MUA About Us

MUA is solely dedicated to providing superior quality insurance risk management solutions to the individual.

We believe that specialising in our field of expertise enables us to excel where it counts.

Our philosophy

At MUA we pride ourselves on our bespoke approach to insurance risk management. No two situations are exactly alike. As a result, we believe every individual risk should be uniquely assessed in accordance with each client’s unique risk profile. We understand that every situation is different; that’s what makes us different.

At MUA we are responsible. We err on the side of caution. We like to make sure we are ready for whatever the future holds. And we feel passionately about ensuring you are too.

How do we do this? By embracing enabling technology that enhances our efficiency, by employing actuarial analysis to improve our pricing, by leveraging our strong brand to constantly increase our broker network, and by ensuring the best people in the industry work for us – and actively advance our efforts.

Our heritage

MUA was proudly established in 1988 under the name “Motor Underwriting Agency”. As a motor-only underwriter, we were the first UMA of its kind in the country and we became known as pioneers in the field of specialist underwriting of high-valued, classic and exotic vehicles for the upper segment of the personal lines short-term insurance market. Since then we’ve become South Africa’s leaders in tailoring insurance risk management solutions for the discerning consumer. In 2006 our services were expanded to include a similar bespoke focus on home insurance. Our business model has been redefined over the years; from an independent licensed insurer, to an underwriting manager (“UMA”) for Auto & General Insurance Company Limited. MUA is an authorised Financial Services Provider (FSP No.: 37947) and have branches in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban. Through our shareholder, Lireas Holdings, we are very proud to be associated with Hannover Re, one of the largest reinsurers in the world.

Dawie Loots, Chief Executive Officer

An early career at PwC prepared Dawie well for his current role. Like most of the MUA team he leads, Dawie has a healthy institutional knowledge of MUA and its stakeholders - having been with MUA since early 2012 - rising to CEO in 2016. This consistency at the helm has ensured a smooth leadership transition and has honoured MUA’s legacy as thought-leaders in the industry.

A Chartered Accountant with a heart not just for finance - he has a passionate interest in the arts - most notably characterised by a talent for the concert piano. Known for encouraging individual accountability, his role is to lead MUA’s profitable and sustainable future.

San-Maré van Zyl
Head - Insurance Operations

With almost two decades of insurance industry experience, San-Maré brings efficiency and flair to day-to-day operations. Her primary responsibility is ensuring organisational effectiveness by providing leadership for MUA’s operations teams. “I have a passion for the development and implementation of organisational strategies, policies and practices,” says San-Maré. “I work to improve processes and policies in support of MUA’s goals and to maximise output – be it through placement of talented staff or through organisational structure.”

Ronelle Taylor
Regional Manager – Western & Eastern Cape

Ronelle squarely believes that being part of the management team brings with it special responsibilities. “It is very important for me to demonstrate MUA’s values - like integrity, innovation and respect - every day and to lead by example.”

In a belief that gratitude is a worthy attitude, Ronelle infuses this value into her daily work. “This in turn gives me so much to be thankful for to be working for MUA”, she explained.

Lindsay Robertson
Regional Manager – Gauteng

Few have relevant short-term insurance experience like Lindsay, and this is put to significant use in her role as Regional Manager for Gauteng. More than three decades working within the insurance industry has proved to be a perfect recipe for being effective - especially in an environment that demands flexibility and resilience.

Self-driven, very organised and passionate about the insurance industry, she has built sound business relationships with brokers. “My personal values include integrity, which is my motto in life – ‘treat others the way you would like to be treated’.”

Lynda Brown
Regional Manager - KwaZulu-Natal

Lynda believes that to be truly happy in your workplace, one’s individual values should align to that of the company. “This is true of MUA - every staff member is a unique person, whose strengths are recognised and relied upon”, she says. “The joy of MUA is the realisation that your views and opinions truly matter, and whatever the situation may be, we remain a team with the sole purpose of supporting all stakeholders.”

Andrew Claasen
Financial Manager

As a qualified Chartered Global Management Accountant, Andrew has oversight over all finance processes for the business. “As a strategic thinker, it is rewarding to work for a market innovator such as MUA”, says Andrew. When he is not glued to the computer screen, he spends time exploring Cape Town and its surrounds, trying out new restaurants, visiting galleries and taking the dog for a walk.

