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A Wealthsmith knows that a successful career comes with patience, dedication and the willingness to put in the hard work.

Working at Sanlam means having the opportunity to forge and grow a career at one of the largest financial services groups in South Africa. The success of the featured Wealthsmiths has come from years of patience, dedication and investment towards growing their careers. They share their wealth of experience about their career journeys that enabled them to be leaders in their field.

 

 

Yegs Ramiahhttp://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/Lists/Wealthsmiths testimonials/DispForm.aspx?ID=11Yegs Ramiahhttp://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/Pages/testimonials.aspx?slick1=1, /careers/ourwealthsmiths/Pages/testimonials.aspx?slick1=1http://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/PublishingImages/YegsRamiah2.png, http://www-admin-dev.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/PublishingImages/YegsRamiah2.png<h4 class="qualificationText">Qualifications:</h4><p>BA (LLB) University of Durban-Westville, Higher Diploma in Tax Law University of Johannesburg, MBA Wits Business School</p><h4 class="qualificationText">Position:</h4><p>Chief Executive: Sanlam Brand</p><h4 class="qualificationText">Their Story:</h4><p>Yegs Ramiah is an Executive Director on the Sanlam Limited Board, a member of the Board’s Social, Ethics and Sustainability committee and a Director of several Sanlam subsidiaries. The Loeries 2016 Marketing Leadership and Innovation Award recipient joined Sanlam in 2009 as the Executive Head of People and Brand for Santam, Sanlam’s short-term insurance subsidiary. Ramiah was responsible for brand development, marketing and communications, with a strong focus on client attraction, retention and satisfaction.</p><p></p><p>In 2012, she was appointed chief executive of Sanlam Brand, responsible for the Group’s marketing, communication and sustainability departments. She also chairs the Sanlam Foundation. Ramiah says women leaders have a responsibility to debunk the myths and stereotypes about women in the workplace as it puts alot of pressure on them. She measures her own success by the extent to which she has an impact on other people.​</p> ​<div class="ExternalClass0016E8C0AC8F42A095600B8810B015A2"><p>Chief Executive: Sanlam Brand</p><p>BA (LLB) University of Durban-Westville, Higher Diploma in Tax Law University of Johannesbur​​g, MBA Wits Business School​</p></div>
Nthabiseng Mmatlihttp://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/Lists/Wealthsmiths testimonials/DispForm.aspx?ID=12Nthabiseng Mmatlihttp://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/Pages/testimonials.aspx?slick1=2, /careers/ourwealthsmiths/Pages/testimonials.aspx?slick1=2http://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/PublishingImages/NthabisengMmatli2.png, /careers/ourwealthsmiths/PublishingImages/NthabisengMmatli2.png <h4 class="qualificationText">Position:</h4><p>Chief Executive: Safrican Insurance Company</p><h4 class="qualificationText">Their Story:</h4><p>Nthabiseng Mmatli was asked to step in and “rescue” Safrican Insurance Company in 2005, when it was running at a loss of R19 million at the time and had just been taken over by Sanlam. Within eight months, she turned the business around, registering a profit of R10-million. More than 70% Safrican employees are women. Mmatli says empowering women has a ripple effect of empowering the communities where they live.</p><p> Her own journey to success was earmarked by Sanlam’s Executive Leadership Programme, which she completed in 2014. The programme prepares Sanlam leaders to further refine their leadership and management skills. Mmatli says the connection between what she was learning and what she was experiencing in her business every day was invaluable. Her advice to women wanting to join the financial services industry is that there is no easy road to success. ​</p> ​<div class="ExternalClassF1A359F28C204CEBA1FD989EF710A63B"><p>​Chief Executive: Safrican Insurance Company</p></div>
