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Santam enhances structured solutions offering with RMB-SI acquisition

Published: Wed, 22 Mar 17

Cape Town: Santam announced in August 2016 that it had acquired 100% of RMB-SI Investments, a structured insurance business previously owned by Rand Merchant Investment Holdings. The deal received regulatory approval in February and became unconditional last week providing Santam with access to new clients and markets ...
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Twitter and hate speech policy

Published: Wed, 22 Mar 17

By Sinal Govender Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc. This year seems to have started off in much the same way as 2016 ended. Celebrities, politicians, and everyday people have flocked to social media to provide their commentary on everything from global crises to envelope sagas. Towards the end of 2016, Twitter ...
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Interdicting future publication of defamation

Published: Wed, 22 Mar 17

      Patrick Bracher, Director Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc.   If an interdict is sought preventing the future publication of alleged defamatory matter, the facts upon which the allegation is based must be clear and it must be clear that the defendant ...
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Breathing space for Medical Insurers

Published: Wed, 22 Mar 17

Demarcation Regulations, published on 23 December 2016, determined that certain insurance policies that have elements of a business of a medical scheme shall be 'health policies', and 'accident and health policies' respectively. The 'health policies', and 'accident and health policies' ...
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Fais Compliance - Compassion not an alternative to Compliance

Published: Wed, 22 Mar 17

The latest ruling by the Appeal Board reaffirms the fact that there really is no alternative, harsh as it may sound. The appellant appealed against the withdrawal of his licence by the Registrar. This decision was based on no less than ten instances of non-compliance with the provisions of the FAIS Act. Some of the ...
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Hannover Re acquires Lloyd's syndicate

Published: Mon, 20 Mar 17

Hannover: Hannover Re has reached an agreement to acquire the UK holding company Argenta Holdings plc ("Argenta"), which owns the companies Argenta Syndicate Management and Argenta Private Capital as well as a pro rata share of the Lloyd's syndicate Argenta Syndicate 2121. The parties have agreed to ...
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Liability insurance: who pays when an event is cancelled?

Published: Mon, 20 Mar 17

Costs for cycle tour cancellation can cause more than a spoke in the wheel   Cape Town: The recent cancellation of the 40thCape Town Cycle Tour was without a doubt a big disappointment for all involved and with the Absa Cape Epic mountain bike stage race having just kicked off, the spotlight is now focused ...
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Consumer experience and efficiencies: the core focus for the FSB’s transition to FSCA

Published: Mon, 20 Mar 17

            Advocate Dube Tshidi, Executive Officer at FSB                     It has been said many times that that the only constant is change. This rings true for the Financial ...
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Medical aid vs medical insurance – the demarcation regulations

Published: Mon, 20 Mar 17

After four years of consultation, the Treasury finally gazetted the demarcation regulations in December, ending years of uncertainty on the future of gap cover, hospital cash plans and primary healthcare policies. The issue at stake has been about where the line should be drawn (hence demarcation regulations) between ...
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No insurance for sexual assault suit against employer because not accidental (US)

Published: Mon, 20 Mar 17

      Patrick Bracher, Director Norton Rose Fulbright Suth Africa Inc.   A Maryland court has ruled that the insurer does not have to defend the operator of a rock-climbing gym in a lawsuit which alleged that it negligently failed to prevent two of its coaches from ...
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Financial Soundness – at all times

Published: Mon, 20 Mar 17

By Alan Holton At a recent meeting between senior officials of the FAIS Division of the FSB and a committee of industry members, Ms Lorraine van Deventer expressed the concern that many FSPs still do not fully appreciate the financial soundness requirements that were imposed in the Fit and Proper Requirements contained ...
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Santam fraud line lauded by the Ethics Institute of South Africa

Published: Thu, 16 Mar 17

CAPE TOWN: In a first for the insurance industry the Ethics Institute has recognised the efforts made by short-term insurer, Santam in curbing fraud and misconduct in the workplace. In this respect, the Santam Fraud Line has been awarded a Certificate of Assurance based on international Fraud Line best practice standards ...
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Karl Bishop appointed as head of Santam Specialist Real Estate

Published: Thu, 16 Mar 17

          Karl Bishop, Santam Specialist Real Estate                       Cape Town: Karl Bishop has been appointed as head of Santam Specialist Real Estate. He previously held ...
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IIG Councillor of the year announced

Published: Wed, 15 Mar 17

Olivia Smith, IIG Councillor of the Year and Tracy McLaughlin, IIG Former president Johannesburg: The Insurance Institute of Gauteng (IIG) announced Olivia Smith as Councillor of the Year at their presidential inaugural event in Sandton on March 9, 2017. This is the second year in a row she receives the award ...
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R48 million to fight cross border crime in KZN

Published: Wed, 15 Mar 17

Pretoria: The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government has set aside an amount of R48 million to fight cross border crime, Premier Willies Mchunu announced on Tuesday. Premier Mchunu made the announcement during a visit by President Jacob Zuma in Umhlabuyalingana Local Municipality, in northern KwaZulu-Natal, as part of ...
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Genasys Technologies Update

Published: Wed, 15 Mar 17

    Eugene Wessels, Managing Director Genasys Technologies     The start of a new financial year can be a very busy time for those of us in business. Apart from the daily management of the business we also need to navigate through changes to legislation such RDR and what ...
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Principles of contract interpretation

Published: Wed, 15 Mar 17

      Patrick Bracher, Director Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc.   Where parties signed a memorandum of understanding as an interim arrangement for ten months in anticipation of entering into a more comprehensive and lasting agreement the MOU was binding ...
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The Financial Services Retail Distribution Review in Perspective

Published: Wed, 15 Mar 17

I was fortunate to attend a recent presentation on this topic by Billy Seyffert, COO of Moonstone Compliance. Many see the Retail Distribution Review as the beginning of the end. In a way, this is correct, but only in so far as it applies to the world as we know it. Why RDR? Two concepts, essential to the correct ...
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Mutual & Federal rebranding to Old Mutual

Published: Tue, 14 Mar 17

After extensive research and engagement with employees, brokers, advisers and customers, Mutual & Federal received regulatory and other approvals to change its brand to Old Mutual Insure. This will take effect from 5 June 2017. The rebrand will support the Old Mutual group's vision to become a fully ...
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Thematic considerations for the future of the insurance industry

Published: Tue, 14 Mar 17

“The worst is yet to come …” UN Global Assessment report on Disaster Risk Reduction, 2013 … and with the worst yet to come, the future of the insurance industry is assured, albeit somewhat transformed from its current state. By Rahima Cassim, Fund Manager at Ashburton ...
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