Party Planning 101: Event Liability Cover is a Must-Have

Unveil the essential role of event liability insurance in safeguarding the success and financial stability of events. Whether orchestrating corporate functions or personal celebrations, this insurance provides peace of mind, bolsters credibility, making it an indispensable asset for discerning event planners seeking to ensure seamless and secure events.

Hippo Found the Ultimate Bok Legend to Kick High Insurance Prices

In our constant quest to get every Bok-loving, braai-starting, loadshedding-defying South African to get the insurance they deserve, we got legendary Springbok Frans Steyn to team up with Hippo for our new campaign.

MonthEnd Anthem: A Drop

Our brand-new track featuring Toss, Loufi, and Chad Jones, produced by Peach van Pletzen, sheds light on this relatable struggle and sets the stage for our MonthEnd Anthem. In this article, we'll dive into the details of our MonthEnd Anthem and how it can transform your month-end blues.

When to Get Life Insurance

Death, taxes and loadshedding are the three inevitabilities of (South African) life – and having life insurance can help your loved ones deal with all three, if you start early enough.

Smart Money-Saving Tips so You Can Pay Less on Medical Aid, Insurance and Loans

Are price hikes putting a dent in your bank balance? Here are some smart money-saving tips to fight the effects of inflation and keep your budget in the black.

How to save hundreds of rands in just one day

They say what goes up must come down, but interest rates and inflation seem to be headed in one direction – up. If you, like millions of other South Africans, are battling to breach the gap as your wallet comes under strain, then an annual review of your costs is the way to go.

Is your side hustle insured?

You take your side hustle seriously — so make sure you're insurance-legit!

Which cars are hijacked or stolen the most in South Africa?

Is your car on the shopping list of South Africa's brazen car thieves? Compare the list of the most commonly stolen cars with the bestselling cars and you'll notice that this country's thieves seem to favour the same vehicles as most of the honest population. Let's look at the most frequently stolen or hijacked vehicles in SA and how these numbers might affect you as an owner.

What It Costs to Insure SA’s Bestselling Cars

When planning for your next vehicle purchase, it’s important to consider how much money you’ll need to set aside each month for insurance. Let’s take a closer look at how much it might cost to insure the current top 10 best-selling vehicles in South Africa.

Does insurance cover power grid collapse?

Let's make sense of what a total electrical grid collapse means for your insurance cover...

How does your Car Insurer calculate your risk profile?

How do insurers determine your risk? And how much are you being charged for it? Find out what you can do to improve your risk profile, or at least lower your premiums.

What’s SASRIA? Here’s Everything You Need to Know

SASRIA is insurance, but it's a little different to your personal, household and Business Insurance. It should definitely be part of your insurance cover, though. Here's why...

The Truth About Who Owns Hippo and How it Works

Ready to take a bite out of your monthly insurance premiums? Hippo will help you SAVE on everything from Car Insurance to Travel, Medical Aid and more.

The Cost of Staying Loyal to Your Insurer

Loyalty is great... but if you're doggedly sticking to the same insurer without checking if there are better options out there, your loyalty could be coming at a very high cost.

Are You Covered for Flood and Water Damage?

The recent, devastating KwaZulu-Natal floods killed hundreds of people and caused damage estimated in the billions of rands. What are the insurance lessons from this disaster?

Are You Over- or Under-Insured?

Are you over-insured, under-insured, or not so sure? Discover the dangers of having too much or too little cover and find out how to get the balance just right.

The Truth Behind Cash-Back Bonuses

To paraphrase the old Dire Straits song, there's no such thing as money for nothin'... particularly when it comes to insurance and no-claim bonuses.

The Basics of Motorcycle Insurance

With motorbikes being more fuel-efficient than cars, and scooters being the vehicle of choice for food delivery, we're seeing more and more bikes on the road these days. If you're considering joining the two-wheel brigade, here's what you need to know from an insurance point of view.

You Can Find Better with Hippo

Hippo shakes up the insurance industry by telling consumers: YOU CAN FIND BETTER!

Compare, Save and Beat the Interest Rate Hike

South Africa just saw its biggest interest rate hike in 20 years. Feeling the pinch? Here's how you can save money, quickly and easily.

Pet Insurance for Creatures, Great and Small

Pet Insurance is vital for protecting your pup or caring for your cat because expecting the unexpected is a given for any pet owner. But how does it work?

Want to Go Electric? Read this first!

Over the 12 months of 2012, about 130 000 electric cars were sold worldwide. In 2022, that many are sold in a single week, with 16 million electric vehicles currently on global roads. How does South Africa shape up?

Insuring your Classic Car in South Africa

South Africa's classic car industry is booming. Should you hop onto the trend? And if you do, how do you insure a classic?

