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Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty appoints first Chief Data Officer

Published: Tue, 31 Mar 20

Chief Data Officer Ali Shahkarami will align global data initiatives, tools and investments and further drive AGCS’s data and analytics strategy With this newly created role Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) aims to create a ‘data first’ decision making culture AGCS Chief Operation ...
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Allianz appoints Africa Head of Property, Energy and Construction

Published: Wed, 25 Mar 20

Robert Ter Morshuizen has been appointed Head of Property, Energy and Construction effective from April 1, 2020 reporting to Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) Africa CEO Thusang Mahlangu, Global Head of Engineering and Construction at AGCS Chris van Gend and AGCS Global Head of Property Thierry Portevin ...
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Covid-19 and insurance claims

Published: Thu, 19 Mar 20

If you haven’t already dusted off the business interruption, liability and event cancellation policies you have underwritten, or placed for an insured, and checked for coronavirus coverage, now is the time to do so. Exposure and benefits of both business interruption coverage (covering the insureds ...
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Cyber risk during COVID-19 outbreak

Published: Thu, 19 Mar 20

A common response by businesses to the spread of COVID-19 has been to implement measures that require social distancing and remote working. To ensure business continuity, some of these measures rely on the availability of technology like VPN access, as well as the use of online platforms to hold team meetings, client ...
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Cyber Risk Implications of the Coronavirus Outbreak

Published: Wed, 18 Mar 20

The outbreak of COVID-19 has caused significant disruption to businesses and a degree of panic within the employee community. Companies across the globe are activating contingency and business continuity plans and are allowing employees to work from home to limit the spread of the virus. In a new reality where millions ...
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The importance of business continuity during the coronavirus shutdown

Published: Tue, 17 Mar 20

Johannesburg, 17 March 20: Following Sunday evening’s far-reaching presidential address, the reality of dealing with COVID-19 has finally hit home to South Africans. With the country going into a shutdown as travel bans are imposed, schools closed and large gatherings prohibited, businesses across industry sectors ...
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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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Insurance Growth Report Balancing risk and reward 2020 - Part 1 / 3

Published: Thu, 12 Mar 20

The outlook for the insurance industry is finely balanced. The green shoots of market hardening that appeared in 2018 appear to have taken root in 2019. Losses from natural catastrophes were down. And innovative technologies that promise benefits across the entire re/insurance value chain are maturing. ...
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Hannover Re delivers double-digit earnings and premium growth and increases dividend

Published: Wed, 11 Mar 20

Group net income rises by 21. 2% to EUR 1. 28 billion Gross premium grows by 15. 2% adjusted for exchange rate effects Proposed dividend of EUR 5. 50 (previous year: EUR 5. 25) per share Book value per share increases to EUR 87. 2%) Major loss expenditure higher than anticipated Guidance for 2020 ...
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Insurance Growth Report Charting the ebb and flow of insurance M&A Part 2/3

Published: Wed, 11 Mar 20

Following part one of our Insurance Growth Report, which presented a review of worldwide mergers and acquisitions, here we analyse transaction trends by region. 2019 saw another annual increase in global M&A activity in the insurance industry, with 419 deals completed worldwide representing a 10% increase ...
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The Data Company Group Limited joins Genasys eco-system for insurers

Published: Sun, 08 Mar 20

Partnership provides insurers with new opportunities to combat fraud Genasys Technologies has further strengthened its proposition to insurers with the latest addition to its ecosystem. Genasys has partnered with The Data Company Group Limited to deliver ...
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Coronavirus business interruption and supply chain impact

Published: Thu, 05 Mar 20

In addition to causing chaos in an increasing number of cities and countries around the world, the outbreak of the infectious disease poses a significant threat to corporates and their suppliers, given China’s role as the world’s manufacturing superpower. What are the major areas of disruption and how ...
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PAJA applies to s37C Pension Funds Act decisions

Published: Tue, 03 Mar 20

Authored by Amina Yuda, Associate   In February the high court confirmed that the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act (“PAJA”) applies to section 37C decisions on the distribution of death benefits made by the boards of retirement funds under the Pension Funds Act. In Mbatha v Transnet Sector ...
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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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SAIA successfully launches the third series of its Consumer Education Radio Programme

Published: Tue, 25 Feb 20

Johannesburg – The South African Insurance Association (SAIA) has successfully launched the third series of its Consumer Education Radio Programme which commenced on Tuesday, 18 February 2020.   The programme, which forms a part of the SAIA Consumer Education initiative, aims to equip consumers ...
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