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Investors need not fear Africa

When asked yesterday at the US-Africa Business Forum what he would tell a potential (and cynical) investor in Africa, our Chief Executive Sim Tshabalala spoke of the increasing (positive) regulation in Africa.

He also spoke of the experience that Africa-based businesses offer to US investors. #USAfrica #AfricaSummit #USAfricaSummit

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Africa is open for business and partnerships

“Africa is now being taken seriously and is open for business and partnerships,” Standard Bank Group Chief Executive Sim Tshabalala told an audience yesterday at the first US-Africa Business Forum in Washington DC, USA.

The forum took place yesterday at the historic US Africa Leaders Summit. The business panel discussions and speeches by various global, American and African business and political leaders energetically grappled with expanding the new era for business in Africa; financing the Africa of tomorrow; and leading developments in infrastructure.

Investment environment key to closing Africa’s energy gap

Power outages cost more than 5% of gross domestic product (GDP) in Malawi, Uganda and South Africa. This and other problems caused by Africa’s inadequate power infrastructure have resulted in a strategic financing relationship between Standard Bank Group and General Electric.

We reaffirmed our partnership to bridge Africa’s energy financing gap at a Power Financing roundtable in Washington DC, USA. A financing agreement of US$350-million has already been confirmed by Standard Bank Group and General Electric.

Africa offers US firms a compelling trade and investment opportunity

Africa offers multinationals in the United States a compelling trade and investment opportunity thanks to the rapid economic growth rates being experienced across the continent along with burgeoning population growth and increasing urbanization.

Economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa has exceeded 5% a year for more than a decade now giving the continent a 4.1% share of global gross domestic product (GDP), up from 3.4% in 2000. By 2050 one in four of the world’s population will reside in Africa with at least 60% of the continent’s people living in urban centres.

USA firms set to invest in Africa

The United States’ Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker has revealed that deals worth almost US$1-billion would be announced during US President Obama’s US-Africa Leaders Summit being held early in August.

This is the first summit of its kind and the largest event that any US president has ever convened with African heads of state or government. President Obama will host leaders from across Africa in Washington DC for the event.

South Africa's most valuable bank brand

Standard Bank has again been chosen as the most valuable bank brand in Brand Finance South Africa's annual report on South Africa’s 50 most valuable brands.

MTN retained its position as the country`s most valuable brand, increasing its total brand value to US$5.38-billion (R57.13-billion) from US$5.17-billion in 2013, while Sasol came second, up one position from the previous year; and Vodacom came third, down one position.

The brand "Standard Bank" retained fourth placed position overall but came out as the country`s most valuable bank brand at US$1.59bn (R16.88bn).

Kenya gets first digital banking branch thanks to CfC Stanbic Bank

Our colleagues at CfC Stanbic Bank in Kenya have opened the first ever digital experience bank branch in the country. The branch in Mombabsa's Nyali Centre Mall is set to radically alter the way customers take care of their financial needs and conduct their daily banking business.

Iketsetse-Zenzele Season 2, Episode 24 (English)

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Download the latest episode in South Africa's favourite radio soapie. It is also available in other languages at

In this episode Mlu and Grace are supposed to go for counselling but Mlu is nowhere to be found. Has he gone back to drinking? Will they find him in a tavern?

When he eventually comes home, he gets very defensive when Grace confronts him. He says he was visiting his mother and didn’t have airtime to call Grace back. Why didn’t he use cell phone banking to recharge? Find out how this all plays out.

We top financial health ranking in Africa

Standard Bank Group shows the best financial health of all the financial institutions on the African continent, according to The Banker Top 1000 World Banks 2014 rankings.

We top the list in Africa with Tier 1 capital of US$10.57-billion and pre-tax earnings of US$2,9-billion. However, the list also shows that we slipped in the global rankings, from 109th place in 2013 to 116th this year.

Its time to build the habit of saving

Saving is hard for everyone which is why initiatives like Savings Month are so important. No better time like now to start saving.

Putting money away for a rainy day doesn’t come naturally for most of us, so the key is to start small. Contributing what you can, will help you develop the habit.

Here are some tips on how to build that savings habit:
1. Set a goal and ask yourself, what do you want to save for? This will help you decide what you would like to do with the money you save.

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