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Interview with Geraldine Fowler, Vice-President of the IRFA

Celebrating 30 years of shaping policy

The Institute of Retirement Funds Africa (IRFA) is celebrating three decades of working together with retirement industry stakeholders to achieve consistent improvement for the beneficiaries of South African pension and provident funds.

“The biggest contribution that we’ve made is in the area of interpreting and assisting many of the regulatory bodies in formulating processes and policies that are positive for the development of the retirement sector,” says Wayne Hiller van Rensburg, president and chairperson of IRFA.

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The IRFA Concept Document

The overarching theme:

Social Development: Partnering for change

Some usable quotes

“We need to develop and disseminate an entirely new paradigm and practice of collaboration that supersedes the traditional silos that have divided governments, philanthropies and private enterprises for decades and replace it with networks of partnerships working together to create a globally prosperous society.”
Simon Mainwaring: Philanthropist and Thought Leader

“ It is not the consciousness of men that determines their being, but, on the contrary, their social being that determines their consciousness.”
Karl Marx: A contribution to the Critique of Political Economy

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future
John F Kennedy

The argument:
Three key concepts fall within the scope of this year’s conference theme, i.e. the principles of partnership, change and societal development.
Bringing these principles together in practice it could be argued that constructive partnership between all the role players in any industry should lead to innovation and change for the better , thus contributing significantly to the wellbeing of society at large.
How would this practice apply to the retirement industry and what role does the Institute of Retirement Funds Africa play in ensuring the necessary collaboration between key role players?

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