South African companies can’t take pot shots at their competitors in their advertising – the Advertising Standards Authority code forbids them from attacking, discrediting or disparaging competitors’ products, services or adverts, directly or indirectly.
But that doesn’t stop them from trying to get away with it, which makes for interesting reading in the rulings the ASA publishes on www.asasa.org.za
Did you know that all notes and coins ever issued in South Africa remain legal tender?
Okay, almost all. In 2010 the Reserve Bank “recalled” the pre-2005 R200 note, and the few that remain in circulation may not be presented for payment; they may only be exchanged at a branch of the Reserve Bank.
It’s been a revealing few weeks on the insurance front. For the first time, the ombudsman for short-term insurance released statistics about the way short-term insurers handle claims relating to car, household contents and homeowners’ insurance.
Then the long-term insurance ombud, Judge Brian Galgut, made similar disclosures.