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Latest developments: National Health Insurance Bill

22nd June 2018 On Thursday 21 June, Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi convened a media briefing to discuss the release of the highly anticipated National Health Insurance Bill (NHI Bill), which has been approved by the South African Cabinet. The Ministry of Health anticipates a "hurricane" of "frenzy" and... 

The South African pharmaceutical regulatory environment

20th June 2018 The South African pharmaceutical environment is highly regulated. The most important legislative provisions are found in the Medicines Act and the Pharmacy Act. Recent amendments to the Medicines Act brought about the replacement of the Medicines Control Council, being the regulatory body that... 

A constitutional endorsement for direct democracy in customary law

14th June 2018 In the Royal Bafokeng Nation "a king is a king by virtue of the people" (kgosi ke kgosi ka morafe). This was endorsed by the South African High Court in a decision extending the principle of direct democracy in the Royal Bafokeng Nation's (RBN) customary law. The court had to decide whether the... 

Underwriting managers - valuable role players

4th June 2018 Do you remember not so long ago in 2012 when the Binder Regulations came into effect, it was predicted that underwriting managers would cease to exist. It was believed that as soon as an independent intermediary was issued with a binder, the need for an underwriting manager would become... 

How will pharmacogenetics influence the life insurance industry?

4th June 2018 Pharmacogenetics is the study of how genes affect a person's reaction to medicines. The combination of pharmacology (the science of drugs) and genomics (the study of genes and their functions) leads to the development of medications that will be effective and safe, as they will be tailored to a... 

Food safety and insurance

4th June 2018  The recent listeriosis outbreak and role players’ response have drawn attention to the importance of food safety in South Africa and the regulatory regime that governs it. It is reported that the estimated loss to the economy from the banned exported products alone due to product recall accounts... 
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Job Mokgoro elected as North West premier

The North West officially has a new premier after a month of deep divisions within the African National Congress (ANC) over who should fill the vacancy. Professor Job Mokgoro, 70, was sworn in as a member of the provincial legislature and elected premier of the province on Friday. 

Restructuring Eskom top of South Africa agenda – Nene

Restructuring State-run power firm Eskom is "on top of the agenda" for South Africa, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene said on Friday, though he said recent outages likely had very little impact on the economy. "It should be very minimal this time round, because...it also was related to the impasse... 
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