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Court rules for insurer to pay up

Court rules for insurer to pay up

The global shutdown in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic is testing the clauses of insurance policies – specifically business interruption insurance – with claimants and insurers across the world fighting it out in court. The Western Cape High...

Video: Prepare for the weather

Video: Prepare for the weather

The summer rainy season is in full swing in Gauteng. The province has already seen heavy rain, flash floods and hail, and authorities have warned that more extreme weather is on the way. It is not surprising that this is the time of year that...

Get a home inspection before you buy

Get a home inspection before you buy

So you've finally found your dream home and are ready to put in an offer. Before you dive in, be sure that you conduct a home inspection. This is according to Marius Steyn, Personal Lines Underwriting Manager at Santam. Steyn suggests including a...

Video: Spring clean your insurance

Video: Spring clean your insurance

Whether you’ve recently made property upgrades or added a few new items to your home, it is time to spring clean your insurance policies to check that you are adequately covered. Your short-term insurance policy is automatically renewed almost...

Lower medical premium increases thanks to lockdown

Lower medical premium increases thanks to lockdown

An unexpected side-effect of lockdown has been smaller-than-usual annual medical aid premium increases. Despite fears that the outbreak of COVID-19 would result in high claims from medical scheme members, and a resultant increase in the cost of...

Video: Life cover for COVID

Video: Life cover for COVID

While the outbreak of COVID-19 raised awareness around the need for life cover, especially for those with financial dependants, for policyholders who lost their income, the premiums became unaffordable. This led many people to lose their cover at a...

Listen: How financial advisers choose their insurance

Listen: How financial advisers choose their insurance

Maya (@mayaonmoney) and Mapalo (@womanandfinance) speak to independent financial adviser Markus Bauriedl on what to look out for when selecting life insurance to make sure it pays out as promised. Not all cover is equal, and some products work...

Stay on top of your repayments

Stay on top of your repayments

Most agreements to suspend debt repayments or monthly premiums have come to an end. Make sure you understand how this will affect your finances. In the initial stages of lockdown, most banks, insurers and retirement product providers offered...

Video: Review your insurance and save

Video: Review your insurance and save

We should be in the habit of regularly reviewing our insurance cover, but if you haven’t done so for a while, COVID-19 lockdown is the perfect opportunity to make sure you have the correct cover in place and even save on premiums. You may find that...

Income protection for ‘gig workers’ – finally!

Income protection for ‘gig workers’ – finally!

By Elmarie Samuel, Senior Technical Marketing Specialist at life insurer FMI (a Division of Bidvest Life Ltd) South Africa’s gig economy is booming. More people than ever before are earning a living as so-called ‘gig workers’ - working as...

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COVID-19: When would your income protection pay out?

If you get COVID-19, will your income protection or life insurance cover you? And what can you do if you can’t pay your premiums because the pandemic has affected your income? These questions are top of mind right now as the lockdown affects millions of South...

Make sure you’re covered for a power surge

Do you know whether you're covered if a power surge damages expensive electrical appliances? Identified by Google as South Africa’s most searched term in the past decade, loadshedding continues to cause a huge amount of frustration and inconvenience for many South...

Video: Car and handbag insurance for women

I always maintain that actuaries never lie, and women on average pay less for car insurance than men, so is it true that women are better drivers? In light of Women's Month, I am speaking to Christelle Colman of Elite Wealth Assets Insurance to explain why women pay...

When your credit shortfall insurance leaves you short

Despite having credit shortfall insurance, many policyholders find themselves out of pocket when it comes to claiming because they don't properly understand how the cover works. In its 2019 annual report the Ombud for Short-Term Insurance (OSTI) found that 49% of...

How new drunk-driving law will affect your car insurance

The days of having a beer after work and driving home will soon be over – and that’s not just because of the lockdown restrictions. Once South Africa’s strict new drunk-driving laws have been passed, drivers won’t be allowed to drink alcohol at all. Currently, it’s...

Financial products leave self-employed in the cold

One of the things to emerge from the COVID-19 crisis is that the financial industry needs to innovate in order to keep up with a rapidly changing workforce that is increasingly comprised of self-employed people. Most financial products remain rooted in the idea that...

Premium relief on medical schemes unlikely

Don’t expect a blanket premium relief, but if you are struggling, contact your medical scheme for options. If you are struggling to meet your medical scheme contribution this month, don’t hold out for a blanket offering of a premium waiver. Medical schemes pay out on...

Video: What does travel insurance cover?

This video was done when travel operator Thomas Cook collapsed last year, however it is just as relevant for holiday-makers facing COVID-19 cancellations. Travellers may not be aware of the limits around travel insurance which has exclusions depending...

Listen: Tips to cut that insurance bill

One of the ways to find that extra cash to start saving is to review your fixed costs, like short-term insurance. In this episode Maya (@mayaonmoney) and Mapalo (@womanandfinance) discuss some of the new insurance players in the industry that are using technology to...

Video: Joint life insurance

A recent survey found that middle-class households are cutting back on insurance and medical cover as their budgets come under pressure. However, if you have a family, life insurance is essential to provide for them if something happens to you. If you are a married...

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