by Anne Da Silva

A first for women

Ndivhumo Manyonga blazes trail

Dr Mamphela Ramphele congratulates Ndivhumo Manyonga

Ndivhuwo Manyonga, deputy chief executive of Aon Hewitt, was awarded the Women Pioneer in Actuarial Profession Award at the launch of the Actuarial Women’s Committee held in Cape Town recently.

She is the first black African woman in SA to become a qualified actuary, and was one of three women of the Actuarial Society of South Africa fellows to receive this prestigious award.

The award was conferred by Dr Mamphela Ramphele on behalf of the Actuarial Women’s Committee. Dr Ramphele is a former managing director at the World Bank, chancellor of the University of Cape Town and founder of the Citizens Movement for Social Change.

Dr Ramphele has received numerous prestigious national and international awards including numerous honorary doctorates acknowledging her scholarship, her service to the community, and her leading role in raising developmental issues and spearheading projects for disadvantaged persons throughout South Africa.

“We are exceptionally proud of Manyonga. She has displayed leadership in every sphere of her business life and we have no doubt that Aon Hewitt and our people will thrive under her leadership and mentorship,” says Jaco Kok, CEO of Aon Hewitt.

“Manyonga is an active and vocal advocate for promoting women’s rights in the workplace, speaking regularly about the importance of having more women in senior positions and the positive influence this has on a company’s bottom line. Diversity in top management can only be a positive factor in a company’s performance, and Manyonga bears testimony to this fact.”

Aon South Africa was one of the sponsors of the Actuarial Women’s Committee event. The Actuarial Women’s Committee is an initiative of the Association of South African Black Actuarial Professionals, providing a meeting place for qualified and aspiring women actuaries. Its main purpose is to drive a marked increase in the number of qualified women actuaries in South Africa, as well as to promote the advancement of women actuaries in the workplace.

“As part of our strategy to pursue inclusive transformation of our country, Aon South Africa will continue to partner with professional associations and bodies such as the Actuarial Women’s Committee to ensure gender and race representivity and equal opportunities in this crucially important profession,” says Kok.

Aon Hewitt provides consulting and administrative services, specifically in the disciplines of retirement funding, healthcare, talent and compensation, investments and actuarial services. It is a division of Aon South Africa, a leading provider of risk management services, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, human capital and management consulting and speciality insurance underwriting. The company employs more than 1 500 professionals in its 17 offices in South Africa and in excess of 2 000 people in the rest of Africa.


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