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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.

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.

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.

South Africa Trip

GAAPS are co-hosting the 4th Annual Actuarial Careers Fair at the University of Pretoria on Friday 27th August 2010.  Geraldine Kaye, Wanda Myers and Tony Snoyman going over to Johannesburg on Tuesday 26th August for a week, watch this blog for ongoing updates of their trip to South Africa.

GAAPS Not Grounded

Sophie had been visiting us at GAAPS HQ in London when the volcanic travel ban struck and she was unable to fly home to France as planned.

At 11pm on Thursday night Sima managed to book her a Eurostar ticket for Saturday morning, tickets for the next leg of the journey back to Marseilles were further complicated by a train strike in France!

Sophie eventually arrived home at midnight after a long and stressful journey and she is now pleased to be able to get stuck back into filling vacancies.

Jane Weiss is still trapped in South Africa and we eagerly await her return.

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Easter Break, Escape with us!

Use the Easter break to start thinking where your actuarial passport can lead you tomorrow.

Need to perfect your tan in South Africa:
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Want to experience the Romantic clichés, Paris Plage is opening soon:
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Bright Lights and Mountains

Cape Town, or the “Mother City”, as it is more affectionately known, is a place where old and new converge – in history, architecture, culture and people.

Cape Town

The city is dominated by Table Mountain, and is on the edge of a peninsula – with mountains, valleys and rivers, and the meeting place of two oceans – the Indian and Atlantic. It is a city of contrast and immense natural beauty, where the pace and bright lights of an urban centre meet the relaxed feel of the ocean, forests and mountains. Cape Town is firmly positioned on the international map and offers a myriad of things to do and places to see, whatever your tastes, inclinations or budget. In essence, it is a gateway to the rest of Southern Africa.

Cape Town - Sea

As the oldest city in South Africa, Cape Town has a cultural heritage spanning more than 300 years. It also has the top five national attractions in South Africa – Table Mountain, the V&A Waterfront (which is a superb shopping and holiday experience on a working harbour), Robben Island (where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated), the Cape Town Wine Routes (having some of the world´s best wine farms), and the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens (on the slopes of Table Mountain).

In terms of business, most companies operate head office functions from Johannesburg (the real economic hub of Southern Africa), with Cape Town as a secondary office location. Cape Town has a very much more relaxed feel than the frenetic pace of Johannesburg, and is preferred by many people for this reason. I visited Cape Town while I was in South Africa for our annual actuarial careers fair at the University of Pretoria, one of South Africa’s leading universities, located in South Africa’s capital city, a half hour drive from Johannesburg.

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