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Where you'll find us on Twitter

If you're a Twitter user and want to connect with Standard Bank South Africa, you'll find them at www.twitter.com/standardbankza or www.twitter.com/asksbsa. If you have been following @standardbankgrp, it has been changed to @standardbankza and is dedicated to the personal banking news for our operation in South Africa.

To get feeds relating to Standard Bank Group's operations globally, feel free to follow www.twitter.com/sbgroup.

People's passions underlie our sponsorships

Sponsorships often make it possible for an event to take place. It sometimes also cuts the cost of attending an event, even makes it possible for people to participate free or at a lower cost. A sponsorship may even make it possible for the excitement of an event to be shared with a larger audience through TV, radio or online.

Like any other business, we consider carefully what sponsorships we choose to take on. Besides helping us build our brand, Standard Bank Group considers what people in our various market segments are passionate about. We also consider opportunities for development.

Atedo Peterside appointed to Standard Bank Group board

We welcome Atedo Peterside as the newest member of our board of directors. He joins the Standard Bank Group board and that of The Standard Bank of South Africa Limited as a non-executive. Mr Peterside is Chairman of Stanbic IBTC Plc, which is Standard Bank Group’s operation in Nigeria.

Mozambican President thanks Standard Bank Group for 120 years

Mozambican President Armando Guebuza has praised the contribution that Standard Bank Group has provided to the growth and stability of the Mozambican economy, especially in the financial market and the socio-economic development of the country since it first set up operations in country in 1894.

President Guebuza was guest of honour at a gala dinner hosted by Standard Bank Group to commemorating its 120 years in Mozambique.

Award honours our commitment to the arts

Standard Bank Group has been awarded the Long Term Partnership Award for its sponsorship of the Standard Bank Jazz Festival in Grahamstown, at the 17th Annual Business Day, Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) Awards.

Business Day BASA Awards recognise excellence and the real commitment of corporates towards building and sustaining the arts in South Africa.

The award reflects Standard Bank Group’s active support of the arts for more than three decades, while the iconic Jazz Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa, celebrated its 40th anniversary.

Standard Bank Group celebrates 120 years in Mozambique

We’re celebrating 120 years in Mozambique with the opening of Standard Bank Mozambique’s new head office in Maputo.

The importance of this milestone is that Standard Bank Group has been in Mozambique through good and bad times. Through various political and economic transformations, we kept operating in the country and never left.

Rise of the middle class in sub-Saharan Africa

The powerful rise in household income in many of Africa's key frontier economies has allowed the formation and strengthening of a substantial middle class. Standard Bank Group’s economic analysts have been examining the growth of the middle class market in Angola, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

The team found that the number of middle-class households in these 11 sub-Saharan African countries are expected to boom in the next 16 years from today’s 15-million to over 40-million by 2030.

South African economy to remain ‘sluggish’ in 2014

Speaking today on Standard Bank Group’s financial results for the first half of 2014, our Chief Executive Ben Kruger said global growth in 2014 is expected to be influenced by developed market countries, while emerging markets are expected to struggle to match the growth rates achieved in 2013.

He made particular reference to the South African economy saying that the current “sluggishness” is expected to persist for the remainder of 2014. This will continue to leave South African consumers feeling less than confident.

Standard Bank Group shows good growth in the first half of 2014

Standard Bank Group’s financials for the first half of 2014 shows that its continued to grow. Our operations in Africa (excluding South Africa) has grown especially well from the red last year this time. We operate in 20 countries on the continent.

Overall, Standard Bank Group grew overall headline earnings 2% on first half of 2013 to R9 338-million thanks to the strong growth in our subsidiaries in the rest of Africa. Losses on loans was also managed well and dropped 1%, mostly because of lower credit losses from corporate clients.

CfC Stanbic in Kenya boosts profits

Standard Bank Group’s Kenyan operation, CfC Stanbic Holdings, recorded a 52% increase in profit after tax for the period ended June 2014. The earnings stood at Ksh3.4-billion (about US$3.8-million), up from the Ksh2.2-billion (US$2.5-million) posted over the same period last year.

The growth was as a result of improved revenues from trade finance in South Sudan, cost discipline, growth in loans and advances, a lower credit impairment charge as well as improved performance from SBG Securities.

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