SAIA donates over R1,7 million to combat crime

July 2010 News & Events

The South African Insurance Association (SAIA), on behalf of its members, has donated over R1,7 million to Business Against Crime South Africa (BACSA).

“Our industry has, since 2002 donated over R10 million towards BACSA’s crime-combating activities and we remain committed to contributing towards improving the crime situation in our country to ensure a sustainable and successful future for all,” says Ronnie Napier, chairperson of the SAIA Board.

Napier, in handing over the contribution to BACSA said that the funds as approved by the SAIA Board for an eighth consecutive year would assist BACSA with trio crime-combating activities in conjunction with the relevant authorities and partners. He reported that through the continuous efforts of the industry working with partners such as BACSA and the South African Police Services (SAPS) that motor vehicle crime had reduced since 2002 by 50%. He further stressed that “while incidences of vehicle theft had greatly reduced over the years, there was no room for complacency concerning crime.”

He also highlighted that in previous years support to BACSA had focused on combating motor-vehicle crime. However, now that such crimes were no longer the most pressing priority for the short-term insurance industry, SAIA was for the first time making a contribution that was borne by all of its members, rather than "only by SAIA’s motor insurance members”.

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