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How to protect your home from falling trees

For most parts of the country, summer brings heavy rain storms that can be destructive at times. Lightning, strong winds and fires can cause trees or large branches to fall on your home and cause extensive damage to your property. You can't control the weather, but you can at least know what to look out for to keep you and your home safe. What are the warning signs? The first step is to pay attention to the types of trees on your property. Some species are simply less hardy than others. The sha

Avoid the shock – lightning safety tips

With the rainy season upon us, we can be sure to expect thunder and lightning storms across the country. According to the South African Weather Service, 260 people are killed by lightning in South Africa each year. It's not always possible to predict where and when lightning will strike, but here are some tips that will hopefully keep you, your family and your possessions safe when there is lightning activity. Indoor Lightning Safety Lightning can damage electronics, telephones and other syste

Growth, profit and awards for MiWay

The MiWay success story continues with the insurance company receiving top honours in the prestigious Mail & Guardian Top Companies Reputation Index Awards on 26 September 2014. This latest accolade in the short-term insurance category, follows on the back of strong growth and profits posted for the first half of 2014. MiWay entered the short-term insurance market in 2008 as a greenfields initiative and has grown its client base to over 220,000 with annualised premium income of R1.5bn. Desp

Stay safe when running - here's how

Running solo can lead to some of the best runs. Burning calories and stress, while zoning out on pounding the pavement is amazing, but that doesn't mean we can or should let our guard down. Remaining alert and aware of our surroundings is the best way to stay safe when running any time, but is most important when running alone. Stay aware and use these tips to stay safe while running by yourself: Tell somebody or leave a note. Let someone know where you plan to go and how long you plan to be o

Get your home ready for the summer rains

The days are getting longer and warmer - all signs that summer is just around the corner! Summer also means rain for most parts of the country. For your home, a couple of days of continuous hard rain can lead to problems if you are not prepared. Follow these simple steps and minimise any damages to your home that often arise when the rainy season hits. Gutters With all the damage that stagnant water can do to your home, you need to keep your gutters in peak condition. Clean out all debris and le

How to create the perfect garden for summer

With spring in the air, now is a good time to work on creating that stunning garden that you want. Garden maintenance should be all year-round but if you have neglected your garden over the winter months, it's time to get cracking before the warm weather and the first spring rains activate new growth in your garden. Soil preparation Spring is an important season in the renewal of your garden and priority should be placed on soil conditioning and feeding. Make sure that you prepare your flower

What to do when your geyser bursts

Few things come close to that sinking feeling when you are woken up in the early hours of the morning by a dripping sound coming from the ceiling, especially when you realise that you are not dreaming! Statistically, most geysers burst in the early hours of the morning during colder winter months. Be prepared for when it happens to you, by following these tips: Step 1: Switch off the water supply This will stop more water from running into the geyser and leaking all over your ceiling. If you don

Top hijacking prevention tips

It goes without saying that hijacking statistics in South Africa are alarmingly high. Although there is no fool proof plan to avoid being hijacked, there are certain measures that you can take to limit the chances of being hijacked. We would like to share some helpful safety and precautionary tips from the National Hijack Prevention Academy (NHPA) that will hopefully keep you and your loved ones safe. Top tip According to the NHPA, the most important thing for women travelling with children to r

MiWay - Cover Excellence Awards

MiWay CEO, René Otto was awarded the prestigious 2014 COVER Excellence Award in the category Lifetime contribution to the Short-term Insurance Industry at the annual COVER EXCELLENCE Awards which took place on 29 July 2014 at The 2014 Insurance Conference Gala and COVER Awards Dinner - Sun City. The COVER Excellence Awards recognise individuals for extra-ordinary effort and dedication to an industry aimed at improving the financial security of consumers. Otto, who started his career as a

MiHeart Project - feeding healthy minds on Mandela Day

Not only did 18 July 2014 mark Nelson Mandela International Day, but it was also the first without the great man. With its commitment to keeping Madiba's legacy alive, and doing just as he did for over 67 years, MiWay sought to make a change through "small change" - by asking for the coins in the wallets of its employees. Employees donated a minimum of R6.70 - a collection which went towards the soup kitchen of one of the MiHeart Project schools, Moletsane Secondary School in Soweto. The soup ki

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