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When does a claim under a liability policy prescribe?

Published: Thu, 12 Dec 19

A claim for indemnification under a liability insurance contract only arises when liability to a third party for a certain amount has been established. For purposes of prescription, the debt becomes due when the insured is under legal liability to pay a fixed and determined sum of money. Until then a ‘claim’ ...
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SAIA Encourages Property and Household Contents Owners to Take Precautions During Load Shedding

Published: Thu, 12 Dec 19

The South African Insurance Association (SAIA) urges all property and household contents owners to exercise all precautions in an effort to mitigate the risks associated with load shedding and power cuts. The recent load shedding cycles across South Africa has had a negative impact on many household electronics and ...
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Guard against under-insurance

Published: Wed, 11 Dec 19

If you are under-insured, you may only be paid out partially for a loss   Having a solid understanding of the implications of underinsurance is crucial at a time when many South Africans are financially strained and looking for ways to save on household costs. While there is always the temptation ...
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Prep like a pro - top risk and insurance tips for the holidays

Published: Mon, 09 Dec 19

As the excitement of heading off for some much needed R&R sets in, take some time out from the shopping, travel arrangements and last minute work wrap-ups to secure your home, assets and loved ones before you head off for the holidays.   Criminals never take a break, usually targeting the holiday ...
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Road Safety – Drinking and Driving Remains a Major Concern for Road Safety Efforts

Published: Mon, 09 Dec 19

Road safety has become a global issue that ranks as one of the most pressing matters facing society today. The United Nations’ Global Road Safety Strategy, which was released early 2019, estimated that globally, nearly 1. 3 million lives are lost annually as a result of road traffic collisions, resulting in ...
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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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Allianz and Embry-Riddle University aviation study: Safer skies but claims and risks grow

Published: Tue, 05 Nov 19

Fewer fatal accidents, but growing number of costly claims for the aviation industry and insurers from collisions, groundings and aircraft repairs Analysis of 50,000 aviation insurance claims shows collision/crash incidents major cause of loss, followed by faulty workmanship and machinery breakdown Bird strikes ...
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Allianz and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University report: Flying has never been safer

Published: Tue, 05 Nov 19

Despite record numbers of passengers, 2017 and 2018 are among the three safest years of the aviation industry for fatal plane crashes Safety driven by design, technology and training improvements Strap yourself in: Passengers have to prepare for more incidents of turbulence due to climate change – particularly ...
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Indwe embraces drone technology to help improve risk management and optimise insurance

Published: Fri, 01 Nov 19

Using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones as they are more commonly known in insurance, is gaining momentum. Globally, 17% of commercial drones in operation are used to assist insurers and large organisations in not only better assessing risk exposure but also improving both risk control evaluation and operational ...
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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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SAMBRA celebrates excellence

Published: Mon, 21 Oct 19

Short-term insurer, Santam, has won the prestigious SA Motor Body Repairers’ Association (SAMBRA), Insurer of the Year award for the second consecutive year. Toyota SA received the top honours for all-round best OEM, Sikkens scooped the overall Service Excellence award in the Paint Suppliers category ...
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Growing cyber risk emanating from within

Published: Fri, 18 Oct 19

Excess privileges and shadow IT increase employee and vendor risks   Whether through malicious acts or negligence, employees, suppliers and third-party vendors remain one of the most common causes of security breaches, identified in Aon’s Cyber Risk Report. In a 2018 survey of cyber security ...
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Interbrand Best Global Brands 2019 Rankings: Allianz becomes number one insurer and brand value rises 12 percent

Published: Fri, 18 Oct 19

Allianz has become the no. 1 insurer in the Interbrand Best Global Brands 2019 Rankings, released October 17, 2019 with the Allianz brand value increasing from $10. 8bn in 2018 to $12. 1bn. The report examines the world’s most successful brands through the lens of Iconic Moves, focusing on the end of ...
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In case of an emergency – what to pack

Published: Tue, 08 Oct 19

Bertus Visser, Chief Executive of Distribution at PSG Insure With the festive season drawing near, many of us are planning road trips all around the country. Travelling with family, including small children can be stressful, particularly if your car breaks down unexpectedly. Before you set off, consider the following: Are ...
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How to save more during tough times

Published: Mon, 16 Sep 19

We currently find ourselves in a market that hasn’t shown any real growth over the past five years and even the most optimistic investors are now starting to panic, especially those who have already retired. With the cost of living rising rapidly, many pensioners are forced to increase their withdrawal rates ...
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Short-term insurance savvy goes the distance

Published: Wed, 11 Sep 19

Short-term insurance savvy goes the distance In the spirit of Spring, here are some top tips for women to follow to refresh their short-term insurance cover, while staying both cost-effective and safe. Relook luxury and upgrade your outlook It can be very expensive to specify items like cell phones, notebooks, ...
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Momentum introduces safety alert for consumer peace of mind

Published: Tue, 10 Sep 19

Momentum Short Term Insurance has boosted its safety offerings for customers with the introduction of Safety Alert, an innovative emergency panic button linked to armed response, which is available on the Momentum app. Momentum Short Term Insurance Chief Commercial Officer, Etienne du Toit, says Safety Alert ...
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What are the chances? Preparing for curveballs

Published: Fri, 06 Sep 19

You accelerate instead of press the brake pedal – life happens. Unfortunately, if it’s when your vehicle goes through an office window, it can cost a lot more than you bargained for. You just never know what life may throw at you. Imagine being the driver, or the business owner in this case; you ...
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Insurance History:

Insurance is based on the principle of risk-sharing. An early example of this was worked out by Chinese merchants almost 5 000 years ago - they shared out one another's cargoes among all their boats. Thus, if a boat sank, each merchant lost only a small portion of his own shipment, and no one lost his entire cargo. However, it was only in the 17th century that the first insurance contracts involving monetary amounts came into being in places such ...
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