Monthly Archives: August 2010

Our Final Day in South Africa

We started the day with a breakfast meeting with a client, and then met with a candidate in the afternoon.

Checked out at 4pm and journeyed back to UK.

All in all it was a very successful visit and I am already looking forward to next years careers fair.

Rosebank: Time to Shop

Wanda and Geraldine went to Rosebank, another district with hotels, shops, businesses and housing to do some shopping.  They have a famous Sunday morning market, selling African ware, clothes, food, flee market. Took opportunity to buy gifts: African jewellery and glassware.  It was very busy and outside, lots going on with steel drum band playing and big area of restaurants and bars.

Geraldine went out for dinner with some local actuaries.

Actuaries, or Calvin Klein Models?

Geraldine relaxed in the hotel resting in the sunshine by pool.  The temperature was 27/28 degrees at the weekend, an improvement on when we first arrived.

The finals for the Calvin Klein underwear model competition were being held at the department store next to the hotel.  Wanda just happened to be passing by when the 10 finalists were in the window posing in their underwear so had to take a photo….

Wanda went to a game reserve about an hours drive away from hotel.  Saw a variety of wild life: White lions, Cheetahs, Wild dogs, wildebeasts, wart hogs, water buffalo, zebra, hippos, Ostrich, springbok etc. They also had an area with baby animals and there was an opportunity to cuddle the lion cubs.

The Big Day

The careers fair was very successful, with the biggest turn out ever for students and companies. Read more about the careers fair at the GAAPS Blog.

After careers fair we went to Melrose Arch to stay at the Protea Fire and Ice hotel. Melrose Arch is a vibrant area of bars, piazzas, shopping and hotels.  The hotel was built especially for the world cup visitors and is a boutique style, 5 star hotel.  We much preferred the area and hotel and the food was excellent.

Actuaries Wanted for South Africa

Breakfast meeting at 7:30am in the hotel – we met with a Senior Consultant who might be joining us to head up our operations in South Africa.

2:30 pm – Client visit.  Looking for a consultant with reinsurance experience, they have promised to send us a detailed job description ASAP.

4:00pm Another client visit. This time we picked up several vacancies for qualified actuaries and experienced PTQs.

The Sandton Sun and a Candidate for Lunch

Arrived in Jo-burg and went straight to hotel, the Sandton Sun located in Sandton, a large business and financial district filled with hotels, shopping complex and residential area.

We found the traffic to be very congested on the highways from the airport to Sandton.  It took about 50 minutes.  First impressions of the hotel were very good.  A large 5* hotel, big rooms with internet connections, large flat screen TV.  Room service entailed two visits, once to clean and change towels etc and later to turn down bed /close curtains, put out slippers etc and of course the chocolate on the pillow!

They are very geared up for the business traveller with a Business centre offering computers, printers, faxes etc.  From inside the hotel you have access to Sandton City Shopping Centre, large collection of department stores, fashion shops variety of smaller shops.

We managed to get lost quite a few times trying to get our bearings.  But found Mandela Square with all the restaurants surrounding the statue of Nelson Mandela.

We met with a candidate and took him to lunch in the hotel restaurant.

Up, Off and Away

A perfect start to our trip began with a visit to the Seafood bar at Heathrow where we had smoked salmon accompanied by chilled champagne.  Then a 10 hour flight during the night, arriving in Jo-burg at 6.30am the next day.