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21 September 2021 Financial Service Intelligence Watch

Legislative Changes and Developments


Standard proposed for insurance function outsourcing

Comment is sought by 26 October on a draft standard proposing the minimum requirements to be met by an insurer when outsourcing material business functions or activities to third-party service providers. Prepared by the Financial Sector Conduct and Prudential Authorities, its purpose is to ensure that outsourcing ‘does not impair ...

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Employment Equity Bill process stalls

The Employment Equity Amendment Bill’s ‘B’ version was expected to be passed last week by the National Assembly – but, in the absence of quorum, no decision could be reached, CompliNEWS contributor Pam Saxby notes. According to the minutes of Thursday’s sitting, after the Bill had been read a second ...

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Input sought on AMA operational risk guidelines

The Prudential Authority has called for comment by 30 September 2021 on draft supervisory guidelines on the ‘advanced measurement approach’ to operational risk, CompliNEWS contributor Pam Saxby reports. Their purpose is ‘to bring to the attention of banks specific international best practices related to operational risk and to clarify certain ...

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News from the Regulators


FSCA issues public warning against Mandla Lamba

The Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) warns the public to act with caution when doing any financial services business with an individual named Mandla Lamba. The FSCA has received information that Mandla Lamba is conducting unregistered business and offering shares to members of the public on social media and other ...

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FSCA warns the public against Trabot Pty (Ltd)

The Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) warns the public to be cautious and vigilant when dealing with Trabot Pty (Ltd), as they are not authorised to give any financial advice or render any intermediary services in terms of the Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services Act 37 of 2002 (FAIS Act ...

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Enforcement News


Relevant Rulings


FST case summary involving Mothei and Advicecube (Pty) Ltd (misconduct – breach of employer’s code of conduct and governance framework)

By Shamaa Sheik

The following decision was handed down in the Financial Services Tribunal on 9 September 2021:

  • Samantha Williams-Mothei (Applicant) and Advicecube (Pty) Ltd (Respondent) – (case number: FSP4/2021)

Fast facts

Misconduct – Breach of employer’s Code of Conduct and governance framework – Insufficient to justify debarment

Summary ...

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Local News


Viceroy demands info following ‘defamatory’ statements

On Thursday last week lawyers for Viceroy Research, the short-seller that was fined R50m by the Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA), wrote to regulators accusing them of ‘scurrilous’ behaviour and demanding they hand over certain information within 24 hours.

A Business Day report says Johannesburg-based Snaid & Morris accuses the ...

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Santam Insurance Barometer cites the challenging economy, political unrest, the pandemic impact on businesses, cybercrime and climate change as key highlights

Insurance intermediaries need to move away from 'a product-push approach towards a more client-centric product build approach', Andrew Coutts, the head of intermediated business at Santam, said in the insurer’s newly released 2021 Barometer.

Santam, South Africa’s largest short-term insurer (STI), has released its 2020/2021 Insurance Barometer report on ...

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FirstRand joins Nedbank in shunning coal

Legalbrief Today Issue 5257

FirstRand, Africa’s biggest bank by market value, is ending its funding of new coal-fired power stations immediately and will halt the financing of new projects to mine the fuel over the next five years, says a Business Day report. The Johannesburg-based lender joins its peer Nedbank ...

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International News


German finance ministry raided in money laundering probe

German prosecutors raided the finance and justice ministries on Thursday as part of an investigation into the government’s anti-money laundering agency, putting the spotlight on Germany’s failings in tackling financial crime.

Reuters report that the probe into the Financial Intelligence Unit, an agency of the finance ministry under Social Democrat ...

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Nigerian regulator warns money lenders

Nigeria's Central Bank says it's investigating the foreign-exchange transactions of lenders operating in the country. This after the naira on Friday plunged to record lows in the unauthorised market, defying efforts by the central bank to stabilise the currency. Flagging ‘recent occurrences’, it warned banks ‘to desist from ...

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Compliance Focus


The role of the money laundering reporting/compliance officer

Compli-Serve

The overall responsibility for money laundering prevention lies with senior management and controllers of an institution.

The Money Laundering Reporting Officer (MLRO) is responsible for the oversight of the institution’s anti-money laundering activities and is the key person in the implementation of the anti-money laundering strategy of the institution.

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Working Smart


The hybrid model: Working from home and the office

By Lee Rossini

Working from home is currently the norm, especially in the knowledge sectors such as financial planning. As the pandemic forced companies to adopt this practice, many of them welcomed the cost saving and short-term boosts in productivity that came with it. Despite these benefits, the long-term effects ...

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General


Now Sanlam introduces mandatory staff vaccinations

Sanlam, Africa’s largest non-bank financial services group, will join Discovery in imposing mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations for all staff from 2022, though it says it won’t fire workers who refuse the jab. The group made the announcement to staff yesterday, CEO Paul Hanratty told Business Day. 'We can’t force anyone to ...

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Laws for mandatory jabs for employees on way

Current legislation allows employers to consider whether unvaccinated employees can keep their job. According to the Consolidated Direction on Occupational Health and Safety Measure in Certain Workplaces, which was amended in June this year by the Employment & Labour Department, employers have an obligation to undertake a risk assessment regarding whether ...

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Data Protection


Personal info concerns after Justice Department hack attack

Legalbrief Today Issue 5254

While many courts are still unable to get on with trials and other proceedings requiring recordings due to a ransomware attack on the Department of Justice, IT experts fear that sensitive personal information of ordinary South Africans may have been compromised. Rapport notes that stenographers ...

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Dutch NPO sues TikTok for €6bn over data use

Dutch non-profit Stichting Massaschade & Consument filed suit last week against TikTok, seeking to force the social media app to compensate 4.5m Dutch users for ‘harvesting and auctioning sensitive user data’ in violation of European privacy laws.

According to a Jurist report, Stichting Massaschade & Consument is asking the ...

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Namibia


Namibian prosecutor slams Icelandic graft suspects

Prosecutor-General Martha Imalwa has questioned the motives of Icelanders facing criminal charges in the Fishrot bribery case in Namibia. Imalwa has filed an affidavit raising concerns that former Samherji executive Ingvar Júlíusson's request to have her and whistle-blower Jóhannes Stefánsson take the stand and be cross-examined. New Era ...

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Private Equity


Venture capital in Africa had a bumper 2020

Despite the limitations of a global pandemic and its attendant lockdowns, African venture capital (VC) had a bumper year in 2020. According to a report from the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA), the number of total reported venture capital deals in Africa in 2020 rose to 319 from ...

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Working Smart

By Lee Rossini

Working from home is currently the norm, especially in the knowledge sectors such as financial planning. As the pandemic forced companies to adopt this practice, many of them welcomed the cost saving and short-term boosts in productivity that came with it. Despite these benefits, the long-term effects of employees working remotely are still largely unknown, and some believe that it could negatively impact business performance.

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