SA’s Most Skelm Insurance Fraudsters

Life insurance fraud is on the rise, and the fraudulent claims are getting more and more brazen. Here are some of the most shocking scams − all of which were foiled.

What Exactly Is ‘Reckless’ Driving?

You know that driving recklessly could derail your Car Insurance claim... but do you know how the law (and your insurer) determine what qualifies as reckless driving?

Is Your Insurance Cover Ready for Climate Change?

As climate change brings more cases of extreme weather, will your home insurance cover weather the storm?

Car Write-Offs: What You Need to Know

How, when, and why would your car be declared a write-off? The answer is more complicated than you'd think.

Best Contract Phones for Under R150 a Month

A cellphone for under R150 per month? Yes please! Take a look at these mobile phones, each available at a pocket-friendly price.

How to (Really) Compare Cellphones

What makes one smartphone better than another? Here are the specs to check when you're comparing two phones side-by-side.

What is Force Majeure?

No, it's not a French superhero. It's what happens when the world goes mad and a company is unable to fulfill its contractual obligations. Find out the meaning of force majeure and how it applies to both insurers and the insured.

7 Switched-on Smartwatch Hacks

Wearable tech's popularity is growing by the day... But do you really know what your smartwatch can do? Here are some of the lesser-known smartwatch features that'll help you hit your goals for a healthy, active lifestyle.

Your Car Crash Checklist

Regardless of whether it's a fender-bender or a write-off, you must cover all your bases when you have a car accident. Keep on top of things with this handy checklist.

Insurance: Use It or Lose It?

Are you wasting precious rands on insurance for items you no longer use or services you don't need? You probably are. Here's how to spring clean your insurance – no matter the season.

Recycle My Phone: Give New Life to an Old Phone

There's no law that says you absolutely, positively, have to get an upgrade cellphone when you renew your mobile contract. Why not save money by sprucing up your old phone instead?

The Easy Way to save R5 000 a Year

Comparing insurance quotes will save you a ton of money. Don't believe us? Here are 5 964 reasons to compare Car Insurance quotes today...

Your Pet Vaccination Checklist

"Vaccination" is undeniably a 2021 buzzword. But for once, we're not talking Covid-19; rather, our focus is on pet vaccinations. Here's a handy checklist to keep up to date with your furbabies' vaccinations and booster shots.

What’s the deal with third-party insurance?

Third-party cover is an affordable and attractive car insurance option for many drivers. Here's a look at how it works.

The Sparkling Truth About Jewellery Insurance

Not sure how best to cover your beautiful bling? Here's what you need to know about how – and why – to insure your jewellery.

The Best Cars to Drive in SA's Major Cities

Some are easy going, others have bumps and potholes at every turn. Like South Africans themselves, the nation's roads all have their own unique personalities. So, which cars are best for handling the idiosyncrasies of each major city centre?

Avoid These Insurance Horror Stories

Which is scarier: spooky movie monsters or insurance claims that go frighteningly wrong? We know which one sends chills down our spines...

(App)reciate the great outdoors

Your tech doesn't have to turn you into a blue-screen hermit who never leaves the house. Use these mobile apps to maximise your outdoor fitness adventures.

What Happens When Your Kid Starts Driving?

You're psyching yourself up for when your kids take the wheel. Should your insurer be doing the same?

What Does It Mean to Be Under Debt Review?

More and more South Africans are using debt counselling to resolve their financial worries. Here's how it affects your day-to-day money matters.

Dog Bites: The Insurance Risk

What happens if your dog bites someone and they take you to court for damages? Here's a look at an often-ignored aspect of liability insurance.

Strange Insurance Claims: The Friends & Family Edition

From flying livestock to indoor beaches, these strange-but-true insurance claims – all involving friends, lovers and family – prove the value of being covered for absolutely any eventuality.

The Science of Regrets

From facepalm mistakes to unfulfilled dreams, regrets are a part of life. But what makes some regrets more painful than others, and how can we turn our dreams into reality? Researchers and psychologists have a few ideas...

Can You Insure a Self-driving Car?

If a self-driving car has an accident, who's responsible: the manufacturer, owner or operator? Well, the answer is complicated.

Read the Small Print

Read the fine print, they say. Yeah, yeah, you think. But these strange tales prove the value of familiarising yourself with those good old T's and C's.

Hippo Regret Monsters Survey: What South Africans Say

Regrets? Maybe you've had a few. But – as the Regret Monsters Survey shows – you're not alone. Here's a look at the results, and what you can learn from them.

7 Health Regrets and How to Avoid Them

Save your future self (and your future health) by taking care of these common medical warnings.

The Biggest Insurance Payouts Ever

Think your insurance company is going to stress about paying for your cracked cellphone screen? Trust us: they've seen worse.

Claiming from Insurance? Don’t Wait Too Long…

If you need to file an insurance claim, don't dawdle. If you fail to get your paperwork in on time, your claim could be rejected – and it only gets worse from there.

