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Creating an insurance strategy

Published: Wed, 14 Oct 20

Insurance, at its essence, is a source of finance to pay for losses, when they occur. In theory, the contributions of the many pay for the losses of the few. The risk transfer to an insurer is subject to conditions but there is the advantage of stability in settled law and practice. For larger organisations, ...
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How to adjust your insurance to achieve optimal financial wellness

Published: Tue, 13 Oct 20

The last quarter of 2020 is in full swing and little did we know what an interesting and strange year it would be. Apart from the many ups and downs personally as well as financially, most of us had to make drastic changes to our finances to adapt to salary reductions and loss of income. Piet Wolmarans Managing Director ...
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COFFEE, A NEW WORK FROM HOME OFFERING IS LAUNCHED

Published: Mon, 12 Oct 20

Six-months ago, at the start of lockdown, the majority of South Africans set up their workstations in their own homes in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. With the introduction of Lockdown Level 1, more of the workforce can now return to their respective offices, but will they?   “Remote working ...
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Call for actuaries to collaborate with government to rid South Africa of “wicked problems”

Published: Wed, 07 Oct 20

As the world continues to grapple with the “wicked problems” created by the Covid-19 pandemic, governments able to efficiently mobilise their diverse talent pools appear to be presenting their citizens with better outcomes than those unable to do so, according Lusani Mulaudzi, President of the Actuarial ...
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THE IMPAIRMENT PROBLEM

Published: Wed, 07 Oct 20

What can happen when sprinklers meet human error?   The Liberty Mutual study documented fires in industrial occupancies where sprinklers were present and should have operated, or perhaps even did operate, but were shut off either before the fire event or prematurely during the fire. These actions, known ...
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Loss Adjusters - Do Not Be Misguided, You Need A Reputable Engineer For Your Assessments…..Now More Than Ever!

Published: Wed, 07 Oct 20

The risks for the insurance industry are increasing by the day because of structural designs, structural failures, sub-standard construction levels, floods, and fire damages.   Structural designs to ensure compliance became so problematic, that an independent review became inevitable without ...
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The Short-term Insurance Ombudsman (OSTI) - Briefcase 3rd Edition

Published: Wed, 07 Oct 20

The Ombudsman for Short-term Insurance (OSTI) has released its quarterly Briefcase (attached). It contains news from the editor, case studies, consumer tips and general information on what the Ombudsman has done during the past three months. In this edition, the Briefcase tackles claims around stolen luggage, ...
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Allianz: How Covid-19 is changing claims trends and risk exposures for companies and their insurers

Published: Tue, 06 Oct 20

AGCS report: traditional property and liability claims have been subdued during lockdowns but this was more than outweighed by a surge in Covid-19 related claims notifications, particularly from the entertainment industry. Impact of the pandemic will shape future loss trends for companies in the mid- and long-term ...
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COVID-19 contributing to increase in consumers who take up insurance via digital platforms

Published: Mon, 28 Sep 20

28 September 2020 – COVID-19 may be contributing to the growing number of consumers who are using digital channels to take up or maintain their life insurance. This is according to FNB Life, which reported a 22% year-on-year increase in customers who take up or maintain their life insurance via FNB’s digital ...
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Insurers need to move beyond risk and protection

Published: Mon, 28 Sep 20

Consumers demand more monetised value and digital convenience   Opinion by Cornel Schoeman, Chief Operating Officer of GENRIC Insurance Company Limited Until recently, traditional insurance models have remained remarkably resilient in the onslaught of digital transformation and tech innovation that has ...
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Time to open up the market

Published: Mon, 28 Sep 20

Over the last two years the South African Motor Body Repairers’ Association (SAMBRA), has been lobbying hard to remove restrictive Insurer Supplier Panels and OEM approval programmes, which effectively preclude consumers exercising their right of choice and damages small business’ who have spent years ...
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Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty announces new leadership roles for Mediterranean & Africa

Published: Fri, 25 Sep 20

Marilyn Faugas, currently Head of Market Management for AGCS France is appointed Regional Head of Distribution for AGCS Mediterranean & Africa Region. The current Head of Underwriting Property for AGCS France, Jean-Baptiste Regnier, is promoted to Regional Head of Property, AGCS Mediterranean & Africa Region ...
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German companies have switched to “crisis-mode” and offer less payment terms

Published: Wed, 23 Sep 20

Germany Corporate Payment Survey 2020   Paris, September 15, 2020 - German companies want to cash in as early as possible, according to the fourth edition of Coface’s survey on corporate payment experience in Germany, conducted in July and early-August 2020, with 753 participating companies located ...
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Allianz Global Wealth Report 2020: Wealth Immunity

Published: Wed, 23 Sep 20

A bumper year: In 2019, gross financial assets jumped by 9. 7% and reached EUR 192 trillion Crisis? What crisis?: Global financial assets increased by 1. 5% in the first six months of 2020, driven by fast-rising bank deposits Trend reversal: The wealth gap between rich and poor countries has widened again South ...
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AUTO & GENERAL INSURANCE PUTS ITS MONEY WHERE ITS MOUTH IS

Published: Tue, 22 Sep 20

In these uncertain and unpredictable times, service reliability is crucial. But, how many companies actually practice what they preach, are accountable for their actions, stick to their promises and put their money where their mouths are? Now is the time to make firm commitments, and stick to them. ...
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SANDWICH PANELS: A Burning Issue - Understanding the Risk

Published: Thu, 17 Sep 20

Sandwich Panel related fires have resulted in major property damage and business interruption losses over the years. What are Sandwich Panels? Sandwich Panels or Composite Panels are structures made up of three layers: a low-density core and a thin metal or plastic skin-layer bonded to each side. Over ...
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Allianz and Euler Hermes strengthen Africa team

Published: Wed, 16 Sep 20

Johannesburg – September 16, 2020 – Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) appointed Asheen Maikoo and Piet Schutte as Senior Risk Engineers on September 1, 2020, to continue to provide world-class risk consulting services to help businesses in Africa manage, prevent, and ...
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QSURE STEPS INTO COLLECTIONS AND PAYMENTS INDUSTRY AS KEY PLAYER

Published: Mon, 14 Sep 20

        Well-known collections and payments company, QLINK Holdings (Pty) Ltd, today announced it has rebranded Insure Group Managers Services (IGMS) to QSURE. Chief Executive Officer, Ian Thompson said the rebranding follows an intensive process to conceptualise and position ...
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Allianz: Companies face five liability loss trends in the face of the coronavirus pandemic

Published: Wed, 09 Sep 20

Johannesburg/London/Munich/New York/Paris/Sao Paulo/Singapore – September 09, 2020 – Liability exposures for companies around the world are increasing. Factors such as rising litigation, collective redress and large court verdicts, costly and frequent recalls in the automotive and food sectors, the disruptive ...
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THE NETHERLANDS - CORPORATE PAYMENT SURVEY 2020

Published: Wed, 09 Sep 20

This study is the very first Coface survey on corporate payment experience in the Netherlands. Originally, this survey had been conducted between February and early-March 2020 (the first quarter of 2020, Q1 2020), with 301 participating companies located in the country. However, at the end of the survey period, COVID-19 ...
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