SANLAM’S COMMITMENT TO A THRIVING, CONFIDENT AND CONSERVED SOUTH AFRICA

“Imagine a country where every person has the financial confidence and knowledge to make the right decisions to build a brighter future. A country where everyone is able to enjoy financial inclusion and has access to the right products to protect them and build their wealth. A country where the economy is thriving, jobs are being created, our resources are being treasured and individuals are moving forward.

At Sanlam we imagine this every day, and we work tirelessly to deliver on our purpose of helping South Africans live with financial confidence. We know this starts with real, meaningful stewardship and initiatives,” Nozizwe Vundla, Head of Sanlam Foundation.

THREE REMARKABLE STORIES OF EDUCATION, STEWARDSHIP AND CONSERVATION

As Africa’s largest non-banking financial services group, Sanlam works tirelessly to make a positive and lasting impact wherever it operates. To achieve this, the Group has implemented a myriad of social investment, enterprise development and sustainability focused initiatives to help thousands live with confidence. Three stories stand-out as embodying the Sanlam purpose and #SAINC went to uncover them firsthand.

The first visit was to Dobsonville, Soweto, to see just how much impact one of Sanlam’s initiatives could have. The results were striking. As a systemic school intervention, Sanlam worked with classroom educators to build their teaching capacity. Through direct engagement with learners, the programme has impacted over 70 000 students to date! It has also led to a significant improvement in academic results, thus equipping this cohort of learners to step into a brighter future.

Next, we went to the Western Cape’s Berg River catchment area to explore the water conservation initiatives implemented in partnership with the WWF South Africa (WWF-SA). The goal was to see the remarkable impact of alien invasive clearing on the city’s water supply.

Then it was back to Johannesburg to meet with a firecracker of an entrepreneur. There we discovered that, through grit, determination, and some help from Sanlam’s ESD programme, Thembi Sithole had grown her panel beating business into a significant industry player.

These initiatives demonstrate how purposeful engagement from a committed corporate citizen is delivering positive progress and changing lives at scale.

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Nozizwe Vundla
Nozizwe Vundla

Head of Sanlam Foundation

Head of Sanlam Foundation

Thami Nkosi
Thami Nkosi

Computer Science Student University of Johannesburg

Computer Science Student University of Johannesburg

Thembi Sithole
Thembi Sithole

Owner and General Manager G and T Autobody

Owner and General Manager G and T Autobody

Justin Smith
Justin Smith

Head of Business Development, WWF South Africa

Head of Business Development, WWF South Africa

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The Stories

Thami Nkosi is an inspiring young man. Having matriculated from PJ Simelane Secondary School in Dobsonville Soweto at 17, he now studies computer science at the University of Johannesburg. Thami was a diligent student in high school but often found it challenging due to limited resources. When Sanlam arrived at his school, his academic world came to life. With a device and ample internet access, he could supplement his learning which significantly impacted his results. Now he is an inspiration to his brother and other friends following in his footsteps.

Justin Smith is the Head of Business Development at WWF-SA. As a passionate advocate of sustainability, he has formidable experience in working with the business sector to develop solutions to environmental challenges. WWF-SA has a long-standing relationship with Sanlam around water stewardship, especially in marine conservation. More recently, the partnership has focussed on the freshwater space, where socio-economic challenges, climate change and alien invasive species are wreaking havoc on our water supply and our ability to manage fire risks.

Thembi Sithole epitomises the saying “dynamite comes in small packages”. Originating from rural KZN, Thembi made her way to Johannesburg, where she completed her schooling and found a job at a car wash in Randburg. Being ambitious and hard-working, she worked her way up to becoming a spray painter, an office administrator and finally a business manager. 

She soon realised she had reached her ceiling as an employee, so she opened her own panel shop. Recognising her obvious entrepreneurial drive, Sanlam supported her business, providing the coaching and mentoring she needed to triple her revenue in a single year. Sanlam also provided the funding she needed to expand into new premises. Today, G&T Autobody is an accredited supplier to the insurance industry, and Thembi is a woman making serious waves in the panel-beating world!

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Frank Louw, Programme Manager of Sanlam Foundation

Frank Louw, Programme Manager of Sanlam Foundation

Working together with educators to promote Maths excellence

Working together with educators to promote Maths excellence

Thami Nkosi, the first person getting tertiary education in his family

Thami Nkosi, the first person getting tertiary education in his family

Sanlam partners with WWF in water and marine conservation

Sanlam partners with WWF in water and marine conservation

Investing in education

Investing in education

Committed to systemic development

Committed to systemic development

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