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IIG Academic Programme – Top 20 Candidates

On 11 November 2020 council members of the IIG and top management from the GIFS carefully selected the top 20 candidates for the IIG Academic Programme of 2020.

And now finally, this is it. The moment that more than 40 young insurance go-getters have been waiting for! Judges for the IIG Academic Programme 2020 have just unveiled their Top 20 list – and we can barely contain our excitement!

Congrats to the following bright minds who now joins Golden Ticket winner, Mihlali Gwama, on an exhilarating, life-changing journey:


  1. Bongani Mthembu
  2. Fakazile Mgwenya
  3. Karabo Samantha Mtshali
  4. Lehlohonolo Orincess Mohale
  5. Lydia Ramoroka
  6. Mary Nkoana
  7. Mlungisi Mshengu
  8. Mojalefa Abel Khuzwayo
  9. Nonkululeko Madondile
  10. Palesa Achugwo
  11. Rebaone Semele
  12. Shanice Adams
  13. Similindile Masina
  14. Siphesihle Themba
  15. Thakani Mokoena
  16. Thato Mokoena
  17. Thabang Baloyi
  18. Thenjiwe Mphithi
  19. Tlalane Martiens

Candidates were judged on first impressions, feedback from engagement sessions, workplace attendance, performance, programme attendance and overall etiquette and netiquette. The top scorers will begin their intensive mentorship and learning programme next week!

In addition to a GIFS-customized Short-Term Insurance (NQF 5) qualification, participants will be prepped for a successful career in SA’s insurance space by being mentored by prominent industry leaders. They will benefit from critical “inside information”, learn the tricks of the trade, and be guided and moulded to play a leading role in the future of the industry.

“The next year will be unprecedented as far as personal and professional growth is concerned for all Top 20 learners,” explains Dr Kershen Pillay, CEO of GIFS. “No doubt, it will be challenging and they will be pushed to their limits, but my advice to all participants is this: the sacrifices you make and the work you put in will have an enormous impact on your future. You have the talent and the tenacity. Now make these work for you!”

Article by Sue Sunker – Chief Operations Manager at GIFS