Jana van Breda, Mediator
I am a practicing attorney and family law mediator. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Law and Politics and a Bachelor of Law from the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS).
I have been working in the field of Family Law exclusively since 2012. I am a consultant to Clarks Attorneys, where I completed my articles and was admitted as an Attorney of the High Court in April 2014. I was promoted to Senior Associate in November 2015.
I trained as a mediator in June 2015 and have been mediating family and divorce disputes since then. I have volunteered as a mediator at the Family Life Center since 2016.
I believe that my practice as a family law attorney goes hand in hand with my role as a mediator in family and divorce mediations. I understand the issues which need to be considered in respect of a divorce and am able to guide the parties to consider all the necessary aspects which need to be addressed and included in their Settlement Agreement. Having litigated many divorces, I understand the road the parties will walk if their mediation is not successful. While mediation may not be successful for all disputes, I do believe that if the parties are willing to engage in the mediation process, at the very least the issues in dispute can be limited, which would assist them in the litigation process.
I am passionate about mediation and believe it enables parties to decide the outcome of their dispute themselves.
Ilse Robbertse, Mediator
I am registered as a Clinical Psychologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). I hold the degrees of Bachelor of Arts (Wits), Honours in Psychology (UJ) and Masters in Psychology, with Distinction (UNISA). I am currently doing my PhD in Forensic Psychology through the University of South Africa. My research is focused on developing a model to assessing parenting in the context of child-custody.
I am trained as a relational and family therapist. In my clinical practice I specialise in adult individual therapy, couples and family therapy, and forensic psychology. My forensic work includes full forensic evaluations and reports, individual assessments and assessments for forensic fertility cases.
My work as a family therapist and as a forensic psychologist provided a natural path to mediation of family disputes and led me to train as a mediator. I am passionate about mediated divorce and mediation as the choice to resolve disputes, because mediation is an empowering space that ultimately reduces conflict. This allows people to be the director of their path and move on with their lives.
Both Jana van Breda and Ilse Robbertse volunteer at Family Life Center (FAMSA Johannesburg) as mediators.