Latest articles from South Africa

Sim Tshabalala

Standard Bank’s new leaders look to Africa and continuity

September 2, 2013

Sim Tshabalala, the recently appointed co-chief executive of South Africa’s Standard Bank, tells Paul Wallace about his plans to grow in Africa and connect the region to the world’s investors. He also explains why replacing Jacko Maree with joint CEOs was the right decision. 

South Africans slump while the rest of Africa rises

July 1, 2013

South Africa's lenders still dominate Africa's banking landscape, but their sluggish 2012 means that the rest are making up ground.

Banks to watch in 2013, Capitec

February 1, 2013

The Banker has identified 13 banks to keep an eye on in the coming year based on a variety of factors. South Africa-based Capitec has been selected for the exponential growth it has achieved in its lending portfolio over the past few years.

South Africa, African ranking

South Africa keeps African banking's top spots

January 2, 2013

South Africa’s banks still dwarf those in the rest of Africa, but other countries are slowly gaining on their peer.

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Emerging market banks stake claims in commodities

December 3, 2012

With balance sheet clean-ups continuing in Europe and the US, banks in emerging markets have grabbed the opportunity to forge stronger relationships with local commodity producers. 

Islamic finance looks to pastures new

Islamic finance looks to pastures new

November 7, 2012

To maintain its phenomenal growth rates, Islamic finance is increasingly looking beyond sukuk and property investment to growth areas such as renewable energy and healthcare. 

Are South African banks still a safe bet

Are South African banks still a safe bet?

November 1, 2012

South Africa’s banks are among the world’s best regulated, and though a sluggish economy is straining revenue growth, expansion in to the rest of Africa and a rapid increase in unsecured lending are providing some respite.

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South Africa’s capital markets shows signs of strain

November 1, 2012

South Africa’s capital markets have been resilient amid a surge of negative news emanating from the country following the killing of 34 miners in August. But many bankers say the situation could deteriorate quickly if economic growth does not pick up or if labour unrest is not calmed. 

South Africa stutters on

South Africa’s stuttering recovery

October 1, 2012

In the past three years, South Africa’s economy has struggled. Its growth is slower than that of many other African countries, and the shooting of 34 miners in August exposed a simmering tension that exists within its boundaries. Yet while there is no quick fix, investors remain attracted by the strength of the country's institutions. 

Pravin Gordhan

South Africa finance minister looks to move country forwards

October 1, 2012

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress has come under increasing pressure in the wake of police shooting 34 striking miners in August. But finance minister Pravin Gordhan says his party’s record in government is impressive and that it has done much to develop the country since 1994.

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