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Life Surprises

"It won't happen to me."

A common thought we all have at some point in our lives. But as our ‘Life Surprises’ survey shows, 8 in 10 South Africans older than 50 have faced at least one major, unexpected life event at some point in their lives. Those life events, good or bad, have a financial and emotional impact.

Discover the results of the survey, watch the videos to see how these unexpected events have shaped the lives of ordinary South Africans, and then ask yourself, “How financially prepared am I for life’s surprises?”

The Stories

Learn from the personal stories of 3 South Africans, each with a ‘Life Surprise’ of their own, on how resilience and a positive attitude helped them to handle life’s curveballs.

The Survey

We interviewed over 600 South Africans between 50 years and older to gain insight and wisdom from their unexpected life events. Read about the key findings in this infographic.

Media Releases

Need additional insights about the survey and research findings? Take a look at the articles listed below.

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  1. Main Key Findings
  2. 5 Steps to Prepare Financially for Life’s Surprises
  3. Importance of Saving
  4. Unexpectedly supporting others
  5. Outliving your partner
  6. Small business failure: how to prepare financially
  7. An unexpected death
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