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Who watches the watchdog?

The establishment of the Financial Services Tribunal has brought much-needed legal certainty to the industry – in particular, those who are disgruntled by the views of decision-makers, as well as rulings by the FAIS Ombud and the Pension Funds Adjudicator. The latter two bodies are empowered to make decisions in an informal manner to expedite […]

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For whom the bell tolls

For whom the bell tolls

On 26 October, alone, the FSCA issued six warnings to the public against providers of financial services which the regulator suspected were conducting unregistered business. Four of the six were involved in the funeral business. Not a week goes by without at least a couple of cautions against potential transgressors being published via email to […]

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How do I love thee

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways

Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnet 43 is arguably her best known one. It came to mind when Roché Cowley, a regular contributor to our humour section, recently shared the following with me. What would happen if your clients were asked, by an independent resource, to comment on your relationship with them? A group of women from […]

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Knowing where to tap

Knowing where to tap

Possibly the single biggest pandemic issue affecting the short-term insurance industry was the contingent business interruption (CBI) controversy. At first, insurers denied liability, claiming that the lockdown was not an insured peril. It took the views of 13 judges before they felt convinced. The second line of defence, decked out in Stalingrad camouflage, was the […]

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Garden Snakes can be Dangerous

Green Tree Snakes  (Dendrolaphis punctulata) can be dangerous. Yes, tree snakes or grass snakes, not brown snakes or taipans. A couple in Townsville, Australia, had a lot of potted plants. During a recent cold winter (for Townsville that is), the wife was bringing some of the valued tender ones indoors to protect them from the […]

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Bless me Father…

An elderly Italian man who lived on the outskirts of Rimini, Italy, went to the local church for confession. When the priest slid open the panel in the confessional, the man said: “Father … During World War II, a beautiful Jewish woman from our neighbourhood knocked urgently on my door and asked me to hide […]

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Irish Mirth

Definition of an Irish husband: He hasn’t kissed his wife for twenty years, but he will kill any man who does.  Murphy told Quinn that his wife was driving him to drink. Quinn thinks he’s very lucky because his own wife makes him walk. The late Bishop Sheen stated that the reason the Irish fight […]

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Stiff Upper Lip English

On a train from London to Manchester, an Australian is berating the Englishman sitting across from him in the compartment: “You English are so stuffy. You set yourselves apart too much. You think your stiff upper lip puts you above the rest of us.” “Look at me… I’m ME! I have Italian blood, Greek blood, […]

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‘Mayday! Mayday!’

This guy takes his new boat down to Cape Town from Jo’burg for a fishing trip. On his way back with the boat, his 4×4 breaks down outside Beaufort West.     He tries all he can but the 4×4 just doesn’t want to go anymore. He tries his cell – no reception. After standing […]

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The Obedient Wife

There was a man, who worked hard all his life, saved all of his money – and was a real miser. Just before he died, he said to his wife…’When I die, I want you to take all my money and put it in the casket with me. I want to take my money to […]

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