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Life insurance can be complicated but at its core is very simple. If you die the cover amount is paid. This is what we offer at Different Life.

Life insurance is often used as a catch all phrase to describe all long term insurance products. The common additions are explained below.


The common, key components of life insurance.

Here are the nuts and bolts of life insurance products out there.


The Death Benefit component

Defined as the amount that is payable to a beneficiary when an insured person passes away.

Used for paying final expenses – such as funeral costs and unpaid medical bills, any debt such as the balance of a mortgage.


Cash Value component

An insurance component that pays a stated amount of proceeds upon the death of the insured, while at the same time providing a cash value or investment component that accumulates a cash value that the policy holder may withdraw or borrow against.

Over the years, the policy’s cash value component grows, and the policy begins to accumulate what is referred to as a cash surrender value. If the insured decides to cancel – or “surrender” – the policy, he or she would be able to receive the accumulated cash surrender value that has built up inside the policy.


Some variations of Life Insurance

Term Life Insurance

This policy is taken for a set period, for example, 20 years. This means that you are covered for death during this period. If the cover is not used within this frame of time, it expires. It does not build any cash value. The main benefit of this plan is that the premiums are much cheaper.


Whole Life Insurance

This plan covers the remainder of your life and amount that will be paid out is a fixed predetermined value.


Permanent Life Insurance

This plan covers the remainder of your life and accumulates value over time, which can be withdrawn.


Other products often bundled with life insurance

Life insurance is often used as a catch all phrase to describe all long term insurance products. The common additions are explained below.


Salary Protection – the certainty of a regular income

If you consider that you have things such as a bond, medical aid, school fees to cover this product takes care of that risk.

Income or salary protection policies typically replace up to 75% of your monthly income for a period of time when you get sick or injured and cannot work. This is usually only if you are unable to perform your insured occupation due to a disability.

Some options out there:

Mortgage Protection Insurance

Also known as ‘home loan insurance’ or ‘consumer credit insurance’, can cover your mortgage repayments in the event of your passing, the diagnosis of a critical illness, or if you are totally and permanently disabled.

Redundancy insurance

It’s treated a little differently than income protection. In some cases, banks will include it as mortgage cover, but it may only be offered so you can continue paying for a linked mortgage… and it’s unlikely you’ll be able to access any additional money.


Critical Illness & Disability Cover

Critical Illness products typically pay a lump sum if you’re diagnosed with a “dreaded disease” i.e. cancer, stroke, suffer a heart attack, undergo heart surgery. The exact qualifying conditions and definitions will be included in your policy wording.
This is how we put together our product

More about our Critical Illness Cover

Disability Cover will pay the cover amount in full if you are totally and permanently unable to perform your insured occupation and any similar occupation to which you are suited by skill, education and training due to a disability.

More about our Disability Cover


Do you need it ?

Focus on your personal circumstances – Only you know how much money it costs to run your household; what your expenses are, your debts, and whether or not you’re able to pay these things off.

Can’t decide – This may may help?

We’ve made the calculator below to get you started.


Accidental Products

If for any reason you don’t qualify for our primary products (Life Cover, Disability Cover and Salary Protection), you may still have the option to purchase the Accident-Only variations of these products. As the name states, this only covers the policy holder in case of an accident.

More on Accidental Products



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