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International Arbitration
Enforcement of awards
Are awards enforced in your jurisdiction? Under what procedure?
South Africa

Answer ... Yes, Article 17H of Schedule 1 to the act and Section 17 of the International Arbitration Act require that such awards be enforced in South Africa.

Section 17 of the act requires that in order to recognise and enforce an award, the requesting party must produce:

  • the original award, duly authenticated for use in a South African court;
  • a certified copy of the award;
  • a certified copy of the agreement; and
  • a sworn translation of the arbitration agreement and award, duly authenticated for use in a South African court, if not recorded in one of the official languages of South Africa.

A request for recognition and/or enforcement of an award may be brought on application to the court.

For more information about this answer please contact: Jonathan Ripley-Evans from Herbert Smith Freehills
International Arbitration