Entries now open for 2018 Discovery Get Active Weekend in Cape Town

Press Releases   •   Nov 01, 2017 07:29 GMT

Continuing its endorsement of mass participation sporting events, Discovery will once more host the Discovery Triathlon World Cup Cape Town and Discovery Duathlon Cape Town.


R5 million required to fund the education of an average size family in SA

Press Releases   •   Nov 29, 2017 09:05 GMT

​Financial planning for education came under the spotlight at a roundtable event recently hosted by Discovery Life. The discussion focused on key insights from a White Paper Discovery Life developed on current trends in education funding and protection in South Africa, and finding solutions in response to the various trends...


Poppy Ntshongwana, Discovery Insure and local celebs raise road safety awareness

Press Releases   •   Nov 09, 2017 13:28 GMT

How well do our celebs drive? Discovery Insure and #RidingPopGun creator Poppy Ntshongwana are teaming up with well-loved, local celebs to ride “Pop Gun” and answer this question by putting their driving skills to the test. SA roads will soon carry holiday makers to their December holiday destination and as the most dangerous time of year to be on our roads, safety is top of mind.


The state of health in South Africa according to Discovery Life’s claim experience 2016

Press Releases   •   Oct 23, 2017 08:50 GMT

Discovery Life published insights of its life assurance claims from January 2016 to December 2016. A total of 20 247 claims were paid over the period, amounting to R3.2 billion. This brings the total amount that Discovery Life has paid out to date up to R18.7 billion.


​Over 42 000 sanitary packs donated to keep 6 000 girls in school

Press Releases   •   Oct 18, 2017 07:50 GMT

During Women’s Month, Discovery Vitality partnered with Dis-Chem to empower school girls through a special Vitality MoveToGive campaign. The two-week campaign received overwhelming success with over 42 000 sanitary packs donated to the Caring4Girls programme, which will help improve the health and gender equality of schoolgirls living in disadvantaged areas.


South Africa’s healthiest city revealed

Press Releases   •   Oct 11, 2017 09:29 GMT

Cape Town has the highest number of people who are a healthy weight, plus they purchase the most vegetables and fruit, when compared with South Africa’s other major cities.


Discovery Health partners with HealthTap to provide significant new services to Discovery Health clients in South Africa

Press Releases   •   Sep 20, 2017 12:04 GMT

Dr Jonathan Broomberg, CEO of Discovery Health, announced the launch of DrConnect, the product of a partnership between Discovery Health and HealthTap, based in Palo Alto, California. DrConnect provides a world-leading platform connecting patients, doctors and medical scheme case managers using state-of-the-art technology and artificial intelligence.


Discovery delivers robust performance as it continues to build scale globally

Press Releases   •   Sep 18, 2017 08:54 GMT

Reporting annual financial results for the period ended 30 June 2017.


Why a focus on health is vital this Women’s Month – what to know and do in your 20s, 30s, 40s and beyond

Press Releases   •   Aug 07, 2017 07:18 GMT

​In a bid to promote health education this Women’s Month, clinicians at Discovery Vitality have prepared guidelines to help women maintain good health at different life stages.

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Avis partners with Discovery Insure to launch SafeDrive.

Press Releases   •   Jul 31, 2017 07:50 GMT

Available to all Avis Rent a Car customers at 10 locations nationally from 31 July 2017, the Avis SafeDrive app is uniquely integrated with Discovery Insure’s breakthrough telematics technology and its behavioural app-based programme, proven to help make South African roads safer.

The app is available on Android and IOS, so customers will be able to access trip data, see their driving scores, learn what they can do to improve them and redeem discretionary daily rewards.

“We’re excited to partner with Discovery Insure to launch Avis SafeDrive to encourage our customers to have a safer driving experience,” said Rainer Gottschick, Chief Executive at Avis Rent a Car Southern Africa.

“Avis data shows that rental cars are involved in a higher rate of accidents due to the frequency of their use and because clients use them with less caution than they would their own vehicles. With Avis SafeDrive, clients receive immediate feedback on their driving through the app, and are guided to accumulate points for good driving to unlock daily rewards such as a free coffee, smoothies or meals.”

Priced at R45 a day, the new product offers car rental customers a range of additional safety features which include:

  • ImpactAlert: In the event of a harsh G-force affecting the vehicle, an automatic alert is sent to Discovery Insure emergency services, which triggers immediate assistance. This ensures that when a client is injured or unable to call for help, it will already be on its way.
  • Panic Button: A discreet tool for any emergency - press your smartphone’s power button five times in quick succession to dispatch immediate assistance to your location.
  • Access to the Avis 24-hour Breakdown and Emergency Call Centre.
  • Severe Weather alerts via SMS, warning you to stay off the roads.

“More than 90% of accidents are the result of poor driver behaviour,” explained COO of Discovery Insure Francois Theron. “This includes speeding, using a mobile phone while driving and driving late at night.

“When paired with a smartphone, our telematics technology measures and reports back in real-time on acceleration, braking, cornering, speed, driving time, distance, trip location and mobile-phone use while driving. Discovery Insure’s accident frequency has dropped by 11% over 5 years as a result of rating and incentivising clients to improve their driving behaviour.” Theron concluded.

“With people being more important than cars, we would like to encourage our customers to use a system that has been tested and proven. We are committed to implementing technological advancements that encourage a safe driving experience for all our customers,” concluded Gottschick.

For more information about how Avis SafeDrive works and how to activate the app visit; https://www.avis.co.za/drive-avis/car-hire-extras/avis-safe-drive

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The company, with headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa, has expanded its operations globally and currently serves over 5 million clients across South Africa, the United Kingdom, the United States, China, Singapore and Australia. Discovery recently partnered with Generali, a leading insurer in Europe, and has partnered with John Hancock in the US. These new partnerships will bring Discovery’s shared-value business model to protection industries in Europe and the US.

Vitality, Discovery’s wellness programme, is the world’s largest scientific, incentive-based wellness solution for individuals and corporates. The global Vitality membership base now exceeds three million lives in five markets.

Discovery is an authorised financial services provider and trades under the code “DSY” on the Johannesburg Securities Exchange. 

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Avis Rent a Car has partnered with Discovery Insure to launch Avis SafeDrive, the smartphone app designed to reward Avis rental customers for safe driving.

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