The rising mortality rate has resulted in many insurers having to resort to significant rate increases. We anticipate that these increases could also affect participating employers of the Sanlam Umbrella Fund.
In line with our commitment to adequately communicate any possible increases in risk rates with our stakeholders, Yolanda Cezula, Executive Consultant at Sanlam Umbrella Solutions, discussed the impact of COVID-19 on Sanlam Umbrella Fund’s group insurance pricing in a video to participating employers and intermediaries distributed on 13 May 2021.
Should you have missed this communication, kindly click here to read the related article.
Although not specific to the Sanlam Umbrella Fund, we also include an update from one of our insurers, Sanlam Group Risk, on the impact that COVID-19 is expected to have on their group insurance premiums.
A key strategy to helping members improve their retirement outcomes, is through education. The Sanlam Umbrella Fund is launching online Member Education Sessions, which will equip members to better understand their savings and benefits. We encourage our intermediaries and employers to support this initiative. Read more about the first member education session here
The Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013 (POPIA) will come into full effect on 1 July 2021. Click here
to read comprehensive update on Sanlam Corporate’s implementation of the legislation. The document also provides an overview of the steps that Sanlam is taking to ensure compliance with POPIA as well as a FAQ sheet to address any queries you may have.
It’s almost trite to repeat that the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated lockdowns have hit South African households hard. Losing jobs and contracts and work hours came against a backdrop where many South Africans...
The default investment strategy for members who default into the paid-up member category has been reviewed and will change to the Volatility Protection Strategy with effect from 1 July 2021. Click here
for further details.
The provision in the Insurance Act that allowed an employer to use its discretion in determining the beneficiaries to receive a payment for unapproved benefits is no longer allowed. Click here
to read more.