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There are rules that everyone should follow every time there is a financial crisis, whether it is the Covid-19 pandemic and/or the continuing kleptocracy regime virtually wrecking the South African economy.

This week and next week will be the final columns in this series on security for pensioners. Both these columns give a summary of the previous columns and some extra information.

The ghosts of the latest events are going to be long-lasting. Investment markets are going to be volatile. You can expect increases in taxes, you can expect inflation or deflation and you can expect less income in th...

Dementia is a major threat to all pensioners. And then we have Covid-19 pandemic, which is a particular threat to the elderly, and all the other health issues that inflict the aged.

It is important that this column is read by both parents and their children. The problems of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, are:

  • Costs: The treatment of serious illnesses, including dementia, can be long and drawn out, costing a lot of money. Frail care can cost up to R40,000 a month, in addition to the cost of medicine, nappies and medical aid contributions. Frail care and home care are only covered on...

With no clear indication on when Covid-19 lockdown restrictions will end, mental illness, exhaustion and burnout should be a concern for companies. For this reason, they should encourage employees to use their leave days even when self-isolating.

With many people having had to cancel holiday plans during the March/April religious holidays and June school holidays, disappointment levels as well as the risk of burnout are at an all-time high. Many employees save the bulk of their leave for December, but it has never been more important to highlight the benefit of regular, intermittent time off th...

Another month has passed, and it is time for us to step back and get some perspective

Covid

Things are starting to get real on this front. 

The negatives

  • As the disease has progressed, many of our friends and family getting ill and, in some instances, dying.  I was really rattled by some deaths that were close to home this month.

  • We have rocketed up the Covid infection table and now have the 5th highest number of Covid infections in the world

  • Alcohol has been banned again

The positives

  • Based on what has happened in the rest of the world, New Covid infections follow a pattern. 

    ...

If Covid-19 had occurred 20 years earlier our current dire situation would have been considerably worse. Technology has enabled the migration of entire workforces to home offices, and the private and public sectors have banded together to push innovative technological solutions to tackle the latest global crisis.

Here are a few ways in which it’s used by South African companies.


A robot that’s the eyes and ears of a doctor

Enter Quintin. Computer tablet for a face, microphone where his mouth should be, metal pole body, and two wheels for feet. It’s a bit taller than your average 10-year-old, and...

“We’ve seen two years of digital transformation in two months,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, reflecting on doing business during lockdown in March and April 2020. His words ring true across industries, including the insurance industry where many of us have very quickly learnt to conduct meetings over videocalls, connect with clients remotely and more.

Another transformation that’s taken place in insurance: medical underwriting for new life insurance applicants. To avoid burdening healthcare systems, and following consultations between our Chief Medical Officer Dr Morkel and the National In...

According to a notice issued from Stats SA last week, more than 84% of companies have reported lower than normal turnover since March 2020 – and more than a quarter of them have reported laying off staff in the short term to help with cash flow. In this environment, finding ways to manage expenses in order to stay financially viable, may result in many businesses reviewing their employee benefits offering with the reality of needing to reduce costs to stay in business.

But, before cancelling benefits that could have profound ramifications for not only the lives of employees but also for retenti...

Are you struggling to get to sleep no matter how tired you are? Or, do you wake up in the middle of the night unable to fall asleep again?

You are not alone, roughly 40 to 50% of people have trouble sleeping. Yup, that many!

Why are so many of us battling with insomnia? Well, stress is usually the most common reason for not sleeping, but it is definitely not the only one. Some surprising lifestyle habits can get in the way of a good night’s sleep. The room you’re sleeping in, what you’ve done that day and even how early you’ve turned in, can all interfere with your snooze ability. A study from S...

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