The Financial Services Laws General Amendment Bill, 2012 (“the Bill”) was tabled in
Parliament on 25 September 2012.
The Bill addresses urgent issues in eleven financial sector laws, including legislative gaps
highlighted after the 2008 financial crisis and to align these laws with the new Companies
Act, 2008 and other legislation. The Bill seeks to:
The Bill aims to ensure that even during the transition to the “Twin Peaks” system, South
Africa has a sounder and better regulated financial services industry which promotes
financial stability by strengthening the financial sector regulatory framework and enhancing
the supervisory powers of the regulators.
The Bill was released for public comment on 9 March 2012. The public comment period was
extended from 13 April 2012 to 2 May 2012. A total of 33 submissions were received during
the public comment process. Each submission was thoroughly considered by the National
Treasury (“NT”) and FSB. As part of its consultation process, the NT also held information
sessions with key industry stakeholders, including the Congress of South African Trade
Unions, Association of Savings and Investments South Africa, South African Insurance
Association, Banking Association of South Africa and the Institute of Retirement Funds.
The tabled Bill reflects changes made to take account of the comments received during the
consultation process and the 33 submissions received. As a result, the tabled Bill reflects the
following substantive amendments to the original Bill.
New amendments to the FSB Act:
terms of statute provided those powers were exercised in good faith (‘bona fide’).
communication for the FSB.
for implementing the “Twin Peaks” regulatory reform.
New amendments to the Pension Funds Act:
independently and honestly in exercising their fiduciary obligations.
Requires pension funds to notify the Registrar of their intention to submit an
application to register prior to commencing the business of a pension fund.
The tabled Bill does not introduce substantive amendments insofar as the Long-term
Insurance Act and Short-term Insurance Act, Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services
Act and Financial Institutions (Protection of Funds) Act are concerned. The tabled Bill mainly
seeks to refine the wording of existing provisions in the original published Bill, to provide
clarification to comments received.
In addition to the Bill, the NT is also releasing:
A clause by clause motivation for the proposed amendments.
A public comments and response matrix.
Parliament will publish details in the press regarding its consultations shortly. The Bill and
accompanying documents are available on the National Treasury (www.treasury.gov.za) and
Financial Services Board (www.fsb.co.za) websites.