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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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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A NEED FOR AFFORDABLE STUDENT LOANS? (1)

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. Because not only does unattainable price hikes affect individuals who can afford to pay for their tertiary education in cash, it also increases the financial burden of those with study loans even further.

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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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