Standard Bank is changing their image and Moving Forward, so to help their clients make the right connections and reach their full potential. Let Standard Bank be the bank that takes you from where you are, to where you want to be.

FICA in the spotlight

The South African Reserve Bank has taken a closer look at whether South Africa’s have the right administration controls in place to effectively fight money laundering and combat the financing of terrorism. These controls are laid down in the Financial Intelligence Centre Act, No. 38 of 2001, better known as FICA.

While a number of banks where found to have some shortcomings – and were fined as a result – none of these banks have in this Reserve Bank investigation been in any way implicated in facilitating transactions involving money laundering and the financing of terrorism.

Global Finance awards puts us first in Africa

Standard Bank Group has been chosen as the Best Bank in Africa by Global Finance magazine. In addition, We also received the country awards for Angola, South Africa and Uganda in Global Finance’s World’s Best Emerging Markets Bank Awards 2014.

Global Finance has also named Standard Bank Group as the Global Best Investment Bank in Frontier Markets and the Best Investment Bank in Africa in its 2014 World’s Best Investment Bank Awards.

Credit Information Amnesty: it’s not a joke

Good news for some people is that tomorrow (1 April) South African credit bureaus will remove all past adverse credit information they may hold on you. But what exactly does this all mean to you? And what information will stay on your record? How will banks know if you can afford to repay your credit? Does the amnesty mean I don’t have to repay my loans?

Very important: The Credit Information Amnesty does not mean that your debt will be wiped clean. You still have to repay all your loans.

Raising the standard on radio

Educating our customers on financial solutions has always been a top priority and we have achieved this by using the power of radio through our very first radio series, ‘Iketsetse-Zenzele.’

Our show has been so successful that it has been recognised by the Radio Advertising Bureau of South Africa (RAB) for outstanding use of the radio medium.

Use your power to support Earth Hour

On 29 March at 8.30 pm, we will be supporting Earth Hour, a symbolic event to raise awareness around climate change.

Climate change is happening and will affect all of us in our lifetimes. There are many things we can do as a company and as individuals to reduce the impact of climate change – most especially by using energy wisely, by investing in more energy efficient appliances and by thinking before we act.



Focus on getting learners into higher education

Despite having the potential to succeed at university, many learners do not achieve sufficiently high results on their school-leaving examinations to be considered for admission to university. Standard Bank South Africa is funding a project that is increasing the number and quality of learners entering into South African universities.

The R5,7-million funding will go towards further implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the National Benchmark Tests project.

African countries should look to each other for trade

Although trade between African countries has been increasing over the last five years, they can be doing a lot more business with one another, say Anne-Marie Woolley and Megan McDonald of Standard Bank Group’s Structured Trade and Commodity Finance units in London and Johannesburg explain.

While there are challenges, it is up to each country unlock the potential billions of additional dollars simply by placing more focus on trading with their African peers

Making you #appy

Last night we were the talk of South Africa: we were even trending on Twitter. It was not because of the glitzy event attended by wonderful people. The star attraction was the new banking app that offers greater flexibility, brings new functionality and is set to transform the banking experience of South Africans.

The app (we like to think of it as #appy) is the start of a new digital journey for Standard Bank Group. One that starts in South Africa and will make its way north into other countries in which we offer our services.

Share The Inspiration

“Education is the most powerful weapon with which you can change the world” - Nelson Mandela.

These incredible words from a truly inspiring man set the foundation for us to #ShareTheInspiration. We want you to share any inspirational messages aimed at motivating young children to aim for their dreams, no matter how big they might seem. In return, we'll do our bit to try make it a little easier for them to do so.

Buffett makes rhino history

Today we were witness to the single biggest donation to rhino conservation in SANParks’ history. The generous donator has finally been revealed at a media function at our 30 Baker Street offices in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Mr Howard Buffett, the international philanthropist and son of world renowned investment guru, Warren Buffett today donated R255-million to SANParks (South African National Parks), to combat rhino poaching.

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