Better Business Breakfast – The fruits of agri-insurance




DATE: Tuesday, 29 August 2017

TIME: 08h30 Registration and Breakfast | 09h00 Start to 13h00

VENUE: Perdeberg Winery, Vryguns Farm, Windmeul, Paarl, 7624  VIEW THE MAP

We live in interesting times and today’s farmer faces many challenges and, therefore, needs a comprehensive risk management plan. There are a number of risks that can cause losses, which can impact the financial viability of an agri-business. We also know that these risks can be mitigated if it is met with the force of a combined partnership.

The RISKAFRICA Better Business Breakfast, sponsored by Santam, will provide you with valuable insights into this essential sector. Our diverse and experienced speaker panel will address the risks facing the local agri-industry, which risk management measures have been put in place and how we’re planning for future developments to ensure its longevity.

Claim 2.75 IISA CPD HOURS for this event on an intermediate level.



Loftie Ellis,

Ellis is a wine expert in insurance claims, arbitration and court cases. He has an MSc in agriculture, majoring in viticulture and oenology. Ellis’ expertise is in-depth. He has 10 years’ research in wine chemistry before lecturing for 12 at the University of Stellenbosch. He then was a lecturer and winemaker at Elsenburg Agricultural College. For the last decade, Ellis has been working as a technical wine consultant at Wine Quality Consultants.


Christo Conradie,
Manager of wine cellars at VinPro

After completion of his studies at the US, Conradie started working at the Department of Agriculture, then joined the KWV. After a couple of years, Absa recruited him. Conradie gained valuable experience in not only agriculture, but also in the retail and business banking fraternity, including the operational environment, where he also spent some time in Absa’s head office. He is an agricultural economist by profession, with more than 25 years’ experience across a number of industries including the wine industry, banking and private companies. Christo is currently the manager of wine cellars at VinPro.

Stuart Pepler,
Director at Independent Claims

Pepler was employed as an auditor by the South African Revenue Services (Sars) before joining the Cape Town office of an international adjusting group, where he rose to local director level. He was also the branch manager of an international adjusting group before joining Independent Claims. Pepler specialises in business interruption, advanced loss of profits, fidelity guarantee, professional indemnity and corporate and commercial claims.

John Smit,
Director of insurance and legal liability at BDP Attorneys

Smit obtained his BProc degree from the University of the Free State in 1993. He obtained his LLB degree in 1995. Following his admission as an attorney, he was appointed as a professional assistant. In 1998, he resigned to join Mutual & Federal Insurance Company as a senior legal adviser. Smit obtained his MBA degree in 2002. During 2009, he successfully completed his Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test and was admitted as a Solicitor in the Senior Courts of England and Wales. He resigned from the service of Mutual & Federal Insurance Company, after 18 years, and joined BDP Attorneys in 2016. Smit has more than 20 years’ experience in insurance and insurance litigation. He has, since 2007, cowritten 18 articles dealing with various aspects of farmers’ possible legal liability, which were published in Landbouweekblad

Gerhard Genis,
Head of quality management and training at Santam Limited

Genis has experience in general management as he was until recently head of claims administration services and quality assurance and previously head of incident management. He has more than 30 years’ experience within the Southern African context of non-life insurance. Genis has international experience and was part of Santam’s presence in UK and Europe. In addition, he was seconded and spent time in India at Shriram General Insurance. He holds a higher certificate in insurance from IISA (affiliated in London), a certificate in executive development management from Manchester Business School (UK), a certificate for PhD qualitative and quantitative research from the USB, a diploma in insurance from IISA (affiliated in London) and an MBA from Henley Business School (London).