South Africa Life Insurance Industry Report 2022 with Profiles of Sanlam, Old Mutual, Liberty, Discovery, AVBOB, RGA, Munich Reinsurance and Centriq

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Dublin, Feb. 01, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "The Life Insurance Industry in South Africa 2022" report has been added to's offering.

This report on the life insurance industry in South Africa includes information on the size and state of the sector, performance indicators, market shares, corporate actions notable players and developments.

The life insurance industry remained profitable and well capitalised despite record high claim payouts in 2021. The industry's total income and profit increased in 2021 compared to 2019 and 2020. COVID-19 made people more aware of risks, causing higher demand for life insurance products.

Africa is widely regarded as a key long-term growth market for insurance, providing opportunities for local life insurance companies. The industry's growth is being affected by the weak economy and rising unemployment and inflation that are causing consumers' disposable income to decrease.

There are profiles of 28 companies including notable players such as Sanlam, Old Mutual, Liberty, Discovery, AVBOB, reinsurance companies including RGA and Munich Reinsurance and cell captive insurers such as Centriq.

Increases in Policies and Claims

South Africa's life insurance penetration, measured in premiums as a percentage of GDP, was significantly higher than the global average. Due to COVID-19, many people realised the importance of sufficient life insurance and income protection cover, reflected in a significant increase in new policies.

From April 2020 to end-March 2022, close to 2 million death claims were paid out, likely reflecting people having multiple policies. Life insurers reported in June 2022 that death-related insurance claims were back to pre-COVID-19 levels.


There is a shift to digital systems, especially in distribution and claims management, and traditional life insurers are partnering with insurtech companies to develop innovative and personalised products.

In terms of distribution channels, agents and brokers remain the most important, but direct sales and bancassurance have grown. There has been an increase in savings policies being surrendered to access funds when policyholders face financial problems.

Key Topics Covered:


2.1. Industry Value Chain
2.2. Geographic Position
2.3. Size of the Industry
2.4. Key Success Factors and Pain Points

3.1. State of the Industry
3.2. Key Trends
3.3. Notable Players
3.4. Corporate Actions
3.5. Regulations
3.6. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development



6.1. COVID-19 and other Health Conditions
6.2. Economic Environment
6.3. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation
6.4. Crime and Road Accidents
6.5. Environmental Issues
6.6. Investment Performance
6.7. Financial Inclusion
6.8. Labour

7.1. Competition
7.2. Ownership Structure of the Industry
7.3. Barriers to Entry




11.1. Publications
11.2. Websites


  • Appendix 1 - Classes and Sub-Classes of Insurance Business for Life Insurance under Schedule 2 of the Insurance Act, 2017

  • Appendix 2 - List of Life Insurers, August 2022

  • Appendix 3 - Summary of Notable Players


  • 1 Life Insurance (RF) Ltd

  • 3Sixty Life Ltd

  • Absa Life Ltd

  • AIG Life South Africa Ltd

  • Assupol Life Ltd

  • AVBOB Mutual Assurance Society

  • Bidvest Life Ltd

  • Centriq Life Insurance Company Ltd

  • Clientele Life Assurance Company Ltd

  • Constantia Life and Health Assurance Company Ltd

  • Discovery Life Ltd

  • General Reinsurance Africa Ltd

  • Guardrisk Life Ltd

  • Hannover Re South Africa Ltd

  • Hollard Life Assurance Company Ltd

  • King Price Life Insurance Ltd

  • Liberty Group Ltd

  • Momentum Metropolitan Life Ltd

  • Munich Reinsurance Company of Africa Ltd

  • Nedgroup Life Assurance Company Ltd

  • Nedgroup Structured Life Ltd

  • Old Mutual Life Assurance Company (South Africa) Ltd

  • OUTsurance Life Insurance Company Ltd

  • Professional Provident Society Insurance Company Ltd

  • RGA Reinsurance Company of South Africa Ltd

  • Sanlam Life Insurance Ltd

  • SCOR Africa Ltd

  • Swiss Re Africa Ltd

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