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Going the lease route with your new car

Most South Africans are still opting for the traditional instalment sale agreement to finance their new cars but some are considering alternatives like rental and leasing. Both options allow for an agreement of up to five years but leasing, in particular, is gaining popularity since it offers greater peace-of-mind and ease of use.

It’s easier to learn when you are entertained

For those of you who remember huddling around the radio and waiting to hear what the next twist in the tale will be, radio dramas are back.

Radio dramas have been around since the 1940s and are a rich part of South Africa’s history. Who said they have to be a thing of the past? Let us capture your imagination and tug at your emotions.

Technology is taking pressure off fleet managers

It takes a cool head to manage a fleet of vehicles, especially when it comes to reducing the risks and costs involved. With more than 700 000 fleet cards in circulation in South Africa, the local fleet management industry is turning to technology to help them better control risk for their customers.

Dr David Molapo, head of Standard Bank South Africa’s fleet management offering, explains that the application of technology is increasingly placing control of vital elements of a fleet’s operations in the hands of their customers' fleet managers and controllers.

More and more new cars take to the road

With interest rates in South Africa at their lowest in 30 years, it’s not surprising that the number of new cars sold is still on the increase. But, that’s not to say that rising fuel prices, higher food prices and the general pressure on people’s pockets aren’t having an impact on the car market.

Figures coming out of Standard Bank South Africa’s vehicle finance area show that there was a 4.1% rise in new cars sold in the first three months of this year, compared to the same period in 2012. That’s 163 092 more!

South Africa’s inspired teachers gather

Nearly 300 dedicated educationalists are attending the “Inspired Teachers Conference” at Mitchells House School, Polokwane, this weekend. Standard Bank South Africa has partnered with leadership development company and organiser of the conference QualityLife in bringing the conference to Polokwane.

Education is at the heart of developing our nation and Standard Bank makes it a priority to contribute to making education a lot more accessible: be it in the form of literacy programmes or affordable financial loans.

Providing AccessBanking to all

Standard Bank South Africa was one of the five nominees up for the award Best Product, Initiative or Service in Emerging Markets at the 2013 GSMA Global Mobile Awards. These prestigious international awards recognise contributions made to the evolving and developing mobile industry and were presented earlier this week in Barcelona, Spain, at the Mobile World Congress.

The category in which Standard Bank South Africa’s AccessBanking product was shortlisted, recognises mobile initiatives that have had a tangible effect in bridging the digital divide in emerging markets.

Availability of service this Sunday in South Africa

Our colleagues in South Africa will be carrying out scheduled maintenance on some of our banking facilities from noon on Sunday 17 February 2013.

This could affect you if you’re in South Africa and wanting to use Standard Bank’s services during this period.

You will at all times be able to use your cards at shops, as long as you’ve got the money in your account to cover the amount you are buying for. However, other services will be affected.

From around noon on Sunday, you may be affected in the following ways:

South Africa’s banknotes to honour Mandela

The South African Reserve Bank will by the end of this year introduce a new series of banknotes honouring Nelson Mandela.

On the front of the banknotes will be an image of the much-loved Madiba, South Africa’s first democratically elected president. The well-known “big five” animals, which appear on the current notes, will feature on the banknotes of the new series.

While no images of the new notes have yet been released by the Bank, it is said the notes will portray national pride.

In addition, the new notes will also have improved features to help the visually impaired.

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