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Presenting the 2022/2023 Annual Report

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It is with immense pride and gratitude that I present this year’s annual report. In a year marked once again by unprecedented economic challenges and worldwide uncertainties, the RMI has not merely weathered the storm – it has soared to new heights of excellence. As we reflect on the past year, we find ourselves standing at the pinnacle of achievement – a testament to our remarkable RMI team’s unwavering dedication, ingenuity, and resilience. The annual report provides a comprehensive overview of our outstanding performance and the relentless pursuit of our mission, underscoring that even in the face of adversity, we have not just thrived, but have illuminated the path forward for our industry and beyond.

Under the guidance of our exceptional CEO, Jakkie Olivier, we have witnessed another year of remarkable achievements. His visionary leadership has propelled us to unprecedented heights, resulting in consistent growth and innovation over the last decade of his leadership.

Through strategic insight, a relentless commitment to our core values, and an unwavering dedication to our members and team RMI, our CEO has not only led us through turbulent times, but has transformed challenges into opportunities.

His enduring legacy is one of prosperity, integrity, and a profound impact on our industry, making him an exemplar of leadership and an inspiration to us all.

The annual report is a powerful reminder of how our fundamental values define the organisation’s character and profoundly impact its relationships with its members and beyond. The RMI and its Associations serve as an inspiring example of how growth and success can be achieved by embracing change and staying deeply connected to the needs and interests of our members.

In the words of Richard Branson, “Businesses must continually evolve to stay relevant, for the world doesn’t stand still. We must adapt, innovate, and embrace change to thrive.”

The early retirement of our CEO presented a significant challenge to our organisation that required swift and effective action. An abrupt change in leadership has the potential to cause disruption and uncertainty, as our CEO has played a pivotal role in shaping the organisation’s direction. The RMI Board has understood the importance of preserving and carrying forward the legacy of our departing CEO. This legacy is not just about individual accomplishments and valuable knowledge, but embodies the core values, vision, and strategic wisdom that propelled us to where we are.

In the spirit of unity, the Board engaged in open and constructive discussions, leveraging our diverse expertise and experiences to explore innovative solutions. We recognised that the CEO’s planned retirement presented an opportunity for renewal and growth. It was a chance to achieve our transformation goals, re-evaluate our strategic priorities, and chart a path forward that would honour the legacy, while embracing the changing face of our industry.

As we move forward, we are committed to ensuring that our organisation remains agile, adaptable, and ready to thrive in an ever-changing business landscape.

The collective success of our organisation captured in the annual report bears testament to the power of unity and collaboration. At the heart of this achievement is the strategic direction the RMI Board of Directors provided, who set a clear vision and guided us towards our goals with unwavering commitment. Working with the CEO and team RMI, they ensured that the organisation operated efficiently and effectively. Our Associations were pivotal in fostering strong relationships with members, ensuring our initiatives aligned with their needs and expectations. But it doesn’t stop there: the dedicated RMI management team, employees and professional service providers are the lifeblood of our success, working tirelessly to bring these strategies to life.

In the communication area, specifically, the RMI brand and its Associations have featured strongly and consistently across all the various media and social platforms, demonstrating the value of quality messaging driven by understanding, strategic thinking and storytelling. This has resonated powerfully with all our various internal and external stakeholders.

Together, we have achieved our organisational objectives, forged successful engagements with stakeholders and cultivated local and international collaborations that have expanded our reach and influence. This collective effort demonstrates that when individuals and teams come together with a shared vision and a commitment to excellence, the possibilities for success are boundless.

My experience over the past year has unequivocally reinforced my belief that unwavering and resolute leadership is the key to steering an organisation towards a future brimming with promise and purpose, irrespective of any unexpected disruptions.

I wish to extend my heartfelt appreciation to the RMI Board, our esteemed CEO, and the entire Team RMI. It has been an honour to serve you and our respected members. I am delighted that we have accomplished our objectives together.

Please find the annual report below:

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Jeánne Esterhuizen - RMI President