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Another year comes to an end ...

It’s hard to believe that the year has come and is almost gone. It seems like only yesterday that we were still in the cold days of winter. As we come to December, it’s always a good opportunity to take stock of the past year.

After surviving the vagaries of the stock market, the spiking in the price of oil, civil riots and the real and destructive effects of the 2015/2016 drought and flash floods, it is clear that we live in a world loaded with risk. This is what makes our industry is so important to society, and I am so proud to be a part of it.

As I look back at the year on the IIKZN calendar, I am honoured to have been involved in the events that have taken place. Educational workshops aligned with the curriculum of both Milpark and Unisa; well-supported sporting events allowing for comradeship between competitors; supporting the development of our young guns of the industry at the U35’s Nibble and Network and social networking at its finest at the annual IIKZN Gala Dinner.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our members for their support over the year; we hope that we have added value to your careers.

If you are taking leave over the festive season, please travel safe and enjoy the well-deserved rest.   

Thanks and regards,

Candice Murie

PRESIDENT – INSURANCE INSTITUTE OF KWAZULU-NATAL


Education News

It has certainly been one of our busiest months ever. From the Education Awards Function to the Gala Dinner, what an awesome experience.

The Annual Education Awards Function was held as a high tea event at the Westville Country Club on 2 November 2016. The function was attended by a total of 60 members, being award recipients, sponsors, supporters and family members of some of the award recipients. The education team worked tirelessly in putting this event together, and their efforts genuinely paid off following the absolute success of the event.

Out of the 42 members that obtained distinctions in the various subject modules, 16 were presented with a certificate of recognition for the second highest distinction and 18 candidates were presented with a glass trophy and a R2 000 monetary cash prize for the highest distinction per subject module. These awards were sponsored by individual sponsors per subject module. We wish to sincerely thank the following award sponsors for their ongoing support of the IIKZN, especially towards Education in making it possible for us to recognise the efforts of our members in developing themselves to professionalise our industry: Hypersure Insurance Brokers, MUA Insurance Acceptances, Mutual & Federal, Steve Slatter Insurance Brokers, Zurich Insurance Company, Compendium Insurance Brokers, AIG, Rajin Chetty Financial Services, Invuya Institute of Learning, SHA Specialist Underwriters, Shaun Pillay & Associates, M&W Insurance Brokers, Scottfin Insurance Brokers, Hollard, CIA, RSR Brokers, Santam and FIA Durban.

Our gratitude also goes out to our cash sponsors: Norton Rose Fulbright, Allianz, North Coast Insurance Brokers, Integrity Software Solutions, Pat Smythe, Independent Insurance Brokers and Cuppan Insurance Consultants. Your valued contribution has greatly assisted towards the expenses of this event.

To our award recipients ... what more we can we say, it still wouldn’t be enough. You have truly taken on the challenge of skills development and professionalism of our industry head on. You are all an inspiration to our members out there and we wish you success for your futures.

Please view our Facebook page and website for all the photos of this event as well as details of each award recipient and sponsors.



We would especially like to commend the following members for their outstanding achievements:

Karuna Moodley of Zurich Insurance Company who walked away with four subject awards, the Most Meritorious Student in the Programme in Advanced Insurance Practice and the Candidate of the Year Award.

Reshma Singh of RSR Brokers for one subject award and the Most Meritorious Student in the Programme in Risk Management.

Koleshnee Pillay of Mutual & Federal – the Most Meritorious Student in the Programme in Short-Term Insurance.

Jack Wheatley of Willis Towers Watson – two subject awards and two certificates for the second highest distinction.

Sherryl Leroux of Monitor Administrators – two subject awards.

Pieter Breytenbach of Mutual & Federal – two subject awards.

Special thanks to Sandra Boy, our guest of honour for the afternoon. You are an inspiration to us all.

Finally, we are extremely proud of our team member, Lynda Brown, as a recipient of the Christine Allen Award. You have been our rock, mentor and greatest support during the years that we have served on Education. A truly well-deserved award.

Our next workshop is scheduled for February 2017 so time now for a well-deserved break. Have a fantastic November.

