A spot in the final ten

03 November 2022 Rianet Whitehead

It began with 113 applications… and at the end 90 went through to the elimination rounds, and what a journey it was!

Rehash of elimination rounds

Some interesting activities took place at this year’s elimination rounds as Aon South Africa 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 30.

We would like to thank Aon South Africa for being the title sponsor of the elimination rounds, and for sending their colleagues to oversee the elimination rounds. We would also like to thank Norton Rose Fulbright for hosting the Durban elimination round, Old Mutual for hosting the Cape Town elimination round and Santam for hosting the Johannesburg elimination round.

A big thank you to the panel members who assisted us in the elimination rounds for their support, participation and commitment – Clayton Ellary (Aon South Africa), Donald Dinnie (Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa), Fiona Fitzpatrick (IF Administrators), Gay- lynn Rheeders  (My Career in Insurance NPC), Koni Magatshavha (Bryte Insurance), Marisa Grundling (Milpark Education), Molatelo Matjeni (Old Mutual Insure), Mutoda Mahamba (Solvency), Natasha Kley (Aon South Africa), Sandra Snowball (Financial Intermediaries Association (FIA)), Sebastian Reddy (Old Mutual Insure), Sinazo Nduzulwana (My Career in Insurance NPC), Siphamandla Dube (Hollard Insure), Susan Newell (Paton Personnel) and Tarina Vlok (Elite Risk Acceptances).

To view photos of the elimination round, visit Facebook to get a taste of the competition.

What’s next?

In the next round the Top 30 contestants will gather for another round of eliminations. This will be filmed and will be aired as Episode 1 of TIA2023. It was important for us to share the journey with our audience of how we got to the Top 10, and this year we are sharing more of this process than ever before… and we are very excited about it. Filming of series 9 will take place from 23 to 27 January 2023. The series will be aired from March 2023 (weekly) via the FAnews and The Insurance Apprentice websites, YouTube channels and Facebook.

Be sure to tune in again for some edutainment, amazing prize giveaways and let’s not forget, those Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours!

Proud sponsors of #TIA2023

In showing support here are our #TIA2023 sponsors - thank you for your support and sponsorship:


  • Hollard Insure
  • Old Mutual Insure 


  • Discovery Insure
  • Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA)
  • Lloyd's of London
  • Marsh
  • Sasria SOC Ltd
  • SHA Risk Specialists
  • The Insurance Crime Bureau
  • XonRisk


  • Aon South Africa
  • Bryte Insurance
  • Elite Risk Acceptances 


  • Genasys
  • Insurance Institute of South Africa (IISA)
  • Milpark Education
  • MUA Insurance Acceptances
  • Paton Personnel
  • Santam
  • Tracker 

Our prize sponsors

Whether they’re in the top 10 or the winner of The Insurance Apprentice 2023, the contestants also get to walk away with awesome prizes. On top of a few bronze sponsors giving prizes, we also have a few additional prize sponsors this year. Thank you, Emerald Risk Transfer and Global Choices, (and a few great ones on the way).   

Writer’s comments:
The contestants have worked hard to get to this point we wish them all the best. We cannot wait to reveal who our Top 10 will be… but don’t get too excited because you will only meet them next year. Please comment below, interact with us on Twitter at @fanews_online or email me your thoughts at


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