Sifiso Msibihttp://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/Lists/Wealthsmiths testimonials/DispForm.aspx?ID=4Sifiso Msibihttp://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/Pages/testimonials.aspx?slick1=3, /careers/ourwealthsmiths/Pages/testimonials.aspx?slick1=3http://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/PublishingImages/SifisoMsib2.png, http://www-admin-dev.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/PublishingImages/SifisoMsib2.png<h4 class="qualificationText">Qualifications:</h4><p>BSc Computer Science University of KwaZulu-Natal</p><h4 class="qualificationText">Position:</h4><p>Chief Information Officer for Sanlam Risk</p><h4 class="qualificationText">Their Story:</h4><p>Sifiso Msibi was awarded a Sanlam bursary two years into completing his computer science degree at the Howard College campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal. In return, he had to work at the company for two years, which he was happy about because it guaranteed him a job once he graduated. </p><p></p><p>As a young graduate working outside Kwazulu-Natal, with no corporate experience he experienced a complete culture shock at first. Fortunately the induction at Sanlam was geared towards welcoming graduates and establishing a good social network which helped him to settle in. </p><p></p><p>The first two years of his career were very formative as he also became aware of the many fields he could go move into. Mbisi says his career at Sanlam has progressed at exactly the right pace and he has been exposed to almost all the IT building blocks. Once he had done all the technical work, he says he could switch to management because he was ready to manage people doing what he used to do. He describes his journey at Sanlam as a lot of fun with challenges and opportunities where personal growth of employees is the main focus.​</p>​<div class="ExternalClassB6F1E33C481D4C388C2F326526A9E527">​ <p>Chief Information Officer for Sanlam Risk</p><p>BSc Computer Science University of ​KwaZulu-Natal</p></div>
Leigh Kohlerhttp://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/Lists/Wealthsmiths testimonials/DispForm.aspx?ID=1Leigh Kohlerhttp://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/Pages/testimonials.aspx?slick1=4, /careers/ourwealthsmiths/Pages/testimonials.aspx?slick1=4http://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/PublishingImages/LeighKohler2.png, http://www-admin-dev.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/PublishingImages/LeighKohler2.png​<h4 class="qualificationText">Qualifications:</h4><p>BCom UCT, BCOM (Hons), Economics UNISA</p><h4 class="qualificationText">Position:</h4><p>Head of Glacier Research and Associate Director at Glacier Education</p><h4 class="qualificationText">Their Story:</h4><p>Leigh Kohler joined Glacier as an administration assistant in 2003. He attributes his career progress to a combination of opportunities afforded by the company and his own determination to take on new challenges.</p><p></p><p>After completing his BCom PPE at UCT, Kohler immediately applied to Glacier because of the good things he'd heard about the company. Despite two failed applications, he was willing to work with the company in any capacity. On his third attempt he applied for the administrative assistant position and, despite being told that he is overqualified, he was successful. </p><p></p><p>Since he started at Sanlam 11 years ago, Kohler had seven different roles.</p><p>His mantra for success is to do whatever he does to the best of his ability and make a positive difference.​</p>​<div class="ExternalClass8B244C3B0BF6433BB8B569CE3B72425E"><p>​Head of Glacier Research and Associate directo​r at Glacier education</p> ​​​ <p>BCom UCT, BC​​​​​​​​OM (Hons), Economics UNISA</p></div>
Margaret Daweshttp://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/Lists/Wealthsmiths testimonials/DispForm.aspx?ID=8Margaret Daweshttp://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/Pages/testimonials.aspx?slick1=5, /careers/ourwealthsmiths/Pages/testimonials.aspx?slick1=5http://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/PublishingImages/MargaretDawes2.png, http://www-admin-dev.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/PublishingImages/MargaretDawes2.png<h4 class="qualificationText">Qualifications:</h4><p>BSc Biology University of London</p><h4 class="qualificationText">Position:</h4><p>Executive Director: North and West Africa, Sanlam Emerging Markets</p><h4 class="qualificationText">Their Story:</h4><p>Margaret Dawes joined Sanlam in 2005 as the Chief Financial Officer of Sanlam Developing Markets, now called Sanlam Emerging Markets (SEM). In 2008, she was appointed to head up the Group’s African business portfolio outside South Africa. In September 2015, Dawes took on a new portfolio as SEM’s Executive Director North and West Africa, taking responsibility of Sanlam’s R6 billion investment in the Saham group, as well as the original SEM West Africa businesses.</p><p></p><p>Dawes says she has experienced no barriers in climbing the corporate ladder at Sanlam and has been afforded great opportunities for development. She says there is no differentiation in terms of gender, and nothing is stopping her from getting where she wants to be. Sanlam has increased the complement of women in leadership positions, senior and middle-management levels from 30% to 42% in 10 years.</p>​<div class="ExternalClassAD557260351043EEAD7196238B4F2A14"><p>Executive Director: North and West Africa, Sanlam Emerging Markets</p><p>BSc Biology (University of London)​​</p></div>
