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Coronavirus: Fighting the rise in cyber criminals from the home office

Published: Tue, 12 May 20

With many people working remotely because of the coronavirus outbreak, the number of cyber incidents is increasing as hackers, scammers and spammers look to exploit vulnerabilities in an attempt to steal valuable information. In response, AGCS experts highlight a number of measures that can help employees to better ...
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Is Covid-19 giving us a taste of an unplanned retirement?

Published: Mon, 11 May 20

By Richus Nel, financial adviser at PSG Wealth   Over the last two months, the world has undeniably changed. Markets have contracted, our financial resources have been depleted, and uncertainty is at historic highs. How we think about ourselves and others, what and how we buy, how we move (or don’t ...
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Businesses need to restart facilities with care and caution after coronavirus lockdown to reduce risk of damages

Published: Thu, 07 May 20

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty recommends site security inspections and dedicated loss prevention measures to ensure a successful and safe reopening after shutdown. Fires, machinery breakdowns and faulty workmanship/maintenance among the most expensive causes of insurance claims. Condition of electrical ...
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2020 - Short-term insurers lose sight of customer experience as race to digital transformation intensifies

Published: Tue, 05 May 20

Consulta releases latest 2019 South African Customer Satisfaction Index for Short-Term Insurance   There is a fallacy across many businesses that digital transformation and customer experience and satisfaction are interchangeable. Technology will change and evolve, but the fundamentals of being relevant ...
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Unlocking a new future for South Africa

Published: Mon, 04 May 20

Going back in history, there have been many defining moments for human beings over the centuries of our existence on planet Earth. In recent times we have survived The Great War, The Great Depression, World War II and The Great Recession. Now, we are facing The Great Infection, as the COVID-19 crisis of 2020 sweeps ...
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Chubb announces new annual Contractors All Risk cover for South Africa

Published: Mon, 04 May 20

Chubb Insurance South Africa today announced the release of its specialist annual Contractors All Risk (CAR) insurance product to the South African market. Chubb's annual CAR product has been available for some time in other jurisdictions around the world and has now been launched in the South African market. ...
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Covid-19: TERS - 5 important updates

Published: Mon, 04 May 20

by Joon Chong, Dhevarsha Ramjettan, Johan Olivier, Shane Johnson, Bianca Viljoen, Zipho Tile   Since the launch of TERS, there has been (almost) daily changes introduced by the Unemployment Insurance Fund. Following those amendments, the Minister of Employment & Labour ...
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WEATHER THE STORM OF RETRENCHMENT BY RESKILLING

Published: Wed, 29 Apr 20

When my husband was told he was being retrenched thanks to the economic effects of COVID-19, it was a call we were expecting but it was still a shock. Gosh, I thought to myself. What do we do now? My husband had just been retrenched, albeit temporarily under the COVID-19 Temporary Employer-Employee Relief Scheme ...
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The non-legal guide to surviving the Coronavirus

Published: Fri, 24 Apr 20

Soon after the WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic, and the declaration of the National Disaster, there was an outbreak of legal and other publications, some more helpful than others, dealing with COVID-19, the law, the end of the world, and surviving the Coronavirus. You could seek guidance from a letter supposedly ...
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COVID-19: ADDRESSING DEBILITATING RISKS REQUIRES A ROBUST GOVERNANCE FRAMEWORK

Published: Fri, 17 Apr 20

By Terrance M. Booysen and peer reviewed by Jene’ Palmer CA(SA) (CGF Lead Independent Consultant) The times we are currently living in are unprecedented. Covid-19 has once again highlighted the reasons why governance -- good governance -- is a critical function in a democratic country. The President of South ...
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ARM YOURSELF WITH KNOWLEDGE – HOW FINANCIAL MARKET SHOCKS AFFECT YOU AND YOUR FINANCES

Published: Wed, 15 Apr 20

The COVID-19 pandemic is unlike anything we have experienced. It affects many areas of our lives, causing us to experience uncomfortable levels of uncertainty and worry. Dealing with uncertainty can be tricky and we need to find ways to keep calm and to take control of our finances. Shelley van der Westhuizen, ...
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The Pandemic, Physical Damage, Business Interruption Losses and Reinsurance

Published: Tue, 07 Apr 20

The Pandemic, Physical Damage, Business Interruption Losses and Reinsurance How is your 2000 piece jigsaw puzzle progressing?   Coronavirus and physical damage You may have seen reference to the recent Ontario Superior Court of Justice decision in MDS Inc v Factory Mutual Insurance Company ...
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Covid-19: Impact on banks, non-insurance financial institutions & expectations on regulated entities

Published: Tue, 07 Apr 20

by Danelle Prinsloo, Lenee Green, Johann Scholtz, Dawid de Villiers, Kent Davis from Webber Wentzel   In response to the Covid-19 emergency, the South African Reserve Bank (Reserve Bank) and the South African financial sector regulators, the Prudential Authority and the Financial ...
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Financial implications for retirement communities in a time of crisis

Published: Tue, 07 Apr 20

Johannesburg, 7 April 20: Protecting the elderly against COVID-19 infection is a pressing concern for everyone operating senior living communities. The greater susceptibility of seniors to the virus, as well as the many unknowns still surrounding its transmission, make prevention and proper management critical. Exactly ...
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Coronavirus: Short-term closure of plants or premises can pose risks for companies

Published: Mon, 06 Apr 20

The potential for damage from fire or lack of maintenance can increase in mothballed or idle production facilities and industrial plants. Companies from the automotive, aviation or mechanical engineering sectors can be particularly hard hit. Companies should focus on reducing the risk of fire, safe storage ...
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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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