Free Tools to Boost Your Business

Use these digital platforms to save money and grow your SME or side hustle. Best of all? They're gratis – mahala!

Are You Covered for Damage Caused by Riots and Looting?

Not sure if your home, car or business is covered for damages caused by riots and looting? SASRIA provides cover for exactly those kinds of events – and if you have existing short-term insurance cover, it's possible that you have it already.

Pets: Is it better to adopt or shop?

Pets become an important part of the family, so how they're brought into your world matters when it comes to the care and support systems you put in place for them.

Fight the Power

What's worse than load shedding? Well, several things – and having your freezer fried by a post-load-shedding power surge is right up there. Does your insurance cover you for damage to your precious electronics in the event of a current calamity?

The Weirdest Insurance Policies You Can Actually Take Out

Your car is covered, your house is covered... Heck, there's even insurance for your health (and your pet's!). Here, though, are some of the oddball insurance policies you almost definitely don't have.

Hybrids & EVs, Compared and Insured

Plugging in and powering up is the future of mobility – but what does it cost to switch to electric vehicles?

The Insurance Problem with Working from Home

Working from home? Running a small business from your spare room? Then you'll need to read this – and you'll need to speak to your insurance company.

South Africa’s Best/Weirdest #Selfie Spots

A huge pineapple? A brew with a view? A house shaped like a shoe? Your Insta feed is about to take a left turn.

Why Full Disclosure Is So Important

You've done stuff. Maybe it was heroic; maybe you're not too proud of it. Either way, you need to disclose your full insurance history when you take up a new insurance policy.

Weird Reasons Your Car Insurance Claim Will (And Won’t) Be Rejected

Insurers aren't looking to catch you out, but they do expect your car to be roadworthy and you to drive responsibly. We'll highlight the avoidable (but often overlooked) factors and decisions that could see your claim denied.

5 Bonkers Travel Insurance Claims

Planning a post-pandemic holiday trip? Good idea. Planning on going without travel insurance? Very, very bad idea. Strange things happen in foreign lands – as these (possibly) true stories show.

Who Gets Your Retirement Savings?

Your retirement fund savings are a huge portion of your wealth. But if you think you have the final say on who inherits the money when you die, you're sadly mistaken.

Yes, Celebs Really Had These Body Parts Insured

Hands, legs, smiles, boobs, bottoms... they're the tools of an entertainer's trade and – like any business asset – they need business insurance cover.

Short-term Insurance vs Long-term Insurance

Learn what the definitions of short-term insurance and long-term insurance are, and what the differences are in terms of which products they each cover and how they're governed.

How #Oversharing Could Sink Your Insurance Claim

Your friends, family, employers and prospective partners are all watching your social media accounts. Don't be surprised if your insurer does the same.

Do Influencers Need Insurance Cover?

Doctors have medical malpractice insurance, a specialised type of professional liability insurance that covers them if something dreadful happens and a patient (or a patient's surviving relatives) sues them. Should social media influencers have something similar?

The Strange Case of the Car, the Crash, the Claim and the Missing Photographs

A recent car insurance case, and its ruling by the Ombudsman for Short-term Insurance, carries a stark warning for people who are not great with their paperwork.

Preparing for the Inevitable: Life Insurance vs Funeral Cover

Life Insurance or Funeral Cover: which one better serves the need to protect you and your family?

This Is Why a Funeral Can Ruin Your Bank Balance

South Africa has some of the highest funeral costs in the world. Know what your loved ones might need to pay for when you pass on and what your funeral policies cover so that they're not caught by surprise during their time of grief.

Car Accidents During Curfew – Can a Car Insurance Claim Be Rejected by Your Insurer?

The good news is your car insurance should still cover you if you are involved in an accident after curfew. But there's a catch...

Guide to Driver’s Licence Rules in 2021

The time has come for you to renew your driver's licence and you're probably already dreading dealing with all the admin, especially given the complications of the COVID-19 lockdown. Our quick guide to renewing your driver's licence will help you get it done in no time.

Under 35? Here’s Why You Should Take out a Life Insurance Policy

It's a financial product most young people dismiss, but in fact it tends to be cheaper and more comprehensive for them. Here are some pointers to help you see why you should invest in life cover at your earliest convenience.

Is Your Car Insurance Road Trip-Ready?

After all those long months of lockdown and #WFH, you may have switched to a cheaper car insurance option. If you’re going to be on the road a lot more in 2021, make sure your insurance policy has you covered for every eventuality.

How a High Excess on Your Car Insurance Can Work for You

Here’s how excess on your car insurance works – and how it can save you money, if you’re a smart saver!

