2009 – 2018, a decade of growth for SAADP@UP

The South African Actuaries Development Programme was established to address the acute shortage of actuarial skills in South Africa by providing on-campus support programmes to Actuarial Science students.

SAADP at the University of Pretoria records 10 years of success since its launch in 2009 – six years after it had been running at the University of Witwatersrand and the University of Cape Town. The programme has been steadily growing since 2009, when there were a mere 3 students supported. The number has grown to 79 students in 2019.

Not only did the numbers grow, the pass rate has also been steadily increasing – maintaining an average of 82.4% over the past 10 years. Over the past 10 years, SAADP@UP has produced 88 graduates of which 29 are females. Over 5 of these graduates have reached the Actuarial Society of South Africa’s Fellowship level as academic qualifiers.

“We are excited by our milestones over the past 10 years and we are looking forward to yet another 10 years of successful programme at Tuks.” comments Mrs Refilwe Lehobo, Programme Manager for SAADP@UP.

Mrs Lehobo joined SAADP@UP in 2010 to manage and coordinate support programmes offered to students. Her creative approach to managing SAADP@UP has yielded many positive results in creating a supportive and cohesive team. “Our goal for the next 10 years is to increase the average pass rate and come up with innovative support programmes for our students.” she concludes.