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The NHI Bill – opportunities to be seized

We now have the next (and final?) edition of the National Health Insurance Bill which, aspirationally and inspirationally, seeks to achieve universal access to quality healthcare services in the Republic of South Africa in accordance with section 27 of the Constitution.

Prevent retirement income erosion from rising medical aid costs

It is, statistically, an inescapable part of life that our medical costs and expenses will rise considerably as we become older. Retirees who are drawing down fixed incomes must deal with escalating costs of medical aid and expense shortfalls, creating a significant challenge in coping with erosion of their income at a rate that outstrips the growth of their invested capital.

The NHI wrecking ball entrenches SA’s terminal illness

The latest iteration of the NHI Bill has confirmed what South Africans have known for more than a decade: that taxes will need to rise to fund the government’s unworkable and unfeasible NHI scheme. During these dire economic times, the NHI tax will be the final nail in the coffin for cash-strapped consumers struggling to make ends meet.

The free stokvel

Stokvels have become the ultimate means for saving among many working adults in South Africa. Stokvels are found in many places: your work office, among church ladies, and even men are starting to use stokvels as a means to save. Although reasons for saving differ, the method remains the same.

Technology and cyber risk continue to dominate insurer risks

Victor Muguto | Long-term Insurance Leader | PwC Africa | mail me | Technology, cyber and change management risks have been pinpointed as the three...

Protecting your money?

We urge you to be your money’s best protection by following these guidelines:

Cyber liability insurance

Every organisation with a network, an online presence and holding or accessing confidential data is at risk of cyber-breach or attack. The very nature of the internet means that cyber criminals from anywhere in the world can hit any specific targets.

2018 annual crime stats

SABRIC, on behalf of the banking industry has released its annual crime stats for 2018. We are concerned about some of the increases, which clearly reflect that criminals will take every opportunity to get their hands on bank customers’ money.

Rand-backed cryptocurrency in the form of a stablecoin?

Cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, have become well known for their volatile value. In contrast to this, 'stablecoins' are cryptocurrencies that have been specifically designed to have a stable value.

FAIS – fit and proper compliance a business imperative

The Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services Act (FAIS) is designed to create a professional code of conduct with specific outcomes and measurements which Financial Services Providers (FSPs) must comply with. 
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