How Comparison Makes Life Choices Easier

Hot dogs or boerewors rolls? Wine or beer? TV or books? Should be easy to answer, right? Here’s what happened when we actually asked…

What Happens with Insurance After You’re in a Car Accident

Bad news: you’ve been involved in a car crash. Worse news: you’re not sure how to handle the insurance part. Good news: we’re here to walk you through it.

Are You Driving SA’s Cheapest Car to Insure?

Looking to pay less than a grand but still have your shiny new ride? For less than R1,000 per month, you could get a new car comprehensively covered. Here are the best new cars to buy in SA right now.

Comprehensive car insurance vs third party only insurance

Third-party liability insurance only can seem like a cost-saving option over comprehensive insurance, but an incident involving your car could end up costing you more than you bargained for.

Struggling to Manage Your Finances? Make Comparison Part of Your Savings Journey

You might already be a black belt when it comes to finding deals on things like smart phones and sneakers, but the amount of money you save by shopping smart shouldn’t stop there. Comparisons can help you find savings on bigger (unavoidable) expenses like car insurance, medical aid and even your home loan. Here’s how.

Quit Smoking? It’s Time to Check Your Life Insurance Premiums

Does quitting smoking make a difference to your life insurance premiums? We investigated.

Here’s How to Resolve Issues with Your Insurer As Efficiently As Possible

Banging your head against your (home) desk because of insurance-claim issues? Here are ideas to resolve things with your insurer without involving the ombudsman. Hint - start by doing your homework...

What to Do When You’ve Previously Cancelled Your Car Insurance and Need a New Policy

It's usually harder and more expensive to get car insurance again if you've had a break in cover. But reinsuring your vehicle after having cancelled in order to manage your lockdown budget is a vital step towards repairing your now-damaged risk profile.

Why You Should Consider Third-Party Car Insurance

How a car accident can ruin your finances, and why third-party liability insurance is absolutely essential.

The Best Life Insurance for You Isn’t Necessarily the Cheapest

Finding a life insurance policy that works for you doesn't have to be complicated. The key is to understand what you need it for, and to ensure you pick one that works best for your needs. And that's not necessarily the one with the cheapest life insurance premiums.

Less Driving Doesn’t Mean Less Risk for Your Car

When considering the risks associated with owning and driving a car, most people think about traffic accidents. So, surely, lockdown and less driving mean you're less at risk and should cancel? Hit the brakes! That isn't the only consideration of risk. Here is why you still need that car insurance.

Why Cancelling Your Car Insurance Is a Bad Long-Term Financial Decision

Picture this: it’s life after lockdown and you are finally back on track with your budget. You’re relieved that you can afford to pick up those payments you decided to drop to spare your pocket. You can insure your car again… But then comes the shock: your premiums are suddenly far higher than what you were paying before the lockdown! What happened?

Don’t Cancel Your Car Insurance

With lockdown and working from home being the order of the day, dropping car insurance to save on monthly premiums may seem like a good way to save money, but in the long run, it could hurt you more.

How to Pick the Right Life Insurance Cover

You've insured your car, your smartphone, your home... But what about you? Compare life insurance policies, and make sure you get the cover that's right for you.

Why You’ll Need Fibre for Life After Lockdown

We're in uncharted territory as the nation lives through an unprecedented lockdown. Stay connected – and sane – by following these tips for a happy, healthy COVID-19 isolation.

Your Home Is Your Everything. Here’s How You Can Protect It

Just like that, our homes became offices, gyms and classrooms. As COVID-19 changes our home's roles in our lives, the need to keep them protected and insured is more important now than ever before.

Evaluate And Get Your Finances COVID-19 Ready

COVID-19 is forcing us all to re-evaluate how much money we're spending. This is an opportunity to 'audit' your expenses (car, life insurance) by comparing those recurring expenses to find savings.

How To Read My Life Insurance Policy

Understanding any contract that contains a lot of industry-specific jargon can be tricky for the everyday person. When it comes to a life insurance policy, understanding what you're covered for, what the specific benefits and payments are, and what the insurance company is and isn't committing to is very important.

How to Rescue Your Business from Disaster

Could the unexpected devastate your business? A power outage. A disgruntled or injured employee. A flash flood or hailstorm. Don't allow unexpected business interruptions caused by uncontrolled elements to knock your business into the red zone. Whatever emergencies or disasters could arise, preparing for them will help your company weather any storm.

Why Cape Town is the best place for your start-up

Africa holds a fortune of resources, minerals, and wealth. Accessing this well of potential, however, has historically been a struggle for its inhabitants. That’s all changing though. Countries across Africa are working towards developing cities that can compete internationally in business, tourism, and resources.

3 reasons to explore South Africa on a motorbike

Everyone has a preference for how they like to spend their holidays; some people like to relax in a lavish resort while others prefer a more modest approach, like camping. When it comes to travelling to your holiday destination, opinions vary there too.

