NPA SOCA Community Dialogue - 29 July 2023

Sat Jul 29, 08:45 - Sat Jul 29, 14:00

NPA Building


A free workshop on maintenance and family law. We are a community of professionals hosting discussions around pertinent struggles faced in the court by the public, court officials, attorneys, mediators, social workers. Creating safe spaces to find solutions to many of the issues presenting.


This month’s dialogue will be addressing family law in context of emigration. With an ever-increasing emigration rate, equip yourself with knowledge and the various aspects that need to be in place before one emigrates. Know what your responsibilities and rights are as a parent left behind in South Africa or for those emigrating with children. We will cover all topics from child maintenance to parenting plans and all legal requirements of both parents and practical ways to co-parent living in different countries.


We have a line up of exceptional guest speakers: 


MC Bongwelwa Qandashe:

Sharing feedback from The Voice of the Father Dialogue and impact it had highlighting the plight of father’s in the maintenance court and being alienated from their children. 


Special Guest Speaker: Judge Daniel Thulare:

The Voice of the Father in the Maintenance system.


Mervyn Vermeulen (Vermeulen Attorneys and Think Legal)

International Law pertaining to children.


Dr Carmel Van Niekerk (UWC Lecturer Private law):

Will be sharing her experience of a single mother.


Natalie Ruiters (La Poppie Mediations):

Mediation in International Maintenance Matters


Eugene Opperman (Opperemans Inc):

International Abduction and the Hague Convention


Adv Deon Ruiters (National Prosecuting Authority):

International Maintenance

The REMO Acts

Practical Application in Courts

The DIRCO Process


Ronel Ras (Mediator):

Section 11(1) subsistence and travel allowance

How mothers can claim taxi fare/ travelling expenses and loss of wage from the maintenance courts in terms of section 11(1)


T&Cs apply:

*Please make sure you select the correct ticket type – either online or in person. This is important for us as it helps us cater accordingly.

**Please ONLY reserve a ticket if you intend coming. If something comes up, kindly let us know to free up the ticket for someone else. Email: [email protected]

Head count helps us with planning logistics like printing materials, refreshments, number of volunteers on the day. Please do honour your ticket, as so much work goes into planning these dialogues. As these are free events, they are volunteer run, please honour and respect our volunteers and guest speakers time.

***We have limited space for children, booking tickets for your children and not pitching takes opportunity away from a parent that needs it. Also we rely on volunteers in the kiddies corner, if kids do not pitch volunteers end up coming in for nothing (they give up their Saturday for us). Please ONLY book a kiddies ticket if you intend coming. Repeated no shows will be not be allowed to book a ticket in future.


Please remember to save your ticket QR and barcode to sign you in. Please bring your ID to confirm identity. NO ID, no entry. Thank you.

This a free ticket to attend in person. Please only select if you commit to attending. This helps with planning logistics as noted in T&Cs.


NPA SOCA Community Dialogue - 29 July 2023
NPA Building
115 Buitengracht St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000
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