We have a winner…

04 April 2019 Myra Knoesen






We have a winner…

In the final episode (episode 8) of The Insurance Apprentice, sponsored by Chubb and the Graduate Institute of Financial Sciences (GIFS), we see Colin Lunsky (HTI Insurance Brokers) announced as the winner of The Insurance Apprentice 2019.

Palesa Mochane (Hollard) came in third place, followed by Mitesh Lakha (Discovery Insure) in second place, with the winner being announced as Lunsky.

We would like to thank Chubb and GIFS for sponsoring the eighth episode of The Insurance Apprentice 2019 .


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.

Simon Colman, Executive Head: Digital Distribution at SHA Specialist Underwriters - aka Judge Dread, had the opportunity to 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 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, Lisa Martin, who won R20 000 thanks to Constantia Insurance. Lisa was one of many people who watched each episode and answered one question per episode.

Keeping the audience entertained, Panagio soon requested that each apprentice join him on stage, for an open question and answer session. Guests were then reminded of who the top three apprentices were, with the winner being announced as Lunsky.


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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.

To all the sponsors 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.


Winner and runner up prizes

The winner of The Insurance Apprentice won a trip to Lloyds of London, a R75 000 bursary from Inseta, a cash prize of R20 000 from GIFS, dinner in London sponsored by Hogan Lovells, an Apple watch sponsored by Genasys Technologies and also R15 000 from Hollard. Thank you AIE conference organisers for sponsoring the winner of The Insurance Apprentice to go to the African Insurance Exchange at Sun City in July.

The runner up won R10 000, sponsored by Tracker and a bursary from GIFS worth R27 500. Third place also received a bursary from GIFS worth R27 500. 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.

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



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