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Innovative thinking wins the day in Africa

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”.

John Gurche presents The Ancestral Connection at the 10th Standard Bank/PAST lecture

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.

Putting climate change policy under pressure

Standard Bank Group last week also signed the 2014 Global Investor Statement on Climate Change. We join the world’s largest financial institutions in calling for world governments to amend climate change policy prior to United Nations Environment Summit. Karin Ireton, Head of Sustainability Management at Standard Bank Group, was there.

One small step for climate change

With the United Nations Climate Summit taking place this past week, Karin Ireton, Head of Sustainability Management at Standard Bank Group, shares her experiences of the summit.

New York in the week of the UN’s General Assembly meetings is a crazy place to be. This year, in addition to the General Assembly, the UN Secretary General held a Climate Leadership Summit which attracted hundreds of people from the private sector and non-governmental organisations.

Standard Bank Group in social

At Standard Bank Group we use various online social platforms to add value to the lives of people. We invite you to join in and contribute to various conversations. We operate in various countries, offer a broad spectrum of financial solutions and have interests in many issues. As such, we use various online social platforms to host communities of interest.

At the highest level we have our communities that span nationalities. We call them “Global Communities”. We then have “Country Communities” and then “Specialist Communities”.

Keeping East Africa on track

To keep up with the demand for passenger and freight movement between and within Kenya and Uganda, regional railway operator Rift Valley Railways is buying 20 new locomotives. Standard Bank Group has helped make this possibly by providing KSh1.8-billion (about US$20-million) financing.

Locomotives are not the sort asset we finance everyday but the railway fulfills and important need in the lives of people.

Building on business literacy skills

We have contributed N$210 000 to the Business Literacy Project, which is an initiative of the Youth Entrepreneurship Seminars (YES) Trust. This is the eighth consecutive year that we are involved in such a worthy cause aimed at equipping Namibia's youth with essential business financial literacy.

YES Trust empowers Namibian youth with basic business financial literacy, providing them with practical business experience through simulation. This is a simulation that requires them to think and take the necessary financial decisions that will lead to the success or the failure of the business.

Getting smart with mobile

When it comes to engaging the mobile consumer, marketers face a whole new challenge. At the same time, it provides us all the chance to see a different side of marketing.

Standard Bank Group has teamed up with the South African arm of the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) to bring the industry the first local Smarties Awards. The Standard Bank MMA Smarties Awards recognise the best marketing activations designed specifically for mobile in South Africa.

Ironman for all of Africa

All around the world athletes take on some of the toughest challenges. But there is one challenge that tests even the most hardened athlete: the Ironman events. Swim, bike, run. That’s the format of this triathlon series.

Depsite the name, Ironman is a gender equal sport – the race distances are the same for men and women.

The full Ironman involves a 3.8km swim, 180.2km cycle and 42.2km run. The individual legs must be completed consecutively within a time limit of 17 hours, making the Ironman one of the toughest one-day endurance events in the world.

Taking on the Ironman challenge

Standard Bank Group and Ironman South Africa have entered into a sponsorship agreement that will secure the long-term sustainability of one of Africa’s premier endurance events.

As a result of the new partnership with Standard Bank Group, the World Triathlon Corporation, owner of the Ironman brand, has elevated the status of Ironman South Africa to a continental championship race with the event becoming the Standard Bank Ironman African Championship, hosted by Nelson Mandela Bay.

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