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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: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

You’re walking down the aisles of your local supermarket. You’ve picked up lunch, but you’ve just spotted a darling little milk jug with polka dots that will go perfectly with your cake platter. So you drop that in your basket. Then you see that it comes with a teapot and sugar bowl, so you grab those too. And then you might as well take the six matching mugs. You’re feeling very pleased with yourself as you approach the till, so you don’t think twice about buying a cookbook of delectable cak...

Posted on: Wednesday, October 29, 2014

So much of a woman’s early life is punctuated with confusion and uncertainty. We struggle to define ourselves, to relate to others in healthy ways or to identify the things that will make us truly happy. And then, at some point in our adult lives, we settle into who we really are and start to enjoy the power of our femininity. This maturity (which can happen at any age) allows us to be happy for ourselves and others and feel more settled about the life path that we have taken. Here are the si...

Posted on: Thursday, October 02, 2014

South African women have a one in 31 risk of developing breast cancer in their lifetime. During October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) urge women and female cancer survivors to encourage one another to adopt a balanced lifestyle and to go for regular screens to reduce their risk of cancer or the recurrence of cancer. The messages are simple: Women should carry out breast self examinations once a month, Women should have a clinical breas...

Posted on: Thursday, October 02, 2014

Last year, a tablet was designed specifically for women. Dubbed the ePad Femme, the tablet was available pre-loaded with a pink-hued background and a collection of apps women are sure to love: grocery list apps, shopping apps, yoga apps... Really? Talk about stereotyping! Recent research has revealed that women install 40% more apps than men, buy 17% more paid apps, and pay an astonishing 87% more for those apps. In other words, those that ignore that power of the purse do so at their own per...

Posted on: Wednesday, October 01, 2014

After you’ve unpacked the boxes and hung the curtains, you may still find yourself feeling a little displaced in your new home. Most people don’t really feel that they belong until they’ve been in a new neighbourhood for a year, seen their favourite tree in blossom, had some level of social interaction with the neighbours and worked out all their favourite local shops and restaurants. While all of these naturally take time – and trees only blossom in spring – there are lots of things that you...

Posted on: Monday, September 01, 2014

Christmas comes once a year, but the hole that it leaves in your bank account is the gift that keeps on taking for the next 12 months. Even though last year was economically turbulent, the Deloitte Year-End Holiday Survey 2013 reported that people still spent 8.95% more on socialising; 7.18% more on gifts and 3.7% more on food than the previous holiday season. There’s no reason to suspect 2014 will buck this trend. To avoid a December holiday budget blow-out, start planning in advance – aroun...

Posted on: Friday, August 29, 2014

For the past two years, hail storms have left a catastrophic trail of destruction, desolating thousands upon thousands of cars and homes. This year, we are urging our policyholders to be prepared as hail season is right around the corner! South Africa’s summer rains usually start in October and last until March or April. They are characterised by late afternoon thunderstorms that often involve lightning and hail. That said, hail storms are often unpredictable and while the South African Weath...

Posted on: Thursday, August 28, 2014

Spring is all about new beginnings and starting over. It’s the perfect opportunity to take control of your own happiness by introducing activities into your life that make you feel better about yourself. To celebrate the new season we’ve listed eight ways for you to pull yourself out of your winter slump. If you make these a regular part of your life, by the time next autumn rolls around, no amount of bad weather will be able to put the freeze on your good mood. 1. Find an exercise routine th...

Posted on: Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Last year in South Africa, it was reported that the crime rate for sexual offences was 127 per 100 000 people. This means that roughly 67 300 sexual offence cases were opened with the police. And it is generally accepted that only one in nine (or fewer) survivors of sexual violence report it to the police, meaning that at least 605 700 sexual offences took place last year. These are terrifying statistics. With numbers like these, there is an extremely good chance that you or someone you know...

Posted on: Thursday, August 07, 2014

Back in the day when I was a student and taking every Gender Politics course my liberal university could dream up, I got the notion in my head that it wasn’t so great being a girl; that the world was kind of against us and life would be tough and I’d have to really fight to get ahead and be happy. And while I have nothing but respect for my strong, female lecturers who taught me some really important things about the world I was entering (and I have certainly met my share of chauvinistic men)...

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