Tag archives: FAIS

FSCA clamps down on FICA non-compliance

Financial services providers (FSPs) registered under the Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services Act 2002 fall within the ambit of ‘accountable institutions’ under the Financial Intelligence Centre Act 2001. As accountable institutions, these FSPs are obliged to comply with the FIC Act and are subject to oversight by the FSCA. The FSCA has recently investigated compliance with … Continue reading

POPI compliance – have you considered your existing data protection measures?

The majority of the Protection of Personal Information Act 2013 (POPI) effectively commenced on 1 July 2020. The sections that commenced deal with how personal information (which is any information that can identify and infringe the privacy rights of a natural or juristic person) may be processed in South Africa or transferred across borders. As POPI … Continue reading

Difference between advice and information provided by a professional (for example a broker) – English law

English law relating to professional negligence draws an interesting distinction between whether the professional person is giving information or giving advice. This is not specifically part of South African law but it is relevant when considering liability, for instance, of brokers under the FAIS Act. The difference is between providing information for the purpose of … Continue reading

Asset management in South Africa – Ten things to know

1. Licensing of asset managers South African asset managers must register as financial service providers (FSPs) with the Financial Services Board (FSB) under the Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services Act (FAIS). Any person carrying on asset management business in South Africa, or from abroad directed at South African clients, whether in a discretionary or non-discretionary capacity … Continue reading

FAIS debarment does not entitle dishonest representative to damages

A financial services provider debarred an employee and representative (who had taken up other employment whilst still employed and lied about it) without giving the representative notice and a fair hearing in terms of the Promotion of Administration Justice Act (PAJA) before doing so. The representative sued for damages for lost income based on this … Continue reading

The duty of financial service providers

The December 2015 determination of the Ombud for Financial Service Providers in De Hoop Steenwerwe v Finmar Makelaars reminds us of the duties imposed on FSPs by the FAIS Act and the FAIS General Code. Central to the complaint in this case was the FSP’s failure to update the sum insured under the business interruption section of … Continue reading

FAIS Act debarment is industry-wide

If a financial services provider debars one of its representatives in terms of section 14(1) of the FAIS Act 2002 on grounds relating to honesty and integrity, the debarment means that the representative is debarred on an industry-wide basis from rendering financial services to the investing public. This issue was dealt with by the Supreme Court … Continue reading

Right to intermediary commission

The Retail Distribution Review has reminded us that in 2010 the appeal court in Maree v Chris Booysen t/a NVM Beleggings & Versekeringsadviseurs found that the long-term intermediary was not entitled to an advice fee. Earnings were restricted to a fee for services as intermediary under the Long-term Insurance Act. The matter went through three … Continue reading
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