The countdown begins… cast your vote for the top 20

It began with 204 applications, 60 went through to the elimination rounds, and now the top 20 candidates will battle it out for a spot in the final eight, and the chance to become the 2018 Insurance Apprentice.

Rehash of elimination rounds

Some interesting activities took place at this year’s elimination rounds as Price Forbes set the bar high with central themes set on collaboration and business principles.

The elimination rounds were once again held in Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg to give all contestants an equal and fair chance and to try and suss out the best of the best.

There was a massive variety of contestants, all different, and all up for the challenge. As the last of the three rounds came to an end, it became apparent that the judges had a truly difficult task ahead of them in selecting the top 20.

We would like to thank Norton Rose Fulbright (in Durban and Cape Town) and Auto & General (Johannesburg) for hosting the Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg elimination rounds respectively. We would also like to thank Price Forbes for being title sponsor of the elimination rounds, and for sending their CEO, Warren Bolttler, in conjunction with colleague Greg Dillon, to oversee the elimination rounds.

We would also like to thank the panel members who assisted us in the elimination rounds for their support, participation and commitment; Alex Terblanche, Alicia Narainsamy and Graham Craggs (Auto & General), Gay-Lynn Rheeders (My Career in Insurance), Grant Clough (Hollard), Jacques de Villiers (Aon South Africa), James Peters (Bryte), Karen Muuren (Santam), Lisa Foster (Hollard), Lizelle van der Merwe (Financial Intermediaries Association – FIA), Niel Esterhuyse (Santam) and Stewart Barret (Navan Consulting).

We need your help!

The top 20 candidates, who are all in the run to mark their spot in the final eight of The Insurance Apprentice 2018, have uploaded a one minute video in which they share their message to the industry and to people outside the industry about why they would be suitable ambassadors for/and within the insurance industry.

Your vote counts #Insearchofthefinal8

We need you to watch, spot and vote for your pick of the final eight. Remember you can vote every day. Note that the votes will not determine who the top eight will be but will definitely contribute in making the final decision. The more votes they receive, the better their chances of making the final eight. The top 20 candidates are:

  1. Asanda Tengimfene
  2. Azia Nengwani
  3. Blessed Nxuseka
  4. Julio Erwin Pillay
  5. Gobusamang Motaung
  6. Joseph Mngenela
  7. Karl Oftebro
  8. Koketso Mathabathe
  9. Kutlwano Kgoebane
  10. Kyle Pillai
  11. Malebo Thebe
  12. Muhammed Doola
  13. Mutonda Mutondwa
  14. Nebreska Allworth
  15. Noxolo Dlamini
  16. Robyn Petersen
  17. Ruan Bezuidenhout
  18. Samantha Baleson
  19. Samantha Dreyer
  20. Venette Rust

Videos can be viewed and voted on the TIA website, the link can also be found on Twitter, and Facebook. If you would like to receive a newsletter simply sign up here. To view photos of the elimination round, visit Facebook and Twitter to get a taste of the competition.

The top eight will be revealed on 13 November 2017 so get those votes going. Filming will take place from 7 to 12 January 2018. The series will be aired early 2018 via the FAnews and The Insurance Apprentice websites, YouTube and Facebook.

The winner of The Insurance Apprentice 2018 will fly to London, in business class, for a week to visit Lloyds of London; the winner will also receive a bursary valued at R75 000 from INSETA and win a cash prize of R20 000 from Masifunde Training Centre. The Insurance Institute of South Africa (IISA) is also sponsoring the winner to go to the Insurance Conference at Sun City in July 2018.

Our sponsors

Sponsors for The Insurance Apprentice 2018:

Platinum sponsors

FNB Insurance Brokers, Inseta

Gold sponsors

Aon South Africa, Emerald Risk Transfer, Financial Services Board (FSB), Hollard, Insure Group, Innovation Group, Lloyds of London, Marsh, Masifunde Training Centre, SHA Specialist Underwriters, Sasria

Silver sponsors

Innosys, Price Forbes, Santam

Bronze sponsor

Chubb, Discovery Insure, IISA, Norton Rose Fulbright, Tracker, Auto & General

Editor’s thoughts

Let’s get those votes going. The contestants have worked hard to get to this point we wish them all the best. Please comment below, interact with us on Twitter at @fanews_online or email me your thoughts at





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