According to a report by Netwerk24, Discovery is paying approximately R280-million a year – or R23-million a month – to rent its new offices in Sandton.
By 2022, Discovery anticipates paying R400-million a year, and R600-million in 2028. After 15 years the building will not be transferred to Discovery, and a new rental agreement has to be drawn up. Growthpoint is the majority shareholder in the building.
Business Insider reports that Discovery has entered into a 15-year rental contract with property group Growthpoint, which developed 1 Discovery Place for more than R3-billion. The building has a roof-top running track and a gymnasium that can accommodate up to 3 000 members.
This comes after Discovery clients were hit with a weighted 9.2% increase across medical plans for 2019. In addition, Discovery Vitality plans were increased by between 8.4% and 12.5%.
According to Business Tech, Discovery has 2.8-million beneficiaries, and with an open medical scheme market share of approximately 56%.
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