Grant Smith
Actuarial Specialist

Talk about data analytics, and Grant’s training and sense of purpose comes to the fore. His appointment in late 2016 as MUA’s first actuary speaks into the company’s commitment to sustainable, profitable growth. His contribution to the team will drive informed decisions around pricing, underwriting and profitability in the business. “Meaningful data analytics means discovering useful information, supporting decision-making and suggesting conclusions. This means I can make a real contribution to the business”, says Grant.

Marike van Niekerk
Legal & Compliance Manager

Marike is an experienced legal and compliance professional with a long track record of achievement at MUA. Her role is to provide legal and compliance advice and services within a complex and rapidly changing business landscape. From providing advice on claims handling, policy wordings and clauses, she supports the management team with implementation of regulatory requirements. “Aside from my regulatory and compliance roles, I also take a close interest in the way in which the business communicates with its stakeholders,” says Marike.

Alma Nielsen
National Manager - Claims & Underwriting

Alma’s key area of responsibility is the efficient and timely process management of the business. This encompasses planning, implementing and monitoring of operational processes and procedures.

“At the same time, having a hands-on approach in all aspects of our business allows us to continuously improve our service delivery”, says Alma.

“Having said that, it is equally important to find and maintain the balance between operational efficiencies, staff, customers, brokers and all stakeholders.

Hugo van der Merwe
National Manager - Assessing

“Understanding that Insurance is a so-called ‘grudge purchase’, I apply my 15 years of experience in the insurance claim environment in dealing with clients at a time that can often be stressful”, says Hugo.

His overall 25 years of experience with colleagues and clients have helped to make these stressful times as effortless as possible to MUA's valued clients.

“Balancing the individual insured’s needs against that of the insurance industry at large, I always strive to be pragmatic, fair and efficient in applying solutions to all constituencies”, Hugo concludes.

Heidi Groenewald
National Risk Manager

Heidi’s degrees as well as her experience in the Industrial Psychology and Recruitment sector added to a decade as a broker servicing the private banking sector pays dividends in her work with MUA. “It’s vital that our high net worth clients receive nothing less than best practice within the context of Insuring the Individual”, Heidi says. Her skill in evaluating risk for art, antiques and other high value items has been complimented by her love to travel. “I’ve been to 32 countries to date, with more to come”, she notes.

Joel Garner
Enterprise Architect

Joel is charged with taking MUA’s business strategy and defining an information technology systems architecture that supports that strategy. “My role is to understand our challenges and address them by using technology to make us more efficient and flexible so that we achieve the goals of the stakeholders” says Joel. “The translation of business requirements into a technical solution can be a challenge, when timelines and quality are equally important, you need a passionate team of people to succeed”. Winding down for Joel means spending time seeking the perfect wave to indulge his love of surfing the Cape’s magnificent coast.

Zelda Joubert
Business Information Systems Analyst

Technology is a major component of MUA’s business, and is harnessed to produce a better service for our clients. Zelda’s core responsibility is to be the liaison between all stakeholders to make technology work seamlessly throughout the business. “The IT team innovates through technology to optimise the business process and delivery”, says Zelda. Her data analysis and reporting skills helps to inform business management and other stakeholders to better understand the dynamics of the business.

MUA has an active relationship with approximately 700 independent brokers, as well as a number of corporate brokers in South Africa. While we do work to partner with other registered intermediaries that may already be serving you conveniently and effectively, we believe the superior MUA experience is best observed when clients engage with our own handpicked network of brokers. Our strong relationship with these specific brokers promises the perfect union of our expert, intimate knowledge of insurance, and the broker's dedication to find you the best deal.

At MUA we are constantly on the hunt for new ways to improve our service delivery. We believe that bringing true convenience to our clients is the ultimate key to genuine added value. To achieve this, we rely on robust relationships with our insurance partners and network of brokers who conveniently operate in the areas you live and work. MUA understands the unique lifestyle of the individuals we insure and this allows our select clientele to benefit from our bespoke range of products that were carefully tailored over decades.