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#TIA2020… cast your vote for the top 20

14 October 2019 Myra Knoesen

It began with 138 applications, 66 went through to the elimination rounds, and now the top 20 candidates will battle it out for a spot in the final eight, and the chance to become the 2020 Insurance Apprentice.

We need your help!

The top 20 candidates, who are all in the running to mark their spot in the final eight of The Insurance Apprentice 2020, have submitted a one-minute video in which they share their message to the industry and to people outside the industry about why they are #staying in the insurance industry and why insurance is an #Industryofopportunities.

We need you to watch and vote for your pick of the final eight. Videos can be viewed and voted for on the TIA website, the link can also be found on Twitter, and Facebook. Please use Google Chrome or Firefox to cast you vote as we currently have a technical glitch with the stylesheet of Windows Explorer. We are currently attending to the problem which will be fixed by Wednesday morning.

Please note that the votes will not determine who the top eight will be but will contribute in making the final decision. You can vote once a day, every day, up to 25 October.

The top 20 candidates are:

  1. Amogelang Kgaladi - FirstRand Short-Term Insurance
  2. Elrene Koch - Bay Union Corporate Risks
  3. Jayne Creswell - CIB
  4. JP Ellis - Constantia Insurance
  5. Kanchaal Mahabeer - Power Brokers & Financial Services
  6. Louise Conradie - Santam
  7. Mathage Mathunyane - Infiniti Insurance
  8. Matthew Gezane - Discovery Insure
  9. Melldrick Smith - Discovery Insure
  10. Memory Zimba - Centriq
  11. Nabeelah Maharaj - Santam
  12. Nompumelelo Manaba - Constantia Insurance Group
  13. Ozem Nale - Old Mutual Insure
  14. Paballo Makupu - Munich Re
  15. Sebastian Reddy - Old Mutual Insure
  16. Senamile Mbatha - Old Mutual Insure
  17. Siphamandla Dube - Hollard
  18. Tafadzwa Chikanya - Hospitality & Leisure Underwriters (Santam)
  19. Vicky Sebothoma - Aon Re Africa
  20. Yaseen Essop - RBS Insurance Brokers 

The top eight will be revealed on 29 October 2019 so get those votes going. Filming will take place from 19 to 24 January 2020. The series will be aired early 2020 via the FAnews and The Insurance Apprentice websites, YouTube and Facebook.

For every episode we have a question. Answer the superfan question, up to episode seven, to stand a chance to win R20 000, sponsored by Constantia Insurance. You can also earn Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours for every episode you watch. Each episode will carry 1 CPD hour.

Rehash of elimination rounds

Some interesting activities took place at this year’s elimination rounds as Constantia Insurance set the bar high with central themes set on a myriad of important business skills ranging from the ability to think innovatively and creatively, to collaboration and business principles. Most of the tasks were set to test individuals to think “on their feet” and it is also meant a fun day.

The elimination rounds were once again held in Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg to give all contestants an equal and fair chance and to try and suss out the best of the best. There was a massive variety of contestants, all different, and all up for the challenge. As the last of the three rounds came to an end, it became apparent that the judges had a truly difficult task ahead of them in selecting the top 20.

We would like to thank Constantia Insurance for being the title sponsor of the elimination rounds, and for sending their General Manager of Group Marketing, Alex Taljaard, in conjunction with colleagues Gerald Lucas, Regional Manager and Yvette Clark, Head of Underwriting Operations at Constantia to oversee the elimination rounds. We would also like to thank Norton Rose Fulbright for hosting the Durban and Cape Town elimination rounds respectively.

A BIG THANK YOU to the panel members who assisted us in the elimination rounds - for their support, participation and commitment; Alex Taljaard (Constantia Insurance), Alicia Narainsamy (SHA Risk Specialists), Brian van Heerden (Aon South Africa), Colin Lunsky (HTI Insurance Brokers), Gay-Lynn Rheeders (My Career in Insurance), Gerald Lucas (Constantia Insurance), Greg Dillon (Price Forbes), Heidi   Dias (Constantia Insurance), Jake Pennacchini (MUA Insurance Acceptances), Kishan Vanmali (Marsh), Kurt Stanley (Commrisk), Morne Smit (Thatch Risk Acceptances), Nick Shutte (Aon South Africa), Noxolo Dlamini (XonRisk), Stewart Barret (Navan Consulting), Yvette Clark (Constantia Insurance) and Zanele Dintwa (Aon South Africa).

If you would like to receive a newsletter, simply sign up here. To view photos of the elimination round, visit Facebook and Twitter to get a taste of the competition.

Awesome prizes

The winner of The Insurance Apprentice wins a trip to Lloyds of London, sponsored by Lloyds of London, a R75 000 bursary, sponsored by Inseta, a R20 000 cash prize, sponsored by the Graduate Institute of Financial Sciences (GIFS), a R10 000 cash prize, sponsored by Tracker, a tech prize sponsored by Innosys, another tech type prize, sponsored by Genasys Technologies, a prize sponsored by CIB, and so much more!

The runner up wins a bursary from GIFS worth R27 500. Third place will also receive a bursary from GIFS worth R27 500.

Each of the eight apprentices will also receive a R1 000 Uber voucher, sponsored by Discovery Insure and a coaching and image consulting session sponsored by GIFS. 

Proud sponsors of #TIA2020

In showing support here are our #TIA2020 sponsors - thank you for your support and sponsorship: AC Develop, AIG, Aon South Africa, Auto & General, Bryte Insurance, CIB, Chubb, Constantia Insurance, Discovery Insure, Emerald, FNB Insurance Brokers, Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA), Genasys Technologies, Graduate Institute of Financial Sciences (GIFS), Hollard, Innosys, Innovation Group, Inseta, Lloyds of London, Marsh, Old Mutual Insure, Santam, Sasria, SHA Risk Specialists and Tracker.

Writer’s comments:
Let’s get those votes going. The contestants have worked hard to get to this point we wish them all the best. Please comment below, interact with us on Twitter at @fanews_online or email me your thoughts at myra@fanews.co.za.

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