Grain Marketing Board funded medical aid society AGRIMED held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) as per custom on the 27 th of June at Aspindale Training Centre. The meeting was graced by Agrimed Chairman Mr Basilio Sandamu, Deputy Chairman Dr Pswarayi, Principal Officer and Managing Director Mr Jabulani Dhlakama together with fellow board members. In his Welcome Remarks, Mr Sandamu acknowledged the good turnout by mostly GMB employees. He was also delighted by the membership numbers which he reported to have risen from 2 850 beneficiaries to 3 150 in 2018.
The board chairman noted that considering the huge drop in 2015, this was evidence of progress in as far as the growth of the society was concerned. “There was a modest increase in membership during the year from 2 850 recorded in 2017 to 3 150 in 2018. The low membership book had a negative impact on the Society’s financial performance,” he said. Agrimed Principal Officer presented his report in which he emphasised on the need to have a strategy which would guide the operations of the medical aid.
“Following the strategic grand direction towards growth through decision of market development the society has successfully positioned in itself to be the first choice “The Directors have performed a sensitivity analysis of how different exchange rates may have impacted the statements as at 31 December 2018. Amounts presented may not have reflected the Opening Balances in RTGS Dollars, going forward,” he said. Agrimed’s Regional Ambassadors also gave a brief report of how the medical aid has been performing in their regions as well as the shortcomings of the organisation to come up with solutions.
In a Question and Answer session conducted by Mr Dhlakama just before the close of the AGM, the topical issue was how members based in rural communities were facing challenges to access health. They urged Agrimed to intervene. In response to this, Mr Dhlakama said efforts to rectify or find solutions by all means necessary were in place. He added that it is Agrimed’s desire to improve services in the remote areas to ensure equal service delivery to all. “We shall ensure that transport is readily available at depots to ferry members to get treatment because the wellbeing of our customers is what