Discovery Vitality announces the inaugural Discovery Vitality Run Series

Press Releases   •   Jun 20, 2017 09:09 GMT

Discovery Vitality is proud to announce the launch of a brand new venture in partnership with four of Johannesburg’s most established running clubs – the Discovery Vitality Run Series. Designed to help people improve their health through physical activity, the Discovery Vitality Run Series connects four iconic running events in the city of Johannesburg.


Discovery Health Medical Scheme continues to demonstrate excellent performance, sustainability and financial security for members’ peace of mind

Press Releases   •   Jun 22, 2017 14:13 GMT

Results presented during the Annual General Meeting showed continued strong growth and excellent financial performance, with the Scheme maintaining its industry-leading position in funding high quality healthcare at competitive premiums, and supporting the overall healthcare system.

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Proof that young drivers can change their behaviour.

Press Releases   •   Jun 21, 2017 07:51 GMT

According to the Department of Transport, about 80% of road fatalities involve males between 19 and 35 and the World Health Organisation’s global research shows that traffic injuries are the leading cause of death among people aged between 15 and 29 years old. While inexperience accounts for much of the increased risk, other factors include underestimating danger, speeding, late-night driving, distracted driving, not wearing safety belts, and driving under the influence. All of these factors contribute to the general perception that young people are not good drivers. However, Discovery Insure’s telematics empowered driver behaviour programme, Vitalitydrive shows that young drivers can be amongst the best drivers on the road.

Precious Nduli, Head of Technical Marketing for Discovery Insure explains, “Underpinned by key insights from the science of Behavioural Economics, our Vitalitydrive programme offers a powerful tool through which to monitor, track and reward good driving. Clients on the Vitalitydrive programme are rewarded for their evolution towards better, safer driving. Comparing Discovery Insure clients with young drivers who use our telematics technology we find that, despite their inexperience behind the wheel, our young drivers are really good drivers.”

One risky behaviour among young adults is late night driving. The chances of being involved in an accident are 10x higher between 23:00 and 04:30. One way of countering this is with a benefit that gives young adults great discounts for using Uber. Young adults show a 13% increase in their night drive score after activating the Uber benefit. In addition, there is an 11% decrease in their average kilometres driven in the late night time hours (23:00 to 04:30) per month, since activating Uber. This means that they are driving less at night.

“We are excited by these findings, reinforcing the power of our telematics technology to achieve safer driving, and reduce both accidents and claims to create a virtuous cycle of shared value. The programme is carefully designed to measure and improve driving behaviour to address the factors that increase accident risk among young drivers. Instilling safer driving behaviours from a young age, such as not speeding, not cornering harshly, not driving while distracted or when it’s late, become habit and create safer drivers in future,” said Nduli.

While our country’s requirements for a driver’s licence are strict, there is a need to encourage safer driving behaviour in young drivers from very early on. There are global efforts being made to encourage good driving from a young age. One example is the Safer Essex Roads Partnership #mysmallchange social media campaign focussed helping young drivers become better drivers. Discovery Insure’s telematics technology records and provides feedback on speeding, harsh braking, cornering, cellphone use, and the time of the trip to help clients improve their driving behaviour.

“We have even taken data from our Discovery Insure Driving Challenge and compared our young drivers’ behaviour with all other age groups who are not Discovery clients, and they perform better on these measures. It is evident that our young drivers are better than the average older driver who is a non-Discovery Insure client because they get immediate feedback on their driving and also get rewarded,” Nduli says.

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Discovery Limited is a South African-founded financial services organisation that operates in the healthcare, life assurance, short-term insurance, savings and investment products and wellness markets. Founded in 1992, Discovery was guided by a clear core purpose – to make people healthier and to enhance and protect their lives. Underpinning this core purpose is the belief that through innovation, Discovery can be a powerful market disruptor.

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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While driving inexperience accounts for much of the increased risk among young adults, other factors include underestimating danger, speeding, late-night driving, distracted driving, and driving under the influence. However, Discovery Insure’s telematics empowered driver behaviour programme, Vitalitydrive shows that young drivers can be amongst the best drivers on the road.

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Global investment strategies and the state of the South African market

News   •   May 30, 2017 11:56 GMT

Colin Coleman, Managing Director of Goldman Sachs South Africa, Nazmeera Moola, Economist and Strategist at Investec Asset Management and Etienne le Roux, Chief Economist at Rand Merchant Bank reflect on the state of the South African Market at the 2017 Discovery Financial Planning Summit.


Cut through the noise to find emerging investment trends

News   •   May 29, 2017 14:43 GMT

A prolonged environment of uncertainty and political risk, both in South Africa and globally, means that investors should start cutting through the noise to find emerging investment trends, Isabelle Mateos y Lago, Managing Director and Chief Multi-Asset Strategist at BlackRock, told the Discovery Financial Planning Summit in Sandton.


Retail Distribution Review: a positive outcome for South African financial planners

News   •   May 29, 2017 13:04 GMT

Leading financial planners reflected on the impact of regulatory changes on the widening advice gap at the 2017 Discovery Financial Planning Summit.


The implications of the digital revolution for the financial services sector

News   •   May 29, 2017 10:51 GMT

Moshe Tamir, Global Head of Digital Transformation at Generali, discusses digital innovation in financial planning at the 2017 Discovery Financial Planning Summit.


Adrian Gore: A balanced outlook required for SA’s future… and financial planning

News   •   May 29, 2017 09:14 GMT

Discovery Chief Executive Adrian Gore opened the 2017 Discovery Financial Planning Summit advocating the importance of a balanced outlook, saying South Africa is on an upward trajectory, contrary to popular opinion.


One in four South African preschoolers is overweight or obese. What does the research reveal?

Press Releases   •   May 24, 2017 11:16 GMT

More than a quarter of the world’s population is under the age of 15. Their health is our future. Based on the current exercise and eating habits of South Africa’s children, it’s clear that urgent action is required.


AIA Australia, GMHBA and Discovery partner to help improve the health of Australians

Press Releases   •   May 24, 2017 07:35 GMT

AIA Australia, one of the largest life insurers in Australia, GMHBA, a not for profit health fund, and South Africa’s financial services provider Discovery, announce an innovative new health insurance brand which will offer its members more value for money.

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