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AUTO & GENERAL

AUTO & GENERAL INSURANCE INVESTS IN EDUCATION

Jun 2017

Auto & General Insurance recently awarded a bursary valued at R200 000 to a past student of the Itirele-Zenzele High School in Diepsloot. The insurer has supported the high school since 2013 with the goal of increasing the matric pass rate.

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AUTO & GENERAL INSURANCE - WHAT EXPERIENCE LOOKS LIKE

Mar 2017

For almost 32 years, Auto & General has been garnering knowledge through experience and pioneering their way across a complicated and ever-changing insurance landscape. They have successfully managed to strike the balance between tradition and innovation.

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AUTO & GENERAL SERVICE REWARD

May 2014

Crime continues to be one of the biggest challenges facing South African business. As companies brace for the unfortunate onslaught of crime that characterises the festive season, auto & general Business Insurance is urging business-owners to step-up their security measures.

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BUSINESSES MUST STEP UP SECURITY FOR THE FESTIVE SEASON

Nov 2013

Crime continues to be one of the biggest challenges facing South African business. As companies brace for the unfortunate onslaught of crime that characterises the festive season, auto & general Business Insurance is urging business-owners to step-up their security measures.

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CONSUMERS DON'T HAVE TO SIT BACK AND ABSORB INSURANCE PREMIUM HIKES

Sep 2013

Although various indicators are pointing to short-term insurance premium increases in 2014, consumers don’t have to just sit back and absorb them. There are things – within their control – that can be done to offset imposed premium increases.

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AUTO & GENERAL AIDS HUNDREDS OF UNDERPRIVILEGED KIDS IN HEIDEDAL

Aug 2013

auto & general recently teamed up with Glassfit, Tracker and Cape Insurance Replacements to assist the Elanja Children’s Initiative.

The Cape Town and Bloemfontein based organisations donated 500kg of soya to Elanja, which operates in three primary schools in Heidedal, Bloemfontein.

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INSURANCE PREMIUMS WILL ESCALATE SAYS LEADING INSURER

Jun 2013

Consumers will have to tighten their already taut belts in 2014 as insurance premiums are set to increase. This is according to Leon Vermaak, CEO of Auto & General Insurance. Vermaak says that South Africa’s weakening currency, the number of recent local natural disasters and the increase in vehicle accidents are the reasons behind the rate increases.

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AUTO & GENERAL LAUNCHES ALL RISKS BUSINESS COVER

Jun 2013

auto & general Insurance has extended its suite of business insurance solutions to include innovative, stand-alone Business All Risk and Motor Cover for the largely untapped tradesman and small, medium and micro enterprise (SMME) market.

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SMALL BUSINESSES CAN NOW COVER THEMSELVES AGAINST CLAIMS FOR MISTAKES

May 2013

Auto & General Insurance has added Errors & Omissions cover to its Business Insurance product suite. The solution provides cover of up to R50-million to protect businesses against claims by a client for an alleged mistake or omission that has caused financial loss.

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SANDTON'S THEATRE ON THE SQUARE ANNOUNCES A NEW NAMING RIGHTS SPONSOR

May 2013

The quest to secure a new sponsor for Sandton’s theatre gem is finally over! Daphne Kuhn, who established the Theatre on the Square in 1994, is very proud to announce that the sponsorship baton has been passed on to the insurance giant, Auto & General Insurance!

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NALEDI THEATRE AWARDS:CELEBRATING 10 YEARS

Mar 2013

South Africa's premier theatre awards celebrate a remarkable milestone this year – a decade of theatre excellence. The Naledi Theatre Awards have grown from their humble beginnings at the Sound Stage in Midrand into one of the biggest awards events for live theatre in South Africa.

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NOMINATIONS FOR THE ANNUAL NALEDI THEATRE AWARDS ANNOUNCED

Mar 2013

It's time to roll out the red carpet and dust off the black tie, as South Africa stage stars get ready to gather for the 10th Naledi Theatre Awards, supported by auto & general Insurance.

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CRIME REMAINS AN EVER-PRESENT THREAT TO SMALL BUSINESSES

Jun 2012

Small and medium sized businesses will continue to be seen as soft targets by criminals if they don’t prioritise security and implement measures to protect their premises, equipment and employees.

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SPEAK UP – DON’T LET YOUR INSURANCE LAPSE

Nov 2011

With the country’s unemployment rate hovering at a disconcerting 25.7% in the second quarter of 2011 and 62% of South Africans of the consensus that they struggle to make ends meet, it’s clear that millions of South Africans are under immense financial stress and are being forced to cut expenses dramatically to survive.

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THE ODDS OF BEING INVOLVED OR WITNESSING A CRASH OVER THE HOLIDAYS IS HIGH – WHAT TO DO? (1)

Nov 2011

The word “carnage” is often used to describe what unfolds on South African roads over the festive season when the elation of celebrating Christmas and ushering in the New Year is always marred by dramatic increases in accidents on the roads in every province.

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THE ODDS OF BEING INVOLVED OR WITNESSING A CRASH OVER THE HOLIDAYS IS HIGH – WHAT TO DO?

Nov 2011

The word “carnage” is often used to describe what unfolds on South African roads over the festive season when the elation of celebrating Christmas and ushering in the New Year is always marred by dramatic increases in accidents on the roads in every province.

During the 2010/2011 festive season, 1 221 fatal crashes occurred resulting in 1 551 people losing their lives.

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DON’T BE COMPLACENT ABOUT SAFETY IN A RESIDENTIAL ESTATE (1)

Oct 2011

Those living in residential estates and gated communities need to be as vigilant about security as those living in standalone houses – perhaps even more so.

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DON’T BE COMPLACENT ABOUT SAFETY IN A RESIDENTIAL ESTATE

Oct 2011

Those living in residential estates and gated communities need to be as vigilant about security as those living in standalone houses – perhaps even more so.

Recent media reports and studies done by the Department of Forensic Investigation indicate that criminals do not consider dwellings in enclosures to be tougher targets, and are targeting them with increasing frequency. It is primarily the residents who believe they are safer.

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BUDGET INSURANCE

BE ENERGY EFFICIENT AND BEAT THE WINTER BLUES

May 2017

Last month, Eskom’s direct customers started paying 2.2% more for electricity.  In July, Municipal customers will also have to take this hike into account.  With budgets already stretched to capacity, consumers have to be much smarter about how they use electricity in the home.

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FUEL PRICE HIKE – MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR TANK

Apr 2017

With the Automobile Association forecasting a fuel price increase of up to 55 cents per litre, already cash-strapped consumers will have to make the most of every tank of fuel

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BUDGET FRIENDLY EASTER HOLIDAY IDEAS

Apr 2017

For those planning a holiday over the Easter period, the country’s economic downturn couldn’t have come at a worse time. Considering the impending effects of junk status, people will have to watch every cent spent closer than ever.

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ARE YOU ROADTRIP READY FOR EASTER?

Apr 2017

With rain expected over most of the Easter weekend, motorists are urged to pay extra attention when driving, especially on the N2, N6 and R61. According to Transport MEC Weziwe Tikana, these roads are the main contributors to road deaths over the Easter period.

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SAVVY SPENDING AND SAVING TIPS FOR 2017

Jan 2017

If one of your new year’s resolutions is to be more money-wise, and to be more flush than frugal come December, then the time to take small yet significant steps is now.

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CAPE TOWN RESIDENTS WARNED TO TAKE WATER RESTRICTIONS SERIOUSLY

Jan 2017

Even more severe water restrictions are in the pipeline for Cape Town residents as dam levels hit a dangerously low 20%. Earlier this month, residents were urged to minimise water use but it seems these warnings have fallen on deaf ears, with consumption at 890 million litres per day at the end of last week, when the aim was to reduce it to 800 million litres a day.

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WESTERN CAPE BLAZES SUBSIDE BUT VIGILANCE SHOULD NOT

Jan 2017

The warning of rising temperatures in the Western Cape could pose the threat of more fires in the province that was recently ravaged by widespread blazes. Although the fires were brought under control, the precarious weather conditions demand continued vigilance from residents.

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HAVE YOU PAID YOUR TRAFFIC FINES?

Feb 2016

South Africans are infamous for flouting traffic laws and not obeying the rules of the road.

During Easter 2013, more than 79 000 traffic fines were issued. Over and above this, 1039 licenses were suspended, 1024 vehicles were impounded and 864 motorists were arrested for drunk driving.

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MAINTAINING YOUR TYRES DECREASES YOUR CAR ACCIDENT RISK DRAMATICALLY

Feb 2016

Did you know that badly maintained tyres and rims are one of the leading causes of car accidents? In fact, according to aa1car.com, this accounts for about 10- 12% of all car accidents among other causes like drunken driving, speeding and poor weather conditions.

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HOW TO REDUCE YOUR INSURANCE PREMIUMS - COMBINE YOUR POLICIES

Mar 2014

Although various indicators are pointing to short-term insurance premium increases in 2014, consumers don’t have to just sit back and absorb them. There are things – within their control – that can be done to offset imposed premium increases. Martin Janse van Rensburg from Budget Insurance says that consumers could even enjoy reductions on their premiums by making some changes.

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CAR-POOLS ARE THE SOLUTION TO BUDGET-BUSTING ROAD COSTS

Jan 2014

With analysts predicting a sharp rise in the petrol price, Budget Insurance says sharing the load is key to staying on the road without breaking the budget. “Just a few weeks into the New Year and already experts have predicted hefty petrol price hikes. Petrol is showing a potential climb of between 28 cents and 32 cents per litre, with 15 cents per litre for diesel and 9 cents per litre for illuminating paraffin.

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REST WELL BEFORE EARLY MORNING ROAD TRIPS

Nov 2013

South Africans travelling to holiday destinations over the upcoming festive season are urged to get at least seven hours sleep before an early morning road trip. Driver tiredness is a major cause of car accidents.This is according to Budget Insurance’s Martin Janse van Rensburg.

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SOUTH AFRICANS LOVE BUDGET INSURANCE

Jul 2013

Budget Insurance was recently voted the winner of the Short-Term Insurance category in the 2013/2014 ICON Brands Survey, which was conducted by the Target Group Index (TGI).

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TOW TRUCK SCAM REARS ITS UGLY HEAD, AGAIN

Jun 2012

Budget Insurance Brokers has warned that the old scam whereby certain tow truck drivers dupe unsuspecting accident victims into allowing them to tow their vehicles has reared its ugly head again.

According to Thomas Creamer, Telesure MD, “Some tow truck drivers are tricking shocked accident victims into believing that they are authorised to tow their vehicles away from an accident scene when they actually aren’t contracted to the victim’s short-term insurance provider.

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FAULTY GEYSERS CAUSE A FLOOD OF PROBLEMS IN WINTER

May 2012

Every year, the insurance industry spends millions of rands on water damage caused by malfunctioning hot water geysers. In winter, when geysers suffer more wear and tear, claims for geyser-related damage increase.

Budget Insurance Brokers is urging homeowners to give their geysers a little TLC this winter so that they can endure the bitter temperatures.

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SURVIVE STAGGERING PETROL PRICE HIKE

Apr 2012

On the back of the latest staggering fuel price hike of up to 71 cents per litre, and with little hope of decreases in the foreseeable future, Budget Insurance Brokers says motorists must think out of the box.

“The latest petrol price increase is a major blow to all South Africans. Not only does it impact on car-owners who already have to pay extortionate amounts to fuel their vehicles, but it will certainly also weigh heavily on the economy as a whole as prices of consumer goods and food will also increase.

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TEACH KIDS YOUNG TO STOP THE DEBT CYCLE

Feb 2012

As a staggering number of South Africans thrash in suffocating debt, Budget Insurance Brokers is highlighting the pressing need for parents to start teaching their kids early about money and how to manage it.

“Start teaching your children about managing money from a young age. They are ready to start learning basic concepts from when they start counting, and if you haven’t started teaching them by the time they’re nagging you for unnecessary items that you actually can’t afford to buy, you better start quick,” says Telesure MD, Thomas Creamer.

