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STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS TO GIVE INFANTS A CHANCE AT LIFE

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Date posted: 20 Oct 2015

Recent reports on the country’s stubbornly-high infant mortality rates paint a grim picture of the medical system. Currently, the mortality rate of infants in South Africa is 30 in 1 000. While the National Development Plan seeks to reduce this to 20 in 1 000, private companies are increasingly stepping in to assist.

This is evident in the Eastern Cape. Since the Carte Blanche Making a Difference Trust, with the assistance of many corporates, donated two state-of-the-art paediatric theatres to Frere Hospital in the Eastern Cape, the level of care and the number of children helped in the region have increased dramatically. Since opening in October 2014, over 300 children have been operated on and the waiting list for routine surgeries has decreased by about five months. The facilities are the first theatres dedicated to paediatrics in the region.

Hollard was one of the organisations that contributed to this initiative, the third time that the insurance provider donated towards the setup of paediatric theatres pioneered by the Carte Blanche Making a Difference Trust. This year, Nic Kohler, group CEO of Hollard took a special interest and contributed personally to Hollard’s donation.

“Hollard is committed to assisting government in achieving the goals set out in the National Development Plan, said Kohler. “We realise the importance for children and society of investing in a child's foundation years – from birth to age nine – and so our CSI focus is on the health, nutrition and education needs of children in this age group.”

“These operating theatres not only allow us to save lives but also to improve the quality of the life of that child because we are intervening sooner,” said Frere Hospital CEO, Dr Rolene Wagner.

Kohler adds, “These children are now being afforded the chance of reaching their full potential in life – something Hollard is very passionate about.”

Hollard recently increased its annual contribution to the Hollard Foundation Trust from a minimum of R10 million to R15 million per year  in order to further the Trust’s Early Childhood Development (ECD) initiatives such as the very successful Kago Ya Bana (“building together for our children”) programme in Midvaal. The programme is a partnership between the Foundation, the Gauteng Departments of Social Development and Education and the Midvaal Municipality.

“We seek to enable local government to serve its communities better and to fulfil its obligations to these children as set out in the terms of the Children’s Act. In doing so, we hope to provide a blueprint for other municipalities to do the same, thereby leading to real, systemic change,” explains Kohler.

 

Company Overview 

As South Africa's largest privately-owned insurance group, Hollard Insurance incorporates the companies Hollard Insurance and Hollard Life Assurance. Established in 1980, the Hollard Group provides short-term and life insurance as well as investment products to a diverse customer base including individual consumers, commercial entities and corporate clients.

It ranks among a growing number of companies advocating an inclusive growth model, measuring its social dividends aside its shareholder contributions.

Since inception, partnership has been at the heart of its business model, with the group today boasting over 100 ventures across the insurance value chain. Each one demonstrates the Hollard belief that there remains a better way. 

Headquartered in the historic Villa Arcadia in Parktown, Johannesburg, the group embraces 6 million policy holders in 10 countries on four continents. Hollard employs almost 3000 people and posted R15,1bn in premium income in the year to June 2014.

Spokespeople

  • Nic Kohler
     

    Group Chief Executive Officer

    To arrange an interview with Nic, please contact:

    Warwick Bloom
    Public Relations
    082 496 4376 
    warwickb@hollard.co.za

  • Willie Lategan
     

    Chief Financial Officer

    To arrange an interview with Willie, please contact:

    Warwick Bloom
    Public Relations 
    082 496 4376 
    warwickb@hollard.co.za

  • Mandla Shezi
     

    MD of Hollard Affinities and Direct

    To arrange an interview with Mandla, please contact:

    Warwick Bloom
    Public Relations 
    082 496 4376 
    warwickb@hollard.co.za

  • Stef Theofanidis
     

    MD of Hollard Insurance Partners

    To arrange an interview with Stef, please contact:

    Warwick Bloom
    Public Relations 
    082 496 4376 
    warwickb@hollard.co.za

  • Saks Ntombela
     

    MD of Hollard Life & Investments

    To arrange an interview with Saks, please contact:

    Warwick Bloom
    Public Relations 
    082 496 4376 
    warwickb@hollard.co.za

  • Ian Ross
     

    Chief Underwriting Officer

    To arrange an interview with Ian, please contact:

    Warwick Bloom
    Public Relations 
    082 496 4376 
    warwickb@hollard.co.za

  • Heidi Brauer
     

    Chief Marketing Officer

    To arrange an interview with Heidi, please contact:

    Warwick Bloom
    Public Relations 
    082 496 4376 
    warwickb@hollard.co.za

  • Nyeleti Shirilele
     

    Company Secretary &
    Head of Governance

    To arrange an interview with Nyeleti, please contact:

    Warwick Bloom
    Public Relations 
    082 496 4376 
    warwickb@hollard.co.za

  • Wikus Luus
     

    Chief Risk Officer

    To arrange an interview with Wikus, please contact:

    Warwick Bloom
    Public Relations 
    082 496 4376 
    warwickb@hollard.co.za

  • Brent Wyborn
     

    Executive Head: Group Services

    To arrange an interview with Brent, please contact:

    Warwick Bloom
    Public Relations 
    082 496 4376 
    warwickb@hollard.co.za

  • Brooks Mparutsa
     

    MD of Hollard International

    To arrange an interview with Brooks, please contact:

    Warwick Bloom
    Public Relations 
    082 496 4376 
    warwickb@hollard.co.za

  • David Green
     

    Chief Investment Officer
    Hollard Investments

    To arrange an interview with David, please contact:

    Warwick Bloom
    Public Relations 
    082 496 4376 
    warwickb@hollard.co.za

  • Gail Walters
     

    MD of Corporate Affairs

    To arrange an interview with Gail, please contact:

    Warwick Bloom
    Public Relations 
    082 496 4376 
    warwickb@hollard.co.za

  • Nash Omar
     

    Joint MD of Hollard Broker Markets

    To arrange an interview with Nash, please contact:

    Warwick Bloom 
    Public Relations  
    082 496 4376  
    warwickb@hollard.co.za

  • Pierre Geyer
     

    Joint MD of Hollard Broker Markets

    To arrange an interview with Pierre, please contact:

    Warwick Bloom  
    Public Relations   
    082 496 4376   
    warwickb@hollard.co.za

  • Willem Smith
     

    MD of Hollard Personal Lines

    To arrange an interview with Willem, please contact:

    Warwick Bloom   
    Public Relations    
    082 496 4376    
    warwickb@hollard.co.za

  • Galina Kroucheva
     

    Chief Information Officer

    To arrange an interview with Galina, please contact:

    Warwick Bloom    
    Public Relations     
    082 496 4376     
    warwickb@hollard.co.za

  • Dirk Viljoen
     

    Chief Actuary

    To arrange an interview with Dirk, please contact:

    Warwick Bloom     
    Public Relations      
    082 496 4376      
    warwickb@hollard.co.za

  • Kamini Maharaj
     

    Head of People

    To arrange an interview with Kamini, please contact:

    Warwick Bloom      
    Public Relations       
    082 496 4376       
    warwickb@hollard.co.za