Mbuso Mtshalihttp://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/Lists/Wealthsmiths testimonials/DispForm.aspx?ID=3Mbuso Mtshalihttp://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/Pages/testimonials.aspx?slick1=6, /careers/ourwealthsmiths/Pages/testimonials.aspx?slick1=6http://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/PublishingImages/MbusoMtshali2.png, http://www-admin-dev.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/PublishingImages/MbusoMtshali2.png<h4 class="qualificationText">Qualifications:</h4><p>LLB Law Rhodes Univ​ersity</p><h4 class="qualificationText">Position:</h4><p>Head of Legal and Compliance and Company Secretariat of Sanlam Investments</p><h4 class="qualificationText">Their Story:</h4><p>Mtshali's journey at Sanlam started more than a decade ago when the company asked him to apply for the position of company secretary. Once inside he found that Sanlam employees' drive, focus, and supportive nature distinguished the company from its competitors. </p><p></p><p>In 2007 a bigger opportunity knocked at his door when the coveted position of Head of Legal and Compliance became vacant. Initially hesitant, Mtshali consulted his then boss, who advised him to go for it. </p><p></p><p>His advice from his COO, Robert Roux, was to focus on his strengths and surround himself with people he could trust– which is exactly what he did. Over the years, he has taken advantage of a number of opportunities to further his career. In 2008 Mtshali started a leadership programme where he and a few colleagues worked on a strategy to expand Sanlam Investments' footprint globally. In 2013, he started an executive leadership course at the GIBS Business School in Gauteng. Mtshali describes the programmes as a wonderful experiences and advises young professionals to believe in themselves and work hard.​</p>​<div class="ExternalClass2F4AE9D729674D6FB652AB67A4B745B2">​​ <p>Head of Legal and Compliance and Company Secretariat of Sanlam Investments​</p><p>LLB Law Rhodes Univ​ersity</p></div>
Lebo Monyatsihttp://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/Lists/Wealthsmiths testimonials/DispForm.aspx?ID=7Lebo Monyatsihttp://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/Pages/testimonials.aspx?slick1=7, /careers/ourwealthsmiths/Pages/testimonials.aspx?slick1=7http://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/PublishingImages/LebogangMonyatsi2.png, http://www-admin-dev.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/PublishingImages/LebogangMonyatsi2.png<h4 class="qualificationText">Qualifications:</h4><p>Gordon Institute of Business Science</p><h4 class="qualificationText">Position:</h4><p>Head of Sanlam Group Market Development and Stakeholder Relations </p> <h4 class="qualificationText">Their Story:</h4><p>Described as an inspirational leader, Lebo Manyatsi encompasses the deeply engrained values of Sanlam. Courage, compassion and respect for others are just some of the traits she exudes in her position.</p><p> </p><p>Before joining Sanlam in 2010, Manyatsi was nominated for the Black Management Forum’s Manager of the Year Award (Western Cape Chapter) – an accolade she is very proud of. After this she was awarded the Nelson Mandela Scholarship and an opportunity to study an MBA at the University of Nottingham, England. In 2013, Monyatsi was one of 34 Sanlam leaders selected for the annual GIBS Executive Leadership Programme.</p><p> </p><p>Manyatsi’s rich experience has equipped her to make her mark at Sanlam – an organisation she describes as having transformed remarkably and aggressively over the years. Her own approach to leadership is to give her team members true ownership of their roles in order to thrive and grow from their mistakes.</p>​<div class="ExternalClassD964914279DB4207914324E57D124B65"><p>Group Market Development and Stakeholder Relations at Sanlam</p><p>Gordon Institute of Busin​​ess Science​</p></div>
Duma Mxengehttp://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/Lists/Wealthsmiths testimonials/DispForm.aspx?ID=2Duma Mxengehttp://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/Pages/testimonials.aspx?slick1=8, /careers/ourwealthsmiths/Pages/testimonials.aspx?slick1=8http://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/PublishingImages/DumaMxenge2.png, http://www-admin-dev.