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INFLATION CALLS FOR PEOPLE TO BE CREATIVE WITH THEIR MONEY

Nov 2011

The past year has been tough on consumers’ pockets, and with the consumer price index racing towards the 6% range, it’s going to get tougher for people as they are forced to make do with getting less for their rands.

“While the rising petrol price and rate of inflation have experts pointing to a dreary festive season, the outlook for the start of 2012 has little promise of being much better. In fact, it’s likely to be pretty bleak from a financial perspective for a lot of South Africans.

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DIALDIRECT

ONE HIJACKING EVERY 32 MINUTES – WHY KNOWLEDGE IS POWER

Apr 2017

According to statistics released by the SAPS at the beginning of March, a total of 12 743 vehicles were hijacked in South Africa between April and December 2016 – that’s 14.9% more than in the 2015/16 financial year.

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STEP UP YOUR HOME SECURITY TO AVOID BECOMING A VICTIM OF CRIME THIS EASTER

Apr 2017

The Easter holiday season is almost upon us.  So too is your chance to take a well-deserved break.  However, you won’t be able to enjoy your holiday if you have a nagging feeling that your home is at risk of a break-in.

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GAUTENG MOTORISTS ARE URGED TO ISSUE CAUTION ON THE ROADS AS WET WEATHER PREVAILS

Jan 2017

Driving in wet weather requires extreme caution and motorists should adapt their driving habits to ensure their safety on the road whilst the wet and slippery conditions continue.

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EXPECT THE WORST – DRIVING DEFENSIVELY COULD KEEP YOU OUT OF DANGER

Feb 2016

In South Africa, where motorists are renowned for aggressive driving, where one third of motorists aren’t insured, and where an exceptionally high rate of road accidents cost the economy more than R300-billion a year, the need to embrace defensive driving techniques is a strong one.

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TECHNOLOGY THAT COULD MAKE YOUR LIFE A WHOLE LOT EASIER IN 2016

Jan 2016

Time’ is the holy grail of the 21st century.  Every second of the day is precious and thankfully, technology is evolving to help us make the most of this scarce resource.  Forget ‘Back to the Future’ type predictions, Dialdirect takes a look at five gadgets that will be launched in 2016 that are guaranteed to make your life a whole lot easier.

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DIALDIRECT EMBARKS ON ITS LARGEST SINGLE MEDIA PARTNERSHIP WITH M-NET’S THE VOICE SOUTH AFRICA

Jan 2016

Dialdirect has pulled out all the stops for its headline sponsorship of the much-anticipated first season of The Voice South Africa, to be screened on M-Net from 31 January on Sundays at 17:30.

Dialdirect plans on fully leveraging this current and powerful international talent platform across a wide range of marketing channels. 

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TIME TO STOP TIME SHAMING

Nov 2015

‘There are 24 usable hours in every day,’ goes the old adage that’s become the mantra of many workaholics still checking their work e-mails at 10pm at night. The ever-increasing mobility and interconnectivity of technology might have afforded us more convenience now than ever before, but it’s come at the cost of our downtime.

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HAIL SEAON HAS BEGUN – MAKE SURE YOU’RE COVERED

Sep 2015

The massive hail storm that recently hit Lichtenburg caused extensive damage to properties and vehicles.  With this in mind, Dialdirect is once again urging South Africans to be vigilant in protecting themselves and their assets during hail season.

 

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THE HAND-HELD VS. HANDS-FREE MYTH IS BUSTED

Sep 2015

A recent experiment recently conducted by the popular Discovery television series, MythBusters, shows that when it comes to improving safety on the road, the use of hands-free devices offer very little, if any, advantage over using your cellphone.

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CCTV - A FORMIDABLE SOLUTION IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CRIME

Aug 2015

Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) is becoming increasingly popular as both a deterrent to crime and an invaluable source of evidence if anyone breaks the law.

“In footage that surfaced on the web and social media just over the past couple of months – capturing anything from mall robberies to hijackings and home break-ins – we’ve repeatedly seen CCTV systems proving their worth and bringing criminals to book,” says Warwick Scott-Rodger, Head of Dialdirect.

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COPING WITH LOADSHEDDING IN WINTER

Jul 2015

CEO of Eskom, Brian Molefe, revealed at a recent press conference that Eskom plans to conduct 5 500MW of planned maintenance during winter. While the state-owned power utility has reassured the public that this will be implemented with minimal load shedding, citizens can still expect to fend off many cold winter nights without any help from their electric blankets or heaters.

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CAR OWNERS SHOULD HAVE SASRIA COVER FOR CIVIL UNREST

Jun 2015

In 2012, South Africa earned the contentious title of ‘protest capital of the world’*. And according to the Institute for Security Studies, the trend continued between January 2013 and February 2014, when a staggering 430 service delivery protests were recorded. Recently, protests in Cape Town’s CBD, and the scourge of violent attacks against foreign nationals in KwaZulu-Natal and Johannesburg, have left residents shaken and concerned about their safety and their property.

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DIALDIRECT COMMERICAL AWARDED A BRONZE AT CANNES

Jun 2015

Dialdirect’s emotional commercial, The Notebook, was awarded a Bronze Lion in the Film Category at the recent Cannes International Festival of Creativity 2015. 

The advert was conceptualised by communication agency Joe Public, produced by Velocity Films, and directed by Greg Gray.  It illustrates that time is precious, with the take home message that Dialdirect won’t waste a second of it. 

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HAVE YOU MADE IT EASY FOR CRIMINALS TO BREAK INTO YOUR HOME?

Jun 2015

Time is precious, not only for consumers, but apparently for criminals too. Studies have shown that if it takes a burglar longer than 5 minutes to break into a house, they will be likely to give up and move on. This is valuable advice to keep in mind, especially with national school holidays right around the corner.

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DRIVERS WARNED ABOUT INCREASE IN HIJACKINGS

Jun 2015

Motorists are warned to be especially vigilant following the recent hike in hijackings. According to the South African Insurance Crime Bureau (SAICB), in the Western Cape, hijackings have increased by 41% and in Gauteng, hijackings have increased by 17.8%.   

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TENANTS SHOULD INSURE THEIR GOODS TOO

Apr 2015

With the price of starter homes reaching almost prohibitive prices, it’s no surprise that approximately 8 million people rent properties in urban areas. Whether you’re renting while you save up for a deposit on a house or just ‘in-between’ cities for the moment, renting a home can be easier than buying one.

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DASH CAMS INCREASE IN POPULARITY

Mar 2015

Dash cams - cameras that attach to a vehicle’s interior windscreen via suction cup or an adhesive tape mount, have increased in popularity.

In 2014, the terrifying footage of a TransAsia plane clipping a bridge in Taiwan and crashing into a river was captured on dash cams by at least two cars. Also, in 2013, a dash cam device recorded a meteorite falling and hitting the ground in Russia, injuring more than 1000 people.

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DYNAMIC ROAD SIGNS COULD REDUCE ROAD DEATHS

Mar 2015

A recent US report has revealed that a pedestrian loses their life every two hours on American roads.  Back home, and according to Arrive Alive, approximately 35-40% of road deaths in South Africa are pedestrian deaths. 

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WHAT CONNECTED DRIVERS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT WIRELESS HACKING

Mar 2015

Move over remote jamming, there’s a new con in town. German motorist association, ADAC said in January it had discovered and fixed a security flaw that could have allowed 2.2 million BMWs, Minis and Rolls-Royces to be remotely unlocked by hackers through BMW's ‘ConnectedDrive’.

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BUYING A NEW CAR IN 2O15? GET IN THE KNOW!

Dec 2014

If you’re in the market for a new car in the new year, whether you intend on buying a car straight out the box or something second-hand, there are things that you need to know.

“There are so many models and types of car on the market, it can become confusing. The more informed you are, the more in control, confident and relaxed you will be about your purchase,” explains John October, spokesperson for Dial Direct Insurance.

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SAFEGAURD YOUR HOME OVER THE HOLIDAYS

Dec 2014

When you go on holiday the last thing you want is to constantly worry about the security of your home. Recent SAPS crime data has shown that incidents of house burglaries increase by 8 % during December.  

“When you’re relaxing at the end of the year away from home, it’s the perfect opportunity for criminals to break in. Avoid making your home an easy target,” says John October spokesman for Dial Direct Insurance.

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STUDY REVEALS DRIVERS’ MOST DANGEROUS HABITS AT 100KMS

Nov 2014

What risky behaviours do you engage in while you’re driving? New research has revealed what drivers’ worst vices are at about 100kms on the UK’s busiest roads.

The survey found that 57% of drivers admitted to opening a bottle and having a drink while driving, 48% change CDs, 35% have eaten a sandwich and 29% are distracted by adjusting their sat-nav system.

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PROTECT YOURSELF FROM CRIPPLING CAR REPAIR COSTS

Nov 2014

Acording to a new UK survey, two in five vehicles need some form of repair each year and, while the average repair costs just over £350 (about R6100), some garage bills can spiral to a horrific  £35 000 (the equivalent of R613 000).  

“This is a cost that most of us can ill afford and drives home the fact that Mechanical Breakdown Insurance is a must,” says John October spokesman for Dial Direct Insurance.

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VEHICLE THEFT – WHAT NEXT?

Oct 2014

According to the latest crime statistics, there were 56 870 cases of motor vehicle and motorcycle theft between April 2013 and March 2014, down 2.6% from the 58 370 cases reported previously.

“Although there has been a reported decrease in vehicle theft, these statistics are still frighteningly high. We all need to be vigilant,” warns John October, spokesperson for Dial Direct Insurance.

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HOW TO CREATE THAT ESSENTIAL HOME CONTENTS INVENTORY

Sep 2014

When was the last time you updated your household inventory for insurance purposes? Would you be able to remember all the possessions you have accumulated over the years if they were destroyed by a fire or other disaster? According to www.marketwatch.com, 90% of homeowners are concerned about protecting their homes, yet haven't valued their possessions in years – let alone documented what they have.

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REPORT CRIMES IN ORDER TO CLAIM FROM INSURANCE

Jul 2014

Over 3.3 million crimes occur every year but half of them go unreported, according to the latest South Africa Survey, published by the South African Institute of Race Relations. These figures include 82 000 unreported house robberies and 8 000 hijackings.

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MANAGING EMOTIONS IS KEY TO STAYING SAFE ON THE ROAD

Jul 2014

Road rage and aggressive driving are a major problem in South Africa, particularly in urban metropolitan areas where traffic congestion and time urgency contribute to increased levels of frustration among drivers.“South Africans are notoriously aggressive drivers and although no official statistics of road rage incidents exist, anecdotal evidence suggests that the incidence of road rage is on the rise and that...

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LOOK AFTER YOUR LAPTOP WHEN FLYING

Jul 2014

For many of us, our laptop is more than a gadget, it’s an appendage that we wouldn’t dream of leaving home without. But, according to a user-generated database, Airport Lost and Found, travellers lost over 10 000 laptops, smartphones, tablets and other personal electronic devices in seven of the largest airports in the world between June 2012 and June 2013.

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SURVIVING POWER OUTAGES THIS WINTER

Jun 2014

According to a recent news report, Eskom can’t guarantee that there will be no power outages this winter as the grid remains tight.

“With this in mind, it’s best to be prepared and to expect rolling blackouts and load shedding in your area over the cold season,” says John October, spokesperson for Dial Direct Insurance.

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LOAD SHEDDING AND INSURANCE – ARE YOU COVERED?

Mar 2014

Eskom has declared a ‘power emergency’ and will be embarking on nationwide load shedding for the first time since 2008.

Power cuts are a reality so obviously security systems and electric fences will be going offline. The question on everybody’s lips is: if your house is burgled during a black-out, are you covered?

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DON’T FORGET TO LOCK UP FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Mar 2014

Are you planning to get out of town for the Easter holidays? If you are taking a break, even a short one, there are certain important things you need to do before you leave.

Recent research from e.on revealed that almost one in 10 UK holidaymakers had left a loved-one at home in their rush to catch a flight! A further 17% had have left behind important travel documents and almost one-in-five have forgotten their luggage before going on their trip!

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STUDY REVEALS NO EVIDENCE OF THIEVES MARKING TARGETS

Mar 2014

According to the latest research by SAPS, there is no evidence that “markings” are used by criminals to target your house.