5 advantages and disadvantages of a home office

Working from home – is it living the dream or a lonely ordeal? There are upsides and downsides to having a home office. Here are a few pros and cons to help you decide which is best for your business.

The history of traditional Irish wakes

When thinking of a traditional Irish wake, many people conjure images of a big event that involves drinking and festivities. However, as an old funeral custom, an Irish wake is so much more.

Climate Change and Your Home

Have you ever wondered about the contentious topic of global warming? We're sure you've heard celebrities and politicians statingit as a lie or proclaiming it as 'the beginning of the end' for humanity. What is the truth? Is climate change real, and will it impact you and your home?

What To Do When a Loved One Passes Away

When someone you love passes away, it’s important to allow yourself enough time to grieve. However, in many situations, this isn’t always possible.

7 Modern Funeral Traditions You’ve Never Heard of

Thanks to movies and popular culture, it's easy to think that, around the world, people's traditions are somewhat similar to our own. That's rarely the case though. You might find it hard to believe, but these funeral customs are practised in certain parts of the world to this day.

5 Ancient Funeral Traditions You’ve Never Heard Of

Humans have been dealing with death since the dawn of the species and it has led to some interesting funeral traditions. While they might seem bizarre at first glance, there’s mostly a good reason behind why people practised these customs.

Tombstone Unveiling in South Africa

In many cultures and religions – around the world and in South Africa – tombstones and their unveiling are important rituals in burial customs.

Should Start-up Entrepreneurs Pay Themselves a Salary

Any entrepreneur knows that keeping up with expenses when you’ve just started out can be overwhelming. Not only do you have all the expenses you did in your personal capacity, but on top of that you now have to cover business expenses like accounting software, business insurance, website hosting, and more.

Where Do Burial Customs Come From?

Evidence of people burying the dead dates back 100,000 years, and we know that many ancient traditions involved elaborate ceremonies to ensure a loved one would be safe in the afterlife.

4 Ways to Improve School Grades Today

If you’re worried about your child’s grades, there are a few tricks you can use to help improve their marks this coming year, before calling in a tutor.

Mistakes to Avoid When Looking for Car Insurance

While Car Insurance is not legally required for car owners in South Africa, many of us would agree it’s important cover to have. Fixing parts that have been damaged in an accident, whether your fault or not, can be costly and Car Insurance is a good financial fall back drivers can have to protect themselves when it might happen.

Understanding Car Insurance Excess

When you took out your insurance policy, regardless of whether it was Car Insurance, Home Insurance or Buildings Insurance, you would’ve been informed of your excess amount. Excess in a nutshell is the amount you have to pay in order to have required repairs, that are covered by your policy, done.

Spring Clean Your Budget

The year may not be over yet, but with summer around the corner there’s no time like the present to do a bit of spring cleaning. Spring cleaning need not only apply to your household though, your finances can be just as important to spruce up as your carpets. With threats of more petrol price hikes in the near future, a number of South Africans are tightening up their budgets and relooking at their finances. With this mind, here are a few tips to help you spring clean your finances.

What You Need to Know About Organ Donation

According to a survey conducted by the Organ Donor Foundation (ODF) in 2017, 4 300 adults and children in South Africa are in need of a new organ, but only 361 transplants took place last year. Their studies further reveal that only around 0.2% of South Africans have registered as organ donors. South Africa is clearly in need of more donors, but many don’t understand the process, and possibly don’t know that one person can help up to 50 people through donating various organs and tissues.

Do You Need Household or Business Insurance for Your Home-Based Business?

Working from home is just like running a business on a main street. You must conduct yourself in a professional manner when dealing with customers. You must ensure that your products and services are up to the standard your clientele expect. Adding to this, you face the same risks and liabilities as any other company.

Why Your Funeral Cover Claim Could Be Rejected

The purpose of a Funeral Cover policy is to cover the burial expenses such as buying a casket and paying the funeral director when you or a loved one passes away. It’s comforting to know that you’re financially protected against a death in the family and that your surviving loved ones can grieve without having to worry about how those funeral bills are going to be paid.

How to Plan A Funeral

Hours after a parent, spouse or child passes away, you’re hit with the reality of making the funeral arrangements – a task you may not have hands-on experience with. You may have attended dozens of funerals before and already know the rituals that take place during the burial, but how do you pull it all together yourself considering all the challenges and decisions?

What is Power of Attorney?

Power of attorney is a signed document which gives a person the ability to give another the right to make decisions and sign legal documents on their behalf. The person who gives another this right is known as the ‘principal’, and the receiver of this right is known as the ‘agent’.

Why Small Businesses Need Liability Insurance

Legal procedures can cost large firms millions of dollars each year. Recently, two well-known brands were on the receiving end of major lawsuits launched by consumers. In 2017, Johnson & Johnson were ordered to compensate a Californian women who alleged she developed terminal ovarian cancer after using the company's talc-based products. Closer to home, a class-action lawsuit has been brought against Tiger Brands and its subsidiary Enterprise Foods for the at least 183 known deaths as a result of the listeria outbreak.

