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South Africa: Laws amendment to accommodate demarcation regulations

The pending changes to the Medical Schemes Act and the Long-term and Short-term Insurance Acts to accommodate the demarcation regulations were made on 1 April 2017 including the new definition of ‘business of a medical scheme’. The definition of ‘business of a medical scheme’ in the Medical Schemes Act 1998 makes it clear that if you … Continue Reading

Will South Africa get reciprocal reinsurance arrangements?

The FSB’s Reinsurance Regulatory Review Position Paper in September 2016 sketches a reinsurance regime by which foreign reinsurers wishing to reinsure South African risks will have to register as a licensed branch in South Africa unless the foreign reinsurer is regulated by a country with an equivalent regulatory framework according to the FSB. Presumably the … Continue Reading

South Africa: Is anti-competitive behaviour insurable?

The August 2016 first-of-its-kind judgment against South African Airways in favour of Nationwide Airlines, for damages arising from conduct that was held to be an anti-competitive exclusionary act preventing Nationwide from entering into or expanding within the travel market, raises the interesting question whether the loss is insurable by the company and the directors. SAA … Continue Reading

Specialty lines insurance in Africa

Africa’s largely untapped specialty lines insurance market has significant opportunities for insurers willing to enter the region. As the market develops, more difficult and unusual risks will be written. Regulations which vary by country must be considered. For example, placing insurance with a locally licensed insurer is often a requirement or a percentage of the … Continue Reading

South Africa: Can Bitcoin be insured?

As the use of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin increases, so will the demand for insurance to protect against the risks associated with them. A number of global Bitcoin storage providers offer their customers insurance for storage vault failure. At least one US insurance group offers Bitcoin holdings insurance as an endorsement to existing crime policies. Given … Continue Reading

The dangers of insurance premium collusion

In early June 2015 the Competition Authority of Kenya fined the Association of Kenya Reinsurers about R91 000 for setting minimum premium rates for insurance companies tendering to provide group life cover to the National Intelligence Service employees. The fixing of minimum premium rates have been going on for years in Kenya. The reinsurers claim these … Continue Reading

Botswana Insurance Industry Bill

Insurers, reinsurers and brokers doing business in Botswana may wish to respond to the Insurance Industry Bill 2014 published for comment. The Bill contains many similar provisions to South African insurance legislation. It is a composite piece of legislation dealing with the licencing requirements and regulation of all insurers, including reinsurers and insurance brokers, agents and … Continue Reading

Significant changes expected in the South African healthcare sector in 2015

The South African Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi called a Medico-Legal Summit on 9 and 10 March 2015 which we participated in as part of the Ministerial task team appointed to look into the rise of medical negligence claims against the healthcare sector. The objective of the Summit, which was attended by interested stakeholders … Continue Reading

Ten things to know about the governance and risk management framework for insurers in South Africa

The South African insurance regulator has published a governance and risk management framework for insurers. For a snapshot view, here are ten things to know about the new framework. The Governance and Risk Management Framework takes effect on 1 April 2015. A governance framework must be adopted by insurers to ensure the prudent management and … Continue Reading

Insurance in Africa

There are many opportunities in Africa because the insurance market is largely untapped.  Below are some of the legal issues you need to be mindful of when doing business in the continent. For more detail read our Introduction to insurance business in Africa: Ten things to know. 1. Jurisdiction Africa is made up of 55 … Continue Reading
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