“These stories of painted letters, piles of stones, soft drink cans and plastic bags are just urban legends,” says Warwick Scott-Rodger, Head of Dialdirect Insurance, adding, “these and some other social media warnings are fabrications with no basis in facts.”

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HITTING THE ROAD? PRICY EXERCISE BUDDIES MUST BE INSURED

Feb 2014

With “get fit” one of the top New Year’s resolutions, thousands of South Africans are hitting the streets with fresh determination. Dial Direct is urging runners and cyclists to take care of themselves and their “exercise buddies”.

“Anyone who takes their exercise seriously likes to know how they’re doing, how far they went, and how fast they did it. Heart rate monitors, GPS devices and smart phones with exercise-monitoring applications have therefore become our exercise companions of choice.

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DIALDIRECT: INSURANCE MADE EASY

Jan 2014

Dialdirect has given its brand positioning a complete overhaul with a promise to offer consumers insurance made easy. 

According to Carl Louw, Chief Marketing Officer for Dialdirect: “We’ve always strived to make our customer’s lives simpler.  We’ve now redefined this purpose so that we can offer our customers an even faster, more effective and more reliable insurance offering.  We’ve also revamped our logo.  Our new logo is symbolic of our new philosophy, as expressed in the slogan: ‘insurance made easy’.”

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MILLIONS OF SOUTH AFRICANS PUT THEMSELVES AT RISK BY BANKING AND SHOPPING ON UNPROTECTED MOBILE DEVICES

Jan 2014

South Africans are doing more on their mobile devices than ever before. Socialising, e-mailing, shopping and banking are convenient, fast and can be done anywhere, at any time.

Recent statistics show that over 3.7 million adults access their financial accounts via their cellphone. This number has more than doubled since 2010. But, conducting sensitive transactions on a mobile handset or tablet can be risky.

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DISTRACTED DRIVING CAN BE DISASTEROUS

Nov 2013

Distracted driving is the act of driving while engaged in other activities - such as SMSing, using a cellphone, eating or personal grooming - which take the driver’s attention away from the road.

Globally, it’s one of the main causes of vehicle accidents and near-accidents and a poll conducted by Dial Direct Insurance suggests that a lack of time is cause for motorists to multi-task behind the wheel.

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KEEP CALM AND SWITCH TO A SLOWER TEMPO IN THE CAR

Oct 2013

Studies show that certain genres of music might best be avoided by some people in the car. Switch your ACDC, Guns ‘n Roses and 50 Cent for Nora Jones or Sarah McLachlan and you could be an instantly safer and better driver.

“The music you listen to can have a profound effect on your mood, which can affect your driving. The harder and louder, the more likely you might be to speed, be aggressive or become distracted,” says Bradley Du Chenne, Senior Executive of Dial Direct Insurance.

 

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DRIVEWAY HIJACKINGS ARE ON THE RISE

Jul 2013

Homeowners are urged to be vigilant when approaching or exiting their property as driveway hijackings are on the rise.

“Police information shows that people are more likely to be hijacked in a driveway than anywhere else. Our own claims data suggests the same. In the past two years, we have seen an increase in driveway hijackings,” says Bradley Du Chenne, Senior Executive of Dial Direct Insurance.

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INSURANCE CLAIMS DATA SHOWS RISE IN BREAK-INS WHILE HOMES ARE OCCUPIED

May 2013

Incidents of house breakings where residents are surprised by perpetrators while they are relaxing at home are becoming more common according to claims data from Dial Direct Insurance.

“Robbers are becoming more brazen. We are noticing a definite upward trend in the number of incidents where houses are robbed when people are home. Typically, people are surprised at night, just before bedtime, or while sleeping. This modus operandi was apparent in the recent spate of house robberies in KwaZulu-Natal,” says Bradley Du Chenne, Senior Executive of Dial Direct Insurance.

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FOUR OUT OF TEN DRIVING DISTRACTIONS RELATE TO USING A MOBILE DEVICE AT THE WHEEL?

Apr 2013

A new survey has revealed that four out of the 10 top driving distractions that could cause motorists to have an accident are related to using a mobile device at the wheel. Another study lists the use of handheld devices, such as a cellphone, as the number one driver distraction.

The first survey, conducted by UK-based website MoneySupermarket.com, showed that although eating and drinking at the wheel remains the biggest distraction for drivers, SMSing, speaking, updating Facebook and sending tweets on a mobile device while driving are among the top ten most common dangerous distractions for many motorists.

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DIAL DIRECTS CASH BACK BONUS PAYBACKS FLY UNDER THE SIMPLE,SMART BANNER

Apr 2013

After 10 years of giving bucks back to policyholders for remaining claim-free, Dial Direct has revamped its cash back bonus benefit.

Reflecting the insurer’s core ethos to provide simple and smart insurance, the Bucks Back Bonus is being re-launched as the Simple, Smart Bonus.

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GOING ON HOLIDAY THIS EASTER? CHANGE YOUR ATTITUDE!

Mar 2013

Safety on the road over Easter, a notorious time for high traffic and road deaths in South Africa, has a lot more to do with people’s attitudes than just getting cars road trip ready. More accidents are the result of speeding and dangerous driving than tyre failure. Over the 2012 Easter weekend, no less than 181 people were killed in road accidents. Speeding, dangerous overtaking, fatigue, and drinking were the four top causes.

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HOW TO MAKE THE PETROL PRICE PINCH LESS PAINFUL?

Feb 2013

South Africa’s petrol price is regulated by government and consumers have little choice but to absorb the latest 41 cents per litre hike on petrol.

While the country awaits an answer from government to calls to change the way in which the price is calculated, Dial Direct Insurance says South Africans reeling at pump prices can soften the blow by planning their driving better.

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INSURE YOUR HOME AND BUILDING FOR PEACE OF MIND

Nov 2012

According to research, many homeowners do not know the difference between residential buildings insurance and home contents insurance.

This is perfectly understandable – residential buildings insurance is sometimes referred to as homeowners insurance and home contents insurance is otherwise known as household contents. Confused? You needn’t be.

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USING A GPS CAN DECREASE YOUR INSURANCE RISK PROFILE

Nov 2012

Motorists should embrace their in-car GPS navigation systems because they can help reduce their insurance risk profile and the costs associated with driving. So says Bradley Du Chenne, Senior Executive of Dial Direct Insurance.

Commenting on a survey by a UK-based insurance company which revealed that 83% of men and 75% of women ignore the directions provided by their sat-nav systems, he says motorists are stopping themselves from reaping the real benefits of GPS which go beyond simply getting directions.

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FAREWELL GAUTENG!

Jun 2012

The Dial Direct Pothole Brigade will officially bid Gauteng farewell on Saturday, 30 June 2012 after repairing a total of 64 700 potholes.

Dial Direct announced the disbandment of The Pothole Brigade on 3 May 2012 due to red-tape and bureaucracy within the Johannesburg Roads Agency.

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PREMIUM VERSUS VEHICLE VALUE: WHY DEPRECIATION DOESN’T RESULT IN LOWER INSURANCE PREMIUM COST

May 2012

You have probably wondered how it is that your vehicle, which depreciates in value over time, continues to be insured at the same, or even a higher, premium. This is a common gripe for short-term insurance policyholders but one that can be easily explained.

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TAKE CAUTION WHEN THOSE “HOME FIRES” ARE BURNING

May 2012

With temperatures quickly plummeting with the onset of winter, Dial Direct Insurance is urging homeowners to be careful when using heating appliances.

“The risk of fire as a result of the careless use of heating appliances remains an overarching threat for homeowners. We often hear heart-wrenching stories of people being hurt or killed and property destroyed in shack fires. But, what a lot of people don’t realise is that the average family home is also at risk of catching fire, particularly in winter when the people use heaters, fire places and electric blankets to keep warm,” says Telesure MD, Thomas Creamer.

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STRANGER DANGER: WHAT EVERY CHILD SHOULD KNOW

Jun 2017

It can happen to anyone, your child is there one minute and gone the next. It is an absolutely frightening reality. According to Missing Children South Africa, a child goes missing every five hours in our country.

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ARE YOU COMPROMISING YOUR CHILD’S SAFETY BY KEEPING THEM WARM?

May 2017

You wouldn’t wear a size 36 pair of jeans if you were a size 32, right? When you put your child in car seat wearing a bulky, winter jacket, you’re essentially doing the same thing – but with potentially dire consequences.

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ALL WOMAN CANCER POLICY PUTS MORE WOMEN FIRST

Apr 2017

According to the American Cancer Society, cancer deaths among women are set to rise to 60% by 2030. This is a frightening statistic and thought, one which reiterates the importance of women having adequate dread disease cover in place.

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PREVENTATIVE MEASURES FOR SMASH-AND-GRAB ATTACKS

Mar 2017

The ever-present and ever-increasing incidence of smash-and-grab attacks committed by spark plug thugs, mainly at intersections and at traffic lights, in cities across the country, demands immediate and effective action.

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LOVE YOUR HEART: WHY ALL WOMEN OVER 20 SHOULD BE WATCHING THEIR HEART HEALTH

Feb 2017

February is the month of love but according to 1st for Women life insurance, another red-hot topic that deserves attention is another matter of the heart – coronary health in women.

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WHY FEBRUARY IS THE BEST TIME FOR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS

Jan 2017

On the 1st of January, did you promise you would lose weight, train for a half marathon, start saving for your retirement, or take up a new hobby? And does it look like the resolutions you set for 2017 are already looking dusty, much like your new gym card?

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TRENDS SUPPORTING WOMEN IN 2016

Jan 2016

2016 is an especially good year to be a woman. 1st for Women Insurance highlights a few trends that are coming into play this year that will help women be the best that they can be.

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BE THE BEST YOU CAN BE IN THE NEW YEAR

Dec 2015

Every year, women around the world pledge to do better, be better and feel better on New Year’s Eve. 1st for Women highlights some steps they can take to achieve their goals.

New Year promises new beginnings – a chance to start over and make a change for the better. But then, a couple of months in to the year, resolve crumbles and old habits return. The trick to successful resolution keeping is to make them manageable and realistic.

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FEAR AND LOATHING IN SOUTH AFRICA

Dec 2015

According to Statistics SA’s ‘Victims of Crime Survey’, many South Africans feel unsafe in their neighbourhoods and believe that crime is increasing. This sentiment was mirrored in an informal survey conducted by 1st for Women Insurance where 97% of the all-female respondents said that they constantly worry about the safety of their family.

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HUGE CROWD PROTESTS AGAINST THE ABUSE OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN

Nov 2015

On 21 November 2015, 5000 women, men and children took a unified stand against women and child abuse at the 1st for Women Sisters with Blisters protest walk with Jacaranda FM. 

R400 000 was raised for Men against Child Abuse and the Department of Social Development’s Hlayisani Centre of Hope in KaBokweni, Mpumalanga.

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SAVE YOUR SOLES

Nov 2015

When it comes to shoes, nothing beats a high heel. Somehow, wearing a heel makes many of us feel not just taller, but more confident too.  But, the unfortunate truth is that sometimes, walking in heels can be dangerous. In fact, a new study found that injuries from stilettos are on the rise, especially among young women.

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BREAK THE VICIOUS CLUTTER CYCLE TO IMPROVE YOUR MOOD AND HEALTH

Oct 2015

Living or working in a cluttered space has the potential to make you stressed and even physically ill. But letting go of “stuff” is easier said than done. 1st for Women Insurance provides ways in which women can live more by owning less.

Do you live in a home or work in an office surrounded by clutter? Do you wish you could declutter your life, but something holds you back or you never seem to find the time? You are not alone. Many people struggle to let go of the things we surround ourselves with – even if they make no practical contribution to our lives.

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A+E NETWORKS® SECURES SPONSOR FOR FOUR WEDDINGS SOUTH AFRICA ON LIFETIME®

Sep 2015

Johannesburg, 29 September 2015: A+E Networks® has announced a multi-media partnership between entertainment channel brand Lifetime® and 1st for Women Insurance for new reality series Four Weddings South Africa. This local adaptation of the global hit format Four Weddings is the first series commissioned by A+E Networks for Lifetime in Africa.

