Meet the #IIGlobal2019 delegates as they embark on the Ultimate Education and Networking Experience of a lifetime to San Francisco & Washington DC.
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We caught up with Philani Mbhele, Actuarial Analyst at Hollard Insure. Here’s what he had to say..
Have you ever travelled overseas before and which is your favourite destination?
Yes, it has to be The Algarve in Portugal, that’s where my wife and I went for our honeymoon.
Why have you decided to join #IIGlobal2019?
It’s actually a funny story. I had never heard of IIG until my manager told me about it and that he nominated me to represent my company. After reading up on IIG I was like yes I definitely want to be a part of the IIG family.
If you had one travel tip for first time travellers what would it be?
Make sure you have travel insurance, because you never know what might go wrong in a foreign country.
What are you looking forward to the most on this trip?
The first thing my wife said to me when I told her I’m going to the US is “Please buy me stuff”. So that’s the priority right now!. Of course the learning and network is also important.
Tell us something fun about yourself that most people don’t know?
I’m a huge rugby fan. I loved watching it when I use to have control of the remote. I even know all 15 positions in Afrikaans ( I hope I still do)
What is the one thing that you cannot travel without?
I have these very old “Allstars” that are literally on their last legs. We have been together for years so they are my companion!
If you could live in any other country where would you live?
There’s just something about Chicago.
What country has the best food?
Without a doubt South Africa, I think South Africa has most if not all food types you can think of. From Ekasi flavour magwinya to some fancy joint in Sandton that serves food I can’t even pronounce.
What is your least favourite thing about travelling?
The terrible food on the flight.
How will u be putting the SA in the USA?
NATO phonetic alphabet uses “Zulu” to represent the letter “Z”. So I will be bringing the true meaning of Zulu to America.