About Pat Mkhize
Mr. Pat Mkhize LL.B, LL.M. is the founder, director and principal mediator of the Mandulo Foundation, a nonprofit organization he established in 2009 that focuses on community development and access to justice initiatives. The Mandulo Foundation is an accredited court-annexed mediation program provider and, as the foundation’s principal trainer, Mr. Mkhize is certified to provide training for court-annexed mediators. In addition, he is the founder of Community Conflict Management and Resolution (CCMR) (1992-2007) where he previously served as director and principal mediation trainer. CCMR is an organization providing negotiation and mediation training to underserved rural leaders and youth to help empower their efforts to resolve disputes out of court.
In 2009, Mr. Mkhize was also appointed part-time Commissioner of the Cultural, Religious, and Linguistic Rights Commission, where he served as Chair of the Investigation and Conflict Resolution Committee.
Mr. Mkhize is a co-founder of the South African Mediators Association in family matters and has served as a consultant to the Ministry of Justice to support the introduction of court-annexed mediation pilot projects. In 1996, Mr. Mkhize was appointed to serve as a victim/offender facilitator by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He has provided mediation training to lawyers, educators, psychologists and social workers and was invited by the South African Law Reform Commission to provide input on the introduction of mandatory mediation and mediator accreditation, among other topics.
Mr. Mkhize received an ADR Fellowship to the Gould Program on Negotiation and Mediation at Stanford Law School and trained at the Straus institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine Caruso School of Law. In 2014, he became a Senior Fellow of the Weinstein International Foundation and recipient of a Weinstein JAMS International Fellowship.
Mr. Mkhize was admitted as a qualified lawyer by the Natal Provincial Supreme Court Division in 1999. Prior to being admitted, Mr. Mkhize was employed as the legal advisor at Industrial Development Corporation, a development finance company focused on establishing CCMR.
From 2001-2005, Mr. Mkhize was partner at Mkhize Le Loux Attorneys, where he focused on developmental law and specialized in mediation.
- Founder, director and principal mediator of the Mandulo Foundation, a nonprofit organization that focuses on community development and access to justice initiatives, 2009
- Founder, director and principal mediation trainer of Community Conflict Management and Resolution (CCMR), 1993-2001
- Founder and Director of MAAFRICA Consulting, a consultancy focused on offering mediation and training services to the professional, community and private sectors, 1997-2008