Run the Western Cape – in style – with the Discovery Vitality Run Series

Press Releases   •   Jan 11, 2018 14:15 GMT

Following the overwhelming success of the Discovery Vitality Run Series in Johannesburg in 2017, Discovery Vitality is excited to announce the launch of the next Run Series in the Western Cape over February and March this year.


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.


A fierce flu season is expected: immunising early is the best defence

Press Releases   •   Mar 12, 2018 08:30 GMT

Discovery Health recommends early vaccination against flu to protect everyone, including all high-risk members. The Winter’s colder months are almost here and this means that the time has once again come for us, living in the southern hemisphere, to take up the annual fight against flu.


Regulation 28 offshore limits to increase

Press Releases   •   Feb 23, 2018 09:47 GMT

A key announcement by Finance Minister, Malusi Gigaba this week included the increase in offshore allocations by institutional investors of 5%, meaning that institutional investors can now invest up to 30% offshore. However, institutional investors typically include retirement funds...


Discovery’s strong performance sets the foundation for further growth in 2018

Press Releases   •   Feb 20, 2018 07:35 GMT

Group Chief Executive, Adrian Gore, shared the interim earnings and performance highlights of the Discovery Group for the six months ended 31 December 2017 with analysts.


Morningstar and PlexCrown Fund Ratings recognises exceptional performance by Discovery Invest

Press Releases   •   Feb 14, 2018 09:53 GMT

Fresh from celebrating its 10-year anniversary, Discovery Invest is on the accolade trail with one of its flagship funds recently nominated for a Morningstar South Africa fund award, while the asset manager was ranked in the PlexusCrown Survey as the fourth best CIS management company in South Africa as at end December 2017...


South African triathletes ready for Commonwealth glory

Press Releases   •   Feb 12, 2018 10:16 GMT

South Africa’s triathlon medal prospects at the Commonwealth Games look promising after team mates Richard Murray and Henri Schoeman bagged gold and silver respectively during the elite men’s race at the 2018 Discovery Triathlon World Cup Cape Town, on Sunday 11 February 2018 in Green Point.

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Studies show the emotional state of a driver can impact safety on the road

Press Releases   •   Jan 25, 2018 12:21 GMT

Texting while driving, and drinking and driving are known causes of severe road accidents and road deaths. Extreme emotions while driving can be equally as dangerous.

Road rage and anger-related incidents of violence on our roads are a sad reality. While these are extreme cases, driving when you are experiencing any form of emotional high or low can have a similar effect as driving when fatigued.

“Dealing with overwhelming emotions while driving, can be even more distracting than navigating a cellphone while driving – and these numbers are alarming. Discovery Insure has been able to measure distracted driving with their telematics technology. Findings include that the worst 10% of distracted drivers are 2.3 times more likely to be in an accident compared with the average driver,” said Themba Baloyi, Discovery Insure’s Executive Director.

Considering that intense emotions can negatively affect your ability to perform tasks and influence your thoughts, attitude and problem-solving skills, all of which are critical to driving well, it may be good to first gain your focus before making your trip.

How intense emotions can affect driving ability

Feeling worried, upset, anxious, depressed or even excited, can all meddle with your ability to spot or predict potential risks in traffic that you might have noticed if you were otherwise calm and not preoccupied. When you are under immense stress, it is possible to make riskier driving decisions, have tunnel vision and slower reaction times. These all make it less likely to notice and respond to things happening outside of the car and it can take a mere second to miss something that could lead to an accident.

Being alert and fully present are important to driving well. Knowing that driving safety is also influenced by emotions and finding techniques to keep your focus while driving can make all the difference.

Tips to avoid intense emotions from affecting your driving safety

  • Making enough time for the trip by leaving earlier to consider traffic and hold-ups is recommended.
  • Phone Message notifications can cause more anxiety and it is a good practice to always drive with message notifications switched off.
  • To stay calm you can take deep, slow breaths and counting for a few seconds as you inhale and exhale.
  • It is important not to dwell on the actions other drivers take that arouse your anger as it will only make things worse. Focusing on staying safe is wise.
  • Being courteous is noble and safer. Cutting in, erratic lane changes and speeding will, at best, save you a few seconds but could land you and others in hospital or jail.
  • It is better to pull over at a safe location when you are overwhelmed by emotions such as anger or grief. Turn the radio on to soothing music or off if that helps. If needed, get out of the car, go for a short walk or get yourself a drink of water. Once you're back behind the wheel, try to focus on the road to hold any disturbing emotions at bay until your journey is over.

“Staying calm can prevent road rage and will ensure everyone gets to their destinations safely. Lowering overall stress levels has a positive effect on many aspects of life, including coping with extreme emotions. By getting more sleep, exercising, and adopting relaxation techniques, people’s emotional and mental health improve. The fact is, finding ways to stay calm and patient is not just good for your overall wellbeing, but also for safety on the road,” concluded Baloyi. 

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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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Discovery Health recovers R568m in fraud savings for 2017

News   •   Jan 19, 2018 07:59 GMT

In 2017 Discovery Health’s efforts to curb fraud in the healthcare system resulted in a significant R568m recovered on behalf of client schemes, compared to R405m in 2016,” says Discovery Health CEO, Dr Jonathan Broomberg.


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...

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