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Have you been smarter with your money this week? As the inaugural Money Smart Week South Africa (MSWSA) draws to a close (8-12 October), following a series of informative talks and workshops across Mamelodi, Tembisa, Alexandra and Soweto, now’s the optimal time to reflect on all money matters. Focused on consumer financial education (CFE), the event – which was championed by the National Treasury and coordinated by the Financial Sector Conduct Authority - brought together multiple stakeholders with a common cause: to up SA’s financial literacy in order to empower people to make better decisions.Ray-ann Sedres, Head: Transformation at Santam, said Santam has made it a long-term commitment to provide financial education opportunities for communities who previously would be uninformed on financial pitfalls and opportunities. That’s why she believes a collaboration with MSWSA was a natural fit, “For us, our mission to be good and proper places great weight on empowering South Africans to make informed decisions that catalyse positive outcomes for their lives in the long-term. We’ve been doing this kind of work on-the-ground for the past six years so it was a natural extension of the programmes we already run to speak at Money Smart Week.” Sedres said that through live talks and radio interviews, Santam chatted about personal finance and budgeting; motor, building and home contents insurance; as well as taxi insurance, in collaboration with one of its affiliated underwriting partners VUM. “We spoke to both individuals and small businesses. Our aim was to show people that there’s a lot you can do with a little and to change individuals’ relationships with money and how they view their assets. For example, if you’re a graphic designer, your laptop may be your livelihood, so it’s worth protecting.” In line with what Santam spoke about, here Sedres outlines five ‘hacks’ that’ll help you to get smarter with money matters:
Now that Money Smart Week is over, take time to get your financial house in order. .
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