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/PublishingImages/DumaMxenge2.png<h4 class="qualificationText">Qualifications:</h4><p>BCom (Hons), Financial Analysis and Portfolio Management UCT</p><h4 class="qualificationText">Position:</h4><p>Account Executive for Institutional Business at Sanlam Investments</p><h4 class="qualificationText">Their Story:</h4><p>Duma Mxenge is a self-proclaimed expert generalist who wants to gain as much experience in as many disciplines as possible. From early on, the BCom Honours graduate had his sights set on the asset management industry. </p><p></p><p>After his studies, he had short stints as an underwriter at Mutual & Federal and a trainee equity analyst at Abvest. His career path really took off in April 2006, when he started as a junior equity analyst at Sanlam Investments. </p><p></p><p>In the same way that Sanlam encouraged Mxenge to trust his instincts and go for gold, he too urges young professionals to aim high and think big. He believes whether your aspirations are big or small, it will still require the same amount of blood, sweat and tears.​</p>​<div class="ExternalClass8713ED3A7C44487092F525044D7E4068">​<p>Account Executive for Institutional Business at Sanlam Investments</p><p>BCom (Hons), F​​inancial Analysis and Portfolio Management UCT</p>​</div>
Nondumiso Gwalahttp://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/Lists/Wealthsmiths testimonials/DispForm.aspx?ID=13Nondumiso Gwalahttp://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/Pages/testimonials.aspx?slick1=9, /careers/ourwealthsmiths/Pages/testimonials.aspx?slick1=9http://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/PublishingImages/NondumisaGwala2.png, /careers/ourwealthsmiths/PublishingImages/NondumisaGwala2.png<h4 class="qualificationText">Qualifications:</h4><p>BCOM (Hons), University of Rhodes </p><h4 class="qualificationText">Position:</h4><p>Investment Operations Officer Education</p><h4 class="qualificationText">Their Story:</h4><p>Growing up in Vryheid, KwaZulu-Natal, under challenging conditions, Gwala was not initially motivated to perform academically. There was very little chance of her getting a tertiary education using her own resources. </p><p> However, in her senior school at Inkamana Private Secondary Farm School she felt compelled to try harder. Isabella Steenkamp, her school principal, believed in her and pushed her to keep applying for bursaries. When the opportunity arose to apply for the inaugural Sanlam Investment Cluster CEO bursary, Steenkamp urged Gwala to do so. This bursary is structured around a mentor within the company. After a series of stages and interviews the mentor, Mbuso Mtshali, chose Gwala as one of the beneficiaries. </p><p> Gwala says Mtshali, together with Steenkamp, facilitated her entry to Rhodes University and helped her secure accommodation long after the closing date for admissions. This set her on a path to a future that might not have been possible without help. </p><p> But the 23-year-old also believes you need to put in the hard work to reach success. Her best career advice is not to sit back and wait for opportunities – go after them and make them happen. ​</p> ​<div class="ExternalClassF249DE183C62449EA797502C08613B5C"><p>​Invest Operations Officer Education</p><p>BCom (Honours), University of Rhodes</p></div>
Rachma Ismailhttp://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/Lists/Wealthsmiths testimonials/DispForm.aspx?ID=5Rachma Ismailhttp://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/Pages/testimonials.aspx?slick1=10, /careers/ourwealthsmiths/Pages/testimonials.aspx?slick1=10http://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/PublishingImages/RachmaIsmail2.png, http://www-admin-dev.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/PublishingImages/RachmaIsmail2.png<h4 class="qualificationText">​​Qualifications:</h4><p>B Com UWC, B Com (Hon) UWC</p><h4 class="qualificationText">Position:</h4><p>Credit Analyst</p><h4 class="qualificationText">Their Story:</h4><p>For Rachma Ismail, learning as much as possible from people around her at Sanlam has helped her understand the business and given her endless networking opportunities. Ismail says being part of a team and being able to contribute to Sanlam is a great feeling. She is grateful for the opportunity to first join the Sanlam Capital Markets business unit and later transfer to the Sanlam Investment Management (SIM) business unit.</p><p></p><p>Ismail says there are many opportunities at Sanlam for graduates. The graduate programme is not just academic but is also based on an 18-month on-the-job experience, focused on personal and professional development. She says Sanlam is committed to further development of staff through their on-going learning and nurturing their potential. One of the misconceptions about Sanlam is that it is a male dominated organisation. Ismail says while this is true for the industry as a whole, more and more women are coming through the ranks in Sanlam.</p>​<div class="ExternalClass81E32DFD5FA24A42BABE5775FE1F96BB"><p>Credit Analyst</p><p>B Com UWC, B Com (Hon) UWC​​</p></div>

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