(1) Mr. Josias Van Zyl (South Africa), (2) The Josias Van Zyl Family Trust (South Africa), (3) The Burmilla Trust (South Africa) v. The Kingdom of Lesotho

The PCA provided administrative support in this arbitration, which was conducted under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules 2010.

Case information

Name(s) of Claimant(s) (1) Mr. Josias Van Zyl (Private entity )
(2) The Josias Van Zyl Family Trust (Private entity )
(3) The Burmilla Trust (Private entity )
Name(s) of Respondent(s) The Kingdom of Lesotho (State)
Names of Parties -
Case number 2016-21
Administering institution Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA)
Case status Concluded
Type of case Investment arbitration
Subject matter or economic sector Mining and quarrying
Procedural rules UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules 2010
Treaty or contract under which proceedings were commenced


Language of Proceeding English
Seat of Arbitration (by Country) Mauritius
Arbitrator(s), Conciliator(s), Other Neutral(s)

Mr. Peter Leon (Presiding Arbitrator)

Judge Frederik Daniël Jacobus Brand

Mr. Michael Tselentis QC


Tribunal Secretary: Mr. Ben Winks

Representatives of the Claimant(s)

Mr. Werner Bruyns

COUZYN HERTZOG & HORAK INC (Pretoria, South Africa)


Mr. Alvin Yeo SC

Ms. Koh Swee Yen

Ms. Smitha Menon

Mr. Oh Sheng Loong

Ms. Mak Shin Yi

Ms. Tara Radakrishnan



Mr. Christopher Harris

GRAY’S INN (London, United Kingdom)


Professor David Unterhalter SC (expert)

Professor Max Du Plessis (expert)


Adv. Chris Edeling


Mr. Stefan Redelinghuys

Representatives of the Respondent(s)

Mr. Denis Molyneaux

Mr. Mornè Stuart Maree

WEBBER NEWDIGATE (Maseru, Lesotho)


Mr. Samuel Wordsworth QC

Ms. Amy Sander

ESSEX COURT CHAMBERS (London, United Kingdom)


Mr. Simon Olleson

THREE STONE (London, United Kingdom)


Adv. Paul Farlam SC

KEEROM STREET CHAMBERS (Cape Town, South Africa)

Representatives of the Parties
Number of Arbitrators in case 3
Date of commencement of proceeding 2016
Date of issue of final award -
Length of Proceedings 3-4 years
Additional notes -


Procedural Documents
Procedural Order No. 1
Procedural Order No. 2
Procedural Order No. 3
Procedural Order No. 4
Procedural Order No. 5
Procedural Order No. 6