A Win-Win Approach to
BY CAROL L. BROOKS, SR/WA
As a long-time IRWA instructor, I was pleased to receive
a Request for Proposal to instruct Course 213, Conflict
Management, for our newest Chapter in South Africa. The
chance to travel to Johannesburg, South Africa and share
my conflict resolution and other right of way experiences
with our fellow members was an opportunity I didn’t want
Our respective countries share so many of the same issues,
especially in relation to laws and governmental policies.
And although the laws in the United States are more
strictly defined, South Africa faces a host of other hurdles.
One in particular is the strain of working with mining
companies, which are scattered over the entire region,
occupying huge swatches of land. There are also a diverse
number of cultural and religious issues for private owners,
where ancestral loyalties are very challenging.
There is a common thread among all right of way
professionals - our deepest desire to represent projects
for the public good. We share the same quest for
professionalism and work to collaborate with landowners
so that we can achieve win-win outcomes. Our issues may
be slightly different, but at the heart of our motivation is
our focus on developing rapport and trust, and aspiring to
the high standards established by IRWA.
Bobby Richardson, founding member of SARWA and its first
President (1998-1999) with Carol Brooks, SR/WA at Glenhove
Conference Centre in Johannesburg.
I believe one of the reasons this particular IRWA course fits
into the mainstream of various cultures is because property
owners all really want the same thing – a better way of life.
This comes from having a safe and environmentally secure
lifestyle, and this requires essential infrastructure.
Collectively, we are hardworking, ethical, and enormously
tested at every level of professionalism as we strive to
improve everyday enjoyment of expanded roadways and
utilities for the greater good.