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Marinus Daling

The Order of the Baobab in

Marinus Daling Awarded for:
Exceptional service in the development of business in South Africa and ground-breaking initiatives for black empowerment in business.

Profile of Marinus Daling

The legacy Marinus Daling left to Sanlam, its shareholders, clients and the economic community of South Africa is indelibly etched in the face of corporate South Africa. The demutualization of Sanlam in 1998 led to the empowerment of some two million clients as Sanlam shareholders.

He succeeded in turning Sanlam into a focused, streamlined company able to compete with the best in the world.

His belief in empowering people of all walks of life was evident in the many large corporate deals that Sanlam closed. The partnerships it formed with black empowerment companies such as Metropolitan and Nail are shining examples of a changing corporate South Africa.