SYSTEM AND TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE

The role of the actuarial profession relating to Information Technology has changed during recent years. There is increased interdependency and uncertainties on specific responsibilities and expectation from both the IT and actuarial skill sets. Systems and Technology are constantly changing and most actuaries are dependent on it as part of their normal work, which might include (but not limited to): development of systems; implementation of systems; and extraction of data. Necessary IT skills can be learned on the job but it’s in the interest of the profession for its members to apply a consistent approach.

There are currently many actuaries working and specialising in systems. It has been noted that some students stop their actuarial studies to stay in the systems and technology fields, since they don’t see the benefit or need in qualifying.

This committee was established to reduce the risk, both financial and operational, by assisting actuaries and actuarial students through the introduction of best practice guidelines leveraging on the experience from individuals working in industry. Members of the committee are expected to share experiences from their own industries. This committee aims to enable actuaries to approach their systems and technology related work in a manner consistent with the Society’s expectation and standards.

The committee members are as follows:
Name:                                     Position:

Mia Geringer Chair
Rajiv Kumar Singh Deputy Chair
Ben Burger
Wynand du Toit
Linda Kleynscheldt
Deevashan Naidoo
Sibylle Sadler
Jean Weng
Irwin Chelenyane
Alex Puntigam
Sandy Govender
Johannes Hanekom
Sandy Govender
Simba Takawira
Ewald Landsberg
  • The Committee was formulated during the latter half of 2017 and has recently commenced regular meetings.
  • The Committee may issue newsletters on an ad-hoc basis, as well as arrange sessional meetings or convention sessions as appropriate.
  • The Committee maintains minutes of its meetings and these are available to Council as required.  Council may also require the Committee to present a report of its activities on request.  For information on these, contact Niel Fourie: nfourie@actuarialsociety.org.za

Information Note:

This information note provides an overview of expected data fields and the inclusion of historical data in the migration dataset and hence the current administration system with the aim of reducing the frequency of rebuilds due to lack of data or gaps in data quality. It is not intended to prescribe requirements or provide formal actuarial guidance.

You can contact Mia Geringer:

mia@solveco.co.za