19.09.2011 - Takaful market set to grow in S. Africa and beyond
Another sign that the mainstream banks in South Africa are taking Islamic finance as a serious niche market business is the acquisition last week of the local Islamic insurance company, Takafol SA, by Absa, one of the republic's largest banking groups. In a deal which could have implications for the reach of Takaful (Islamic insurance) beyond the borders of South Africa to southern, central, West and East Africa, Absa Insurance Company Limited (AIC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Absa Financial Services Limited (AFS), bought the book of business of Takafol South Africa (Pty) Limited (Takafol SA), which is a subsidiary of the Hannover Reinsurance Group, a major global reinsurer, and which was established in 2003..............................................Full Article: Source
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