1 life insurance
1 Life Insurance Limited
Type Private
Founded 2006
Sector Financials
Industry Insurance
Address 16th Floor Metal Box Building
Auckland Park
South Africa
Products Life insurance, funeral cover, expense protection, investments, dread and disability insurance
Phone 0860105194
Website www.1life.co.za

1 Life Insurance was founded in Johannesburg, South Africa, on March 14, 2006, to provide life insurance to South Africans. With existing insurance firms such as MMI, Sanlam, Santam, OUTsurance, and others vying for market share, 1 life insurance had to devise a unique strategy to gain a major share of the industry. 1Life Insurance gave South Africans the opportunity to acquire a life insurance policy by providing easy, affordable, and convenient insurance options.

The company went even farther, insuring people with HIV/AIDS, a condition that was not well-known among insurers at the time. This distinguished 1life Insurance from other insurers. 1life Insurance was the first insurance firm in South Africa to sell life insurance over the internet and through their mobile site. It became more easier for consumers to obtain life insurance as a result of this ease.

Pure life insurance, disability insurance, dread disease insurance, and burial insurance are all available through 1life. Since its inception, the company’s goods have included life insurance. In 2012, the company expanded its product offerings by adding personal loans to their list of services. Telesure Investment Holdings owns 1life in its entirety. The company has a license number of 24769 from the Financial SECTOR Conduct Authority. 1life is also a BBBEE contributor at level 6.

Products and Services offered by 1 life insurance limited

Life Insurance

1life insurance is a pure life insurance policy that protects your family’s requirements in the event of your death. The proceeds from a life insurance policy can be used to pay for daily living expenses, school tuition, and other expenses. The cover money can also aid in asset seizure because the amount can be used to settle any outstanding debts on assets. Medical examinations are not necessary, but an HIV test is required.

For the first 24 months after purchasing life insurance, premiums remain unchanged. Premiums will then rise by 5% per year after that. You are immediately covered in the event of an accident or natural death. Suicide is covered after a period of 24 months from the date of purchase. When one gets married, buys a new home, or has a child on the policy’s anniversary, 1life insurance provides for an upgrade.

Funeral Cover

1life insurance funeral cover pays out should a holder or beneficiary die. Claims are settled within 3 minutes making sure the funeral arrangements can be made as soon as possible. You can cover up to 16 family members on one cover. However, there is a waiting period for natural death which is a period of 6 months. Accidental death is covered immediately.

Should the main policyholder die, the cover will remain in place for other members on the policy for an additional 24 months. During the 24 months, no premiums will be paid.

There is no premium increase for the first 12 months. The cover pays between R5000 to R50,000.00 depending on how much you are covered for. Cover includes R6000 grocery benefit payable upfront at the time of death.

Dread Disease Cover

Dread Disease cover pays out a percentage of your cover amount as a tax-free lump sum should you become a victim of serious illness. Serious illness includes cancer, heart attack, stroke, Alzheimer, organ transplant etc.

The premiums stay idle for the first 24 months with no increase from your initial premiums agreement. Premiums then increase by 5% from year to year, however, the insurance cover remains the same.

There are no medical checkups except an HIV test. You can get covered for up to R4 million depending on the cover you have chosen. Money is made available should you need to live with a dread disease or live on a reduced income.

Disability Insurance

Disability cover pays out a lump sum should you get permanently disabled. You can use the money to replace your income if you are no longer working or remodel your home to cater to your disability or pay off or reduce debt on your assets.

Premiums don’t increase for the first 24 months and will only increase by 5% after the 24th premium from year to year.

The cover pays between R50,000 to R10 million depending on the cover amount you have chosen.

When taking the cover there are no medical checks, only an HIV test is necessary to get the cover. There is no waiting period for accidental incidents or natural death. Although, Suicide has a 24 month waiting period.

Expense Protector

This is a form of income protection that pays out a monthly income if you are temporarily Ill or disable by accident. These funds replace your income since you won’t be earning income, you can then be able to pay your expenses and medications.

When taking the expense protector, there are no medical checks, just an HIV test. Premiums stay the same for the first 24 months and increase by 5% per year then after.


1life insurance offers an investment opportunity to those who want to invest in their future. The minimum investment is R100,000.00 with no additional deposit for the investment period.

Your lump sum is has a guaranteed fixed rate of interest. After the first year of investment, you can make a withdrawal from your investment account.

However, the withdrawal is not repayable. Upon maturity, you can choose to withdraw your investment in part or all, if in part you have an option to invest in other portfolio investment platform.

1 life insurance limited directors

Name Position
L A Hillman Executive Director
R J Pretorius Company Secretary
S Klinkert Non-Executive director
Group Chainman
I R Reech Independent Non-Executive Director
Group Deputy Chairman
E Links Independent Non-Executive Director
H Griffins Independent Non-Executive Director
D H Pead Independent Non-Executive Director
TJ Creamer Executive director
Group CEO
AR Weilbach Executive Director
Group CFO
PN Kingston Independent Non-Executive Director
TZ Muranda Independent Non-Executive Director
TF Maenetja Non-Executive Director


1 Life Insurance Limited is surely a new kid in the insurance business with less than 2 decades in business. The company has successfully built a brand that resonates with speed and affordability, something that the majority of South Africans show interest in when shopping for insurance.

1 Life Insurance has tested the waters and perhaps it is in this decade that we will see more expansion that will stretch to other parts of Africa.



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