February 2010

Growing in Johannesburg

While we continue to expand across the globe, Standard Bank Group’s (SBG) head office in Johannesburg, South Africa, has also experienced a growth spurt. This has got our property team working on a plan for the future.

Construction of a new facility in Rosebank, Johannesburg, has just got underway. The new office complex will house corporate offices, meeting rooms and a small retail space.

Brazil weds itself to Africa’s latent agricultural potential

Brazil and Africa will be partnering in a quest for greater food and energy security. We’re headed for an agricultural revolution and we’re also working on the challenges brought about by climate change.

Read Standard Bank Group (SBG) economists Simon Freemantle and Jeremy Stevens’ report on the challenges facing both Brazil and Africa in ensuring greater global competitiveness in food and energy supply chains, suggesting the potential of bilateral collaboration for economic growth and poverty alleviation.

This report also focuses on Brazil’s agricultural drive in Africa.

The recession is dead - long live the upswing

The past decade will be remembered for many things, but the recession is the biggest downer of the “noughties” and the backlash from these tough times will be with us for some time to come.

But it’s not all doom and gloom - Standard Bank’s economists say this is the start of a fresh, promising and flourishing decade. At last the time has come – the recession is over and things are looking up.

Students! Take on our IT Challenge

Are you and your friends IT wizards? Do you have what it takes to try your hand at Standard Bank’s annual IT Challenge?

Every year we run the Standard Bank IT Challenge for students in South African varsities. This year’s challenge kicks off with heats on 13 March at several campuses around South Africa. The finals will take place at our head office in Johannesburg on 15 April 2010.

We use the latest technologies to develop and maintain systems that support Standard Bank Group’s (SBG) global business. So do you have what it takes?

Standard Bank team sweats it out to raise £4 000 for BBC initiative

How do you get to do outdoor activities and raise money for children in need without leaving the office? Standard Bank Group’s Isle of Man and Jersey offices have the answer and it lies in one of the trendiest gadgets: The Wii Fit.

This is what went down

Wanting to contribute to the BBC’s “Children in Need Appeal" was the catalyst for this adventure. The team’s aim was to raise funds to help disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.

Ephraim Ngatane – Soweto’s symphony

If you’re a South African art lover then you’ll be pleased to know that the Standard Bank art gallery is exhibiting Ephraim Ngatane’s work – _Soweto’s Symphony_ until 13 March 2010.

It has been said that this artist has put his thumbprint on the history of South African art. Although this promising artist’s skills were taken from us prematurely, his incredible portrayal of life in Soweto during the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70 will live on for many years to come. His amazing ability to conveyed emotion and depth with every sweep of his paintbrush is what makes this exhibition such a special treat.

Twenty20 cricket hits Zimbabwe

It’s fast. It’s action-packed. It’s cricket as you’ve never experienced before. Most of all, it’s fun for the whole family.

We've been a sponsor of limited-overs cricket in South Africa since 1997 and we're the official sponsor of:
Ø The international limited-overs team (ODI and International Pro20)
Ø International Pro20 events played in South Africa
Ø The Standard Bank Pro20 series (the domestic franchise competition in South Africa).

What social media (now) means to us

It was only natural to take Standard Bank Group (SBG) into social media marketing.

Back in the day (time passes so much more quickly online) it was a strange phenomenon only whispered about within the marketing fraternity.

At SBG, we could not deny that the way we all viewed the world was changing. Rather than continue to only whisper about social media marketing, we started shouting it out within the walls of our offices.

Standard Bank economists positive about 2010 growth

South Africa is a good place to be in 2010. According to Standard Bank economist Shireen Darmalingam, we are already starting to see a slight improvement in the country’s economy and employment rate.

Ok, so we’re still limping along after losing 423 000 jobs and we still need to find jobs for 550 000 people just to half the current poverty and unemployment rate – but the fact is, the fourth quarter of 2009 showed an improvement, and Standard Bank economists are expecting this upturn to continue in 2010.

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