Your Education Team: Vanitha, Lynda, Theresa, Tamara and Malcolm.

vacancies

SHORT TERM INSURANCE MARKETER/ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

A vacancy has arisen for a Marketer/Account Executive within the Short-Term Insurance industry at our Scottburgh Branch, with a proposed start date of the 01st January/February 2017.

The candidate should be of strong personality with a passion for treating customers fairly, excelin attention to detail, and aim to exceed expectations.

We are looking for team players who can operate well under pressure and embrace Treating Customers Fairly principles.

Requirements: Matric, NQF Level 4 in Short Term Insurance, FAIS compliant (Fit & Proper), relevant RE exam, Minimum 2 years Short Term Commercial & Personal Lines Insurance experience.

Responsibilities and duties will include but are not limited to:

  • Ensure retention of existing clients and sourcing of new business
  • Responsible for Commercial, Personal Lines and Agricultural client base (existing and new)
  • Manage portfolio profitability, marketing and reporting
  • Adhering to best operating practices
  • Negotiating and liaison with business partners on various levels
  • Client service: having a proactive approach and successfully handling and resolving of queries or complaints
  • Having good business etiquette when interacting with clients
Should you be interested, please submit your CV with supporting documents to maria@halfway.co.za with subject being “Scottfin Marketer - Scottburgh” The Closing date for submission of CVs is close of business on the 15th December 2016.


AIG action cricket

This very popular event took place at the Action Arena Centre in Durban North on the 21 October 2016.

Six teams took part and, from the report backs received, everyone had a great time with the eventual winners (after some extremely hard-fought tussles) being the team from COMPENDIUM INSURANCE BROKERS. Coming second was AIG SA, followed by GARRUN GROUP.

Once again a BIG THANK YOU must go to AIG SA for their generous sponsorship and I have no doubt this event will only get bigger and better next time.


mutual & federal inter office quiz 2016

This very popular event took place at the Royal Durban Golf Club on the 2 November 2016, and after a long hard-fought battle, the following teams emerged victorious:

First – Awesome Foursome                                                                               
Second – Willis Jags
Third – Bay Union

A big thank must go to Mutual & Federal who once again made the evening great fun and provided very nice prizes – including a superb meal. This is one of the longer standing institute events, having originally been started by the Protea Insurance, and just gets better every year.




ZURICH TEN PIN BOWLING 2016

This ever-popular event was held on the 27 October 2016 and a great time was had by all, with some very competitive bowling taking place. The top three finishers were:

1) ZURICH
2) MARSH
3) HOLLARD SALES

Many thanks must go to the ZURICH INSURANCE COMPANY for their ongoing support.


2016 calendar of events

IIKZN Education Workshop - Risk Management 10/02/2017 TBC

Download the IISA Events Calender CLICK HERE


MEMBERSHIP 2016
CONTACT PERSON: Debbie Olivier – (031) 8305058 – debbie@echelonpci.co.za


2017 MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION

Please note that the membership fee for 2017 has increased from R85.00 to R95.00

The benefits of being an IIKZN member are as follows:

  • Networking events with fellow members of the insurance industry
  • Various social and sporting activities arranged by IIKZN
  • Educational experiences with relevance to the insurance subjects and general industry information, in the form of events; keeping abreast of study route information and industry developments, with guidance from the IISA.
  • Recognition as an affiliation to an institute
  • Recognition of academic and skills qualifications
In addition, you will receive a monthly newsletter with details of forthcoming events and feedback on previous events held. You will also be kept informed via a variety of media platforms.

Please remember to advise us if you change your employment/company, so that we may update your details on our database.

Note: Your membership follows you, so if your current company paid your membership, after which you change company, your membership remains in force until the next renewal, after which your new company will be responsible for the following year’s membership payment.

Please CLICK HERE to download the application form.


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COUNCIL PHOTO / PRESIDENT & EDITOR DETAILS
President
Editor

 

Candice Murie

Discovery Insure
41 Imvubu Park Place,
Riverhorse Valley,
Durban 4051
Tel: 083 320 7533

Email: candicem2@discovery.co.za


Kim Henderson

Bidvest Insurance Ltd
2nd floor, Lincoln on the Lake
2 The High Street
Umhlanga Ridge 4319
Tel: 031 514 8153

Email: kimh@bidvestfs.co.za



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