Money lessons from
Africa’s Big Five
There’s a lot we can learn from nature,
even money and management.

What is On The Money?

The On the Money Programme is a financial education initiative created to teach all South Africans how to best manage their finances. The programme is based on the behaviours of South Africa's Big Five animals. The unique characteristics of the Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino and Buffalo, as found in nature, have been distilled to teach us how to manage our personal and family finances.
What’s in it for you?
  • You will know what money personality you are and how to work with that
  • You'll understand the importance of changing your financial behaviour
  • You will know how to break old habits that get in the way of your financial stability
  • You will be able to establish new, healthy financial habits
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Become Financially fit in 2022

The holidays have left many South Africans facing the New Year with financial hangovers and their money problems could last well into 2022.

However, there are a couple of steps that you can take to get your personal finances back in shape, like seeking expert advice from a financial adviser.

Catch interviews of our Old Mutual On The Money Financial Education facilitators, live on Thobela FM & Ukhozi FM, as they talk about how a financial adviser can help you gain control of your finances and build a better financial future for yourself and your loved ones.

A South African woman uses a calculator to work out details of her finances in the new year.
Be upfront about financial issues before walking down the aisle

When the excitement of the wedding day is done and the glow of a honeymoon has been replaced by daily routine, many couples find out that they still have a lot to learn about each other. Often, the discussions will centre on what is mine, what is yours and what is ours. At the heart of the problem is money and disagreements about how it should be spent and saved. Catch interviews of our Old Mutual On The Money Financial Education facilitators live on Lesedi FM & Ukhozi FM, as they talk about the importance of speaking openly with your partner about finances before getting married.

A South African couple dances at their wedding, having discussed finances before getting married.
Big Five Secrets

Find out the secret of each of the Big Five animals and apply it to your everyday money management.

Secret of the lion

Eat first ahead of the pack by committing to an automatic, fixed savings plan. This will help you change your spending patterns. Even if you save small amounts, you will be developing a savings habit.

The Secret of the Lion brochure will help you:

  • Commit to a savings plan.
  • Identify the minimum savings level you should have and how to achieve this.
  • Identify different savings vehicles available to you.
Secret of the lion
Secret of the Leopard

Have a clear idea of your goals and what you are saving for. Be realistic - the leopard always aims for things it knows it can get.

The Secret of the Leopard brochure will help you:

  • Record clear and specific short - medium- and long-term visions that are realistic, achievable and inspiring.
  • Understand the importance of reflecting on and researching your visions, and the best way to get support for achieving them.
  • Use your visions to ensure easier and more consistent financial discipline
Secret of the Leopard
Secret of the Elephant

Knowledge is power. The elephant never forgets. Human memory is a little unreliable. Proper record-keeping will help you understand your spending habits much better and how to change them to suit your income and future goals.

The Secret of the Elephant brochure will help you:

  • Identify different kinds of expenses and how to manage them.
  • Develop a family budget at least once a year.
  • List a simple five-step budgeting process that works.
  • Develop a plan to track difficult variable expenses using the elephant envelopes method.
Secret of the Elephant
Secret of the Rhino

Getting out of debt can be one of life's most difficult challenges, but it is also one of the most important things you can ever do. The rhino's weapon is to charge. When threatened, it looks for the biggest threat and charges, taking swift control of the situation. Learn from the rhino by charging down your debt as fast as you can.

The Secret of the Rhino brochure will help you:

  • Plan and manage your debt.
  • Identify the risk, pitfalls, limitations and unforeseen events that affect a budget
  • Understand how to charge down your debt.
  • Explain the consequences of not having a good credit rating.
Secret of the Rhino
Secret of the Buffalo

The mighty buffalo is deliberate and steady. It steadily grows and protects its herd, knowing its strength and future are in its numbers. Financial institutions invest your money to make it grow. Our lesson is that it's important to leave your investment for a long period of time - so it can grow. Choose investments that suit you and stick to them.

The Secret of the Buffalo brochure will help you:

  • Understand why you have to invest to increase your assets.
  • Understand the power of compound interest.
  • List and explain the four financial options to save money.
  • Know your rights when dealing with investment brokers and products.
Secret of the Buffalo