted by communities.

The plan is to establish mediation teams known as “African Mediators in Africa for Africa” in all Rotary districts of Southern Africa. These teams will not be part of other mediation bodies, such as those established by the courts of other initiatives for dispute resolution. The mediators will be trained by a Rotary vocational training team in collaboration with the University of South Africa’s Institute for Dispute Resolution in Africa (IDRA) and will be accredited by Mediators Beyond Borders International (MBBI).

The countries that will benefit are: South Africa, Namibia, Angola, Lesotho, Botswana, eSwatini, and Southern Mozambique.

The question that confronts us today is the same as in 1931-32: Do our leaders have the capacity to reach beyond their grasp, to challenge us to seek the higher angels of nature, to choose "Be informed! Be informed!" rather than "Be afraid! Be afraid!" In the end, however, we know that world peace is too important to be left in the hands of our leaders. Peace starts in our own back yards when we speak our for understanding when their is disharmony, food security where there is hunger, health care where there is disease, education where there is illiteracy, conservation where there is environmental harm, sustainable development where there is poverty ... and when we write letters across border to build goodwill and better friendships. - William Tubbs (2019)

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