The NPA is hosting a Community Dialogue on the Maintenance Act and related issues.


Attorneys, public, paralegals, social workers, NGO’s and all that deal with maintenance issues could benefit from this free workshop to be held on Saturday 30 July 2022 in Cape Town.

(Full course material will be sent to you a day or two before the event.)

Date: Saturday 30 July 2022
Time: 08:45 – 14:00 (note new starting time)
Entrance: FREE
Venue: NPA Head Office Auditorium
Address: 115 Buitengrach Street • Cape Town

Seats for the in person attendance are limited. Please book your seat by following the link below

Please book your seat by following the link below. Details of the live stream will be forwarded to you a couple of days before the event.

Topics that will be discussed:

• Feedback on the proposed Maintenance Act amendments proposed by the SALRC: What next? Maintenance Amendment Bill – Oral representations in Parliament Justice Portfolio Committee –
Discussion of the South African Law Reform Commission proposals on the amendments of the Maintenance Act, summary of the proposals, focus on specific areas that needs reform.

• Practical applications of proposed amendments in maintenance courts. Interactive discussion on how the process could be practically approved and suggestions. Attendees are welcome to offer their input and comments. Comments and suggestions are limited to 3 minutes per person and your individual case details should not be discussed. These valuable comments / suggestions would enable the presenters to make further submissions to the SALRC and Parliament Justice Portfolio Committee.

Our guest speakers: Gcobisa Sakwe / Marina Short (Credit Bureau) – The Credit Bureau listing provisions in section 26 (2A) The National Credit Act listing of maintenance defaulters

• Short discussion on the Schools Act – mothers being blacklisted and held liable for school fees despite divorce order providing for respondents to contribute to school fees

• Discussion of spousal maintenance orders, when can you apply, what are the legalities of spousal maintenance, how is it enforced, recourse of breach of spousal maintenance. Discussion of the intersection of domestic violence (abuse) in matters of spousal maintenance after divorce.

Woman’s dialogue on their lived experiences of economic abuse. (Interactive session)

• Questions written down and handed to the presenters will be addressed

• Informal get together and discussion in the canteen (lunch and beverages will be available for sale)

The NPA Community Dialogue is a free service provided for the community and the all of the speakers / presenters offer up their spare time at no remuneration. Should you wish to host or collaborate with any of the speakers to present a custom presentation on any relevant topic of either the Maintenance Act or the Domestic Violence Act, please email us here


We always need volunteer presenters and volunteers to help out – if you could assist, please be in touch and we would value your efforts and assistance.

MAINTENANCE MATTERS: This site is dedicated to conversations about child maintenance. You are welcome to browse through our educational videos and download the necessary documents for your own use.