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PREVENT CERVICAL CANCER WITH A VACCINE

Sep 2015

Did you know that every two minutes worldwide a woman dies of cervical cancer? That’s a frightening statistic. But, what’s even more disturbing is that her death could have been avoided.  Cervical cancer is a preventable disease.

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HOW TO STAY SAFE ON SOCIAL NETWORKS

Aug 2014

Google+, YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram, Tinder, LinkedIn and other social networks have become an integral part of daily lives. At the click of a mouse, you can make friends, support social causes and send photos, however, the impulse to share can cause us to inadvertently expose ourselves in ways that can compromise our safety and security, and possibly our reputations.

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BULKY WINTER JACKETS AND CAR SEATS DON’T MIX

Jul 2014

Did you know that bulky clothing and car seats are a dangerous combination?  Of course, now that winter is here, you want to bundle your kids up warmly against the cold but a thick jacket and a car seat is a no no!

A 2013 study by the American Academy of Paediatrics found that what children wear in the car could have a negative impact on their safety, should you have an accident.

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GIVING, IT’S WHAT WOMEN DO

Jun 2014

1st for Women Insurance’s charitable trust, the 1st for Women Foundation, together with 1st for Women customers are making a tangible and sustainable difference to the lives of thousands of South African women affected by gender-based violence and cervical cancer.

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CHIVALRY IS DEAD: MOST MEN WON’T STOP TO HELP A WOMAN CHANGE HER TYRE

Jun 2014

If you’ve got a flat tyre and are expecting a chivalrous man to stop and help you, a damsel in distress, you might be left waiting for a long time. According to a UK survey, more than half of men would drive past a stranded woman motorist with a flat tyre.

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CUT OUT THE DANGEROUS WINTER GLARE WHEN DRIVING

Jun 2014

Winter has hit South Africa and with it comes the dangers of the driving glare. According to a UK report by the AA, the glare of the setting sun during rush hour is to blame for nearly 3 000 accidents every year with drivers at risk of being temporarily ‘blinded’ by the dazzle of the sun on the windscreen.

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USING YOUR CAR AS A CUPBOARD IS A SECURITY RISK

Jun 2014

A UK survey found that the modern motorist now spends the equivalent of three years and four months of their lives behind the wheel of their car. That means that every year, the average motorist spends around 29,492 hours in the driver’s seat!

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CAR BUYING TRENDS REVEAL GENDER DIFFERENCES

Jun 2014

According to the latest international research on car buying trends, women tend to opt for substance while men go for looks.

According to a survey on Truecar.com, women are far more interested in practicality rather than flashiness when choosing their vehicles. In South Africa, Marketresearchworld.net found that 35% of men would like to buy their dream or fantasy car compared with 27% of women who take many other factors into consideration.

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WOMEN MAKE A CAR SHOPPING COMEBACK

May 2014

According to a recent survey, women are buying more cars than ever before. The survey on autoremarketing.com found that women car buyers are the fastest growing segment of car buyers - they account for over an estimated 50% of new-car purchases and influence 80% of them.

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HIJACKINGS ARE A CONSTANT THREAT – TAKE CARE OUT THERE!

May 2014

According to the crime statistics, vehicle hijacking increased by 5.4% to 9 990 incidents in 2012/13. This means that 28 motor vehicles were hijacked every day, on average.  Research also found that the majority of hijackings occurred between 5 and 8pm when people were on their way home from work.

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MORE SINGLE WOMEN BUYING HOMES THEN EVER BEFORE (1)

Mar 2014

According to a recent US survey by the National Association of Realtors, the number of single people purchasing homes may have dipped over the last few years, but single women are boldly buying at about twice the rate of single men.

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HOW SA WOMEN JUGGLE THEIR MULTIPLE ROLES

Jan 0001

A 1st for Women Insurance survey has revealed that on a daily basis, SA moms are pressurised by their multiple roles and responsibilities. Many women have given up the desire to be supermom and instead adopted a new normal that is less about fulfilling external expectations of perfection and more about making it work on their own terms.petrol price increase

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PARENTS, ARE YOU USING YOUR CAR SEATS PROPERLY?

Jan 0001

Recent US research, according to Safe Kids Worldwide, reveals that many parents are not using their children’s car seats properly. In fact, 1 out of every 4 parents admit to not buckling their children in on every single car trip. “According to UNICEF, road accidents are the leading cause of death in children under five years old in South Africa,” explains 1st for Women Insurance’s Executive Head, Robyn Farrell, adding, “The Road Traffic Management Corporation says that we have more than 700 000 crashes a year with three children dying a day on our roads.

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MORE SINGLE WOMEN BUYING HOMES THEN EVER BEFORE

Jan 0001

According to a recent US survey by the National Association of Realtors, the number of single people purchasing homes may have dipped over the last few years, but single women are boldly buying at about twice the rate of single men.

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EASTER HOLIDAY SAFETY WHEN TRAVELLING WITH KIDS

Jan 0001

The Easter holidays are finally here. If you’re planning a road trip, then you need to be extra careful. During the Easter holidays in South Africa road accidents increase dramatically as thousands of people make their way across the country to various destinations.

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ROAD RAGE REVEALS THAT WOMEN CURSE AND MEN HOOT

Jan 0001

South Africa’s culture of road aggression coupled with our high-stress modern lifestyles has led to an increase in road rage. International studies such as conducted by Forbes have shown that men and women react differently in such situations. In fact, women are more likely to curse while mean lean on the hooter obnoxiously when behind a slow driver to make their point..

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LOOKING AFTER YOUR DOMESTIC WORKER IS ABOUT MORE THAN WAGE INCREASES

Jan 0001

In December 2013, The South African Labour Department increased the minimum wage for domestic workers. In metropolitan areas, domestic workers who work more than 27 hours per week should be paid R9.63 hourly, R433.35 weekly (for a 45-hour week) and R1 877.70 monthly.

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LADIES CAUSE BASHES WHILE MEN CAUSE CRASHES

Jan 0001

Following the festive season road carnage which killed 1376 people, the highest count since 2007, 1st for Women Insurance is pleased to report that compared to January/February 2013, car accidents seem to be decreasing in occurrence.

Robyn Farrell, Executive Head of 1st for Women acknowledges that the year is still in its infancy but it’s reassuring to note that we are off to a good start.

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GIRL TIME IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH – MAKE IT A PRIORITY IN 2014

Jan 0001

Good old “me time” and girls nights out are chicken soup for the soul. Yet most women can count on their one hand the number of hours they get to spend with themselves or with their friends each week.

For the sake of their health and well-being women should make spending time with friends, and on their own, a priority in 2014.

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MILLIONS OF WOMEN SET THEMSELVES UP FOR FAILURE WITH NON-SPECIFIC RESOLUTIONS

Jan 0001

With the New Year knocking on the door, millions of South African women will soon be setting their resolutions for 2014 – and thereby setting themselves up for disaster.

Research by the University of Scranton in the United States suggests that a meagre 8% of people actually achieve their New Year’s goals. Just six days into 2013, a YouGov Omnibus Survey in America found that 22% of people had already ditched their resolutions.

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WOMEN’S LACKLUSTRE APPROACH TO CAR MAINTENANCE IS A SAFETY CONCERN

Jan 0001

1st for Women Insurance is urging female motorists to take car maintenance more seriously for their own safety.

“Several recent surveys suggest that women are very poor at maintaining their vehicles. This could put them and their vehicles at risk. We urge female motorists not to leave car maintenance to the last minute,” says Robyn Farrell, Executive Head of 1st for Women Insurance.

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SA WOMEN SUFFERING A FINANCIAL MELTDOWN FOR THE LOVE OF PLASTIC

Jan 0001

South African women are passionate about plastic – the sleek, rectangle-shaped kind that is shoved into the pockets of their purses. And, when it comes to wielding their plastic, they aren’t shy!

According to Robyn Farrell, Executive Head of 1st for Women Insurance, “Many women are finding themselves in financial trouble because of their love of plastic. Statistics from the Credit Bureau show that 48.8% of South Africa’s credit active women have negative information on their records. Some 51.2% actually have defaults against them.

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WOMEN ARE FEELING THE EFFECTS OF STRESS MORE THAN EVER

Jan 0001

On 13 July 2013, DJ Fresh, Angie Khumalo and Zelda la Grange will join other bikers and don helmets to take part in another Bikers for Mandela Day event. Bikers for Mandela day is one of the many activities taking place under the umbrella of the broader Mandela Day campaign.

1st for Women Insurance will be supporting the group of bikers on their 2013 Bikers for Mandela Day journey.

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“WOLF IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING” ROBBERIES ON THE RISE

Jan 0001

Criminals are still – and with increasing frequency – robbing homes by tricking children and domestic helpers to let them in. Homeowners are urged to teach everyone in the home to never open the door to anyone without a prior appointment. Even the most believable person could be a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

This is a warning from Robyn Farrell, managing director of 1st for Women Insurance. She says there has been an increase in claims related to robberies at residences where the suspects have gained entry to properties under false pretences.

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WOMEN ARE FEELING THE EFFECTS OF STRESS MORE THAN EVER (1)

Jan 0001

All is not equal in love and war – or when it comes to the effects of stress on men and women. Several recent studies have come to the same conclusion; that at work, at home and everywhere in between, women are feeling the effects of stress more than men.

A new survey by the American Psychological Association, conducted in January and released on March 5th, found that "one-third of employees experience chronic work-related related stress” and that stress is especially acute in women.

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FROM THE OUTRAGEOUS TO THE NOT SO-WOMEN KNOW WHAT THEY WANT IN A CAR

Jan 0001

Numerous studies the world-over show that women account for the majority of car purchases and influence most car-purchasing decisions. In South Africa, Women influence 80% of all car sales and 60% of new car purchases are attributed to them. Yet, a recent survey in the Philippines shows that women have some pretty tall orders about want they want in a car, and for the most part, they aren’t getting their hearts’ desires.

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WOMEN ARE GRUMPIER IN THE MORNING! HERE'S WHY?

Jan 0001

A recent survey has found that women are grumpier in the mornings than their male counterparts.

Conducted in the United Kingdom by the makers of Zombie Underground Gaming Apps, the survey showed that some women are so grumpy they can’t even speak to anyone before 8am. As many as one out of five women actually completely ignore their children in the early hours!

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SSSHHHH! MY BANK ACCOUNT IS A SECRET

Jan 0001

More South African women need to take better charge of their own financial matters and start saving. Referring to the results of a recent survey of Women’s Money Matters, 1st for Women’s managing director, Robyn Farrell, says women should have their own bank accounts and the autonomy to manage their finances – including deciding how they spend their money. According to the survey, 10% of SA women in a relationship have a secret bank account that their partner is unaware of. The average amount saved in these banks accounts is just over R17 000.

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NEVER LEAVE YOUR HANDBAG UNATTENDED WARNS 1ST FOR WOMEN

Jan 0001

Having your handbag stolen very often translates into weeks of costly and time-consuming admin which one can ill afford, especially over the festive season. It is barely an exaggeration to say that a woman carries her life in her handbag, and insuring the contents of a handbag is extremely prudent.

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YOUR BEAUTIFUL WINTER BOOTS COULD PUT YOU AT RISK OF A CAR ACCIDENT

Jan 0001

Whether it’s an ankle boot, biker boot, knee-high riding boot, combat-style lace up or the must-have wedge - putting your best foot forward this winter could impair your driving capability.

Based on studies done overseas, 1st for Women Insurance Brokers advises ladies that wearing restrictive, obstructive or improper footwear could cause them to have an accident.

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LADIES, MANAGE YOUR TIME EFFECTIVELY

Jan 0001

We all know the drill: time is precious and there just never seems to be enough of it. Between work, kids and making time for family, friends and yourself, life can be pretty chaotic.

In fact, research shows that more than two thirds of women feel that they don’t have enough hours in the day.

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SURVIVING END OF YEAR BURNOUT

Jan 0001

It’s that time of year when we’re all feeling a little tired and are looking forward to the festive season so that we can hopefully take a few days, or more off.

