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S. African Insurer Santam Loses Appeal in Coronavirus Case With Hotelier

JOHANNESBURG, — South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal has ruled Santam is liable to cover the impact of COVID-19 restrictions on hotel group Ma-Afrika for 18 months, rejecting the insurer’s request for a shorter time frame on the claim, Santam …

South African Riots to Cost $1.7 Billion in Insurance Claims

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The rioting that erupted in parts of South Africa in July over former President Jacob Zuma’s imprisonment caused damage worth $1.7 billion (25 billion rand), according to the state insurance company handling the claims. More than 300 …

South Africa’s State Insurer to Raise Cover for Unrest Following Riots

JOHANNESBURG — South Africa’s only insurer covering political violence will increase its premiums to cover a rise in reinsurance costs following some of the worst unrest in decades, the head of the state-owned company told Reuters. More than 300 people …

Cape Town Wildfire Largely Contained, Damage Assessment Underway

Fire crews had largely contained a big wildfire on the slopes of Cape Town’s Table Mountain on Tuesday as the city started to come to terms with the damage caused by what officials described as one of the area’s worst …

Inferno on Cape Town’s Table Mountain Rages Out of Control

More than 250 firefighters in Cape Town battled a massive blaze that broke out on the slopes of the city’s Table Mountain on Sunday and spread to a university campus, severely damaging at least three buildings and forcing student residences …

Blast Rocks South African Oil Refinery, 7 Injured

DURBAN — An explosion rocked South Africa’s second-largest crude oil refinery in Durban on Friday injuring seven people, local emergency services said. Engen, which operates the plant and is majority owned by Malaysia’s Petronas, said a fire broke out at …

S.African Insurers Old Mutual, Guardrisk Offer to Settle With Virus-Hit Firms

JOHANNESBURG — South African insurers Old Mutual and Guardrisk are to offer settlements to small business clients fighting rejected claims related to the impact of the country’s coronavirus lockdown. In line with the industry globally, South Africa’s insurers have declined …

Dissatisfied with Claim Delay, Family Protests with Corpse

Old Mutual Ltd. is in the spotlight again for all the wrong reasons. The 174-year-old insurer was forced to apologize after a grieving family brought a corpse to one of its branches so the company would process a claim for …

19 Killed in Head-on Crash in South Africa

South African police say 19 people were killed when an overtaking car smashed head-on into a minibus taxi as the nation’s holiday accident toll continues to grow. Sergeant Mmako Mophiring said both vehicles caught fire after they collided Monday on …