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27 March 2019 Myra Knoesen

Viewers have been captivated by the fifth series of The Insurance Apprentice in which eight apprentices battled it out to win the title of The Insurance Apprentice 2019.

The announcement of the winner took place last night, 26 March, at The Venue in Sandton when Colin Lunsky (HTI Insurance Brokers) was announced as the winner of The Insurance Apprentice 2019.

In case you missed it… watch the live stream of the announcement on our Facebook page.

A starry night

The evening started off with Master of Ceremonies, Nico Panagio (the host of Survivor SA) welcoming apprentices, sponsors and guests.

Panagio then called Rianet Whitehead, Editor of FAnews and the creator of The Insurance Apprentice, who also had her chance to talk about what is clearly her passion.

During the evening Simon Colman, Executive Head: Digital Distribution at SHA Specialist Underwriters - aka Judge Dread, had the opportunity to explain the judging process and share some of his experiences during filming week. Colman then awarded Mitesh Lakha (Discovery Insure) with a R10 000 cheque, sponsored by Aon South Africa, for the being the apprentice that improved the most during the duration of filming week. Thank you, Aon South Africa.

This was then followed with the announcement of the Superfan competition winner. Congratulations to Lisa Martin on winning the R20 000 cash and thank you Constantia Insurance for sponsoring such an awesome prize.

A Q&A with the apprentices

Keeping the audience entertained, Panagio soon requested that each apprentice join him on stage, for an open question and answer session. The open discussion allowed for the contestants to be able to hash things out and for more clarity regarding how everyone played in the competition… plenty of cringe-worthy and some truly, ergh, game-changing moments.

Panagio then awarded the apprentices with trophies of achievement, while reminding guests of who the top three apprentices were - Colin Lunsky (HTI Insurance Brokers), Mitesh Lakha (Discovery Insure) and Palesa Mochane (Hollard) – with the winner being announced as Lunsky, followed by Lakha, in second place and Mochane in third place.

In his acceptance speech, as the 2019 Insurance Apprentice winner, Lunsky thanked the sponsors, the FAnews team and his friends and family. 

The final episode (episode 8) sponsored by Chubb and the Graduate Institute of Financial Sciences (GIFS), will be released on 2 April via the FAnews and The Insurance Apprentice websites, YouTube and Facebook. Thank you, Chubb and GIFS. 

A word of thanks

FAnews would like to thank Innosys, the main sponsor of the event and co-sponsors Auto & General, Bryte, Chubb, Discovery Insure, HIC Underwriting Managers and Santam. 

We would also like to thank our prize sponsors; Aon South Africa, African Insurance Exchange, Constantia Insurance, Genasys Technologies, GIFS, Hogan Lovells, Hollard, Inseta, Lloyds of London and Tracker.

The winner of The Insurance Apprentice 2019 will fly to London, for a week to visit Lloyds of London, sponsored Lloyds of London; the winner also received a bursary valued at R75 000 from Inseta and won a cash prize of R20 000 from GIFS. While in London, the winner will be spoilt with dinner to the value of R5000 sponsored by Hogan Lovells. 

It doesn’t stop there… conference organisers of the African Insurance Exchange have sponsored the winner to attend the conference at Sun City in July. The winner also walked away with R15 000 from Hollard and an Apple watch sponsored by Genasys Technologies. 

GIFS also sponsored two bursaries for the third and second place worth R27 000 each and Tracker South Africa sponsored R10 000 for the second place. 

Each of the eight apprentices also received a book ‘Everything you need to know about non-life insurance in South Africa’, written and sponsored by Gareth Stokes and Liz Still.

Congratulations in order

FAnews would like to congratulate Lunsky on winning the title of The Insurance Apprentice 2019 and all the finalists for undergoing tough challenges and for proving that they are the insurance industry’s young talent and cream of the crop.

Our 2019 sponsors

We would like to thank all the sponsors for their sponsorship and support of The Insurance Apprentice 2019. Without you, the series would not have been possible, and we cannot begin to say THANK YOU enough. We have had quite a few first time sponsors this year, which we are extremely grateful for, and are looking forward to getting even more first timers on board next year.

The sponsors are: African Insurance Exchange, AIG, Aon South Africa, Auto & General, Bryte Insurance, Chubb, Constantia Insurance, Discovery Insure, Emerald Africa, FNB Insurance Brokers, Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA), Genasys Technologies, GIFS, HIC Underwriting Managers, Hogan Lovells, Hollard, Inseta, Innosys, Innovation Group, Insure Group, King Price, Lloyds of London, Marsh Africa, Oakhurst Insurance, Old Mutual Insure, Price Forbes, Santam, Sasria, SHA Specialist Underwriters and Tracker.

Previous episodes

Did you miss one of The Insurance Apprentice episodes? Watch it:

Episode one - sponsored by Aon South Africa
Episode two - sponsored by Emerald Africa
Episode three - sponsored by Marsh Africa
Episode four – sponsored by Sasria Soc LTD
Episode five – sponsored by Innovation Group
Episode six – sponsored by Inseta
Episode seven – sponsored by the FSCA
Episode eight – coming out on 2 April – sponsored by Chubb and GIFS 

Editor’s thoughts:
Well done to all the finalists for undergoing such tough challenges. Another successful series has come to an end… a fantastic end!

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