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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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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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Negligent failure to perform caesarean section in time (UK)

Published: Thu, 06 Feb 20

The claimant, suing the UK National Health Service, had a medical history of having undergone two caesarean sections and a tear to her womb. Her fourth pregnancy was therefore regarded as “high risk” and her treatment plan provided for an elective caesarean section. She brought a claim against the hospital ...
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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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Failure to warn of risks of surgery does not give rise to automatic claim for damages

Published: Wed, 15 Jan 20

A UK court of appeal dismissed a claim for damages which arose as a result of a surgeon's failure to warn a patient of the risks associated with undergoing a procedure to repair an abdominal hernia on the basis that the claimant would, nevertheless, have chosen to undergo the procedure. The claimant was successful ...
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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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Genesis Medical Scheme announces the lowest contribution increase for 2020

Published: Mon, 11 Nov 19

Across the private healthcare industry in South Africa, members of medical schemes are bracing themselves for a 10% increase in their 2020 contributions, exceeding the general inflation rate by 4. 6%. With average salary increases that are usually lower than 10%, most people will be hit hard if their 2020 increase ...
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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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Top tips if you’re considering a medical scheme or benefit change

Published: Thu, 24 Oct 19

With most medical schemes having recently announced their increases for 2020 at an average of 10% as well as any changes to their benefit options, you may be considering a review of your healthcare cover and whether it still meets your needs and budget. Before making any changes, it is crucial to thoroughly investigate ...
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2019 – Customer Satisfaction Index for Medical Schemes Shows Underwhelming Performances

Published: Thu, 17 Oct 19

Customer satisfaction and price tolerance is declining while utilisation is increasing   Medical schemes are facing tremendous pressure in a low growth market where customer expectations and utilisation are very high and increasing, while loyalty is on the decline as a result of lower price tolerance. ...
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South African Employer Medical Benefit Costs to Increase 10 Percent in 2020, Aon Survey Forecasts

Published: Fri, 27 Sep 19

Employer-provided medical benefit costs in South Africa are forecasted to rise 10 percent in 2020, outpacing the annual general inflation rate by 4. 6 percent, according to the 2020 Global Medical Trend Rates Report released by Aon plc (NYSE: AON). “The Medical Trend rate in South Africa for 2020 is ...
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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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Gender matters: For Women, healthcare and retirement planning challenges are often greater and more complex

Published: Mon, 09 Sep 19

Women typically face a greater retirement savings shortfall than their male counterparts. A longer life expectancy coupled with lower compensation throughout their lifetime creates a larger financial burden over a longer period compared with the needs of male retirees. In addition to earning less, on average, ...
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Introducing Our New Website!

Published: Mon, 29 Jul 19

The Insurance Gateway® team is excited to share our new website with you. Given our strategic objectives for 2019 and the fact that our last website redesign was over five years ago, we decided on a much anticipated mid-year launch. za was founded in 2005 by the late Michael Stoker as an insurance and financial ...
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Reinstatement (Reinsurance):

The restoration of cover under an excess of loss treaty after its exhaustion, wholly or partly, following payment of claims. Where reinstatements are applicable, usually for fire catastrophe business, the number of reinstatements and the method of calculation of the extra premium payable are specified.
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