Final eight for the insurance apprentice revealed

“Focused, hard work is the real key to success. Keep your eyes on the goal, and just keep taking the next step towards completing it. If you are not sure which way to do something do it both ways, and see which works better.”  John Carmack

Through applications sent in, gruelling elimination rounds and some truly creative one-minute videos we have arrived at our final eight. We received more than 14 000 votes this year thanks to social media, sponsors and word of mouth.

We could not be more excited about our eight finalists; they are a truly talented and dedicated bunch who will make the insurance industry proud.

The elimination process took its toll on this year’s contestants as they not only had to make it through the elimination rounds sponsored by Price Forbes, and hosted by CEO Warren Bolttler, they then had to put themselves out there for the world to see.

Power in numbers

The top 21 had to send in a one-minute video of themselves in order to have a chance of making it into the final round. These videos were created so that people could vote for their favourite apprentices.

The videos were innovative and no two videos were alike. The judges have selected a truly diverse group of individuals, and when the competition kicks into high gear, their individuality will shine through.

With more than 14 000 votes it must be pointed out that there is power in numbers and the very essence of marketing one’s self.

And as such, the panellists have chosen the final eight applicants who will grace the industry with their presence in season three of The Insurance Apprentice. They are:

  • Kabelo Paile (Relationship Manager – Santam)
  • Keith Bester (KZN Head: Construction and Engineering – Hollard Insurance)
  • Kurt Stanley (Senior Portfolio Manager -Associated Insurance Brokers in partnership with Glacier by Sanlam)
  • Lisa Foster (Broker Consultant – Hollard Insurance)
  • Mutoda Mahamba (International Business Development – MMI Holdings)
  • Nick Kadima (Portfolio Manager – Lombard Insurance Company)
  • Palesa Bolofo (Internal Broker Consultant – Hollard Insurance)
  • Sicelo Mlotshwa (Technical Broker – AON South Africa)

A tough decision

It should be noted that these candidates where highly regarded by the judges during the elimination round and as emphasised previously, the one-minute video exercise served to assist, and not determine, the judges final outcome in choosing between those candidates that were neck and neck after the elimination day round.

“The panel members had a tough call but this process eased the way forward in determining who the final contestants would be. Having chosen the final eight, we are confident in our decision and we look forward to filming the third series of The Insurance Apprentice early next year,” said Rianet Whitehead, Editor of FAnews and Organiser of The Insurance Apprentice.

Filming will take place from 8 to 13 January 2016 and the series is expected to be released mid-February on The Insurance Apprentice and FAnews websites, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook pages. We will be releasing a new episode every Friday.

Bigger and better

The Insurance Apprentice always aims to improve from one year to the next. This year will be no different, we have a new secret head judge, and completely new tasks that will aim to challenge our apprentices like never before.

We would like to thank our sponsors for this year are Auto & General, Aon South Africa, Centriq Insurance, Chubb, CN&CO, Discovery Insure, FNB Insurance Brokers, The Financial Services Board (FSB), Global Choices, Hollard, Inseta, IISA, Insure Group, Marsh, Lloyds of London, Masifunde Training Centre (MTC), Norton Rose Fulbright, Price Forbes, PWV Insurance Brokers, Santam Insurance, Sasria, SHA Specialist Underwriters and Tracker South Africa.

“We have some truly great sponsors for 2017. TIA is becoming bigger every year in that is in large part thanks to our amazing sponsors,” concluded Whitehead.

Editor’s thoughts

The competition for this season is stronger and closer than ever, apprentices are going to be pushed to the very limit, and only time will tell who will be crowned the 2017 Insurance Apprentice. Who is your favourite? Please comment below, interact with us on Twitter at @fanews_online or email me your thoughts at

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