Many of us may have arrived at this point feeing irritable and jaded depending on what our year brought. “Sometimes the year was so busy that we haven’t had time to process or take stock o

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THINK PINK AND TEAL ALL YEAR ROUND

Jan 0001

Wouldn’t be caught dead wearing pink and teal together? Well, 1st for Women Insurance Brokers says they’re the colours of savvy women. Those who mix them make a dramatic – and healthy – statement.

According to Robyn Farrell, managing director of 1st for Women Insurance Brokers: “Although the pink ribbon for Breast Cancer Awareness is widely recognised, the teal ribbon for Cervical Cancer Awareness is lesser-known, as is the fact that cervical cancer is on par with breast cancer as a top cause of cancer deaths in South African women.

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OFFICE PARTY SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR WOMEN

Jan 0001

The festive season is upon us and as usual, you’ll most probably be inundated with exciting party invitations. But, according to 1st for Women Insurance Brokers, the event where you will have to put your very best foot forward is definitely your office party.

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SMALL BUSINESS: TOP INSURABLE RISKS IN SOUTH AFRICA

Jun 2017

Running your own small business can be quite a risky affair. There are many risks that could determine your success, like damages, loss and theft to your stock and offices, as well as the constant threat of litigation.

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PERSONAL LOANS: GOOD OR BAD DEBT?

May 2017

Many South Africans may be anticipating the long-term implications of the country’s sovereign credit rating downgrade to BB+ (junk status) by ratings agencies, Standard & Poor and Fitch, in April 2017.

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HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR BIEBER CONCERT EXPERIENCE

May 2017

Justin Bieber, one of the biggest global superstars, is coming to South Africa in May 2017 for his Purpose World Tour. Bieber fans, or rather “Beliebers”, will no doubt be filling up Cape Town Stadium and Joburg’s FNB Stadium with expectations of an exciting and memorable event. What could possibly go wrong?

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WAYS TO LOWER YOUR CAR INSURANCE PREMIUMS

May 2017

The annual Kinsey report by Malcolm Kinsey provides an overview of the South African motor vehicle industry, with a focus on the cost of parts for different vehicle models.

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LIFE INSURANCE: CLOSING THE GAP AT A YOUNGER AGE

May 2017

According to the 2016 Life and Disability Insurance Gap Study, the average South African earner has a Life and Disability Insurance gap of R2.1 million, meaning that most fall short of having their financial needs sufficiently covered in the event of death or disability1.

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THE COSTS TO CONSIDER WHEN GETTING A NEW PET

Apr 2017

April 29th marks World Veterinary Day, where people across the globe take a moment to celebrate their pets, and, most importantly, the veterinarians who keep them alive and healthy. The day was initiated in 2000 by the World Veterinary Association and is celebrated annually on the last Saturday of April.

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PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY DURING PROTESTS

Apr 2017

Following a cabinet reshuffle by the President and the country’s subsequent sovereign credit rating downgrade to junk status by ratings agency, Standard & Poor, on 3 April 2017, various organisations are taking to the streets to protest.

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JUNK STATUS SURVIVAL TIPS FOR CONSUMERS

Apr 2017

There have been various reactions to the country’s junk status following the sovereign credit rating downgrade to BB+ by ratings agency, Standard & Poor’s, on 3 April 2017.

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ONLINE CAR SEARCHES: THE NEW DEALERSHIP WINDOW

Mar 2017

According to the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA), new vehicle sales have seen a year-on-year decline for fourteen months until January 2017 when an increase of 3.7% was recorded1. “The rising interest in vehicle purchasing is apparent on our new Car Listings platform, where we have seen an increase of 492% from October 2016 to the end of January 2017,” says Derek Wilson, head of SA’s leading online insurance and financial services website, Hippo.co.za.

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GETTING YOUR DRIVER’S LICENCE IN 2017?

Mar 2017

According to the eNatis national driver’s licence population statistics, the number of Code B licensed drivers (driving motor vehicles, including minibuses, buses and goods vehicles, with a gross vehicle mass not exceeding 3 500kg) has increased by 10 631 between December 2016 and January 2017. Even with a significant increase in licensed drivers in just one month, there is still a vast number of South Africans who do not pass the driver’s licence test the first time.

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LIFE INSURANCE TIPS FOR SINGLE MOTHERS

Mar 2017

According to a study by Statistics South Africa released in 2015, most South African households were run by single mothers and only 31% of mothers said they were married. Single moms have to make important financial decisions such as which debts to enter into, how much to save for their children’s education, and how to manage daily expenses to ensure they remain financially stable.

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WORLD CONSUMER RIGHTS DAY: SA CONSUMERS TO TAKE POWER BACK

Mar 2017

South African consumers have experienced high inflation rates, increased food prices due to the drought, and take home salaries being under pressure in 2016. If this was not enough pressure, they have also had to deal with poor credit extension, Groupon’s closure and continuous customer service-related issues in the Ford Kuga saga.

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PLANNING AHEAD FOR THE APRIL HOLIDAYS

Jan 2017

Stay ahead of the curve by planning your April holiday early. This year, all South African provinces have the same school year calendar. Schools will close 31 March and reopen 18 April, with Easter weekend occurring from 14 April to 17 April.

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HIPPO.CO.ZA AWARDED GLOBAL TRUSTED SERVICE AWARD 2017

Jan 2017

Online insurance and financial services website, Hippo.co.za, has won the 2017 Feefo Trusted Service award, an independent seal of excellence that recognises businesses for delivering exceptional experiences, rated by real customers.

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BUDGET SPEECH: ARE YOU READY FOR 2017?

Jan 2017

Now that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has given his National Budget Speech and you are aware of the petrol and road accident fund levy increase totaling 39 cents per litre, increased taxes and the new sugar tax are you ready to manage your own budget in 2017?

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BUSINESS INSURANCE: GRUDGE PURCHASE OR MANDATORY COST?

Jan 2017

In 2016, South Africa experienced deteriorating GDP growth caused by various factors including the Rand’s depreciation of R15.51 against the Dollar, severe drought, water shortages, and the rising unemployment rate. Sadly, GDP growth is expected to remain subdued in 2017. Businesses, particularly start-ups and SMEs, will most likely look at cutting costs that are seen as grudge purchases.

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NEW YEAR, NEW CAR? TIPS TO CONSIDER

Jan 2017

According to Frost & Sullivan, key automotive manufacturers BMW, Toyota, Volkswagen and Ford have all expanded their investment in South Africa’s automotive sector, increasing their operational and manufacturing capacity1.

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WILDFIRES: WHAT DOES INSURANCE COVER?

Jan 2017

Since the beginning of January wildfires have ravaged various areas in the Western Cape destroying vegetation, wine farms, historic buildings and residential houses, ultimately costing the Western Cape province millions according to Agriculture MEC, Alan Winde1.  

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TIPS ON WHAT TO DO WHEN INVOLVED IN AN ACCIDENT

Dec 2016

The December holiday is a special time to share with family and friends. It is also a crucial time to be alert and safe on South Africa’s roads. Last year, Transport Minister, Dipuo Peters, announced 1 253 crashes recorded from December 1, 2015, to January 11, 2016.

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THE PARADOX OF CHOICE: SIMPLIFYING CONSUMER CHOICES

Dec 2016

The average Walmart has 100 000 items in store at any given time. Hamleys, the London toy store, contains over 250 000 toys. You can choose from over 27 000 000 books on Amazon.

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TIPS TO SAVE EVEN MORE ON PETROL COSTS

Dec 2016

Motorists have an early holiday gift this December with the petrol price decreasing by 20 cents, diesel by 32 cents and paraffin by 28 cents on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, according to SAnews.gov.za.

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HIPPO.CO.ZA LAUNCHES CAR-SELLING COMPARISON PLATFORM

Nov 2016

The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) recorded a 14.3% decrease in new vehicle sales in September 2016, compared to the same period last year. New car sales figures have been in decline since the beginning of the year and the trend is likely to continue over the medium-term1.

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HOLIDAY FLIGHTS: HOW TO AVOID FRUSTRATIONS

Nov 2016

You have worked hard throughout the year and deserve rest and well… some fun! What better way to let your hair down than with a well-deserved vacation where you are free to enjoy life to the fullest. But are there certain rules on what NOT to do when travelling?

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UNUSUAL ROAD TRIP HACKS FOR THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

Nov 2016

The holiday season is right around the corner and the open road is calling your name. The South African landscape also makes for beautiful road trip views while you travel to your local holiday destination.

 Unfortunately, the holiday season is also the most risky time to be on the road, with an increase of car accidents that result in injuries, fatalities and also unforeseen costs. At the start of 2016, the Department of Transport reported an increase in festive season fatalities of 14% compared to the year before1.

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CONFESSIONS OF THE INSURED

Nov 2016

These days it is easy to shop around online and find your perfect match when it comes to insurance. Whether it is cheaper premiums or better benefits (or both) that you are after, online technology makes switching from one provider to the next a breeze.

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WHAT IS THE VALUE OF YOUR HANDBAG CONTENTS?

Jul 2016

A woman’s handbag is her prized possession and contains a myriad of contents that sustain and comfort during day-to-day life. Magazine spreads often feature stories about the contents of a woman’s handbag in a bid to unveil its contents and “can’t live without” items. However, very few questions are ever asked about the monetary value or insurance cover required for these items ranging from that favourite Montblanc pen to your mobile phone, should the contents be stolen or lost.

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MEDICAL AID SURVEY: SA CONSUMERS HAPPY WITH HEALTH INSURANCE INDUSTRY

Jul 2016

Medical Aid costs are a necessity and can be one of the more costly monthly expenses for the average consumer. Despite the high costs, consumers still rate the health insurance industry an impressive 74.2% when it comes to client satisfaction, according to the South African Customer Satisfaction Index (SAcsi)1.

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RIOTS AND STRIKES: WHO IS LIABLE FOR DAMAGES?

Jul 2016

Incidents of civil unrest have been on the rise in South Africa over the past year. Violent protests have been reported across the country; from the unrest in Hammanskraal in Pretoria on June 201, to the protests leading to the closing of the N2 near Cape Town International Airport on June 29.

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YOUR CUSTOMER’S ONLINE EXPERIENCE COULD BE OVER AFTER JUST EIGHT SECONDS

Jun 2016

According to Microsoft, the average human attention span is eight seconds, 33.3% less compared to the twelve seconds in the year 20001. Smartphones and mobile devices contribute to this phenomenon, creating greater demand for easy and convenient online communication and services.

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ARE SOUTH AFRICANS LOSING THEIR LOVE FOR NEW MOTOR VEHICLES, OR IS EVERYONE JUST FEELING THE ECONOMIC PINCH?

Jun 2016

The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa’s (NAAMSA) latest automotive statistics for sales from January to April in 2016 show a 10% decrease compared to the same period in 2015. 

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SOUTH AFRICA’S FURRY FAMILY MEMBERS

Jun 2016

The US celebrates Pet Appreciation Week from 5-11 June and although South Africans are still adapting to this growing phenomenon we are slowly getting it right. Our pets mean a lot more to us than just providing unconditional love and protection, they are loyal companions and considered as part of the family.

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CONSUMERS SWITCH SERVICE PROVIDERS AT A HIGHER RATE DURING TIMES OF ECONOMIC INSTABILITY

Jun 2016

In times of instability, consumers are likely to switch service providers at a higher rate, according to new international research that considers the so-called ‘foresight effect,’ and how it influences consumers and their purchasing behaviour.

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HIPPO.CO.ZA TO SPONSOR SEASON FOUR OF THE MAN CAVE

May 2016

The boys of SABC 3’s popular and entertaining lifestyle show, The Man Cave, are back for a fourth season. Now in a new time slot of 18:00 on a Sunday evening, and filmed in a brand new studio (read: Steyn City villa), the brotherhood of Janez Vermeiren, Lunga Shabalala and Siv Ngesi will once again bring viewers the ultimate in gadgets, DIY, adrenalin-packed adventure, fast cars and everything else a high-flyer’s heart desires. Oh, and the boys have brought some equilibrium to the brotherhood in the form of Miss South Africa 2015 finalist, Chanelle Sardinha, who has joined the team as co-presenter. South Africa’s leading financial comparison website, Hippo.co.za, has signed up as a headline sponsor of The Man Cave in 2016.

