The 19th of November 2021 was pure delight! This was a date set in the stars as all time seemed to stand still to allow the non-life insurance industry to take in the moment, live a little and celebrate after a year, or two, of devastating sickness and deaths, wearing of masks, lockdowns, anxiety and depression, negative economic growth, rising unemployment rates, riots and looting. We could go on counting, but on this day we chose to celebrate!
The Insurance Institute of Gauteng’s annual gala dinner was held at the Sandton Convention Centre, and it did not disappoint.
Thank you to the event sponsors:
- Discovery Insure and King Price
- GIFS, Emerald, IUM, Bryte
- Genasys, Global Choices, Tracker, Santam and Munich Re
Over 500 guests were in attendance, and all had to produce a complete Covid 19 vaccination certificate to enter. The theme was Black Tie with a touch of Navy Blue shweshwe (a traditional cloth mostly worn by a Motswana bride. On the day of the wedding, the groom’s family adorns the bride with a garment made of this shweshwe and all the married women walk out, also in their similar attire, with her into the streets to parade the bride with song and dance.)
The guest list included some CEOs of industry, the executive members of the council, past presidents of the institute, presidents of insurance institutes outside of Gauteng, long service award recipients, FA News, members of the IIG, affiliates and sponsors.
The entertainment was spectacular. Rianet Whitehead of FA News opened the evening with a prayer and a toast to IIG’s 110th birthday. This was followed by Kholofelo Sengani whose aura was simply electric. She gave a poetic tribute to the institution and sang the national anthem. The performances by the musicians and dancers moved everyone to the dance floor.
This event, which closed the year for the IIG, was a “Go big or go home” type of event. In her opening, Tshepiso Chocho, current president of the IIG and an Executive Manager at Sasria, said, “Tonight we come here very intentional and with expectation to celebrate the work of the IIG and celebrate those who were a part of it.
“Tonight, we are not going to wallow in the depressing narrative of how tough things have been … even in the difficulty, we saw many rays of sunshine and hope. This is why we celebrate tonight!”
She went on to explain that the IIG decided to hold this decorative event even in the midst of hardships faced by all in the industry to celebrate the successful delivery of a number of educational programmes – namely:
- General Management Programme run through GIBS,
- Class of 2021 and the Roots and Wings Programme facilitated by Linda Coetzee and Associates,
- UPSQILL Industry Competency Programme Facilitated by GIBS,
- IIG Academic Programme and Information Systems and Technology Graduate Programme by GIFS
We also saw several successful networking sessions take place during the year. These included
- The President’s Golf Day
- Night Golf
- Youth Day
- Broker Leadership forum (in partnership with FIA)
- CEO Roundtable
- Sponsors’ cocktail evening
- Virtual Insights sessions (which were held weekly and attracted more than 3 700 attendees in total)
- The monthly Informer newspaper (which goes out to over 1700 subscribers).
Tshepiso thanked the many sponsors who contributed to these events and programmes on the very packed IIG calendar. She also thanked her 2021 council for their hard work and support.
“There is a great deal of responsibility for all those who are on the council, and I would like to thank them for their part in these incredible achievements,” said the president.
Long service awards were received by Olivia Smith for 20 years in the industry, while Charmain Davids and Sollie Stols celebrated 40 years.
Centriq Insurance bought all the art pieces from the Silent auction. The art was sold to raise funds for Fons Luminis Secondary School in Soweto as well as Maphutha Secondary School in Thembisa.
Once all the formalities were wrapped up, the party began. DJ Scott on the decks, the industry on their feet and the atmosphere electric.
Enjoy all the fabulous pictures from the night here.