Philisiwe Precious Nduli (32)

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2018 Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans

Business & Entrepreneurship

Philisiwe Precious Nduli (32)

Head of technical marketing, Discovery Insure

hilisiwe Precious Nduli is head of technical marketing at Discovery Insure, reporting directly to the chief executive. In this role, she is a point of contact for internal and external stakeholders, while also working to create new business propositions for the organisation.

She completed an MBA from the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business on a scholarship from the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

An actuary by profession, Nduli loves her job as it gives her the opportunity to engage with a number of people while also opening her up to the deep analytical work that underpins her actuarial studies.

“The thing I enjoy most about my job is the different interactions with various people, but also the impact that we are able to make. I recently saw my comments on hijackings that I had given to a different publication in English featured in Isolezwe, which means it was able to reach more people and help people to be safer on the roads.”

In the same way that Discovery Vitality motivates people to make better health choices, so too does Discovery Insure use telematics and behavioural economics to incentivise South Africans to improve their driving, and this has garnered positive results when it comes to the accident severity and intensity cited in insurance claims.

As a young South African woman who has worked extremely hard and has been fortunate to make a success out of her life, Nduli is very proud of her achievements and how they allow her to have a big influence on society. However, she reflects that a lot of work still has to be done, as the general unemployment rate speaks to the many barriers to entry that still exist for the majority of young South Africans.

“From a gender perspective, women are still often not seen as good enough or smart enough, and this can be limiting.”

South Africa has one of the highest road accident rates in the world, and for Nduli, if we are to rectify this, change will need to begin with the man and the woman in the mirror. “There is also a cultural element to the way in which we interact on the road. We are an aggressive society and we need to be kinder with each other and not just do what we think is acceptable.” — Nomonde Ndwalaza

Twitter: @philisiwenduli