Sanlam to offer hassle-free accident assistance services


Sanlam General Insurance, a subsidiary of listed non-bank financial services provider Sanlam Kenya, has launched the Sanlam Road Assistance.

The comprehensive private motor insurance service is geared towards improving the experience of its motor insurance customers.

This includes, on spot accident assessment, free post-accident support, towing and an optional add on for courtesy car and taxi service to complete the journey.

On spot-accident support

The service will provide road assistance to all motor private – comprehensive customers.

Speaking during the launch, recently appointed Sanlam General Insurance CEO Caroline Laichena said the introduction of this service is in line with the company’s efforts to continuously improve the experience of their customers through innovation in keeping with the evolving needs of its consumers.

“As a company, we are passionate about our consumers who are the core of how we do business. The Sanlam Road Assistance service is a clear demonstration of our commitment to investing in the right tools and technologies that provide critical insights about our customers’ needs, enabling us to respond with the most relevant products and services,” Laichena said.

On spot-accident support entails the dispatch of a Rapid Response Personnel to the scene of the accident, whose role is to commence with the scene assessment, directing local authorities to the scene, filling in the digitized accident report form and securing statements from witnesses at the scene.

The personnel will also be responsible for documenting the accident in the form of photos and in the event of two parties involved in an accident, obtaining the relevant documents of individuals involved – driving license, insurance policy, vehicle documents.

This also ensures that the digitized claims process will now start at the scene of the accident, significantly shortening the claims process.

In the event towing services will be required, Sanlam will dispatch a towing truck to the location of the accident.

The services will also be available in the case of a car breakdown to a garage of the customers’ choice.

Additionally, Sanlam will provide taxi services, entailing the dispatch of a taxi to the scene of the accident to enable customers to proceed to their destination while Sanlam personnel attend to the matter.

Customers can also buy the enhanced courtesy car benefit; where the replacement vehicle will be similar to their current vehicle.

Digital valuation process

The service which is currently available in Nairobi and its environs within a 100km by road is set to be available across major towns in the country by March next year.

Besides the road assistance, Sanlam has introduced a digital valuation process for all comprehensive insurance covers.

Simplifying the vehicle valuation process and saving the customer valuable time. The service is meant to take valuation to customers which is the convenience the customers want.

“At Sanlam, we believe in providing solutions that offer the utmost convenience for our customers, enabling them to live their best and most productive lives. This is critical not only in improving the levels of customer satisfaction but is also a key differentiator in the changing and competitive business environment,” Laichena added.

At the launch Laichena noted the introduction of this value addition service was in line with the company’s value of exemplary service to customers and Sanlam Kenya’s commitment to maximise value for its customers, delivering excellent service with a rich benefit portfolio for existing and future clients.

Leader in pension fund management

In May this year, Sanlam Investments East Africa Limited (SIEAL), which is part of Sanlam Ltd, maintained its industry lead as the fund manager with the largest pension scheme assets under management.

Totalling Ksh202 billion, this constitutes 20.6 per cent of the Kenyan pension sector assets.

An RBA report released in May stated that “the retirement benefits sector is expected to grow this year given the relatively stable political environment and the gradual recovery of the stock market.”

While commenting on the report, Sanlam Investments East Africa Limited, Chief Executive officer, Jonathan Stichbury, said the firm is also “forecasting pension sector growth this year despite the potential challenges arising from the delayed long rains”.

The fund manager has a strong record of accomplishment in service delivery and investment performance.

As of 31 December 2018, Sanlam had over KShs 277 billion (approximately US$ 2.7 billion) in assets under management.

Sanlam has operations in more than 30 African countries and a primary listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

SIEAL has been fully operational in Kenya since 1998 and in Uganda since 2004.

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