Basics of Small Business Insurance

Starting up your own business can be a fun adventure. Being your own boss means that you can run your company how you’ve always wanted to, set your own hours, and even work from home. But while there are a host of things that will be new and exciting you also have to think about protecting your business’s finances and assets. Having Business Insurance is a vital part of running your business smoothly.

The Cost Of Raising A Child

Whether you’re just starting a family or are welcoming another little bundle of joy into the world, a child will have a significant influence on your life. Raising a child may be one of life’s most rewarding experiences, but as a parent your priorities and responsibilities will change.

How to reduce Your Household Bills

Every year after the annual budget speech, South Africans become a little more conscious of their money and their spending habits. With an increase in VAT from 14% to 15%, many everyday expenses will soon increase in price, and budgets will become a little tighter.

Top 3 Cost-Effective Retirement Plans in South Africa

A retirement annuity (RA) is a type of investment product where individuals contribute monthly cash payments to ensure a regular income after retirement. Unlike a Life Insurance policy, which provides financial stability for a family after the insured breadwinner dies, the savings from a retirement plan benefits the member of the annuity when they withdraw from an active working life one day.

How South Africans Save

The South African Savings Institute (SASI) launched National Savings Month in Sandton in July 2017 as a reminder that we should all put some money away for a rainy day. Saving, however, means different things to different people. Some prefer to put their money in a savings account, others take out a Life Insurance policy, make off-shore investments, buy real estate or keep their money in stokvels.

The Burglar’s Guide to Your Home

With last year’s crime stats showing that break-ins at residential properties is the third most common crime in the country (at over a quarter of a million cases in 2016 according to a Business Tech report) do you know how likely it is that your home will be broken into? The architecture of your house can trigger burglary, and you probably aren’t even aware of it.

Why do You Need Life Insurance

What would your loved ones do if you’re no longer there to provide for them financially? If your family relies on your income to make ends meet or if your income helps your family maintain their standard of living, you might want to invest in Life Insurance.

Average Funeral Costs in South Africa

How would you like to be remembered? Some prefer a funeral where family and friends wear bright colours and release multi-coloured balloons while others want a cremation so that their remains can be scattered in the ocean. But what would it cost? We take a closer look...

Motorbike Events Guide for 2017

Motorcycle enthusiasts know that their lifestyle is more than wearing leathers, or going on unplanned adventures with fellow bikers. Sure, nothing beats the feeling of the wind in your face, the scenery, the smells and that sense of freedom, but imagine this sensory feast amplified by a rally or run where you can not only show off your bike but also your riding skills.

What You Need to Know About Adoption in SA

In South Africa, by last reports, approximately 11.9 million children (64% of all South African children) live in poverty. The closest possible consensus tells us that some 1.7 million children (9% of all South African children) still live in informal housing such as shacks in backyards or squatter settlements. Due to the number of independent adoption institutions in South Africa, and how loosely regulated they are, no one knows for certain how many adoptions of non-blood related children there are or have been in the country.

BLOG - Are Women or Men Angrier on the Road

Conventional wisdom tells us that men take more driving risks on the road, which is one of the reasons they may face higher premiums for their Car Insurance. But, a new study concludes that women may actually be more likely to throw traffic tantrums.

How Stress Really Leads to Weight Gain

Many people follow a healthy diet because we’ve been told that we should stay away from lots of carbohydrates, fats, and sugar if we don’t want to pile on the kilograms. But, how many of us know that it is not just comfort eating that can make us gain weight?

The Legal Implications of Living Together

There are many reasons why partners choose to move in together rather than getting married right away, ranging from getting to know one another better, to sharing expenses. But, living in cohabitation or being an unmarried couple sometimes results in disputes over assets upon death or separation.

South Africa’s Safest Entry-Level Cars

In September 2016, the Automobile Association (AA) published its first annual ‘Entry Level Vehicle Safety Report’, to identify and compare the safety features in 23 motor vehicles available on the South African market for under R150 000. Poor economic growth, coupled with the increasing price of new motor vehicles has put pressure on young South African drivers, who are looking for an affordable yet safe vehicle. Worryingly, those looking for a vehicle seem to be more preoccupied with the affordability of a vehicle and not its safety features.

South Africa's Most Stressful Jobs Revealed

A recent study performed by Pharma Dynamics, has revealed interesting results on what the most stressful jobs in South Africa are, and surprisingly, the common corporate-related jobs aren’t at the top of the list. Stress can be measured in different ways, and different jobs can surface different types of stress-related symptoms, but according to the 2 000 respondents who come from over 40 different professional backgrounds, which professionals are the most stressed out?

