That was unexpected

12 May 2023 Myra Knoesen


#TIA2023 winner announcement

The announcement of the winner of The Insurance Apprentice 2023 took place last night, 11 May, at Hollard when Christopher Appanah, Head: Claims-Liabilities at Bryte Insurance Company was announced as the winner of The Insurance Apprentice 2023.

A starry night
The MC for the evening was Nico Panagio (the host of Survivor SA) - welcoming apprentices, sponsors and guests (Santam made sure we had the best MC for the night).

In true Survivor style, he kept the audience entertained with some highlight videos from contestants and, of course, talking to the contestants about their experiences, delving into some of the things that happened during filming week.

Fulcrum sponsored the highlight videos of the contestants and Bryte sponsored the season highlights videos.

Awards and trophies
Mpho Machola, one of the Top 30 contestants, also joined Nico on stage… Nico just could not resist talking to "The World's Greatest Salesman", who basically crashed and burned before the Top 10 were chosen. Mpho just impressed everyone so much that he had to get his own special award. Watch episode one to see what that was all about…

Deidre Henneberry was awarded with a R15 000 Milpark study voucher. Speaking of wins, throughout the competition there was a voting competition running, with a total of 64 000 votes cast. The winner of the audience favourite voting competition gets R4 000 and the contestant with the most votes gets R4 000. Panagio announced that the winner of the competition (in terms of the person who voted) is Kgomotso Manalane from Santam. And the contestant with the most votes is Deidre Henneberry. Congratulations Kgomotso and Deidre.

Before announcing the winner, Panagio talked a bit about the judges and called Head Judge, Simon Colman, and Resident Judge, Nox Dlamini, up to have a quick chat with them about the judging process and some of their experiences during filming week.

It was quite momentous when Christelle Odendaal, TIA2022 winner, joined Nico on stage (ready) to hand over the trophy to the winner.

The top 3 and winner
Building tension, Panagio reminded the audience of the prizes for the Top 3 and winner. With tense music, Kyle Klopper came in third place, followed by Mutsa Makoni in second place, with Appanah announced as the winner.

In his acceptance speech, as the 2023 Insurance Apprentice winner, Appanah thanked the sponsors, the FAnews/Insurance Apprentice team and his friends, family and colleagues.

A word of thanks
FAnews would like to thank Hollard Insure, the main sponsor of the event and Santam, for sponsoring the MC, Fulcrum Group for sponsoring the highlight videos of the top ten, Bryte Insurance for the season highlights video, National Salvage Brokers for the trophies and iTOO Special Risks, for sponsoring the gin bar.

We would also like to thank all our prize sponsors:

• Lloyds of London
• Bryte Insurance
• Emerald Risk Transfer
• Genasys
• Global choices
• Hollard Insure
• Insurance Institute of South Africa (IISA)
• Milpark
• MUA Insurance Acceptances
• New National Assurance Company
• Paton Personnel
• Tracker
• iTOO Special Risks
• Sedgwick

Congratulations in order
FAnews and The Insurance Apprentice team would like to congratulate Christopher (Bryte Insurance) on winning the title of The Insurance Apprentice 2023! You believed in yourself and your abilities… you pursued it and persevered. YOU WON and that's the ultimate prize. Congratulations!!! To the other finalists, well done for undergoing tough challenges and for proving that you are the insurance industry’s young talent and cream of the crop.

Our 2023 sponsors
We would like to thank all the sponsors for their sponsorship and support of The Insurance Apprentice 2023. 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.

Watch the finale here

• To watch the finale on YouTube, click HERE
• To watch it on the website click HERE
• To watch it on Facebook, click HERE

Over and out for the #TIA2023 season. Until #TIA2024!

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