Ingrid Lewin

Admitted attorney Ingrid Lewin has been an Acting Labour Court Judge and Senior Convening Commissioner at the CCMA. She has trained CCMA and bargaining council commissioners and officials, managers, employees, shop stewards and trade union officials in labour law matters. She has been President of the Gauteng Chapter and National Vice President of the South African Society of Labour Law. Ingrid’s judgments have been published in South Africa’s two major labour law journals.  She is the current author of LexisNexis’s online Practical Guidance publications for private and public labour law and edited two publications (IMSSA Arbitration Digest and Employment Law) until they were taken over by Lexis Nexis.


Ivan Israelstam 118 posts

CEO Ivan Israelstam writes a labour law column on Independent Newspapers’ Talent 360 page and for several other important publications, has been a CCMA Commissioner and is the Chair of SACCI’s Labour Relations committee” with: “….is the vice chair of the Labour Market Committee of the SA Board for People Practices. With over 30 years experience, he brings competitiveness and unique approach to addressing Labour laws.


Michael Bagraim

Michael Bagraim completed his LLB concentrating on the political side of legal theory and the development of trained unionism in the western world. This led him into a taxing but interesting career in labour law. Michael was admitted as an Advocate and later as an Attorney in the Supreme Court of South Africa. He completed numerous courses on Industrial Relations and lectures many institutions on Labour Law. Michael is a regular contributor on Industrial Relations and Labour Law to the media, TV, Radio, newspapers and magazines. He is a member of the Labour Law Committee of the Law Society of The Cape of Good Hope and a member of the Cape Town Attorneys Association. He became the President of the Cape Chamber of Commerce & Industry in 2010. Michael Bagraim is now the Shadow Minister of Labour in Parliament.


Patrick Deale

Patrick is a practicing attorney, mediator and arbitrator, based in Johannesburg. He focuses on employment law and alternative dispute resolution. He specializes in assisting companies to resolve disputes and conflict with unions and employees. His aim is to find practical solutions before resorting to costly and time-consuming litigation wherever possible. He has worked in law and alternative dispute resolution for 25 years in a wide range of industries and sectors. Patrick Deale can be contacted via

Advocate Rebaone Gaoraelwe

Advocate Gaoraelwe is the MD and owner of Mukalaha Governance and Corporate Legal Solutions where he does extensive work on IR matters including consulting, investigations, case management, presiding officer and evidence leader work. He is an admitted Advocate and a specialist in regulation and compliance as well as in applied corporate governance. He holds an LLM (Labour Law) Degree from the University of Pretoria, a Higher Diploma in Company law from Wits University, LLB and B.Proc Degrees from the University of Natal (now UKZN) and a Certificate in Public Sector Governance & Strategy from UNISA’s School of Business Leadership. Advocate Gaoraelwe sits on the Board of Council for Medial Schemes and is the former Deputy Chairperson of the Council of Tshwane University of Technology (TUT). Advocate Gaoraelwe is an Executive Committee member of the South African Dental Technicians Council and chairperson of its Disciplinary Committee. He can be contacted via




Ali Ncume

Ali is the Managing Director of Ncume Labour Consulting and completed his LLB, LLM and Certificate in Labour Law Practice at Nelson Mandela University. He is an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa and is a lecturer in the Mercantile Law department at the Nelson Mandela University. He is also a part-time Commissioner at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration, the South African Local Government Bargaining Council, the Education Labour Relations Council and the Safety & Security Sectoral Bargaining Council.