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SAFEGUARD YOUR MOTOR PLAN IN HARD ECONOMIC TIMES

May 2016

Independent market research conducted by Kaufman Levin Associates on behalf of South Africa’s leading financial comparison website, Hippo.co.za, indicated that the three most common cars on our roads are Volkswagen, Toyota and Hyundai. Moreover, almost half the cars owned by South Africans were manufactured between 2011 and 2015. This means that some of the cars manufactured between 2011 and 2013 will no longer be under warranty by the end of this year.

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SOUTH AFRICA’S LOVE OF MOBILE CONTINUES TO GROW

May 2016

In a recent survey, 88% of South Africans said they access the Internet via their smartphones. Instant messaging and emailing are still the primary online draw cards for the average tech-savvy South African, while 21% of smartphone users do their banking and financial purchases online.

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SOUTH AFRICA’S BROADBAND SERVICES REMAIN ONE OF THE MOST EXPENSIVE IN THE WORLD

May 2016

Reliable, cost-effective and secure Internet connectivity remains a heavily debated issue in South Africa, from the national government to consumers. South Africans have embraced the power and convenience of Broadband but at what cost? Broadband costs in the country are still considered to be some of the most expensive in the world.

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HIPPO.CO.ZA LAUNCHES NEW #COMPARISONDONTS CAMPAIGN

Feb 2016

Online comparison website, Hippo.co.za, recently launched its #ComparisonDonts advertising campaign which aims to encourage more South Africans to shop around for various products from a range of SA insurance and financial providers before they purchase. The campaign features a series of entertaining television ads around comparison don’ts and comparison do’s.

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CONSUMER TRENDS VS. BRAND LOYALTY

Feb 2016

Reports* on worldwide online consumer and e-commerce trends show a 20 percent increase in online sales in 2014, amounting to $1.5 trillion. The exponential growth in e-commerce is reported to have outgrown offline business, as seen in the case of Netflix’s impact on Blockbuster. More and more consumers are taking to the Internet to shop. “In our world of online comparisons, we have seen the number of visitors to our website almost double in the space of a year,” says Derek Wilson, Head of SA’s number one online insurance and financial comparison website, Hippo.co.za.

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CARPOOLING: WHAT YOUR INSURER NEEDS YOU TO KNOW

Feb 2016

Saving more money is a common New Year resolution and a good practice to maintain throughout the year. With increasing petrol prices and tolls, and the issue of traffic congestion, carpooling could be an economical and less stressful way of getting to work.

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ELECTRICITY SAVING TIPS FOR WINTER

Feb 2016

Winter is around the corner and the colder months usually mean an increase in energy consumption by South Africans. With a 13% increase in Eskom electricity tariffs from the 1st of July 2015 as approved by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) as well as the price of petrol rising to up to R12.83 for 95 octane petrol inland on the 1st of April 2015, South Africans will need to look at ways of saving this winter.

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SA CONSUMERS: DO WE COMPARE OR PAY?

Feb 2016

At the end of January, the South African Reserve Bank announced a 10.25% increase in the prime lending rate, the amount consumers are charged by the banks when borrowing money. Higher interest rates and debt servicing costs lead to added financial pressure for the average consumer. To top it off, South Africa is experiencing the worst drought in more than 30 years, which means higher food prices. For many, these factors, combined with other necessary daily expenses, result in consumers having to look elsewhere for financial aid. But at what cost?

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HOW TO ROCK THE 2016 BUDGET BLUES

Feb 2016

January’s up. Interest rates are up. In fact, February is budget month and all eyes are on the Minister of Finance on the 24th to see how it will affect their bottom line. Is your bank manager on speed dial, or has he stopped responding to your Whatsapp messages? What’s your big plan to combat ever-increasing food, petrol, utility and other interest rate hikes this year?

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INSURE, OR ENDURE THE RADIO SILENCE

Feb 2016

Meet Philip. He is a well-educated 30-something year old male from Johannesburg with a love for gadgets, cars and the finer things in life. Philip recently upgraded his cellphone contract and waited in anticipation for his new phone to be delivered to his office. Philip enjoyed his brand new phone for a couple of weeks until it got stolen while out and about with his mates at the local pub. Philip did not have cellphone insurance and now has to continue paying 23 installments for a phone that is no longer in his possession. Don’t be like Philip.

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SHOULD CAR INSURANCE BE MADE COMPULSORY IN SA?

Jan 2016

With crime on the rise in South Africa, should vehicle insurance be made compulsory? With the reality of limited budgets and high living costs, how does one budget for insurance? And more importanly, can one afford not to?...

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SAVING TIPS FOR THE FESTIVE SEASON 2015

Nov 2015

The festive season only comes around once a year. It’s December, the family is finally on holiday and it’s a special time for everybody to get together and share gifts and memories. Unfortunately, many South Africans lose sight of their budgets over the festive season and inevitably end up overspending. In the panic to make sure they have enough money to buy the latest gadgets for their children or pay for an overseas trip, people may feel tempted to loan money from untrustworthy sources without investigating the pros and cons first, and could end up in financial trouble.

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SHOULD CAR INSURANCE BE MADE COMPULSORY IN SA 2015

Nov 2015

With crime on the rise in South Africa, should vehicle insurance be made compulsory? With the reality of limited budgets and high living costs, how does one budget for insurance? And more importanly, can one afford not to?

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A NEED FOR AFFORDABLE STUDENT LOANS?

Nov 2015

The recent public debate and nationwide student protests that transpired as a direct result of impending price hikes of tertiary education fees, has set in motion the scrutiny of the price – and ultimately the value – of many things.

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WHICH CARS ARE THE CHEAPEST TO INSURE IN GAUTENG?

Nov 2015

In recent market research* for South Africa’s leading insurance and financial services comparison website Hippo.co.za, some interesting insights were presented regarding which cars are the cheapest to insure in Gauteng.

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WHICH CARS ARE THE CHEAPEST TO INSURE IN GAUTENG 2015?

Nov 2015

In recent market research* for South Africa’s leading insurance and financial services comparison website Hippo.co.za, some interesting insights were presented regarding which cars are the cheapest to insure in Gauteng.

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SAVING TIPS FOR THE FESTIVE SEASON

Nov 2015

The festive season only comes around once a year. It’s December, the family is finally on holiday and it’s a special time for everybody to get together and share gifts and memories.

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THE RISE OF ONLINE COMPARISON WEBSITES IN SA

Oct 2015

Hippo.co.za, Zomato, Trivago and Groupon are some of the most popular online comparison websites currently used by South Africans. These websites can be used to compare products and providers, ranging from insurance to restaurants, and hotels to travel.

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PLANNING AN OVERSEAS TRIP? THEN READ ON…

Oct 2015

It’s that time of the year again: you’ve worked hard every day, battled the traffic to and from work, saved as much money as possible at the end of every month… and now you can finally go on a much deserved and much anticipated trip overseas.

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WHY YOUR DEFAULT HOME INSURANCE IS NOT NECESSARILY THE BEST DEAL

Aug 2015

Buying a house is probably one of the biggest financial commitments you will make as an adult, and for this reason it is important that you do your research before you commit.

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RELAX - YOU’RE MORE LIKELY TO SWITCH YOUR CAR INSURANCE, THAN GET DIVORCED

Aug 2015

In December 2014, Stats SA released its “Marriages and Divorces” report, which is based on data gathered in 2012. According to the report, there were 161,112 civil marriages in 2012, while there were 21 998 divorces registered over the same period – meaning 13.65% of divorces in South Africa.

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HIPPO.CO.ZA EMPOWERS CONSUMERS TO MAKE THEIR OWN CHOICES

Aug 2015

Many of us rely heavily on financial brokers to make decisions for us when it comes to our financial portfolios. We trust these men and women to guide us with sound advice and to help us achieve our financial goals in the here and now, and also in the future when we retire.

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MEN, MANCAVES AND INSURANCE

Aug 2015

It is no secret that men generally pay more for car insurance than women. According to statistics the reason behind this is mainly due to men instinctively taking more risks, such as speeding and driving higher performance vehicles, which result in them having higher accident risk profiles.

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HANDY TOOLS THAT HELP YOU SAVE MONEY

Jun 2015

Beleaguerd South African residents will have to budget for additional rate increases such as an 8% increase in refuse collection, 12,19% increase in electricity costs, and 14% rise in water and sewerage in certain areas from 1 July 2015.

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MOTORISTS CAN SAVE DESPITE PETROL PRICE INCREASES

Jun 2015

Motorists not only have to deal with e-tolls, increased fuel levies and the general price increases due to inflation, but also a further financial blow in increased petrol costs. According to the AA, a petrol price increase of between 48 and 52 cents per litre could be expected in June 2015.

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CONTACT YOUR INSURER WHEN THESE THINGS CHANGE… OR ELSE

Jun 2015

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa recently announced that road users will not receive their licence disks when renewing their vehicle licence if they have not paid their e-toll fees. Many road users were concerned with the impact this may have on their insurance cover.

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FEEL EPIC THIS WINTER BY SAVING ON COSTS

Jun 2015

Winter is creeping up and so are unexpected costs that come with keeping warm during the cold months. Electricity usage is higher as more people are spending time indoors and use additional electrical appliances such as heaters and electric blankets to stay warm.

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FIVE SIMPLE STEPS TO CHOOSING THE BEST PRODUCT/SERVICE ONLINE

May 2015

More and more people are starting to use online comparison websites to compare not only prices, but also the benefits of the products and services. “Online comparison tools are there to assist consumers to make better financial choices.

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HIPPO.CO.ZA SUPPORTS WORLD TELECOMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION SOCIETY DAY

May 2015

World Telecomunications and Information Society Day (WTISD) was celebrated on 17 May 2015. The purpose of WTISD day is to highlight the importance of communication in society and to create awareness around the benefits of communication and information technologies to the people who use them.

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PET INSURANCE

Apr 2015

South Africans have varying relationships with their pets. Some use pets as an added security measure, but most consider pets to be much more valuable. According to statistics 85% of South African pet owners consider their pets part of the the family,

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WHY INSURERS REQUIRE YOUR ID NUMBER

Apr 2015

With increasing pressure on consumer finances with increasing electricity costs and petrol prices more an more consumers are looking to switch their provider of car and home insurance, their credit card or cell phone company.

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LIFE INSURANCE

Apr 2015

Many think that life insurance is an unneccesary expense as the person paying for it will never benefit from the pay out of a claim. Life insurance is however inportant to have for those with dependents or businesses. When it comes to life insurance, there are various things to consider.

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ONLINE COMPARISONS: FROM BOOKS TO INSURANCE

Apr 2015

Online platforms have allowed for people to access and compare from different brands and products in order to get the best deal. People are becoming increasingly aware of shopping around online.

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SWITCHING INSURERS? WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU MAKE THAT CALL

Mar 2015

Access to digital media and telecommunications services allow consumers to investigate a multitude of products, brands and competitors. Consumers therefore have the power at their fingertips to compare and switch from one brand to the next.

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BUILDINGS INSURANCE: WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF A FIRE

Mar 2015

South Africa has been gripped by the #CapeFires with homes destroyed, as well as a well-known hotel. Planned evacuations saw to it that there was no loss of human life, but what if you are caught unawares?

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A MORE COMPETITIVE MARKET COULD MEAN HIGHER PROFITS FOR SA INSURERS

Mar 2015

Economics Online defines a competitive market as one in which large numbers of businesses compete with each other to supply to the needs of a large number of consumers.

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AN AFFORDABLE VALENTINE’S DAY

Feb 2015

This coming Valentine’s Day you can look at less costly ways to celebrate the love. Valentine’s Day need not comprise of expensive gifts and moments of granduer.There are various ways in which you can share special moments with your partner whilst still going easy on your pocket.

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POST-HOLIDAY HEALTH PARANOIA?

Feb 2015

The holidays are a time to reconnect with friends and family, take time out to relax and recuperate, and for many to visit new and exciting destinations. These destinations often come with added health risks such as becoming infected with yellow fever, malaria, typhoid and hepatitis A.

