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The 1st for Women blog offers fabulous titbits on all things wonderful and interesting - from the art of packing light (it can be done!), to a few delicious snacks and how to make them. Of course we’ll also be updating you on the latest 1st for Women offerings, and adding in a few insurance morsels that’ll keep you informed and make it easy for you to understand what you’re insured for and what needs extra cover with care.


Posted on: Friday, April 04, 2014

Men and women are inherently different – we know that right? But, on closer inspection, it’s our less physical traits that truly separate the genders. In the battle of the sexes, men may defy the odds physically but women come up trumps in how they deal with their emotions. This is most evident in how the two sexes deal with grief and depression. Generally, when women get depressed, they cry, talk and, more importantly, ask for help. When men display symptoms of depression, however, they tend...

Posted on: Friday, April 04, 2014

Losing weight is hard and keeping it off even harder. We all know that battling the bulge requires discipline and persistence, not forgetting never-ending meal planning and many hours on the treadmill. But what if, despite your best efforts, you’re not losing weight? If your jeans just keep getting tighter and you’re too scared to step on the bathroom scale? There are a number of medical reasons why you cannot shed your excess weight or why you’re gaining weight for no apparent reason. Here a...

Posted on: Monday, April 07, 2014

Sometimes, in the workplace, it can be tricky to work out where casual compliments or flirtation end and sexual harassment begins. For example, “Nice dress!” might not be a problem. But “Nice legs in that dress!” could be awkward. And “Nice…” well, you get the idea. Of course, at the other end of the spectrum, there are the very clear cases of sexual harassment that leave you feeling stunned and tearful. This could be your boss offering you a raise or promotion in return for some kind of sexu...

Posted on: Friday, April 04, 2014

Becoming a mother changes your life in an instant. From the moment your baby is put into your arms your priorities shift dramatically and that bundle of joy is all that matters. All to often, however, new mothers say that they find it difficult to balance the needs of their child with their own needs. Yes, just about the first lesson of motherhood is one of extreme selflessness. But, at the same time, it’s also extremely important for new mothers to look after themselves. As the most importan...

Posted on: Tuesday, April 01, 2014

There’s nothing more terrifying than approaching a road block knowing you have outstanding fines that need to be paid. Did you know that it’s not legal for traffic police to arrest you at the roadside for unpaid fines? Know your rights and you can protect yourself against unscrupulous policemen. Avoiding arrest According to Howard Dembovsky, chairman of the Justice Project, outstanding traffic fines don’t ever have to be paid at the roadside. Furthermore, under the Criminal Procedure Act, an...

Posted on: Tuesday, March 25, 2014

A very wise person once said that you cannot prepare the world for your children but you can prepare your children for the world. Every parent knows however that this is easier said then done. In a world gone mad how do you raise children equipped with the skills they need to survive and flourish? If your children are teens (or perhaps even tweens) here are six lessons that will help them take on the world – and win! The basics: homemaking 101 Give teenagers chores around the house so that th...

Posted on: Friday, March 14, 2014

You are running from meeting to meeting with no time for a proper meal so you dash into the nearest mall to grab a quick bite. You don’t want to settle for junk food so you are happy to spot a health food shop. You order a bran muffin and a fresh fruit smoothieand walk out with a spring in your step – you have done your body a favour. Except you haven’t. You, like countless other women, have fallen prey to the health food marketing trap. Yes, many foods promoted as healthy quite simply are no...

Posted on: Friday, March 14, 2014

On 11 February the British Medical Journal published a Canadian study that showed that regular mammography does not reduce the number of deaths from breast cancer among women. It goes without saying that the media went crazy with headlines around the world shoutin, “Mammograms do not save lives!” With the new finding, how does this change your opinion on mammogram testing? And what new measures should you employ to reduce your risk of developing breast cancer? We spoke to South African breast...

Posted on: Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Your domestic worker cares for your children, your animals and perhaps even your elderly parents. She cooks, cleans and looks after your family as you juggle the demands of work and home life. But who would look after her family if she was seriously injured in a taxi accident and could not work? Find out how you can ensure that your domestic worker is financially protected against disability and even death. According to Statistics SA there are between 1 and 1.5 million workers in South Africa...

Posted on: Friday, March 07, 2014

Your kids are almost grown up and ready to leave the nest. You have seen them grow from sweet smiling babies to moody high school students. Now they have completed their studies and want to enter the job market. But with South Africa’s unemployment rate hovering somewhere around 24% they are going to need all the help they can get. Unfortunately, merely holding a matric certificate or a degree in their hands is not enough to get your children through the door of a potential employer. Your you...

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