As we prepare for yet another Johannesburg thunderstorm -- I love this time of year when the dark clouds provide drama to the purple jacaranda blossoms – it’s sometimes hard to remember that this country is an arid one. For a brief period in Johannesburg each summer we think of rain: downpours; chaos from traffic lights that don’t work; storm water drains over flowing and the inconvenience of a sports match postponed or a braai that moved under the patio.
Without clean water people get sick, many die and Africa’s growth slows. Providing affordable and reliable clean water to all people in Africa remains a challenge, in both rural and urban areas.
Standard Bank Group has been built in Africa over 152 years. While we operate in 20 Africa countries we are concerned with the growth of Africa and its people as a whole. Towards this we get involved in many initiatives. These include helping ensure that Africa is on the agenda of major global economic forums and our contributions – be it in the form of money, time and knowledge.
This week we announced winners of the Standard Bank Young Artist Awards, which are presented by South Africa's National Arts Festival Committee to emerging local artists. The six winning artists were selected for having demonstrated exceptional ability in their chosen fields but have not yet achieved national exposure and acclaim.
The recipients of the 2015 Standard Bank Young Artist Award are Christiaan Olwagen (Theatre), Luyanda Sidiya (Dance), Musa Ngqunqwana (Music), Athi- Patra Ruga (Performance Art), Kemang Wa Lehulere (Visual Art) and Nduduzo Makhathini (Jazz).
Cycling enthusiasts from around Africa are gathering outside Johannesburg this weekend for the annual Standard Bank Africa Cycle Fair.
Besides ogling the latest in cycling gear, the fair is turning out to be the ideal family outing. The fair is running from today and until Sunday 26 October in the Cradle of Humankind, a World Heritage Site and one of most popular training grounds for local cyclists.
From the invention of bicycles in 1817, cycling has fulfilled an essential role in society, from a basic means of transport, to not only a sport but a lifestyle.
Open innovation and driving a culture of collaboration across industries and geographies are core priorities at Standard Bank Group. Changing the way that we do business will ultimately change the way that our customers do banking – safely and conveniently.
We support the development and growth of small businesses through collaboration and open innovation initiatives. That’s why we have committed ourselves to supporting initiatives that will unearth and support groundbreaking innovation that will bring about real change and transformation in Africa.
Standard Bank Group has been listed 19th on Bloomberg's list of The World's Top 20 Greenest Banks 2014. We’re the only Africa-based financial services group on the list.
We take great care to reduce our impact on the environments where we operate, especially Africa where we are most active.
As a financial services group, our impacts on society and the environment can be both indirect, arising from the activities of those whom we finance or provide products and services to, and direct, from our day-to-day operational activities.
The Palaeontological Scientific Trust (PAST) is a non-profit trust dedicated to preserving Africa’s rich fossil heritage, and funding ongoing scientific research on the continent.
Standard Bank Group became a founding partner of the Palaeoanthropology Scientific Trust (PAST) in 1997 and has since been recognised as the trust's primary corporate supporter across all seven of its programmes.
PAST, founded in 1994, is a non-profit trust that would be dedicated to preserving Africa’s rich fossil heritage, and promoting ongoing scientific research in southern Africa.
The ebola crisis is currently impacting heavily on West Africa. Standard Bank Group has just contributed R1-million to South Africa's Department of Health’s ebola response efforts, which includes the establishment of an Ebola Treatment Centre in Sierra Leone.
Over 4,000 people have reportedly died as a result of the virus. Besides Africa, cases have thus far been reported in North America and Europe.
You can get all the information you need about the virus at http://www.who.int/csr/disease/ebola/en/.
Putting together solutions for cross-border deals in Africa demands some innovative thinking from our teams of specialists across various sectors, be it oil and gas or renewable energy. It is such thinking that put Standard Bank Group ahead of the pack say the judges of The Banker 2014 Investment Banking Awards, where we were acknowledged as the “Most Innovative Investment Bank From Africa”.
The paleo-artist brings together science and art by using fossils to create life-like reconstructions of our human ancestors that roamed the earth millions of years ago.
John Gurche is an American scientist and artist who creates hauntingly realistic sculptures from palaeontological findings. For the 10th Annual Standard Bank/PAST Keynote Lecture Gurche explores The Ancestral Connection: Portraits of our Prehistoric Human Family at the Wits Great Hall in Johannesburg on 16 October 2014.