How a Supermarket's Layout Influences Shopping Behaviour

Most of us are generally aware of the strategically placed luxury items which regularly feature close to the checkout counter of a grocery store. These items will usually include what retail outlets sometimes refer to as “impulse buys” being chocolate, sweets and snacks. What many of us do not put much thought into is how much the remainder of the store’s layout can influence our shopping behaviour.

The Most Unusual Deaths in History

We are all aware of the fact that we will die someday and that death can catch anyone at any time. The only thing that remains uncertain is its coming. We take a look at some of the strangest ways people have died over the years.

6 Ways to Make Your Home Sell Faster

The faster you can sell your home, the faster you can access the capital you’ve invested in it and move on with your life. The reality, though, is that many houses sit stagnant on the market for several months. This not only eats into profit but may prevent you from moving forward with your property investments. It also means that expenses, like your bond and Household Insurance, keep ticking over all the time while it’s on the market.

Facebook, Death and Grieving

If you've already started planning for the future, you probably have the more important things like Funeral Cover and your estate sorted out by now. But, here's something you probably haven't considered: what happens to your Facebook account when you're gone?

4 Outdoor and Adventure Apps That Could Save Your Life

Have you ever been saved from a potentially life-threatening situation with the help of an app on your smartphone? Find out which apps can turn your smartphone into a survival device.

Five Stats That Show the Importance of Planning Ahead

Every year, companies and researchers run surveys across a variety of disciplines. Most of these studies shed light on customer or civil behaviour, but some also serve as eye-openers that can help us make informed decisions about certain aspects of our lives. gathered five statistics from the last three years to illustrate the importance of Life Insurance and planning ahead.

How to Be Safe on the Road This Winter

There are dozens of good reasons to get an affordable Funeral Cover policy in place, but this winter season may be one of the best.

Do You Have Unclaimed Life Insurance Benefits?

When it comes to your family's financial future, the only thing worse than not having the right type, and amount, of Life Insurance cover is being unaware of a benefit payout that is due – sometimes long after they needed it the most.

Four Life Events Where Life Insurance Is Important

Be it a brand new baby, an unexpected divorce or the inevitability of growing old, various life stages or significant events turn us into new versions of ourselves. The footloose and fancy-free youngster makes way for an adult with fresh interests and gradual capacity to take on responsibility.

Financial Lessons for Businesses from 2015

It was a turbulent year for the South African economy. From power shortages, drought and the axing of the finance minister to being downgraded by ratings agencies to a notch above “junk”, the country took a serious financial hit. But, with the reinstatement of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and a steadying Rand offering some relief, all may not be lost. Even though economic growth is of concern, we also know that where there have been problems, there are lessons for us to learn as well.

Four Top Funeral Scenes from Movies

Great filmmakers move us because they splice together the joy and heartache of life. Nowhere is this emotional rollercoaster more apparent than in comic portrayals of funerals. As the playwright George Bernard Shaw so aptly put it: “Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.”

Life Insurance Myths

While the concept of Life Insurance is simple – it provides your loved ones with a financial cushion when you’re no longer able to – the different levels of life insurance cover available can make choosing a policy a complex decision.

Nevertirees – Why Some Top Business People Refuse to Retire

Some people are simply far too driven to be slowed down by the march of years. Their work will never be done, and although they may stop to smell the roses it will be when their schedules permit. It’s this sense of ambition and drive which inspires us all and assists in bolstering our otherwise flagging economy.

Write a Will and Protect Your Legacy

According to an article on Fin24, only about 10% of South Africans have a will. This seems like risky behaviour when the cost of drafting a will is the same amount you might spend on a gift for someone or a night out on the town. But in fact, a proper will could be the most important gift you ever give your loved ones besides having things like Life Insurance and Funeral Cover policies in place, so that they’re looked after when you’re gone. A will is a way of protecting your legacy and ensuring that after you pass away, your belongings and money are distributed as you want them to be.

High-Risk Activities & Life Insurance

As human beings, we're always pursuing meaningful experiences that add value to our lives. For some people, living life to the fullest often means pushing the boundaries. We want to accomplish great things before we depart this earth. That’s why we sometimes deliberately challenge our senses – which serve to shield us from danger – by engaging in extreme activities. We broaden our horizons by travelling to every country in the world, even the ones that top the "Most Dangerous Countries" list.

E-Cigarettes - Are They Any Cheaper or Safer?

In an era where tobacco is one of the biggest public health threats, many smokers have embraced electronic cigarettes as a less harmful alternative to tobacco products. Some of these battery-powered devices look like traditional cigarettes and cigars, and all of them produce flavoured steam that not only simulate tobacco smoke, but also deliver a smaller amount of toxin-containing nicotine.

Career Guidance for People with Disabilities

Life is full of unforeseen challenges and complications, which is why having Life Insurance can help you care for your family's future. But, what if you are unable to afford your monthly premiums in the event of a sudden disability that forced you to quit your current job?

