The IIG key strategic pillars of education, networking, impact and transformation, and proud affiliation were achieved in 2019. This was highlighted at the 96th Annual General Meeting of the IIG. Delegates gathered, at the Norton Rose Fulbright offices in Sandton, to hear outgoing president, Carla Jordan, provide feedback on the IIG activities for the year 2019.
Carla began her report by highlighting the importance of facilitating networking in the industry. As always, the inaugural dinner with over 400 attendees and the annual dinner with over 1400 were firm highlights on the calendar. The IIG also collaborated with the Gauteng Women in Insurance to host a Ladies day in August. On the Education front, the IIG hosted eight insight sessions throughout the year. The sessions promoted thought leadership and knowledge sharing in the industry. Our education programmes last year gave members over 25 CPD hours, which can easily be tracked on our newly launched CPD vault.
The ILDP programme at GIBS had another successful year. The class of 2019 programme had two classes this year due to its popularity allowing 36 students to participate. This programme also has a charitable aspect and the students manage to raise nearly R 300 000 for Ikholwa children’s home. The Roots and Wings programme, which pairs mentees with senior mentors in the industry, also had record numbers.
In 2019, we were proud to introduce the insurance academic programme hosted and subsidised by GIFS, and funded jointly this year by the IIG education bursary fund and Sasria. This programme took 15 school leavers through an intensive learnership programme, giving them not only an NQF5 qualification, but also preparation and training for their RE examinations, interview skills coaching, and a three day work place readiness course. Our focus going forward is making this important programme sustainable.
It was then time to elect new council members to serve the IIG for the year 2020. Vuyo Rankoe from Santam was elected as a new full council member. Following the first meeting of council on the day, we also confirmed Darryl Grater from Discovery Insure as President Elect to be inaugurated on 5 March 2020. Tshepiso Chocho from Sasria was confirmed as Deputy President. Carla Jordan will now assume not only the role of immediate past president but also Treasurer of the IIG to ensure a smooth handover. The meeting also confirmed co-opted members and ambassadors whose names will be shared with industry on our social media pages.
The new team is eager to give back to the industry by continuing the strides made and working with all our valuable sponsors. Darryl Grater reiterated this excitement and confirmed that the focus for 2020 will be about ensuring sustainability and relevance of the industry that we all love with the theme of #InsuringTommorrow.