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TAKE THE TIME TO UNDERSTAND YOUR COVER

Feb 2015

According to Tom Tom South Africa, many South African road-users experience the frustration of spending extra time stuck in traffic. More time in daily traffic puts you at a higher risk of being involved in an accident. Luckily the cost of repairs is aleviated for those with vehicle insurance.

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FEBRUARY IS A FINANCIAL RECOVERY MONTH

Feb 2015

More people experience the consequences of overspending during the holiday season. According to Year End Holiday Survey consumer trends indicated a cut on leisure and holiday expenses amongst South African households during the 2014 festive season. 

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STATE OF NATION VS. STATE OF CONSUMER BUDGETS

Jan 2015

President Jacob Zuma’s speech at SONA 2015 touched on issues that directly affect consumers’ pockets such as the unstable electricity grid, rising fuel prices, and rising inflation rates.

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START YOUR YEAR FRESH BY GETTING YOUR FINANCES INTO SHAPE

Jan 2015

A new year brings with it new resolutions, new beginnings and new possibilities. But it can also carry old baggage such as debt, high bills and other financial setbacks. In 2014, South African Banks have written off or planned to write off over R100 billion in debt.

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HIPPO.CO.ZA WELCOMES RDR PROPOSALS BY FINANCIAL SERVICES BOARD

Jan 2015

The Financial Service Board (FSB) released the Retail Distribution Review (RDR)* on November 7th, 2014. The review is based on the framework of Treating Customers Fairly (TCF) and proposes 55 policy decisions in order to alleviate issues such as poor customer outcomes and mis-selling of financial products.

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SAFE DRIVING THIS FESTIVE SEASON

Dec 2014

The December holiday is a special time for making new memories with friends and family. It is also a crucial time to be alert and safe on South Africa’s roads. Transport Minister, Dipuo Peters, announced 1 376 fatalities caused by road accidents during the 2013 festive season, with the highest number of fatalities in Gauteng and Kwazulu-Natal.

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HELPFUL TIPS TO MAKE IT THROUGH LOAD SHEDDING

Dec 2014

People all over South Africa are affected by the recent power cuts since the implementation of stage three load shedding after the collapse of one of Eskom’s silos in Mpumalanga.

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DOES YOUR HOLIDAY LIST INCLUDE TRAVEL INSURANCE TO SAVE YOU FROM HOLIDAY HORRORS?

Nov 2014

The much needed holiday season is approaching and those with travel plans are busy finalising the last of their arrangements. Planning and going on holiday in an exotic destination is fun, but are you also prepared for the worst?

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DIFFERENT COVER FOR DIFFERENT STAGES – WHERE ARE YOU AT?

Nov 2014

Student life, executive life, retrenched life. We could go on, and each stage has a need that online comparison site Hippo.co.za can assist with. Hippo.co.za has shared the report on adult life stages as illustrated by Nicholas W. Weiler and Stephen C. Schoonover, M.D.

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WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH DO WITH AN EXTRA R5 000 A YEAR?

Aug 2014

With prices going up, everyone’s piggybanks are feeling it too. As a result, people compare price differences more accurately, especially online. Online quote comparisons are becoming more popular and Hippo.co.za recently conducted research which showed that at least 8 out of 10 people could save R427* on their car insurance when comparing and switching providers online. This means that one could save a total of R5124 in a year.

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HIPPO GIVES BACK TO HELP OUR FURRY FRIENDS

Aug 2014

Hippo.co.za, the online insurance and financial comparison website, recently donated their billboards to the animal shelter, Kitty and Puppy Haven in Midrand.

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COMPARE AND SAVE ON DENTAL CARE

Aug 2014

Many people get anxious when thinking about dental appointments. Since childhood, people have been dreading to go to the dentist and with adulthood the dental appointment is not the only daunting thought, there is also the matter of paying the high dental bills.

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OWNERS VS. TENANT: WHO INSURES WHAT?

Aug 2014

Whether you are a homeowner or tenant, home insurance is essential to have, but there is a difference in the type of home insurance required. Do you insure the structure of your home, or its contents? Are there aspects of each you need to consider depending on your position?

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DOES YOUR POSTAL CODE AFFECT YOUR HOUSEHOLD INSURANCE?

Aug 2014

More than 5 900 crimes are reported by the over 1 118 police stations in South Africa every day. According to 2013’s crime statistics, Gauteng is the leader when it comes to crime in South Africa, with Cape Town and Kwazulu-Natal close on its tail. Mitchells Plain in the Western Cape reports more crime than any other precinct in the country.

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NEWS ALERT: HIPPO.CO.ZA BROUGHT YOU CHICAGO FIRE – NOW THEY BRING YOU CHICAGO PD

Jul 2014

Online consumer champion, Hippo.co.za the comparison website which urges consumers to compare, buy and save found the perfect fit by sponsoring the popular Chicago Fire TV series on MNet.

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INSURANCE TERMS, IN LAYMAN’S TERMS

Jul 2014

Most people are aware of what insurance is and the nature of the type of insurance they are taking when insuring their car, home contents or cellular phone. There are however some insurance terms that can be mindboggling, and even some that many people are unaware of.

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NEWS ALERT: CONSUMER CHAMPION HIPPO.CO.ZA LAUNCHES NEW APP

Jul 2014

Online consumer champion, Hippo.co.za the comparison website which urges consumers to compare, buy and save found the perfect fit by sponsoring the popular Chicago Hippo.co.za have just launched the Hippo App

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SAVE ON ELECTRICITY COSTS

Jul 2014

Load-shedding is nothing new for South African citizens. But load shedding is one thing, power outages are another. Online consumer champion, Hippo.co.za urges you to protect your household items and save on costs.

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HIPPO.CO.ZA LAUNCHES NEW “EDUMERCIALS” CAMPAIGN

Jul 2014

The online quote and benefits comparison website, Hippo.co.za, is launching a new advertising campaign around the features and benefits of online comparison.

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HIPPO CALLS FOR COMPULSORY CAR INSURANCE

Jun 2014

Car insurance is still seen by many in South Africa as an unnecessary expense. Those who consider car insurance as a ‘grudge purchase’ quickly realize its importance when they experience damage or loss to their car.

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ANNUAL CHECK-UPS: FROM YOUR DOCTOR TO YOUR INSURER

Jun 2014

Many people are aware of the importance of regular annual check-ups with their dentists, GP’s, gynaecologists and optometrists. But what about regular insurance policy and product check-ups?

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FINDING THE RIGHT FUNERAL COVER TO SUIT YOUR NEEDS

Jun 2014

Buying funeral insurance cover can be a reality check. Plan for the unexpected and save your family the unpleasant reality of high funeral costs.

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BEAT THE MID-YEAR BUDGET BLUES BY COMPARING, SWITCHING AND SAVING

May 2014

South Africans have made their mark and voted for their party of choice, but have they thought about how to take control of their finances? Carl Louw, Chief Marketing Officer for hippo.co.za says, “Online comparisons are enabling consumers to take control of their finances by allowing them to make informed decisions in terms of their financial needs. Consumers can now choose their preferred financial service providers by comparing and selecting them online.

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PLANNING AHEAD TO PREVENT HOLIDAY HICCUPS

May 2014

As with most special events, holidays require adequate planning and budget reviewing to ensure that you, your family and friends get the most out of your trip. Be it a national adventure trip or overseas getaway, the Internet has been a handy tool when planning those special events, but are you checking travel insurance too?

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THE SWITCHING ECONOMY

May 2014

Due to the proliferation of digital media and consumers making use of the Internet to air their views and complaints, it comes as no surprise that the world is stepping into a culture of switching brands and services.

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HIPPO.CO.ZA LAUNCHES SA’S FIRST SME BUSINESS INSURANCE COMPARISON WEBSITE

May 2014

It is now possible for business owners to compare and buy insurance from multiple SME business insurers online. Carl Louw, Chief Marketing Officer for hippo.co.za says, “It is important that small and medium enterprises implement sustainable growth strategies for their businesses.

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GET BY WITH A LITTLE HELP FOR YOUR FURRY FRIENDS

Apr 2014

As with most daily expenses, taking care of your pets does not get any cheaper. Whether you are already a pet owner, deciding to get that cute little pug in the pet shop or adopting a furry feline, the costs of taking care of your pet are an important consideration, which brings us to the growing market of pet insurance.

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HIPPO.CO.ZA ENGAGES FLIGHT USERS AT OR TAMBO AIRPORT

Apr 2014

Waiting long hours for a flight at OR Tambo airport got a little more interesting recently. Instead of warming the bench at the terminal, travellers visited the hippo.co.za kiosk to compare medical aid, car, home, life, business and funeral insurance quotes.

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POTHOLES: DENTS, SCRATCHES, TYRES AND RIMS – WHAT NOW?

Apr 2014

South Africans, especially Gauteng residents, have experienced unseasonably high rainfall this year, and what followed has been well documented: washed away roads, bridges and dreaded potholes.

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MOTORISTS CAN SAVE DESPITE PETROL PRICE INCREASES (1)

Apr 2014

Motorists not only have to deal with e-tolls, increased fuel levies and the general price increases due to inflation, but also a further financial blow in increased petrol costs. South African motorists have seen yet another petrol hike in April. Fin 24 indicated, “The increase is due to movements in the crude oil prices, international petroleum products prices, [the] rand/US dollar exchange rate... and the self-adjusting Slate levy...”

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NO PAIN IN COMPARING MEDICAL AID AND INSURANCE COVER ON HIPPO.CO.ZA

Apr 2014

As with any insurance cover, medical aid and other health insurance products and services are available in various shapes, forms, sizes and prices. “Calling different service providers for a better deal can be painful,” says Carl Louw, Chief Marketing Officer for hippo.co.za, “But now you can more easily source and compare online quotes for medical cover such as hospital cash cover, cancer cover and even pet medical insurance in minutes.”

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ARE YOU REALLY GETTING THE BEST HOLIDAY DEALS

Mar 2014

The first school term has almost ended and the April holidays will soon be here. So, will you take a family road trip to Mpumalanga, a weekend away to visit the grandparents in sunny Durban or a couple’s R&R? Decisions, decisions...and are you getting the best deal? Really?

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BAD WEATHER BREWING IN 2014?

Mar 2014

First Sun International announced retrenchments, then Naspers said they were shutting down some divisions, followed by Edcon’s retrenchment announcements. And when trend analyst Dion Chang starts talking about how the recession has forced us to embrace the lowest common denominator then it really is time to take stock.

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DON’T LET SUMMER FLINGS AND FUN END IN TEARS

Jan 2014

Summer flings. Summer fun. Hot dates with new flames. Time to show off that expensive handbag, new cellphone or new designer watch to impress the date. What happens when the fun gets out of hand and one loses or causes damage to any of the valuables?

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REPORT CONFIRMS WHAT HIPPO.CO.ZA HAVE KNOWN FOR YEARS – YOUNG DRIVERS ARE A BIG CRASH RISK

Nov 2013

A new report by the Transport Research Laboratory in the UK has re-confirmed the global understanding that young and inexperienced drivers are a significant threat to road safety. Young drivers are involved in about 20% of the crashes in the UK where someone is killed or seriously injured.

 

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HIPPO HELPS GET SPECIALIST RHINO ANTI-POACHING TASK TEAM INTO THE FIELD

Jul 2013

hippo.co.za, an innovative comparison site, has donated R190 000 to Rhino Action Group Effort (RAGE) for the establishment of a specialist task team that will be strategically-deployed to fight rhino poaching and bring culprits to book.

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HIPPO: INSURANCE AGGREGATOR SITES ARE A GROWING FORCE

Jan 2012

It’s estimated that in the UK, almost 84-million people visit online price comparison or aggregator sites each year and that 66% of consumers will purchase or renew their insurance online via either an insurer’s website or an aggregator. This figure is set to grow in the coming years making financial aggregators a force to be reckoned with.

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IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO PLAN YOUR DECEMBER GET AWAY, DIY STYLE

Nov 2011

Do-it-yourself – to avoid agent commissions – is considered the most cost effective route to take by South Africans when planning a local holiday.