Famous Movie Adventurers Who Would've Needed Life Insurance

The most popular science-fiction and fantasy adventurers often lead relatively intense and extraordinary lives, which is why we find them so compelling. But, saving the world from the forces of darkness does not come without risk. Not only do their pursuits jeopardise our heroes' lives, it can also have an impact on the future of their dependants.

Where Has My Airtime Gone?

Over the years, many South Africans have asked this one simple question, “Where has my airtime gone?. In response, there have been many answers from providers, some have been useful while others have seemed too vague or shifted responsibility. In this article, we’ll look at the most likely causes of airtime loss and what you can do to manage your data effectively. We’ll also take a look at how you can protect your privacy and data. While our goal is to protect your data, remember to also protect your hardware with Cellphone Cover.

Motorbike Events Guide for 2016

For some of us, owning a motorbike is more than just an affordable means to get to work. It invokes a feeling of identity and freedom. When on the road, every toss and lean fires up the senses; every bump and vibration contributes to an exhilarating adventure. If you consider riding as a hallowed experience, you will know there's nothing that fuels your passion like a motorbike rally or run. It's a chance to rub shoulders with like-minded people, and an occasion where individual riders and motorbike clubs truly become a community.

Trending Scams in South Africa

In South Africa, we work very hard for our money which is why Insurance is so important to us culturally. Sadly, even though replacing lost assets can be difficult, there are opportunists out there who won’t hesitate to con us out of everything that we’ve managed to accumulate.

Why You Should Inform Your Insurance Provider Before Using Airbnb

Since its inception in 2008, Airbnb has experienced mounting success among travellers looking for low cost accommodation options without having to compromise on comfort. With listings in more than 35 000 cities and 192 countries, Airbnb rivals the conventional hospitality business model by allowing guests to rent lodgings online and directly from private property owners.

Start Your Own Business Instead of Getting a Job

Whether you're a recent university graduate or someone who has discovered your current job isn't what you expected at all, you're bound to start thinking about what to do next.

Funeral Customs in South Africa

You may not feel comfortable reflecting on the subject of death, but sadly there will come a time when funeral arrangements have to be made for you and your loved ones. And, even though you cannot elude death, you can ensure you are well prepared for this unfortunate event by taking out funeral cover.

DIY Fixes Around The House: How to Get your Real Estate Value Soaring

While household insurance is essential to protect your greatest asset you also want to increase its value without breaking the bank. Our experts explain how.

Experts Advise How to Cut your Electricity Bill

If your electricity bill is reaching critical levels then join us in chatting to the experts on cutting costs.

Life Insurance is Series-ly Important

South Africa often seems like a really dangerous place with protests, high assault statistics and the kind of driving you might expect to see en route to a concert.

Is Motorcycle Insurance Really More Expensive?

As a motorcycle owner, you already enjoy some additional benefits not shared by regular car drivers. More often than not, motorcycles are cheaper to maintain, have lower fuel consumption, can easily navigate through traffic, and park effortlessly.

Top Ten Legends of SA Rugby

Rugby fans often debate about the greatest legends of SA rugby. With rugby fever currently running high, the debate will once again rage around the braai.

Hippo radio campaign: What you could be doing with your monthly insurance savings

Hippo's comparison engine runs hundreds of tailored comparisons side by side to get you the best car insurance quotes to save you money on a monthly basis.

The Toll of Load Shedding on Personal Possessions

With the country’s electricity network currently taking heavy strain, load shedding will continue to be a reality for South Africans. Sadly, this means many more months of missing your favourite TV programmes or being left with half-cooked food.

Top 10 Biggest Business Insurance Blunders

So you've been in the insurance-paying game for a while now; you've got comprehensive car insurance, your family's assets are covered when they're in the house and when they aren't – you have all your ducks in a row and you like it.

10 movie scenes where insurance would have helped

Have you ever watched a movie and thought to yourself; “Gee, I wonder if they’ve got insurance?” Today we look at 10 classic movie scenes where insurance would most likely have paid off had they been insured.

The Greatest South African Road Trip: Cape Town to Mozambique

Today we’re going to help you prepare for your first (or next) SA road trip. We’ll take you through a particular route from Cape Town to Mozambique, as told by people who have made the journey.

Property insurance unpacked

What is the difference between home and property insurance and why you need both.

The real state of SA crime

Whether you’re sipping on your tea in a five-storey home in an upper-class residential area, find yourself comfortably ensconced in your three-bedroom townhouse in the more middle-class neck of the suburbs, no one is safe or exempt from being a victim of

Local VS International: where is the insurance industry headed?

‘Change is a coming’ – with industry leaders forecasting a shift in the insurance industry, a vast majority of insurance companies will need to decide whether they will sink or swim.

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