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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