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HIPPO NOW COMPARES CELL PHONES AND CONTRACTS

Oct 2011

Cellphone penetration in South Africa is estimated at 98%, with 25.1 million South Africans over the age of 15 personally owning, renting or enjoying access to a cellphone.

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VIRSEKER

ANDER VOERTUIE BY MEER AS HELFTE VAN MOTORFIETSONGELUKKE BETROKKE

Oct 2015

Honderde motorfietsryers word jaarliks op Suid-Afrikaanse paaie gedood of beseer. In Augustus 2015 het ER24 bevestig dat hulle vir die jaar op meer as 1100 voorvalle waarby motorfietsryers betrokke was moes reageer.

In die VSA is die hoeveelheid motorfietsongelukke ook rede tot kommer: In 2013 het die VSA Departement van Vervoer se “Fatality Analysis Reporting System” (FARS) bevind dat 42% van motorfietsryer-sterftes enkelvoertuigongelukke was, terwyl ander voertuie by 58% van dié ongelukke betrokke was.

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DEEGLIKE ONDERHOUD VAN BANDE VERLAAG RISIKO VAN ‘N ONGELUK IN DIE REËN DRASTIES

Sep 2015

Het jy geweet dat bande en wiele wat nie behoorlik onderhou is nie een van die hoofoorsake van motorongelukke is? Volgens aa1car.com word sowat 10-12% van alle motorongelukke daardeur veroorsaak, met dronkbestuur, spoed en slegte weersomstandighede wat van die ander sondebokke is.

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AUGUSTUSWINDE KAN LEWENS EIS

Aug 2015

Augustus is berug vir stormagtige winde wat in ’n ommesientjie verwoesting kan saai.

“Ons het onlangs in die nuus gesien hoe die wind ‘n groot vragmotor naby die Hugenote tonnel omgewaai het, so wind is beslis nie ’n grap nie!” sê Elmarie Twilley, woordvoorder vir Virseker. “Meeste mense sien wind op die uiterste as ‘n ongerief, maar dit kan groot skade aanrig aan jou huis, tuin en motor en selfs noodlottige gevolge hê.”

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10 DODELIKE WINTERGEVARE

Jul 2015

Ons mag dalk halfpad deur die winter wees, maar dis nog ver van verby af. Elmarie Twilley, woordvoerder van Virseker, spoor die publiek aan om uiters versigtig te wees wanneer hulle enige vorm van verhittingstoestel gebruik.

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KLERKSDORP INWONER WEN SPLINTERNUWE RENAULT MEGANE MET NOOT VIR NOOT EN VIRSEKER!

Jul 2015

Sophia Voges van Klerksdorp in Noordwes is die trotse eienaar van ‘n blinknuwe Renault Megane 1.2 Turbo GT-Line – ‘n prys wat aangebied is deur Virseker, finansiële borg van die immergewilde reeks, Noot vir Noot, op SABC 2.

Tussen 2 Februarie en 3 Julie 2015 moes kykers van dié reeks eenvoudig ‘n SMS stuur om ‘n kans te staan om hierdie spogmotor ter waarde van R289 900 te wen. Duisende inskrywings is ontvang, maar dit was uiteindelik Sophia wat die sleutels op Maandag die 13de Julie by Renault East Rand naby Johannesburg in ontvangs geneem het.

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PADWOEDE KAN JOU JOU LEWE KOS

May 2015

Vroeër vandeesmaand het ‘n kommersiële vlieënier in die Kemptonparkse Magistraatshof verskyn ná ‘n beweerde padwoede-voorval wat die lewe van ‘n ander motoris geëis het. Twee kinders (10 en 14 jaar oud) was saam met hom in die voertuig toe hy glo die ander bestuurder doodgeskiet het. Die ander bestuurder het na bewering vir hom gewys om van die pad af te trek, hom op ‘n agressiewe manier gekonfronteer en probeer om die beskuldigde se vuurwapen uit sy hand te ruk.

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PASOP VIR VALS POLISIEBEAMPTES

Mar 2015

Vroeër in 2015 is ‘n paartjie amper buite ‘n skool in Pretoria gekaap deur twee mans wat hulle as polisiebeamptes voorgedoen het. Ten spyte daarvan dat dramatiese selfoon-beeldmateriaal van die voorval die rondtes aanlyn doen, is die identiteit van dié misdadigers steeds nie bekend nie. ‘n Agtergelate voertuig – wat koeëlvaste polisiebaadjies en polisie-uniforms, ‘n blou lig en twee R5-gewere wat in die kapingspoging gebruik is bevat het - is later in Tembisa opgespoor.

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OORVERTROUE IN JOU MULTITAAK-VAARDIGHEDE AGTER DIE STUUR KAN JOU JOU LEWE KOS

Jan 2015

‘n Onlangse studie in Amerika het onthul dat meer as 90% van bestuurders wat ondervra is wéét dat dit gevaarlik is om teksboodskappe te tik terwyl hulle bestuur, maar dit inelkgeval steeds doen. Hierdie bestuurders is oortuig dat hulle goed is met multitaak verrigting.

Volgens Arrive Alive is bestuurders wie se aandag afgelei word ook in Suid-Afrika ‘n “epidemie wat oor ons paaie heen versprei”. Die Nasionale Hoofweg Verkeersowerheid plaas die gebruik van ‘n selfoon heel bo aan die lys van aandag-afleiers.

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HOE OM ‘N RAMP OP DIE PAD DIÉ VAKANSIE TE VERMY - DIE DEFINITIEWE OORSIGLYS

Dec 2014

Beplan jy om ver te reis hierdie feesseisoen? Indien jy gewoonlik slegs ‘n kort afstand werk toe en terug ry, is die somer-vakansie-uittog waarskynlik jou verste reis van die jaar.

“Gedurende die vakansietyd is die paaie besonder gevaarlik en moet motoriste ekstra voorsorg tref. Juis om hierdie rede is dit noodsaaklik om, minstens twee weke voordat jy vertrek, ‘n multi-punt inspeksie van jou voertuig uit te voer om moontlike gevare te identifiseer en so verdere skade te voorkom”, sê Elmarie Twilley, woordvoerder van Virseker.

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IS JOU VOERTUIG GEKLOON?

Nov 2014

Volgens die Suid-Afrikaanse Versekeringsmisdaadburo is meer as 66 000 voertuie, ter waarde van meer as R8.5-biljoen, verlede jaar in Suid-Afrika gekaap of gesteel. Motordiewe het kenners geword daarin om ontslae te raak van ‘n motor se oorspronklike identiteitsnommer en -inligting. Die vraag staan egter steeds: waar eindig al hierdie motors uiteindelik op?

“Dit mag dalk soos wetenskapsfiksie klink, maar, met die gebruik van egte voertuigbesonderhede, eindig dié voertuie weer op ons paaie op”, verduidelik Elmarie Twilley, woordvoerder van Virseker.

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DOEN-DIT-SELF MOTORONDERHOUD ‘N TOENEMEND POPULÊRE NEIGING – IS DIT SLIM OM JOU KAR SELF TE ONDERHOU?

Sep 2014

Onlangse navorsing deur British Car Auctions (BCA) het getoon dat 90% van motoreienaars self hulle voertuie herstel – ‘n neiging wat ook deur baie Suid-Afrikaners nagevolg word.

Volgens Elmarie Twilley, woordvoerder van Virseker: “Die hoë kostes daaraan verbonde om voertuie professioneel te laat diens en herstel lei daartoe dat baie Suid-Afrikaners dit eerder self aanpak. Terwyl die basiese dingetjies eenvoudig genoeg mag wees om self te doen, behoort meer gevorderde take aan kenners oorgelaat te word.”

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OM DIE REGTE NOMMER TE SKAKEL IN ‘N NOODGEVAL KAN DIE VERSKIL TUSSEN LEWE EN DOOD MAAK

Sep 2014

Die laaste ding wat jy in ‘n noodgeval wil doen is om die verkeerde nommer te skakel. “Elke sekonde tel in ‘n noodgeval en kan die verskil tussen lewe en dood maak”, sê Elmarie Twilley van Virseker.

“Om in ‘n noodsituasie te verkeer is hoogs traumaties en kan dit baie moeilik maak om die korrekte noodnommers te onthou. Jy mag dalk senuagtig en paniekerig wees so dit is noodsaaklik dat jy so voorbereid as moontlik is en al die nodige inligting byderhand het. Dit behels dat jy die korrekte nood-kontakbesonderhede, die adres en die aard van die noodgeval gereed moet hê. Dit sal verhoed dat jy kosbare tyd mors”, sê Twilley.

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BLY WARM DIÉ WINTER OP ‘N SLIM, VEILIGE EN KOSTE-EFFEKTIEWE MANIER

Jun 2014

Met die winter wat die land ferm in sy greep het is dit ‘n top prioriteit om warm te bly. Dis tyd om seker te maak dat jy goed voorbereid is – beide fisies en finansieel – vir die koue maande wat voorlê.

“Dit behoort jou hoof fokuspunt te wees om jou en jou geliefdes veilig en warm te hou in die winter se yskoue temperature,” sê Elmarie Twilley, woordvoerder van Virseker. “Volgens die Wêreld Gesondheidsorganisasie is brandwonde een van die top vyf oorsake van kindersterftes in Suid-Afrika. Navorsing deur UNISA het ook bevind dat kinders ‘n hoër risiko loop van brandwonde in die wintermaande.”

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VALSTRIKKE OM VOOR UIT TE KYK BY MOTORVEILINGS

May 2014

Baie mense glo dat om ‘n motor by ‘n veiling te koop ‘n eenvoudige manier is om geld te spaar en groot winskopies te kry. “Dis waar dat jy só ‘n goedkoper motor in die hande kan kry as deur ‘n handelaar, maar, as ‘n privaat koper, moet jy jou huiswerk baie goed doen om voordeel uit die groot besparings op veiling-motors te trek”, verduidelik Elmarie Twilley, woordvoerder van Virseker.

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WEES GEREED VOORDAT JY DIE PAAS-PAD PAK

Apr 2014

Die Paasvakansie is om die draai en Suid-Afrikaners sal binnekort die paaie aanpak - gretig om by hulle bestemmings uit te kom.

Indien jy beplan om op reis te wees gedurende die Paasnaweek moet jy ekstra voorsorg tref, veral gegewe die hoër verkeersladings wat gedurende hierdie tyd verwag word. Die hoeveelheid motorongelukke gedurende enige vakansieseisoen neem altyd skerp toe.

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12 ALGEMENE GELUIDE WAT JOU MOTOR MAAK EN WAT HULLE BETEKEN

Apr 2014

Jy’t dit gehóór. Iewers oppad na jou Paasbestemming, tussen die gegrom van honger mae en die 100ste ‘Hoe ver nog?’ het jou kar ‘n geluid gemaak.

“Dit vat nie altyd ‘n werktuigkundige om te weet dat daar iets verkeerd is met jou motor nie. As jy iets ongewoon aan jou motor gevoel of gehoor het terwy

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REËN + BLARE IN GEUTE = SOMER-NAGMERRIE

Mar 2014

Die swaar reëns wat sover in 2014 regoor die land geval het, het reeds groot amok gesaai by baie wonings. Met ‘n hele klompie weke van somerreën steeds oppad rig Virseker ‘n dringende versoek aan huiseienaars om dakke en geute na te gaan en so groot skade aan hulle huise te voorkom.

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INNOVATION INCLUDES THE SMALLER INCREMENTAL CHANGES

Nov 2013

Couple today’s saturated insurance industry with a savvy consumer, and you have the perfect storm for service innovation. Being able to stand out from the crowd to gain organic growth is key to acquiring and sustaining a competitive edge.

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A BRAND NEW BAKKIE FOR BRAKPAN RESIDENT

Jul 2013

47 year-old Mariekie Duncan from Brakpan couldn’t believe her ears when she received the news that she had won a brand new bakkie, courtesy of Afrikaans insurance brand, Virseker and Huisgenoot Skouspel. “I have been without transport for years. My father, who is a pensioner, always drops me off at work. Once, I jokingly said that I would win us a bakkie. That day has finally come,” says Mariekie.

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