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POSTPONEMENT NOTICE: SAIA BREAKFAST SESSION 2020

Published: Mon, 16 Mar 20

Following the national disaster declaration made by the President of South Africa, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, on 15 March 2020 around the spread of the coronavirus, the South African Insurance Association (SAIA) has decided to postpone the SAIA Breakfast Session which was to be held on 19 March to a later date in May 2020 ...
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Allianz: 5 sustainability trends to watch for companies

Published: Thu, 12 Mar 20

Companies can potentially face reputational damage or legal liabilities if they fail to appropriately manage environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty’s ESG team identified key trends to watch: climate change, water management, preserving biodiversity degradation ...
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CORONAVIRUS Q&A: KNOW YOUR EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS

Published: Wed, 11 Mar 20

Aadil Patel, National Head of the Employment practice and Anli Bezuidenhout, Senior Associate in the Employment practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr   The COVID – 19 (or "Coronavirus") is spreading. In this alert, we answer some of the most pressing questions that have been asked over ...
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Are joint life policies the way to go for married couples?

Published: Tue, 03 Mar 20

Schalk Malan, Chief Executive Officer at BrightRock   Having life insurance cover is definitely something married couples should prioritise, and some think that having a joint life policy means better premiums and less hassle. But there are a few other factors couples must consider before committing to ...
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Financial planning is a must-have

Published: Mon, 02 Mar 20

South Africans are indebted as they consistently depend on credit cards to pay for day-to-day expenses. This year’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) speech delivered by President Cyril Ramaphosa made mention of starting a sovereign wealth fund to “preserve and grow the national endowment of the nation” ...
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BUDGET 2020: THE RIGHT INTENT, BUT THE CHALLENGE REMAINS DAUNTING

Published: Thu, 27 Feb 20

BY ARTHUR KAMP, CHIEF ECONOMIST AT SANLAM INVESTMENTS Budget 2020 is the best we could have hoped for in difficult circumstances. In essence, it aims to constrain consumption spending relative to capital expenditure, while recognising that persistent tax increases are counter-productive and constrain growth. Budget ...
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Liberty delivers improved results, increasing dividend by 3%, for the year ended 31 December 2019

Published: Thu, 27 Feb 20

Resilience demonstrated in the current economic climate, while continuing to invest for the future Financial highlights: Normalised headline earnings increased 42% to R3 205 million Shareholder Investment Portfolio (SIP) earnings of R1 004 million Normalised operating earnings increased 10% to R2 201 ...
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South Africa’s National Budget Speech 2020: A fiscal surprise

Published: Wed, 26 Feb 20

South Africa’s Minister of Finance, Mr Tito Mboweni delivered a surprising budget for 2020/21 before Parliament today by opting not to increase tax rates, highlighting the fact that in the current economic environment, substantial increases are likely to be ineffective. The focus of the budget over the last ...
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Coronavirus and its effects on international trade and insurance

Published: Thu, 13 Feb 20

The deadly novel coronavirus outbreak (2019-CoV) has resulted in passenger and cargo ships being quarantined around the world, partial and complete travel bans to parts of China and shipping and airlines being unable or unwilling to deliver cargo to the contractual destination. Malcolm Hartwell, head of ...
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FIVE QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR WILL YOU MAY BE TOO AFRAID TO ASK

Published: Mon, 10 Feb 20

Johannesburg, 10 February 2020, Between trying to earn a living, getting the grocery shopping done and squeezing in a gym workout, many of us avoid thinking about the inevitable – what would happen to our ‘stuff’ if we die? This may be why we avoid making sure we have an updated and valid Will in ...
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Euthanasia 44 years later: a case of deja vu

Published: Thu, 30 Jan 20

The debate around euthanasia and its legal implications has stirred again due to the recent case of Professor Sean Davison, charged with three counts of murder in circumstances where the deceased’s had asked him for assistance in their deaths. Understandably, faced with a very long prison sentence if convicted ...
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The man who couldn't die...

Published: Thu, 30 Jan 20

Professor Pieter Carstens   Insurance Gateway attended Norton Rose Fulbright’s Health Law Practice and Professor Pieter Carstens presentation on Wednesday, 29 January 2020. Where Professor Carstens shared his journey from being diagnosed with aggressive squamous cell carcinoma of the skull, his search ...
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Cyber attackers’ home in on South African businesses

Published: Mon, 27 Jan 20

Ransomware industry flourishes in SA while business are largely unprepared for the business interruption and financial fallout of a breach   In a recent Carte Blanche episode, the investigative news programme revealed that South Africa had faced a number of major cyberattacks during 2019 – one of ...
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SELECTING THE WRONG DIRECTORS FOR THE SOE AND SOC BOARDS HAS BEEN DISASTROUS

Published: Fri, 24 Jan 20

By Terrance M. Booysen and peer reviewed by Jene’ Palmer CA(SA) (CGF Lead Independent Consultant)    As most South Africans eagerly awaited some reprieve from a year of constant and negative bombardment, be this over matters such as a massively contracted economy, rising unemployment, state capture, ...
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Protecting your Identity this Holiday Season

Published: Wed, 04 Dec 19

The South African Insurance Association (SAIA) encourages consumers to consider taking extra care in protecting their identity this festive season. Criminal activity tends to increase considerably over the holiday season. It is also often a time for criminals to take advantage of consumers through several cybercriminal ...
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What is the difference between Black Friday and Cyber Monday?

Published: Mon, 02 Dec 19

Cyber Monday originated in the US and is a marketing term used for the Monday after Thanksgiving. It was created by retailers to encourage people to shop online. The term was coined by Ellen Davis of the National Retail Federation and Scott Silverman, and has actually been around ...
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Interview with Bright Rock CEO, Schalk Malan about their ground-breaking temporary disability cover

Published: Mon, 11 Nov 19

In October 2019 Needs-matched life insurance provider, BrightRock, announced enhancements to their temporary expenses cover. Read More More recently Insurancegateway® Interviewed Schalk Malan to not only learn more about their product enhancements but also to talk about Bright Rock’s strategic ...
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A high road scenario for diabetes reversal

Published: Wed, 06 Nov 19

There is a growing body of research that suggests that one of the world’s most devastating illnesses, diabetes, can be reversed. Medical and nutrition experts Prof Tim Noakes and Dr Neville Wellington and actuary Sarah Bennett told attendees at the recent 2019 Actuarial Society of South Africa Convention that ...
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Why looking for a catalyst is not always helpful

Published: Wed, 23 Oct 19

Anet Ahern, CEO, PSG Asset Management   As any parent of young children will attest, the need to know “why” and “when” is a natural human tendency. It is also the mainstay of daily market commentary and investment articles. Human beings believe that if we know why something happened, ...
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Liberty announces two-in-one income protection

Published: Tue, 22 Oct 19

A move towards celebrating the side hustle and gig economy More South Africans are working two jobs in order to earn multiple incomes. In July 2019, Henley Business School of South Africa (HBSA) released a study titled, "What is the future of work in South Africa? Examining the Side Hustle Economy. " ...
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