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Episode 84: Agency focus - Source

Date: 2 Apr 2014
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Episode 82: An African Path to Success & Effective Measure

Date: 24 Feb 2014 | Time: 39:00min
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Episode 81: Conn Bertish and Cairo

Date: 14 Feb 2014 | Time: 44:44min
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No room to hide for unhelpful insurers

The long-term insurance ombudsman office has put R103m back into the hands of consumers who received poor service from their insurance companies last year.

10 Apr 2014 05:14

Cheap car insurance... Can King Price win this war?

When King Price first declared an insurance war by promising cheap car insurance premiums that decrease monthly, there were countless prophets of doom that predicted its downfall. Yet, it's now almost two years down the line and they've already had over 60,000 policyholders join the royal family.

Issued by King Price 1 Apr 2014 13:14

Life assurance, are you covered?

We are challenged as a country with life-threatening diseases like HIV/AIDS and obesity. Our roads are dangerous and younger generations are confronted with cancer, high blood pressure and diabetes. Surely it makes sense to have proper life insurance if you have significant debt, or dependants totally reliant on you?

Issued by Meredith Harington 1 Apr 2014 10:12

Cancer claims are on the rise, says Liberty

Liberty Holdings paid R2.7bn in claims last year compared with about R2.3bn in 2012‚ with cancer contributing the largest sums in the natural causes segment‚ it said last week.

By Phakamisa Ndzamela 24 Mar 2014 12:23

Combined policies can reduce insurance premiums

Various factors indicate that short-term premiums will increase this year, but the good news is that there are things that consumers can do to offset premium increases.

21 Mar 2014 11:13

Santam and UNICEF spotlight children's rights through art

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

20 Mar 2014 14:30

MMI's headline earnings up 13% to 105.4c a share

Insurer MMI Holdings (MMI) grew diluted core headline earnings per share (HEPS) 13% to 105.4c for the six months to December‚ up from 93.6c in the previous period.

By Gillian Jones 6 Mar 2014 10:22

Amended unemployment bill presented to Portfolio Committee

South Africa's labour force can expect an improvement in the payment of benefits when the Unemployment Insurance Amendment Bill is signed into law.

6 Mar 2014 06:48

Old Mutual sees strong customer growth

London- and JSE-listed insurer Old Mutual grew the number of customers in its operations in the rest of Africa by 590,000 in 2013 as it continues to focus on emerging markets to achieve growth.

By Gillian Jones 3 Mar 2014 07:10

Vitality is key to Discovery's growth

Financial services group Discovery Holdings' strong growth in earnings is a result of its Vitality model‚ says chief executive Adrian Gore.

By Gillian Jones 24 Feb 2014 10:29

Language board hopelessly in debt

The Pan South African Language Board owes South African Revenue Service, (SARS) R3.3m, mainly in PAYE tax deducted from employees. It also owes its suppliers more than R13m.

24 Feb 2014 10:15

Sanlam moves into Nigerian insurance market

Sanlam said its associate company FBN Life Assurance had acquired 71.2% of Nigeria-listed short-term insurer Oasis Insurance for an undisclosed sum.

19 Feb 2014 13:25

Momentum Retail to focus on emerging middle class

Momentum Retail is increasing its focus on the emerging middle class‚ with plans to set up a dedicated agency force to service this segment‚ chief executive Mark van der Watt said.

19 Feb 2014 13:03

Clientele earnings rise 22% to 54.62c

Financial services group Clientele reported a 21% increase in diluted headline earnings per share to 54.62c for the six months to December from the same time a year earlier.

18 Feb 2014 09:48

Momentum Multiply launches rewards campaign

Momentum Multiply has launched its 'Multiply Republic of Wellness and Rewards' campaign that aims to encourage its members to lead healthy and financially savvy lives, all the while receiving great rewards and benefits.

11 Feb 2014 10:22

Sanlam's earnings up between 35% and 40%

Sanlam says its diluted headline earnings per share for the year to December are expected to be between 35% and 40% higher than the previous year.

11 Feb 2014 08:50

Medical insurance a viable alternative

2014 has brought on the re-evaluation of budgets to accommodate obligatory annual increases, hikes in the inflation rate and the hefty 11% annual medical aid increases this year. Sadly, one of the essential expenses in any family household is the lack of adequate medical cover.

10 Feb 2014 17:33

Reviewing car purchases for lower premiums

When buying a car and considering the associated monthly costs, one way to reduce these is to choose a vehicle that will attract a lower premium from one's insurance company.

By Nthabiseng Moloi 7 Feb 2014 14:17

2014 Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalism Awards entries closing soon

The Print and Digital Media South Africa (PDMSA) would like to remind all journalists, members and non-members of the PDMSA, that the 2014 Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalism Awards entry submission deadline is Friday, 14 February 2014. Late entries will not be considered.

6 Feb 2014 13:30

Assupol launches advertising campaign for 2014

Life insurance company Assupol launched their latest TV advertising campaign, featuring their brand ambassador and South African music icon, Hugh Masekela.

31 Jan 2014 13:01

Are you using the best insurance company in SA?

If you're looking for car insurance, then you're probably asking yourself the same two questions that everyone else does: 1) How do I get the best price? And, 2) Which company will give me the best service?

15 Jan 2014 10:17

Financial Services Board approves Hollard's Etana acquisition

The Financial Services Board (FSB) has given the green light for the Hollard Group to acquire the outstanding 60% shareholding in Etana insurance business in a move that positions the merged entity among the largest short-term insurers in South Africa.

Issued by Hollard 10 Jan 2014 12:33

Old Mutual appoints new directors

Old Mutual, on Monday, 6 January 2014, appointed Zoe Cruz - once known as the highest paid and most powerful woman on Wall Street - and Actis partner Adiba Ighodaro as non-executive directors.

By Phakamisa Ndzamela 8 Jan 2014 07:09

Linda de Beer to head financial reporting watchdog

Linda de Beer‚ has been appointed to chair the Financial Reporting Investigations Panel from 1 January‚ replacing Harvey Wainer‚ chairman since its inception in 2002.

By Amanda Visser 6 Jan 2014 13:10

Sanlam, Santam work together in emerging markets

Sanlam and short-term insurer Santam will work together in emerging markets as the group expands into the rest of Africa‚ and South-east Asia.

By Gillian Jones 13 Dec 2013 09:59

Insurance in the game industry

"It's by now very evident that the game industry of Southern Africa has been growing at a rapid pace, and all indications show that this trend will continue for some years to come," says Gert Pienaar of Kuda. Kuda has aimed to position itself as a major player in this market.

11 Dec 2013 12:41

Sanlam revamps Financial Journalism Awards

The Sanlam Awards for Excellence in Financial Journalism, which have opened for entries, have grouped next year's awards into platform neutral, platform specific and special awards.

9 Dec 2013 11:21

FRANK.NET's stance that "death doesn't have to try very hard" proves to be a winner

The Loeries Awards released their official rankings for 2013 at the end of November. Among the top 10 brands ranked, there were only two financial services providers. FRANK.NET proudly boasts as the third most awarded brand overall with a Loerie Grand Prix in the radio category.

Issued by FRANK.NET 2 Dec 2013 10:22

Private health costs must be reduced

The cost of private health care needs to be reduced to help the National Health Insurance scheme work, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said in Johannesburg on Thursday (28 November).

29 Nov 2013 10:00

Road fund to study impact of more rail freight

The Road Accident Fund will commission a study next year to determine the possible effects of the government's drive to shift freight from road to rail and to increase the use of rail as a means of mass transportation, chief executive Eugene Watson told a research colloquium organised by the fund.

29 Nov 2013 09:19

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