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Samantha Baleson

SA becoming ‘an ever more litigious country’

South Africa is aligning itself with the rest of the international community’s legal inclination and becoming an ever more litigious country. With attorneys doing work on a contingency, or a “no win, no fee” basis, it is becoming easier and easier to sue and hold a wrongdoer liable. (more…)

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Tony Webster

Product Recall and Contamination Insurance

Recent high-profile product recalls have focused an uncomfortable spotlight on failures of product safety and contamination prevention processes, highlighting the need for comprehensive risk management and insurance to manage the onerous reputational, financial and legal repercussions of a large-scale product recall. “Product recall and contamination insurance is relatively commonplace among most large commercial and multinational […]

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Quarter of all companies expect cybercrime disruption

The rapid digitalisation of the world’s economy brings with it the potential for economic crime to cripple businesses in highly disruptive and devastating ways. A recent 2018 PwC Global Economic Crime and Fraud Survey found that a quarter of South African businesses believe that cybercrime will be the most disruptive economic crime to affect their […]

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Seelan Naidoo

Engineering, construction and real estate industries’ 2018 risks

The Allianz Risk Barometer 2018 reveals that risks of storms, earthquakes and floods are a top concern for businesses operating in the engineering, construction and real estate industries. Business interruption risks at 40% are in #2, showing a steady increase from 2017. Fire, explosion is a new emerging threat at #3 with 29%, which is […]

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Kyle Condon, Managing Director of D&K Management Consultants

The cornerstone of loss control – the undercover investigator

  Many businesses focus their loss control strategies on preventing unwanted elements from getting in from the outside. While this is certainly an important step in securing assets and minimising risk, what if the truly dangerous element has already made itself comfortable within the operations of the organisation? In financial management, internal audits play an […]

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SA nationality maintains ‘medium quality’ on ranking of global nationalities

The Henley & Partners-Kochenov Quality of Nationality Index (QNI) launched in London recently. It put South Africa’s quality of nationality at 32.8% out of a possible 100%. Ranked 92nd, the country has maintained its nationality rating of medium quality. (more…)

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Professor Sylvester Chima, Associate Professor and Head of the Programme of Bio and Research Ethics and Medical Law,  University of KwaZulu-Natal

Medical malpractice litigation undermining SA’s health system

In what South African Health Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, has described as an ‘explosion’, medical malpractice litigation claims in the country have increased dramatically over the past few years, with warnings that the compassion-based practice of medicine is being replaced by defensive medicine and mistrust. (more…)

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Companies should be more proactive in fighting corruption

Organisations are not immune to the devastating consequences of fraud and corruption. Nowadays, organisations are under threat from a host of risks including procurement fraud and cybercrime. Zaakir Mohamed, Director in the Dispute Resolution practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr (CDH), says that it is critical for organisations to fully understand the risks they face and […]

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