Report of the independent auditors

 
To the members of Sanlam Limited
We have audited the annual financial statements and the Group annual financial statements of Sanlam Limited, which comprise the Directors' Report, the Statement of Financial Position as at 31 December 2010, the Statement of Comprehensive Income, the Statement of Changes in Equity and Cash Flow Statement for the year then ended, a summary of significant accounting policies and other explanatory notes, as set out in financials
 
Directors' responsibility for the financial statements 
The company's directors are responsible for the preparation and fair presentation of these financial statements in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards, and in the manner required by the Companies Act of South Africa, and for such internal control as the directors determine is necessary to enable the preparation of financial statements that are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error. 
 
Auditors' responsibility 
Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on our audit. We conducted our audit in accordance with International Standards on Auditing. Those standards require that we comply with ethical requirements and plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance whether the financial statements are free from material misstatement. 

An audit involves performing procedures to obtain audit evidence about the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. The procedures selected depend on the auditors' judgement, including the assessment of the risks of material misstatement of the financial statements, whether due to fraud or error. In making those risk assessments, the auditor considers internal control relevant to the entity's preparation and fair presentation of the financial statements in order to design audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the entity's internal control. An audit also includes evaluating the appropriateness of accounting policies used and the reasonableness of accounting estimates made by the directors, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements.

We believe that the audit evidence we have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our audit opinion.
 
Opinion
In our opinion, the financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the company and Group as of 31 December 2010, and of the financial performance and their cash flows for the year then ended in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards, and in the manner required by the Companies Act of South Africa. 
 
Ernst & Young Inc.
Director: Malcolm Peter Rapson
Registered Auditor
Chartered Accountant (SA)
 
Ernst & Young House
35 Lower Long Street
 
Cape Town
9 March 2011