We are passionate about the World of Work and offer integrated risk and wellness solutions to Employers, Retirement Funds, Unions and Bargaining councils.
We are acutely aware of the risks facing our clients and will always ensure that our client’s compliance, wellness, financial and implementation risks are managed.
At Kula Partners we understand the compliance-, wellness-, financial- and implementation risks our clients face. Passionate about the World of Work, we ensure these risks are well managed through integrated risk and wellness solutions for employers, retirement funds, unions and bargaining councils. As well as business improvement services for funeral parlours.
With an energetic approach and can-do attitude, Michael takes Tenders head on and analyses all the details to ensure all goals are met. From work related tasks to personal tasks, Michael uses his adaptive and, on the go, thinking to maximize opportunities and complete his tasks. With multiple years of experience in the Tendering world, he can provide clear solutions and bids for any tender.
Minesh is an enthusiastic and dedicated professional with over 10 years experience in the IT industry. He is an exceptional leader whom can develop and motivate others to achieve targets and enjoy being part of a successful and productive team. He is quick to grasp new ideas and concepts, and to develop innovative and creative solutions to problems. He can work well on his own initiative and can demonstrate the high levels of motivation required to meet the tightest of deadlines. Even under significant pressure, he possess a strong ability to perform effectively.
I started in the Financial Services industry in 2000. Gained experience in various industry sectors with over 20 years’ experience in finance, office management, policy administration, marketing, brand management, customer service and social media management. I am a self-motivated individual with the ability to work supportively within a team environment and communicate effectively at all levels. I am enthusiastic, diligent and dedicated to what I do. I have the ability to adapt readily to varying job demands and stressful situations. I have acquired knowledge, skills and practical experience on the job training.
Ashwin has eighteen(18) years working experience in various capacities within the Pensions and Provident Fund industry. His experience spans being a pensions funds clerk, pension law lecturer, group risk claims team leader and manager. Currently Ashwin holds the position of a risk administration general manager, consequent to which he is also an appointed employment equity, section 24, manager.
Complementary to his experience, are the following qualifications.
In his personal space, Ashwin plays chess and tennis and enjoys game drives.
Mr. Sello Lebidi obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy in 2009. He went on to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Project Management in 2016. He is currently enrolled and studying for a Master of Business Administration. Mr. Lebidi worked for 5 years in a clinical setting as an Occupational Therapist treating orthopaedic, neurological, paediatric and psychiatric conditions. Mr. Lebidi worked as a Disability Consultant in the insurance industry assessing temporary and permanent disability claims for a period of 3 years. He further worked another 3 years as an Employee Wellbeing Specialist in the banking sector, followed by an additional 2 years as an independent Occupational Therapist conducting functional capacity evaluations and Medico-legal assessments. Mr. Lebidi joined Kula Partners in July 2022 as a Medical Underwriter.
Nthabiseng has extensive experience in the clinical field which started in 2009. She has treated a variety of conditions varying from neurological conditions, orthopaedic, psychiatric and paediatric conditions. She has worked both in the public and private sector so she understands how the different sectors operate. The knowledge that she gained from the clinical field has served as a spring board for her efficiency and proficiency in the corporate industry. Her career in the corporate industry began in 2014, she has assessed and managed temporary and permanent disability claims as well as critical illness conditions. At the present moment, she is at Kula Partners as a Disability Claims Assessor (Medical Underwriter) where she is responsible for the accurate assessment and investigation of temporary and permanent disability claims and the providing of efficient and professional service to all our customers, advisors and peers both telephonically and through written correspondence.
Nokuthula Msimanga is a graduate in Financial Accounting, currently holding the position of Junior Tender Administrator in our company. The analytical skill set she has demonstrated through the completion of her qualification, along with the practical knowledge she has gained during her tenure at Kula Partners, serves to greatly benefit the company’s structure and further growth. Nokuthula possesses insights into the business operations, and her intelligence, conscientiousness, and courageous personality make her more than capable of excelling in this position.
Mervyn has over 20 years experience in the financial services industry with the last 10 plus years being in the administration of insured and self insured funds, from long term risk benefits to funeral, gap and health insurance.
I manage the entire administration function of the business including claims and premium administration and under my supervision Kula Partners Admin performs its tasks and delivers on target at an exceptionally high level.
Thiaan Kruger CEO of Kula Solution Services. Enabling growth and value delivery by utilizing extensive project management skill and experience.
Thiaan has managed large projects that includes various civil projects of which the largest was a R3bn project and technology projects that include various projects in the mining, municipal and financial service sectors.
I am an experienced Integrated Health Medical Doctor and Consultant, who is passionate about improving the health and wellness of individuals and thereby reducing the financial risk of ill health to the individual and the organisation. I am passionate about the field of Wellness Risk Management, and I have been involved in this field since 1992. My experience spans all aspects of health and wellness risk management from private practice to occupational health, absenteeism, incapacity, and disability management, as well as chronic disease management, employee assistance programmes and wellness programmes. I have been instrumental in designing, implementing, and managing many new Health and Wellness Risk Management interventions and solutions in the positions that I have been employed in. I have designed and implemented health and wellness solutions for many large organisations, such as Telkom, Massmart, Edcon, Vodacom, Murray & Roberts and CINPF. The companies that I have worked for include: Rossing Uranium Mine, Southern Life, Professional Provident Society, Alexander Forbes, Right to Care, Murray & Roberts, and EOH.
Nombuyiselo Kahla-Ntshangase is the CEO of Kula Partners Wellness Risk Management. Early in her Career, She worked for the South African National Defence Force as a military social worker where she also served in the United Nations (UN) peace keeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as a Chief Social Worker and received an award for the outstanding support and performance service from the UN. In 2008, Nombuyiselo joined the University of Fort Hare as a Junior Lecturer where she lectured and supervised 1st to 4th year level social work students. In addition to lecturing, Nombuyiselo also supervised 4th year level (Honours) research. In addition to lecturing , she was an academic supervisor for 4th year research and Social Work(Hons)practical module for UNISA.
She has vast experience in the EAP (Employee Assistance Program) industry and has worked for various companies as an EAP Manager. Nombuyiselo has served as an executive member of EAPASA (Employee Assistance Professionals Association South Africa) Ikhala Chapter in a portfolio of a deputy chairperson. Nombuyiselo has also qualified as a Fatigue Management practitioner, HIV master trainer, Gender equity master trainer, and has a completed a course on comprehensive HIV/AIDS Care, Treatment and Management with University of Pretoria. She is passionate about training, management consulting& Content Development.
Keabetswe Letsholo is a dedicated Employee Benefits Consultant with over 10 years of experience in the Retirement Fund Industry. Having begun her career in the insurance industry, she quickly developed a keen interest in the unique challenges and opportunities presented by employee benefits programs and has since dedicated her career to helping organizations design, implement, and manage benefits offerings.
Jonie started in the Financial Services industry in 2002. Gained experience in various industry sectors with over 20 years’ experience in finance, risk administration for self-insured and insured schemes, change management and project implementations.
Welma is a seasoned financial services expert and her experience spans across retail banking, insurance, asset management, and risk administration. She is also a seasoned entrepreneur who co-founded a few companies that incudes a life insurance company. Welma’s passion is integrating different industries such as the wellness and insurance industries to create unique solutions for the post-Covid 19 world.