The power of a collective

It was just 125 years ago when a collective of innovative individuals got together to help their communities secure their futures.

And while we’ve grown and evolved over the years, our commitment to helping you plan for and achieve your financial life goals has remained unchanged.

We’re thankful for our rich history and heritage as a proudly South African business. And we look forward to the next 125+ years in which we will continue making a positive difference in the lives of you, our clients and our communities.

A message from our CEO

A message from our CEO

This year, we celebrate a momentous milestone, 125 years of serving you, our people.

Since the very beginning, we’ve existed to help you secure your future, help you celebrate the lives of your loved ones and help you plan for and achieve your financial life goals.

As we’ve done for the past 125 years, we’ll continue providing you with practical solutions and solid financial advice, ensuring your financial decisions today become tomorrow’s triumphs.

Together we can.

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A message from our CEO

Our journey so far


African Homes Trust is established by a collective of innovative individuals who got together to help those who couldn’t afford to buy their own homes.


We issue our 20 000th policy.


Our service offering grows when a new subsidiary Funerals (Pty) Ltd is formed and several funeral businesses are acquired.


We enter the Information Age. Innovation has always been a core value and even though computers were only launched to the public in 1971, we were at the forefront of technology when we bought out first computer.


Gertrude Molete is appointed as an agent at the Atteridgeville branch in Pretoria. She makes her way into our history book as the first Black woman to be appointed as an agent.


African Homes Trust merges with Metropolitan Life to become Metropolitan Homes Trust Life.


We change our name to Metropolitan Life.


Metropolitan is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.


Our total premium income breaks through the R1bn barrier for the first time.


We draw a line in the sand in the fights against HIV/AIDS when we establish a dedicated AIDS Research Unit.


We merge with Momentum to become Momentum Metropolitan Holdings. The Metropolitan brand remained the consumer brand of choice in the emerging market.

From mid2010

We receive top ratings each year in the annual South African Customer Satisfaction Index (SA-csi) survey, including the number one position in the ‘meeting and exceeding Customer Expectations’ category.


A strategic reset – From Reset and Grow to “Reinvent and Grow”. The revitalised mission for our business is strongly anchored in our purpose – to help you achieve your financial life goals.


We expand our digital capabilities and future proof the business. When the world was brought to its knees during the COVID-19 lockdown, the digitisation of our services allowed us to continue with business as usual.

To the future

There’s nothing ordinary about what we do. That’s why we’ve been around for 125 years and look forward to another 125+ years of serving our communities.

As a Metropolitan collective, joined by aligned goals, together we can!

You can be part of our future. Chat to a Metropolitan adviser about how we can help you along your financial journey.

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