Honest, sincere and helpful. Meet Coenie Botha, financial planner at GBG Somerset East.

Coenie Botha

  • Name: Coenie
  • Surname: Botha
  • Age: 51
  • Profession at GBG: Financial Planner

Tell us your story?

  • Where were you born? Somerset East
  • Where did you go to school? Gill College
  • Where and what did you study? Glen Ariculture College, Aric Diploma
  • What was your childhood dream? To be a farmer
  • What was your very first job? Farm manager
  • Advice that shaped you career? Be honest, and never late!
  • What gets you out of bed in the morning? Training
  • What motivates you? Being fit
  • What do you do for fun in your down time? Triathlon
  • How did you start out with your hobby? Did the Comrades and Iron Man and the rest is history

Your hidden talent:

  • 3 Words that describe you best? Mono Maniac on a Mission
  • What are the valuable lessons you have learnt during your time at GBG? Respect all clients, big or small
  • What makes you great at your profession? Honesty
  • What are your 3 biggest accomplishments in your career thus far? Joining GBG, Diamond Broker for 8 consecutive years, Flawless record for 24 years.
  • Why did you choose to become a broker? It chose me
  • What do you predict for the future of insurance in South Africa? Huge challenges for newcomers with the new remuneration structure!
  • What advise would you give anyone starting a career as a insurance broker? Be honest and on time.
  • Why do you love what you do? I just love working with people
  • I wish I could tell my younger self: Save more, earlier
  • What is one characteristic that you believe every GBG employee should have? Be proud to be involved
  • What advice would you give someone starting their first job? Just enjoy it


  • Colour: Blue
  • Food: Braai
  • Drink: Wine
  • Happy place: Boknes
  • If you could meet anyone living or dead who would it be and why? Sir David Attenborough, he is just larger than life!
  • Quote: There’s no such thing as a free lunch!
  • Book or Magazine: Too many