Discovery Vitality Ambassador Caster Semenya at th
Discovery Vitality Ambassador Caster Semenya at the Discovery headquarters in Sandton (Instagram, @discovery_sa)
  • Discovery Vitality has introduced a host of new benefits as South Africans remain home due to coronavirus. 
  • They include a free food delivery voucher from Pick n Pay, and R1 000 towards a fitness device. 
  • Discovery will also be increasing the amount people can claim back for healthy meals on Uber eats. 
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Discovery Vitality’s close to two million South African members will receive a free food delivery voucher from Pick n Pay, and R1 000 towards a fitness device among new benefits introduced due to coronavirus. 

This after President Cyril Ramaphosa urged South Africans to avoid public spaces, and gatherings of more than 100 people, and stay home to curb the spread of coronavirus, or SARS-Cov-2, in the country. 

As of Thursday, there are 150 confirmed diagnoses of the virus in South Africa. No deaths have been reported. 

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In a letter to members, Discovery Vitality CEO Dinesh Govender said the organisation has taken immediate steps to give members peace of mind during this “unprecedented” time.

He said in addition to members’ Healthy Food cashback from Pick n Pay, members will now also receive a free delivery voucher on their next online shopping transaction at the retailer.  

The amount members can claim back from Healthy Dining meals at Nandos and Ocean Basket both instore and at Uber Eats will also increase to 35% from 25%. 

Govender said Vitality will also give members R1 000 upfront on all qualifying Fitbit, Garmin, Huawei, Polar, Samsung or Suunto heart rate fitness device from Sportsmans Warehouse or Totalsports. 

This is in addition to your Device Booster benefit of up to 75% cashback. 

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Vitality will also be dropping the rewards points, or Discovery Miles, required to watch a BoxOffice movie or buy a book from Exclusive Books as more members remain home. Gaming vouchers will soon also be added to the rewards system. 

These measures are in addition to the previously announced drop in the maximum weekly fitness reward requirement from 900 to 700 points. 

“Staying healthy and keeping others safe should be your number one priority right now,” Govender said. 

“Vitality’s key principles have never been more relevant: exercise if you’re well, eat healthy food, and take preventive measures, like washing your hands and maintaining social distancing.”