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Welcome to IRFA

The Institute of Retirement Funds (IRF) is a non political body which represents and promotes the interests of the retirement industry in Southern Africa, to the ultimate benefit of the members of retirement funds. The most important function of the IRF is to represent the retirement industry in negotiations with government authorities and the Financial Services Board (FSB), which would include commenting on legislation and tax matters affecting retirement funds/pensioners etc. The IRF therefore depends on total support from all parties concerned with the retirement benefit provision industry.

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IRFA Annual Conference

Notification of IRFA Annual General Meeting 2014

Monday, 18 August 2014 at 17h00 Durban International Convention Centre 45 Braamfischer Road Durban (IRFA Annual Conference 2014) Members are encouraged to attend. If you are unable to attend, please contact the IRFA to obtain a proxy form and send a proxy to attend on your behalf. Members will receive the Annual Report at the conference. A copy of the Annual Financial Statements and minutes of the 25th Annual General Meeting and Agenda will follow in due course and will be distributed at the AGM. Further information can be found on our website,, or telephone/email, 011-781-4320 /

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IRFA 26th Annual Conference - News release

Retirement funds drive towards comprehensive social security Gauteng, Wednesday June 25th “Our economy is faced with a unique challenge that requires far-reaching strategies for a sustainable social security and retirement infrastructure. We must take account of economic cycles, position ourselves for the long-term and ensure that there is a system that balances opportunities, savings and protection.” These are the cautionary words of Zamani Letjane, President of The Institute of Retirement Funds (IRFA), announcing the IRFA Annual Conference to be hosted from 17 - 19 August 2014 at the Durban International Convention Centre. Now in its 26th year, government leaders, trustees, asset managers, fund administrators, retirement fund members, and pension lawyers will gather to debate issues affecting the implementation of a comprehensive social security system in South Africa. Under the headline “Lighting the future towards a comprehensive social security” the conference will deal with pressing issues pertaining to the implementation of National Treasury retirement reform policies that come into effect on 1st March 2015, and provide insight on how South Africa will be moving towards creating tomorrow’s legacy in comprehensive social security.

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IRFA Dispatch - Thursday 24 July 2014

Top stories - Increasing the retirement age - Why the benchmark shouldn't matter - How to find your financial feet again after divorce - Retirees regret living it up in days gone by - Using a retirement annuity as an estate planning tool - Flush with cash, pension funds look for opportunities in Africa - ‘Pension coverage still very low despite level of success so far’ - How savers were persuaded to put £495m into 'pension scams'

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