Sanlam Limpopo hosted its annual stakeholder function at Sun Meropa last Thursday with the focus on the company’s 100 years of existence.
The event was attended by Sanlam’s Limpopo stakeholders which included representatives from institutions of learning, government departments, labour unions and private sector clients. Sanlam’s Limpopo Business Manager, Willem Barnard was the host, while Sipho Mosotho, Business Development Manager: Sanlam Group Market Development, Dev Chetty, Channel Head: Agency Distribution SKY, Anthony Peterson, Regional General Manager: Sanlam SKY and Karl Socikwa, Sanlam SKY Chief Executive Officer, represented Sanlam’s national structures.
Socikwa welcomed the guests and assured them that their presence was highly esteemed. Mahlo Mokgalong, Vice Chancellor of the University of Limpopo congratulated Sanlam and was requested to cut the special birthday cake on behalf of the stakeholders. Mokgalong said that the university is very proud of its relationship with Sanlam. Champagne was popped and the guests joined in ‘Happy birthday dear Sanlam’ while the rest of the event allowed for networking.
“From its inception in 1918 with just seven founders to over 21 000 multinational employees today, the company has grown exponentially. Today, it’s the largest non-banking financial services company in Africa,” Sanlam said in a media release that was distributed to mark this milestone.
Sanlam Group Chief Executive Officer, Ian Kirk is quoted to have said that while the legacy of the last 100 years has enabled the business to demutualise, diversify and entrench resilience, Sanlam remains future-focused, with the goal of continuing to build a better world for generations to come, “For generations to come is the overarching theme for our centenary celebration. Why? Because no matter who we are or where we come from, all we really want as human beings is to leave the world, and the people close to us, in better shape, with more opportunity than we were given.” Sanlam has spent the last 100 years building a better world for others to inherit – and it will continue to do so for generations to come,” Kirk said and added that in 2017, the Group paid out R3,5 billion in claims because it realises that paying claims isn’t just about honouring its contractual obligation: It is about fulfilling its clients’ wishes to provide for the generations they leave behind.
“The drive to make a difference remains a core focus for the business. Sanlam prioritises multiple initiatives and strategic partnerships that catalyse sustainable societal change. As a responsible corporate citizen, the business is committed to projects like Blue Ladder Schools – a partnership with schools and communities to improve maths tuition and all aspects of the school environment that has assisted 71 693 learners to date – and its ongoing partnership with the WWF, which focuses mainly on water security and conservation. Additionally, Sanlam is part of the CEO Initiative which supports President Ramaphosa’s Youth Employment Service,” Kirk said.
“While it’s important for us to take a moment to acknowledge our centenary and all our people who helped us reach this point – our employees, clients, intermediaries and other stakeholders – we’re also extremely excited for the next 100 years. In the next decade, we aim to penetrate the emerging markets of Ethiopia and Egypt via our ‘Cape to Casablanca’ strategy. We want to cement our position in the market and deepen our presence across the continent. While many companies have this kind of strategy, few are able to efficiently enforce it. That’s ultimately, what sets us apart, and will continue to drive our profitable growth for the forthcoming 100 years and more,” Kirk concluded.
Story and photos: BARRY VILJOEN