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Lights, camera, action…The Insurance Apprentice takes five

22 January 2019 Myra Knoesen

With much anticipation, filming of The Insurance Apprentice 2019 has begun at Old Mutual Insure. Viewers are in for a big treat this year as new twists and turns are set to bring in a whole new ball game for the apprentices; from contestants to personalities, to judges and tasks.

Be on the lookout

Filming will take place from 20 to 25 January 2019. The series is expected to be released mid February via the FAnews and The Insurance Apprentice websites, YouTube and Facebook.

Win R20 000
The #Superfan competition will begin when episodes start airing mid February 2019. Viewers will be able to answer a question after each episode, and after episode seven, all the correct answers will go into a lucky draw and three people will be chosen to attend the announcement of the finale. At the finale we will have a lucky draw between the three people and one person will win R20 000 cash, sponsored by Constantia Insurance.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours will be attached to episodes. Focused on each task at the end of every episode, there will be questions asked with a CPD concept for readers/viewers. Each episode will carry 1 CPD hour but more detail on this will follow.

The X Factor

The fifth series will see eight apprentices; Colin Lunsky, Ditebogo Mokgalabone, Gillian Riley, Jake Pennacchini, Kishan Vanmali, Mitesh Lakha, Palesa Mochane and Reese Aron competing against each other in an intense learning experience, to be crowned the winner of The Insurance Apprentice 2019 and walk away with fantastic 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 the Graduate Institute of Financial Sciences (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. 

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 receive a Samsung tablet with a wireless keyboard (sponsored by GIFS) and a R1 000 Uber voucher (sponsored by Discovery Insure), a book ‘Everything you need to know about non-life insurance in South Africa’, written and sponsored by Gareth Stokes and Liz Still, a power bank sponsored by Chubb, and cool laptop bags filled with goodies from King Price. 

Twists and turns

Like the previous series, the apprentices face a challenging week of tasks and intense grilling from the panellists, as they try to mark their spot and prove that they are the best.

Added to this, and setting the bar higher, some apprentices will see the harsh judgment of the panellists as they face possible elimination every day.

The fun part is that the cat cannot be let out of the bag. Or rather, the beans cannot be spilled as the judges will only determine who will be leaving on the day they deem necessary, which is all the more reason for you, the viewer, to watch the series.

Proud supporters

Thank you PWV Insurance Brokers for carrying our insurance needs.

In making The Insurance Apprentice 2019 a reality, we wish to thank all the sponsors who have supported and committed themselves to this initiative.


  • Inseta
  • Graduate Institute of Financial Sciences (GIFS)


  • Aon South Africa
  • Emerald Risk Transfer
  • Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA)
  • Hollard Insure
  • Innovation Group
  • Insure Group Managers
  • Lloyds of London
  • Marsh Africa
  • Old Mutual Insure
  • Sasria Soc Ltd
  • SHA Specialist Underwriters 


  • Bryte Insurance
  • Constantia Insurance
  • Chubb
  • FNB Insurance Brokers
  • Innosys
  • Price Forbes
  • Santam 


  • AIG
  • Auto & General
  • Discovery Insure
  • HIC Underwriting Managers
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Genasys Technologies
  • Oakhurst Insurance
  • King Price
  • Tracker 

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Editor’s Thoughts:
With an exciting week ahead, I am full of anticipation to see how the week unravels and how the apprentices play out their given tasks. Not to mention all the exciting new elements to the show… new filming venue, a #superfan competition, CPD relevant tasks, need I say more! Please comment below, interact with us on Twitter at @fanews_online or email me your thoughts

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