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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.