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Since our establishment in 1918, Sanlam has been a prominent part of the South African business landscape. We have always held a long-term view of how business adapts to the demands of the environment in which it operates.

Today, in a dynamic world, we see an evolving set of social, economic, political and environmental imperatives that require our skilful response. For us at Sanlam, sustainable business practice means recognising both our broader responsibilities as an organisation in society, and the new opportunities that arise from this thinking.

Vision and Values

Our Vision is:

  • To be the leader in client-centric wealth creation, management, and protection in South Africa;
  • To be a leading Pan-African financial services Group with a meaningful presence in India and South-East Asia; and
  • To play a niche role in wealth and investment management in specific developed markets.

Our Values are:

  • Acting with integrity;
  • Growing shareholder value through innovation and superior performance;
  • Leading with courage;
  • Serving with pride; and
  • Caring because there is respect for one another. StrydomJurie StrydomAppointed Chief Executive: Sanlam Personal Finance in 2017.002 John NgulubeJunior John NgulubeAppointed Chief Executive Officer of Sanlam Emerging Markets in 2016.006 Burns BoothClement Burns BoothNon-executive Director. Director since 2015.00 van ZylJohan van ZylChairman. Non-executive Director. Director since 2016.010 BradshawPaul BradshawIndependent Non-executive Director. Director since 2013.00 ZimLazarus ZimIndependent Non-executive Director. Director since 2006.00 RamiahYegs RamiahAppointed Chief Executive of Sanlam Brand in 2012. Executive Director. Director since 2012.00 HanrattyPaul HanrattyNon-executive director. Director since 2017.190 BrodyHubert BrodyAppointed Chief Executive of Sanlam Personal Finance in 2015.00 Bakane-TuoaneManana Bakane-TuoaneIndependent Non-executive Director. Director since 2004.080 BothaAnton BothaChairman: HR Committee. Independent Non-executive Director. Director since 2006.100 DuggalArun DuggalIndependent Non-executive Director, ​Director since 2013.00 MoosaValli MoosaChairman: Sustainability Committee. Independent Non-executive Director. Director since 2004.120 SwanepoelBernard SwanepoelIndependent Non-executive Director, Director since 200400 SwanepoelChris SwanepoelIndependent Non-executive Director. Director since 2011.160 MotsepePatrice MotsepeDeputy Chairman. Non-executive Director. Director since 2004.020 SimelaneRejoice SimelaneNon-executive Director. Director since 2004.030 MöllerKobus MöllerAppointed Financial Director in 2006. Executive Director since 2006.00
Themba GamedzeAppointed Chief Executive: Strategic Projects in March 2013.00 KirkIan KirkAppointed Group Chief Executive Officer in 2015. Executive Director. Director since 2015.0401é LambrechtsLizé LambrechtsAppointed Chief Executive of Santam Ltd in 2015.004 MvusiTemba MvusiAppointed Chief Executive of Group Market Development in 2004. Executive Director. Director since 2009.0705 van der MerweJohan van der MerweAppointed Chief Executive Officer of Sanlam Investment Management in 2002.00 WerthHeinie WerthAppointed Group’s Financial Director. Executive Director.0509é ZeemanAndré ZeemanAppointed Chief Actuary of Sanlam Ltd and Statutory Actuary of Sanlam Life in 2005.00ël KrielDaniël Kriel00 BruwerFrancois Bruwer00 TremeerShane Tremeer00 van der MerweAlwyn van der Merwe00 SchmulianMartin Schmulian00 KatzenellenbogenGreg Katzenellenbogen00 FernandezCora Fernandez00 MelletMerwen Mellet00 MtshaliMbuso Mtshali00 MichauMarteen Michau00 ScholtzJohann Scholtz00 JacobsLawrence Jacobs00 McNamaraGary McNamara00 DuminyPeter Duminy00 ClaytonArthur Clayton00 VermaakVincent Vermaak00 JardimDeana Jardim00 PfotenhauerRonel Pfotenhauer00 GildenhuysAnton GildenhuysAppointed Chief Actuary and Chief Risk Officer of Sanlam Limited in 2015.003 NondumoKarabo NondumoIndependent Non-executive Director. Director since 2015.140 RouxRobert RouxAppointed Chief Executive Officer of Sanlam Investments in 2015.008 RademeyerFlip RademeyerIndependent Non-executive Director. Director since 2011.00 SmithDesmond Smith Chairman. Independent Non-executive Director. Director since 2009.00 NkosiSipho NkosiIndependent Non-executive Director. Director since 2006.130 RodriguesPierre Rodrigues00


“At the core of the Sanlam business are promises to different stakeholders. A promise to manage our clients’ money in line with their expectations, an undertaking to pay an insurance claim, a commitment to deliver solid shareholder value, a declaration to treat our people with respect and fairness, a compact to be a responsible citizen.” Desmond Smith, Chairman

Our boards and directors continuously strive to uphold these undertakings. View the Sanlam Group’s boards and directors.

Our History

Founded in 1918, Sanlam has a rich heritage. The Group has over the years evolved from a traditional insurer to a diversified financial service provider with both local and international footprints.


Sanlam Awards


Sanlam Employee Benefits

SEB was named Employee Benefits Product Supplier of the Year at the 2015 Financial Intermediary Association of Southern Africa (FIA) Awards


Sanlam Personal Finance

SPF won the Product Supplier of the Year Award in the Investment Products category at the 2015 Financial Intermediary Association of Southern Africa Awards


Sanlam Personal Finance

Sanlam Life scored the best in the 2015 SA Customer Satisfaction Index for the life insurance industry

Sunday Times

Sanlam Group

Johan van Zyl, Group Chief Executive, has been named the Sunday Times Business Leader of the Year 2014 in the annual Sunday Times Top 100 Companies Awards

Ghana Club

Sanlam Emerging Markets

Enterprise Life by the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) – leader in the financial services sector (insurance category) 2012 – Ghana Club 100

PMR Africa award

Sanlam Emerging Markets

Botswana Life Insurance Ltd won a PMR Africa award diamond category

Fund Manager of the Year

Sanlam Investments

Kokkie Kooyman was named Investment Week’s Fund Manager of the Year

Imbasa Yegolide Awards

Sanlam Investments

Principal Officers Association awarded Sanlam Employee Benefits the 2013 Risk Benefit Underwriter of the Year award at the 2013 Imbasa Yegolide Awards for Professional Excellence

Ask Afrika Orange Index Awards


Santam was the winner of the short-term insurance industry category of the 2013/14 Ask Afrika Orange Index Awards

Ask Afrika Orange Index Awards

Sanlam Group

Sanlam was named the top rated SA company in the 2012 long-term insurance category of the Ask Afrika Orange Index Awards

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Sanlam's Global Footprint

  • Developed Markets
  • Emerging Markets

Responsible Business

Apart from being a business leader, Sanlam is committed to being a good corporate citizen, from the Group’s empowerment deals to sustainability initiatives and corporate social investments.

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