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SA's national litigation, corporate & government private intelligence, private/forensic investigation/auditing, loss & risk management specialists.
Prior to 1994 and prior to FSG commencing the process to establish a national footprint, FSG's predecessor entity (Jardine Investigations) took instructions from virtually every legal practice in what was then Natal who represented the ROAD ACCIDENT FUND (RAF). Over a period of approximately eight years, we estimate that our efforts reduced claims against what was first known as the Third Party Fund and became the RAF, by well in excess of R 150 million. Our CEO, Willem Jardine, recalls a memorable case from the late 1980's. A young woman had made a claim for 10 million against the RAF consequent to injuries sustained while a passenger on a bicycle, which left her mentally impaired. The attorneys and their advocates instructed us only some 72 hours before the matter was set down for trial and then called all their experts to a conference at 16h00 on the day before the trial. When Jardine was asked for his report he informed that he had nothing that could mitigate the claim, but that there was still some 17 hours to go before the trial. Jardine had established that Claimant was very involved in a particular religious movement and recalled that he had successfully assisted a leader in that movement in a divorce-related investigation a year earlier. That evening, Jardine called his former client and asked whether she knew the Complainant. She replied that she did, and expressed her sympathy for the Claimant, citing the Claimant's injuries resulting from the bicycle incident an RECENTLY the head injury Claimant received while employed by a certain event organizer when teel structure collapsed on her head. Jardine had found the mitigating circumstance! By 08h30 on the morning of the trial Jardine had identified a Workman's Compensation claim for the incident in question and had acquired a copy of the Workman's Compensation file, which he delivered to the legal team of the RAF as they were walking into court! The trial commenced with an adjournment to allow opposing counsel to consult, and as a result Claimant accepted a settlement of less than R 2 million!
The RAF is a public enterprise and as FSG did not have a B-BBEE accreditation. we were unable to tender to service RAF instructions after 1994. However, in 2011 FSG received a formal LEVEL FOUR B-BBEE accreditation that qualified FSG to apply for registration of the RAF vendor database. Our new RAF Vendor number is 31-2908. However, to be instructed by the RAF requires appointment to the RAF Investigator's Panel, which we are attending to and believe will happen in April/May 2012.
In preparation FSG has compiled a RAF CLAIM DEFENCE FORENSIC INVESTIGATION Service Profile that has already been presented to the RAF and is available either by request or by downloading it from the SERVICE PROFILE page of our website.As the RAF is accountable for public funds, the involvement of their service providers in corporate social responsibility projects is a priority. Consequently FSG has commenced training its Tracer Field Agents (TFA) who are established in every Magisterial District in South Africa (see our SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY page for details) in the performance of RAF CLAIM DEFENCE FORENSIC INVESTIGATIONS. Not only will this satisfy a qualifying criteria for appointment to the RAF Panel of Attorneys (the RAF requires its service providers to demonstrate a meaningful contribution in terms of Corporate Social Responsibility), but it will also result in significant cost savings to the RAF. (For reasons of financial sustainability, the investigators currently appointed to the RAF Panel of Investigators mostly base themselves in larger urban areas. However, the vast majority of South Africans - and consequently claimants against the RAF - reside in rural/remote areas. RAF investigators therefore have to incur travelling and out-of-town expenses to attend to instructions from the RAF, which costs are borne by the RAF. As we have TFA who will be trained as ROAD ACCIDENT FUND INVESTIGATORS (RAFI) in all Magisterial Districts, FSG can service instructions from the RAF without incurring substantial travelling and out-of-town expenses, which we we estimate will reduce what the RAF currently spends on claim assessment investigations by some 30%.
FSG set two major growth objectives for the first half of 2102; appointment as the outsourced investigative resource of the PUBLIC PROTECTOR (which has now happened) and appointment to the RAF Panel of Investigators. We are reliably informed that the RAF will be calling for bids for appointment to their Panel of Investigators during April 2012 - which will be the first time the RAF will do so in a decade - and although appointment is subject to a bid process, we have already been in discussions with senior RAF officials to prepare FSG to qualify for appointment. We have also already qualified for, and have been added to, the RAF vendor base, and are confident of our eventual appointment. If the contribution we can make to job creation and black economic empowerment if appointed to the RAF Panel of Investigators, and if the costs savings we can bring to the RAF, are not adequate to ensure our appointment to the RAF Panel of Investigators, then we don't know what will!
Our further objective is to motivate the RAF to employ our services to investigate fraudulent/fabricated claims made by syndicates who we suspect collude with certain RAF employees to process such claims.
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