The home and voice of the professional debt collection industry
ADRA was established in 1988 and has grown to become the undoubted home and voice of the professional debt collection industry in South Africa.
As a non-profit company duly incorporated in terms of Section 21 of the Companies Act, ADRA is the industry representative of the vast majority of the formal debt collection industry. ADRA represents the interest of entities practising debt collection. Its membership consists of in excess of 220 professional debt collection entities including entities registered in terms of the Debt Collectors Act, law firms registered in terms of the Attorneys Act specialising in debt collection and large credit providers with internal debt recovery divisions and/or a vested interest in the debt collection industry, including JSE listed entities.
ADRA establishes and maintains the positive reputation of the debt recovery industry and its membership in particular through education, advocacy, services and the enforcement of standard beyond the entry level minimum standards dictated by law.
ADRA seeks to promote the debt recovery industry as a responsible and significant participant in the credit life cycle, acting in the interests of both credit providers and debtors. ADRA's body of members jointly employs in excess of 20 000 individuals. During the previous financial year our joint activities result in an estimated annual national debt reduction on behalf of the private and public sector in the amount of R23.57BN.
As recognised representative of the professional debt collection industry, ADRA maintains prominent representation on the Board of Directors of the statutory industry regulator, the Council for Debt Collectors and various other bodies in which ADRA has taken the lead in protecting the industry's interest in legislative amendments and judicial proceedings.
ADRA is managed by a National Board of ten directors elected on an annual basis by its body of members. ADRA is managed in strict compliance with its Constitution, The King III Report on Corporate Governance, its value system and its Public Commitment to stakeholders.
Lonmin Ltd and Others versus CG Steyn Inc t/a Steyn Attorneys and Others
ADRA was cited as Respondent in this High Court application in its capacity as representative of the debt collection industry with an interest in the outcome of the above High Court application.
In essence, the applicants seek to further define a magistrate's duties in considering an emoluments attachment order and the documentation a creditor/attorney need to file in an emoluments attachment application as well as a declaratory order on whether legal costs (pre and post judgement) are to be included in the calculation of the statutory in duplum rule as contained in section 103(5) of the National Credit Act.
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stellenbosch legal aid clinic vs minister of justice and 18 others
Representing the industry - Keeping the industry updated
ADRA applied to be admitted as Respondent to the matter in protecting its members interests. The consequences of declaring parts of section 65J of the Magistrates' Courts Act unconstitutional in so far as it stipulates that a clerk must grant consent judgements and consent emoluments attachment orders and back dating the effect of such order of constitutional invalidity would have had catastrophic consequences for the debt collection industry, the credit industry and the economy of the country.
ADRA succeeded in its Constitutional Court appeal in averting this danger. On 13 September 2016 the Constitutional Court over-turned the judgement of the court-a-quo in this respect and ordered that the order of constitutional invalidity will have no retrospective effect whatsoever and will apply prospectively from 13 September 2016 onwards.
Members area updates
Members are invited to the "Members Area". Recent updates includes:
Courts of Law Amendment Bill
The Debt Collectors Amendment Bill
Amended Annexure B Tariff
Consumer Financial Vulnerability Index
Q4 - 2013
"The impact of seasonability"
April 08, 2014 | BY Administrator
South African consumers were more financially vulnerable in 2013 compared to 2012 - in fact, MBD's Consumer Vulnerability Index (CFVI) shows that consumer financial vulnerability was at its lowest in 2013 since the economic recession in 2009. The CFVI for the fourth quarter (Q4 2013) improved somewhat, indicating that consumers perceived their cash flow to be under less strain compared to the previous quarter.
Consumer Financial Vulnerability Index (CFVI) was launched in Q2 2009.
Comprehensive consumer cash flow indicator.
Gauges the individual components of consumer finances separately and in one composite index.
Correlates well with macro-economic variables such as GDP.
Visit the 'Members Area" for the latest industry news, an industry specific library containing volumes of case law, statutes and regulations, academic papers and legal opinions and volumes of other literature. Links to accredited services and practice tools are provided.
Take note however that this section and the preferential services and rates advertised therein are unfortunately only accessible to members in good standing.