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08 February 2019 Myra Knoesen





#TIA2019 kicks of with a bang

Filming of The Insurance Apprentice 2019 officially kicked off on 20 January at Old Mutual Insure in Sandton.


The first episode, sponsored by Aon South Africa, sees the 2019 apprentices Colin Lunsky – HTI Insurance Brokers, Ditebogo Mokgalabone – Chubb Insurance, Gillian Riley – Santam, Jake Pennacchini – MUA Insurance Acceptances, Kishan Vanmali – Marsh, Mitesh Lakha – Discovery Insure, Palesa Mochane – Hollard and Reese Aron – Marsh, head to the first boardroom session of The Insurance Apprentice 2019.


Judge Simon Colman, Executive Head: Digital Distribution at SHA Specialist Underwriters - aka Judge Dread, joined by Kedi Maponyane, Managing Director at African Independent Brokers and guest judge Terence Williams, Chief Executive Officer of Aon South Africa, presents the first task with the requirements for the day.


Task one #revenuegrowth

Aon recently won the corporate account for a client in the retail industry. The task challenged the candidates to conduct a customer needs analysis that would identify gaps in the current corporate portfolio, with the aim of achieving profit, growth and continuity for the client’s business. The apprentices were required to present their strategy on how they would double the revenue for Aon by identifying the various cross sell and upsell opportunities available.


The winner of this task would walk away with a R10 000 cash prize. Did the apprentices ultimately convince the CEO and provide proper solutions? Did someone walk away R10 000 richer?


Earn CPD hours


Earn Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours for every episode you watch. Each episode plus an article about the episode will carry 1 CPD hour. Simply:

  1. Visit;
  2. Click on the CPD tab;
  3. Register by filling in your personal details;
  4. Confirm your log-in details via email once you have registered;
  5. Log-in using your email and password;
  6. Click on The Insurance Apprentice tab and go to the episode you wish to complete; read the article and
  7. Answer the multiple-choice questions related to each episode listed and click submit.



Want to win R20 000 cash? Watch all the episodes, answer one question per episode… have all the answers correct (episode one to seven) and stand in line for the R20 000 cash. Thank you, Constantia Insurance. Go to


Winner and runner up prizes


The winner of The Insurance Apprentice wins a trip to Lloyds of London, a R75 000 bursary from Inseta, a cash prize of R20 000 from GIFS, dinner in London to the value of R5 000 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 wins R10 000, sponsored by Tracker and 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 book 'Everything you need to know about non-life insurance in South Africa', written and sponsored by Gareth Stokes and Liz Still and motivational/business books sponsored by Insure Group.  

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