Listed Pan-African non-bank financial services provider, Sanlam, is marking its centennial anniversary celebrations with a series of initiatives among its various subsidiaries across the continent.
The Sanlam Group, was founded in 1918 and has grown to become a truly Pan-African insurance, investment and ancillary services group, able to service multi-national clients and their intermediaries more effectively than any other group operating across the continent.
Continentally, Sanlam has evolved over the years from a traditional life insurance company to a broad-based diversified financial services provider that specialises in insurance (life and general), financial planning, retirement, investments and wealth. In 1998 Sanlam demutualised, listing on the JSE Ltd and the Namibian Stock Exchange. The Group was restructured into several independent businesses within a federal business structure.
Speaking when he confirmed the Sanlam 100 years’ celebrations kick off, Sanlam Kenya Acting Group CEO, Mr George Kuria said the local arm will be hosting a series of initiatives to mark the milestone.
The ongoing celebrations kicked off on Friday, June 8th, 2018.
On June 11th, 2018, Sanlam Kenya staffers planted more than 500 trees at Nairobi’s Westlands Primary School as part of the celebrations and the National ‘Panda Miti, Penda Kenya’ (Swahili for Grow Trees, Love Kenya) campaign.
“At Sanlam Kenya, we, we are excited to be celebrating our centennial anniversary. It has taken 100 years of hard work and perseverance over many generations to get us this far. In Kenya and beyond, the company has evolved but we’ve always stayed committed to creating lasting value and enabling people to live their best lives possible,” Kuria said.
He said Sanlam Kenya’s growth from the pre-independence days has been facilitated by the continued support of its General, Life and Investments clients. Sanlam Kenya was incorporated on 26th October 1946, then known as Indo Africa Insurance Company Limited, and started underwriting life business in 1947 before listing on the Nairobi Securities Exchange in 1963.
Today, Sanlam is a diversified financial services provider with an extensive product offering catering for all market segments. It also remains a pioneer of technological development and innovation. The Group has consistently grown its local as well as an international footprint – it now has a presence in 33 African countries, India, Malaysia, Philippines, the UK /Ireland, the US, Switzerland and Australia.