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South Africa CBG looks to build on banks' resilience

May 1, 2019

The governor of South Africa’s central bank tells The Banker about the challenging position the country finds itself in and the impressive performance of its banking sector.

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Will elections leave South Africa on the right track?

May 1, 2019

South Africa's growth forecast of just over 1% in 2019 is a step in the right direction. But issues of debt, inflation and political corruption are still hindering the country's progress. 

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Will digital banks disrupt South Africa's big five?

May 1, 2019

A quintet of big banks dominate South Africa's banking scene, but this could change as the arrival of several low-cost digital banks triggers competition. 

Top five South African banks

September 25, 2018

South Africa’s top lenders strengthened their balance sheets in 2017, but are now entangled in a corruption inquiry. Joy Macknight reports.

A glimmer of light for South Africa

Is the worst over for South Africa's spluttering economy?

May 2, 2016

At first glance, South Africa is in a position of near-crisis. Its economic growth is sluggish, its government is making a series of unpopular decisions, and a severe drought is denting its agricultural output. However, the private sect seems to approve of the country's new finance minister, and the rand is showing signs of stability. So is there cause for optimism? James King investigates.

Staying ahead of the slump

South Africa's banks stay ahead of the slump

May 2, 2016

Though South Africa's economy is cooling, its banks are continuing to perform strongly. For some, growth is coming from operations elsewhere in Africa, while for others its is stemming from the domestic market. James King looks at the strategies being employed to keep the country's lenders buoyant in a slow-growth environment.

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South Africa's CBG takes price stability route out of difficulties

May 2, 2016

The governor of the South African Reserve Bank, Lesetja Kganyago, tells James King about efforts to combat rising inflation and the impact of a devastating drought on the country’s economic outlook.

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South Africa will benefit from Africa’s rise

October 1, 2014

South Africa’s growth has been sluggish of late but the country’s financial sector remains one of the world’s most sophisticated, while the government’s reforms are allowing businesses to tap into fast-growing markets in the rest of sub-Saharan Africa more easily.

Top 1000 World Banks – Africa’s biggest banks endure a tough year

June 29, 2014

South Africa's lenders, for so long the shining light in Africa's representation in The Banker's Top 1000 rankings, retain the top spots in the regional list but mostly with falls in their Tier 1 capital. The good news, however, comes from the direction of Morocco's financial institutions.

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South African CBG toes a fine line

May 23, 2014

South Africa’s central bank governor Gill Marcus faces the tricky task of curbing inflationary pressures while trying not to damage the country’s weak economy. Whether or not she succeeds will depend to a large extent on factors outside her control.

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