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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