This year has been quite a ride and it is hard to believe that we have already started the countdown to 2023. I will save the full retrospective for the year end function but I would like to take this moment to thank you for your support of everything that the IIG has tried to do this year.
When this year started we had no idea what it would bring. Would Corona really abate? What about Russia and Ukraine? What impact would inflation and supply chain disruptions have? Where would the debate between back to the office, remote work and hybrid work end up? And, would there an end in sight for loadshedding? I don’t think any of us imagined, at the beginning of the year, that we would have to endure up to nine hours a day
As the IIG, we had to prepare for events without knowing if it would even be possible to stage them. We gingerly proceeded with the Inaugural Dinner, steadily increasing the number of attendees while watching COVID-19 numbers and regulations carefully. We powered forward with our Insights sessions without assurances of power and we gathered 300 of our industry diamonds to light up the occasion of our Women’s Day celebration. I am proud of what we have been able to achieve and it is thanks to your support
We have a full programme for the remainder of the year and I just wanted to highlight two of the events
NgesiXhosa sithi ‘into emnandi iyaphindwa’ (In Xhosa we say, something is worth repeating). The IIG and the insurance industry had such a great time at the Night Golf in June that there only one conclusion to draw from the occasion, let’s do it again. The evening was perfect in every way however if there was one thing we could change, that would be the weather. Don’t get me wrong the coffee, Jägermeister and the gluwein at the various activations tasted even better in the Johannesburg winter evening (see pictures from the occasion here for a reminder of the good times). With that in mind we agreed to put on a second night golf on the 2nd of November. It’s fair to say that, it will be lit (excuse the pun)
We are also gearing up for the marquee event of the insurance industry, the highlight of the insurance calendar, the 80th occasion of the IIG Annual Dinner. This year’s event will take place on the 1st of December at the Sandton convention centre. We are expecting more than 1,500 insurance industry practitioners and our theme for this year is Black Tie & Tekkies. After nearly three years of Zoom meetings we will spare you the pain of high heels and dress shoes. Be sure to book your table early to avoid disappointment
Besides these two we still have a myriad of events including the Ladies Golf with Glasfit which celebrates it’s 20th year, our charity sporting event as well graduation ceremonies for our various education programmes. We might be going into the 4th quarter but the IIG is not slowing down. As always we count on your continued support and welcome any and all feedback that you might have for us.
Article written by: Thabo Twalo