The African Commercial Dispute Settlement Centre (ACDSC) was set up in response to the call from business for a more cost effective and efficient means to resolve commercial disputes. The Centre forms part of the Cape Chamber’s Enabling pillar and is part of a greater strategic objective to ensure that our business community has access to services which promote the sustainability of their operations. Services of the ACDSC are available to both members and non-members of the Cape Chamber. The ACDSC has a pan African vision and future developments at the Centre will reflect this.
The business of Equillore is to enable dispute settlement. We see it as our purpose to fundamentally change the way people prevent, manage and resolve disputes. Equillore offers cutting edge dispute management processes while remaining rooted in tradition. We use a unique multi-tiered managed conciliation, mediation and arbitration process that is simple, innovative and integrates with the court system. The role of Equillore is to operationalise the vision of this partnership.
Western Cape Government
The Centre was established with seed funding provided by the Western Cape Government (WCG) via the Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDAT). The creation of an enabling legislative environment is the foundation in the creation of jobs and economic growth. The WCG welcomes the establishment of the ACDSC and we encourage business to utilise this mechanism as it reduces the cost of doing business. DEDAT has contributed to this initiative because we can grow the Western Cape economy better together.
Africa Centre for Dispute Settlement
The contribution to this partnership by the USB’s Africa Centre for Dispute Settlement (ACDS) is its expertise, development and research skills, ensuring the rules, business processes and case management principles used at the Centre are, and continue to be, in accordance with international best practice. The long term view is also to make South Africa, but Cape Town in particular, an attractive venue for the resolution of trade and investment disputes.
The University of Stellenbosch Business School
The University of Stellenbosch Business School, strives to be a centre of hope for Africa. The USB is building its academic framework on this Pedagogy of Hope. The USB provides tomorrow’s business leaders with world-class qualifications that will serve them well in South Africa, the rest of Africa, and the world. The USB places emphasis on leadership development, which forms a core theme in all its academic programmes.