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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: 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)...

Posted on: Tuesday, August 05, 2014

You always believed that it is important to take your vitamins. They make your skin glow, your hair shine and your nails strong. Oh, and you won’t get flu in winter. Yes, vitamins are basically all that’s knitting your body together. But then, articles started appearing in the news about how vitamins and supplements don’t really do anything for you at all. So what is a girl to do? Trash all of your shiny bottles of vitamins? Were they really doing you no good at all? It can’t be true....

Posted on: Tuesday, July 29, 2014

We all tell ourselves little white lies from time to time, and that’s OK. But when those lies keep us stuck in a rut or start to justify poor decisions the process of self-delusion can become destructive. We have taken a look at the top six lies that women tell themselves about their bodies, their health and their states of mind, and given you a way to replace them with a positive, empowering truth. “I’ll start tomorrow.” We generally know what we should be doing to improve our lives, our...

Posted on: Tuesday, July 22, 2014

You are single. Your friends aren’t. You’d like to meet a guy, but all the good men have been snapped up by your friends, and all that’s left are the weird ones. You have heard that internet dating has become the de rigueur way for people to hook up, but you are also terrified of being plagued by freaks – or worse, not getting any responses at all. Internet dating has taken off as the way for couples to find each other in today’s increasingly digitised world. But as with most things in life,...

Posted on: Tuesday, July 15, 2014

When power was cheap and environmental concerns weren’t so pressing, it was easy to feel entitled to use as much electricity as we wanted. Now that things are different, we all have to adjust our mindsets. If you start to view electricity as a precious resource, you’ll be surprised at how much you can save. As our electricity costs are spiralling out of control and the threat of load-shedding is ever present, here are some clever tricks to keep your electricity bill under control and help eas...

Posted on: Tuesday, July 08, 2014

You have seen the signs as you drive your car into the parking garage at your local mall: “Car-jamming is a reality. Make sure your car is locked.” Unfortunately, car-jamming has become a hard and fast reality in South Africa, with convicted car-jammers informing the police that they can earn up to       R15 000 a week. How can you make sure that you’re not another victim? Counter car-jamming Car-jamming is the use of a remote control unit to override the locking function of your remote contr...

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