The riots in London have dominated the news for the past 2 days. Many of my friends on Facebook have commented on the riots and many others have tweeted instances of fire, arson and looting in various parts of London! How we protect our businesses, vehicles and homes from this criminality and what if this was to spread to South Africa?!
South Africans have seen many more instances of public unrest and riots than our friends in the UK, and insurers are well aware of these risks. South Africa has a history of political and social activism, and mass action can result in severe damage to property and losses in productivity and income. Sasria Insurance is specifically tailored to meet businesses` need for financial protection from such events.
History of SASRIA Insurance
SASRIA stands for the South African Special Risks Insurance Association. Since its formation in 1979 Sasria has been covering politically motivated riots. Over the years, this mandate has been extended to cover damage caused by non-political riot, public disorder (including labour disturbances, civil unrest, strikes and lockouts) and loss in respect of mortgage loans as well as terrorism.
Sasria work through a network of agent companies and brokers who distribute their coupons on their behalf. The short-term insurance solutions are both for corporate and individuals.
In short, SASRIA cover is designed to augment the insurance that is offered by insurers, but that is excluded on the basis of it being caused by extraordinary circumstances that the insurance companies are not prepared to assume risk for.
What is covered by SASRIA insurance cover?
SASRIA cover includes:
- Insurance against material damage. This includes anything that isn`t covered by the other categories, thus functioning as a catch-all category.
- Contract works and construction plant cover, which is obviously specific to the engineering industry.
- Consequential loss is an additional cover in the area of business interruption insurance.
- The motor policy category covers all types of motor vehicles
- Marine and inland transit category involves more specific arrangements that can be made with SASRIA, given that marine insurance normally does offer cover for strike, riot and civil commotion loss.
Milestones reached and successes in providing insurance cover
SASRIA provides the following milestones about the cover provided on its website:
• 1979 – Sasria was established and registered in terms of Section 21 of the Companies Act, in response the political unrest of 1976
• Reinsurance protection for the peril of political riot was unavailable, hence, following meetings between the Short Term insurance industry, under the auspices of the SAIA, and Government, the Government of the Republic agreed to act as reinsurer of last resort.
• Sasria was consequently incorporated as a Section 21 company, with the aim of providing such cover on a non-refusable and non-cancelable basis to all sections of the community.
• Sasria’s premiums are derived as a small percentage of premiums paid to conventional insurers.
• Subsequently, Sasria’s coverage was extended to damage caused by non-political riot and public disorder, including labour disturbance, civil motion, strike and lockout. Coverage was also extended to include loss in respect of Mortgage Loans.
What is required from the insured client?
In order to obtain cover with Sasria, the customer must first have a conventional insurance policy for their business. Sasria will then provide add-on benefits to that insurance product and relevant Sasria claims on that policy are processed by the primary insurer. The Sasria premium amount is a small percentage of the premium amount paid over to conventional insurance entities.
The encompassing goal of the company is to help nurture and support positive growth and change in South Africa by providing risk cover that offers surety in an unsure world.
For more on SASRIA view www.sasria.co.za