Kelefilwe Galaletsang Kungwane was born in Mabopane, a township situated in the
north of Pretoria. She was the Dux Scholar at Hoerskool Gerrit Maritz and matriculated top of her class in 2011.
Mathematics was her favourite subject throughout school therefore it is no surprise that she was drawn to Actuarial Science. Kele (as she is affectionately known) found out about the Actuarial Science career in Grade 11 through the Science Enrichment Programme for Secondary School learners which was offered at the University of Pretoria (UP).
“After conducting some research, I was determined to pursue a career in Actuarial Science, no matter how difficult a lot of people made it seem”, she says.
Her love for Maths and the ability to apply actuarial skills to solve complex problems in a broad range of industries are what mainly drew her to the career in Actuarial Science.
Kele enrolled for BSc (Actuarial and Financial Mathematics) at the University of Pretoria in 2012. She was awarded the South African Actuaries Development Programme (SAADP) bursary in the second semester of her first year. In her second year of study she became a lifetime member of the Golden Key International Honour Society which recognises the top 15% of academic achievers in universities across the world. Thereafter she completed her BSc. (Hons) in Actuarial Science in 2015 with 11 exemptions from the Actuarial Society of South Africa’s board exams. Her honours research project was titled “National Health Insurance: Demand-based costing exercise and an impact analysis of the NHI funding contributions on families”.
The SAADP programme played a key role in her success throughout university. The programme provided financial support, as well as academic support through tutorials, and psychological support through mentorship by the Programme Manager, Mrs Refilwe Lehobo, and senior students supported by SAADP.
Kele started her career at Liberty in 2016 and currently works as a Lead Specialist in Insurance Risk Insights. Her role focuses on assumption setting and providing risk selection insights through experience investigations. She completed her actuarial board exams within the first 2 years of her working career.
“I enjoy interacting with different people, using my actuarial skills to solve complex problems,” she comments. Kele is passionate about education and the empowerment of young girls.
Kelefilwe is one of many women graduates celebrated this month. The following women, just like Kele, become Fellow academic qualifiers of the Actuarial Society of South Africa (ASSA):
- Nomvula Segoa from the University of Cape Town and qualified in 2018,
- Refilwe Mashile from the University of Cape Town and qualified in 2018,
- Raveena Chibba from the University of the Witwatersrand and qualified in 2018,
- Shreya Somera from the University of the Witwatersrand and qualified in 2018,
- Simphiwe Dladla from the University of the Witwatersrand and qualified in 2019,
- Itumeleng Kgafela from the University of Cape Town and qualified in 2019
SAADP is proud to have been part of their journey to becoming Fellow academic qualifiers of ASSA. We are looking forward to producing more women (and men) as Fellow academic qualifiers in the near future.