London-based insurer RFIB Group (RFIB) has officially launched its new representative office in Durban, South Africa, as part of its strategy to boost its operation in the sub-Saharan insurance market.

RFIB director John Hoggard has been given the responsibility to oversee the operations at new office, which is RFIB’s first in Africa. John Hoggard has more than four decades experience in the South African and Zimbabwean Insurance markets.

Before joining RFIB, John established and managed South African based HIB insurance brokers, specializing in commercial property insurance and spent more than 20 years as a client of RFIB.

After starting his insurance career with the Royal Insurance Company Zimbabwe, John held management positions at David Katzen Insurance Brokers Johannesburg and CT Bowring in South Africa.

RFIB CEO Jonathan Turnbull said, "We have a long established presence in the South African market and a strong book of quality South African and Sub Saharan business."

"The establishment of a representative office is a logical step to further enhance our offering by providing a local contact for our clients."

"John has an unrivalled knowledge of the Southern African markets, an in depth understanding of RFIB’s products and shares our commitment to service. He is the ideal candidate to lead our new office."

With offices in eight major international centers, RFIB offers an array of insurance and reinsurance products, mortgage insurance & affinity products as well as personal accident & illness products, among others.