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Looking to Africa

Speaking at the IIF Inaugural Africa Financial Summit, Pravin Gordhan, South Africa’s Minister of Finance, gave his views on the globe’s financial positioning. He ended off saying the following.

“Africa is a continent of hope and expectation. In the midst of a global economy that is still in turmoil, Africans have a new determination to leverage their recent economic success into sustained growth and development which must result in a better life for a billion Africans.”

Talking world finance

Standard Bank Group is proud to be sponsoring the IIF Inaugural Africa Financial Summit, in association with the Institute of International Finance (IIF). This is the IIF’s first high level gathering of financial leaders.

Hosted by Jacko Maree, Group Chief Executive of Standard Bank, the summit is taking place from 11-13 November at the Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa, and will have a special focus on Africa.

In Africa, climate finance is development finance

COP17 is well underway and the real negotiations around climate change start. Geoff Sinclair, Standard Bank Group’s Head of Carbon Trading, looks at the role that Africa has to play when it comes to finance and climate.

“Climate finance equates to development finance at many levels, not least because the management of climate change is such a new discipline that there are still no definitive, standardised methods to work from.

Green drives waves of banking innovation for customers

As the 17th Conference of Parties (COP17) kicks off in Durban, South Africa, the attention is on governments of the world to commit further to reduce the effects of climate change by reducing the high levels of greenhouse gases emitted when fossil fuels such as coal, oil, diesel, petrol and natural gases are burnt.

However, for most businesses, environmental custodianship and sustainability are still of little consideration as they are still not recognised as core to their business. They are often considered “moral must do’s” in addition to their normal operations.

Celebrating National Women's Day

On August 9, 1956 South African women took to the streets of Pretoria in protest of pass laws.

They came from all corners of South Africa in buses, trains, cars and even bakkies. It took some of them more than two days to get there but they were determined to take part. The reason? To deliver a petition against the use of passes.

Pass laws required all non-white men and women to carry a pass book to prove that they were allowed to enter certain areas in South Africa, including the cities.

Service with a smile

It’s out with the old and in with the new, we’ve got a new pair of shoes. We’re working hard to improve our service, which is why we’re kicking off the heels and lace-ups and trading them for our favourite pair of takkies. We’re getting a little more speed so that we can cater to your every banking need.

Welcome to bloggers from China

We are excited to be able to meet face-to-face a group of influential bloggers from China to the Standard Bank Group head office today.

The bloggers are visiting South Africa to find out more about the country so they may present their perceptions to their followers in China and around the world.

During their visit to Standard Bank Group’s head office they will hear more about our history, business and social media activities.

Stop climate change: support Earth Hour!

On 27 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.

At Standard Bank Group will be turning off the lights in buildings we own around the world for one hour. You can do the same at home to raise awareness within your family.

Help is at hand for business owners

The owner of any small business has to often rely on help and guidance wherever they may find it.

These entrepreneurs are extraordinary people because they mostly have to be “jacks of all trades” – experts in finance, technology, marketing, people management, buying and selling.

Small Capital is an initiative that offers business owners free advice and tools to help them build a successful enterprise. The online home of Small Capital is a treasure trove of ideas and contacts, and also houses the free monthly publication that is a practical guide to running a small business.

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.

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