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I have never met Jocelyn Newmarch. I have no idea what she looks like. I do know that she writes with an easy-to-read, uncluttered style, and her Mail & Guardian piece on 31 October filled me with optimism for 2008.
Her story included several references to research undertaken by highly credible organisations and reports all the way from AMPS, the University of Cape Town
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Now we all know that 2007 has been challenging on several fronts. Not least for short-term insurers haemorrhaging cash in an effort to meet motor book claims, as thousands of newly-licensed drivers took to our roads or had their cars hijacked. Crime also continued to keep luxury goods retailers raking in money as they battled to resupply re·sup·ply
tr.v. re·sup·plied, re·sup·ply·ing, re·sup·plies
To provide with fresh supplies, as of weapons and ammunition.
re the insured victims of stolen TVs, cellphones and other highly targeted goodies. Then there was the spate of interest rate hikes as the Reserve Bank battled to reign in inflation – the knock-on effect knock-on effect
the indirect result of an action or decision
Noun 1. knock-on effect - a secondary or incidental effect
Britain, Great Britain, U.K. of which we have not yet fully experienced. So what is the reason for my sudden optimism? Well, it was when I got two thirds of the way through the article that I read that according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. the AMPS survey quoted;
“23.7% of people had insurance two years ago, now 26,4% do, an increase of 12%”. The survey didn’t indicate which demographic was responsible for the 12% increase, but I’m guessing that our growing black middle class had an impact. Of course, the AMPS survey, while certainly scientific in its approach, is not so much of an audited guarantee of the growth in the market; rather, it should be seen as a more subjective indicator of trends amongst the target canvassed.
What all this means is that the insurance cake is growing larger. 12% larger per year, if you believe the research quoted. Now, if my assumption is correct, and the driver is largely our growing emerging market, then it means that there are massive opportunities for intermediaries. Not all intermediaries mind, only those who have the foresight to practice sound marketing skills – the first rule of which is to understand your market.This may be something of a challenge if your home language is Afrikaans. Or English. Even more of a challenge if every person in your office is lily white.
To really understand the lucrative new market that is growing by 12% every year, you are going to have to learn. And, the first thing you are going to have to learn is how to share. Actively recruiting a partner from the demographic you wish to target is probably the easiest way to get inside your market’s headspace head·space
The volume left at the top of an almost filled jar, tin, or other container before sealing.
Noun 1. headspace - the volume left at the top of a filled container (bottle or jar or tin) before sealing . Not a token partner but someone with street smarts street smarts Vox populi Worldly wisdom and wariness in human interactions. Cf Social smarts. , drive and the ambition to achieve. If you are serious about doing business in South Africa South Africa, Afrikaans Suid-Afrika, officially Republic of South Africa, republic (2005 est. pop. 44,344,000), 471,442 sq mi (1,221,037 sq km), S Africa. , then you need to be looking for Looking for
In the context of general equities, this describing a buy interest in which a dealer is asked to offer stock, often involving a capital commitment. Antithesis of in touch with. (or training) your own rugby giants like Akona Ndungane Akona Zilindlovu Ndungane (born 20 February, 1981 in Umtata, South Africa) is a South African rugby union footballer. His usual position is on the wing, though he can play in the centres. or Gcobani Bobo. These are not ‘token’ players contracted to make up numbers, and neither should your new broker partner be on your team simply to fulfil your BEE-quota obligations.
There is certainly a lot of quality black talent graduating at universities around the country every year. You have the knowledge in your practice; they have the drive and the understanding of the market you want to play in. Does it really matter if you have to give away some of your profits or even a share in your business? In the evolving world in which we operate, this kind of unforced empowerment is the only real empowerment that will benefit all stakeholders Stakeholders
All parties that have an interest, financial or otherwise, in a firm-stockholders, creditors, bondholders, employees, customers, management, the community, and the government. . But hurry; financial institutions have already cottoned on to the idea, and top black financial talent is indeed going to be a valuable commodity over the next few years.