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Why I love FAIS

Published: Fri, 21 Jul 17

By Tamara Jacobsen: Director- Applied Learning Academy The provisions of the Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services Act, 2002 (FAIS) have been in place for more than a decade now. Financial advisors, planners, consultants and agents who deal with insurance, medical schemes and/or investment products must ...
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The reality of medical aid late-joiner penalties

Published: Fri, 21 Jul 17

The law clearly states that late-joiners to medical schemes may be penalised, depending on proof of previous South African medical aid membership. The law does not favour late-joiners to medical schemes. Anyone who is 35 years or older will be eligible to pay a late-joiner penalty fee, according to the underwriting ...
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CPD Revisited

Published: Fri, 21 Jul 17

A reader recently wrote: I provide training on behalf of a registered medical scheme to accredited brokers on medical scheme benefit options, underwriting and processes. I recently attended a broker training session at the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) and was awarded 4 CPD (Continuous Professional Development) ...
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Eight of SA’s Top 20 hospitals are NHN members

Published: Thu, 20 Jul 17

Eight of South Africa’s Top 20 hospitals for patient care are members of the National Hospital Network (NHN). This is according to the latest Discovery Health Patient Survey Score (PaSS), which surveys adult patients and members of Discovery Health about their experiences at 136 South African hospitals. The ...
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ConCourt Judgement on medical schemes savings accounts

Published: Wed, 19 Jul 17

Following numerous enquiries for clarity on the implications of the recent Constitutional Court judgment regarding the correct accounting treatment of medical schemes members' personal savings accounts (MSA), the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) published an explanatory media release. Effect on medical schemes ...
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Twin Peaks making grim progress

Published: Wed, 19 Jul 17

In the early days of “The Pill” the UCT rag magazine, Sax Appeal, reported on a new book by the Pope titled: “The pill’s grim progress. ” No doubt, the same scepticism accompanies the Twin Peaks legislation in some quarters. On 13 July, the Minister of Finance released a blueprint of ...
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A thriving organisational culture drives employee engagement

Published: Mon, 17 Jul 17

Article by Dr Dicky Els, Lead Independent Consultant and Jene Palmer, CFO at CGF Research Institute Culture shapes the wellness of individuals, businesses, communities and nations. Although it is not static and can change, it generally manifests itself in the behaviour of a group of people at any ...
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New appointment CGF Research Institute: Lisa Willemse ready to tackle CIPC services

Published: Fri, 14 Jul 17

We are pleased to welcome Lisa Willemse as the newest member to join CGF’s team of Lead Independent Consultants. Lisa has acquired a wealth of business experience over the last 17 years in various industry sectors ranging from engineering, IT, manufacturing, mining, transport, publishing and advertising. Prior ...
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Is There a Future for the External Compliance Practice?

Published: Fri, 14 Jul 17

By Associated Compliance (Pty) Ltd If the FAIS Act (section 17) hatched the ‘FAIS’ compliance officer, it follows that the forthcoming Conduct of Financial Institutions Act (CoFI) is likely to dispatch it. So where to from here for the external compliance practice, and the ‘FAIS’ compliance ...
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Can you really die from a broken heart?

Published: Thu, 13 Jul 17

Are increasing instances of broken heart syndrome, fact or fiction? Johannesburg: Also known as stress cardiomyopathy, the condition commonly referred to as ‘broken heart syndrome’ has increasingly come under the spotlight in recent times, leaving many questioning whether it is, in fact, a real ...
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FSB Issues Twin Peaks Newsletter: Issue 1 - The South African Perspective

Published: Thu, 13 Jul 17

The Financial Services Board has issued their first newsletter on the Financial Sector Regulation Bill, also referred to as Twin Peaks. This first edition includes an introduction, a 'big picture' overview, the philosophy behind Twin Peaks, and the FSB's view on the regulatory framework changes ...
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Gap cover insurance is a must have for consumers

Published: Thu, 13 Jul 17

JOHANNESBURG: The need for gap cover insurance in South Africa is greater than ever because without it consumers can be out of pocket to the tune of hundreds of thousands of rands following medical treatment. Marco Fonto, the Managing Director of gap cover provider, Stratum Benefits, says in an actual case, a medical ...
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NHI promises equality of care

Published: Wed, 12 Jul 17

Implementing NHI will be an enormous task but promises equality of care for everyone Jill Larkan, Head: Healthcare Consulting at financial advisory firm GTC Whilst every South African will find it difficult to argue with the concept of National Health Insurance (NHI), a serious dichotomy exists between those ...
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Here’s why workplace diversity makes business sense

Published: Wed, 12 Jul 17

Companies that embrace workplace diversity and inclusion as a source of growth and innovation for their businesses will perform better than those that don’t and that applies as much to small businesses as it does to large enterprises. Kimberley Axon, Head of People Services at Sage Africa & ...
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NHI: The possible future role of medical schemes

Published: Tue, 11 Jul 17

The future of medical schemes under NHI is still unclear, though the White Paper mentions they may have a 'complementary' function. What roles do schemes play globally in universal healthcare systems? See the infographic below from the Hospital Association of South Africa (HASA) to see that South Africa's ...
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Financial Services Regulation in South Africa - Twin Peaks refresher

Published: Tue, 11 Jul 17

By Desiree Reddy and Sascha Graham Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc. The Financial Sector Regulation Bill was passed by Parliament and sent to the President for assent on 22 June 2017. The Bill provides the architecture for the new twin peaks method of regulation to be adopted across the South African financial ...
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Cloud value proposition reaches critical mass

Published: Tue, 11 Jul 17

Launch of locally-hosted Microsoft Azure service adds final piece to cloud computing puzzle   By Kabelo Makwane, Managing Director Accenture Cloud First business in South Africa   A number of recent developments in the broader information and communication technology (ICT) sector have converged, ...
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Fais and the future of Level 2 REs and CPD – July 2017

Published: Fri, 07 Jul 17

A recent “Round Table” discussion by Ms Caroline da Silva, Deputy Registrar, FAIS of the FSB, provided a welcome update on the Regulator’s current thinking on a number of key issues, including: Regulatory exams Continuous Professional Development Training Level 1 and 2 Regulatory ...
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Are you ready for outcomes-based regulation?

Published: Fri, 07 Jul 17

By Juanita Moolman, Head: Legal and Business Assurance Hollard HAD business unit. It was refreshing for some, and possibly scary for others, to hear that, in future, an outcomes-based approach will be included in regulating the financial sector, instead of a purely rules-based approach. In 2011 National Treasury ...
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Swiss Re among first in the re/insurance industry to integrate ESG benchmarks into its investment decisions

Published: Thu, 06 Jul 17

Zurich: Swiss Re announced today that it has already consistently integrated ESG considerations into its investment process since the start of 2017. The company is convinced that taking ESG criteria into account makes economic sense and reduces downside risks especially for long-term investors. By implementing ESG ...
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