Standard Bank has incorrectly listed me on Credit Bureau. I have never defaulted on payments. June 2017, Centurion Branch told me it was sorted but as at today Discovery tells me that I am still listed by Standard Bank. Now Standard Bank wants to give me a letter to say account closed. Account closed means I was in arrears and I failed to pay. Only problem with that is, I still have 12 months afterwards to bear the bad listing of 'under judicial review' according to law. So, I cannot do anything but give up because Standard bank is bigger than me. My experience with Standard Bank has been bad for the past 3 years. I have very low expectations of them. So my advise to all of you is, dont expect much from them. 23 years of money wasted on a bank that does not care! Boy, if my Dad was around he would have been so sad becuase he told me that standard Bank is the best and thats why I opened my account with them 23 years ago.
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Im a victim of fraud and I was accused of owing standard bank a loan I did not have any contact of ,and ive followed all the procedures given to me by standard bank to clear my name but still when ever I go for a credit application I get turned down because this still reflects and shows on my credit score even though I was called by standard bank to inform me i've cleard ....now I cant get credit please help.
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Hi Support I am IT Systems & Network Administrator at ESRI South Africa. Some users are using Trusteer Rapport and it is causing the following problems 1. Slow Windows\PC\Notebook 2. High CPU usage 3. Windows Crash \ blue screen I had to uninstall Trusteer Rapport, my only solution Regards
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Hi" I am writing to you today ,cause is been several months now after sending money request to the email address that I have used with Sheperd.Since then I am still waiting for my Magic check from the Gratitude bank of the universe.Sheperd asked me the matter, I explained everything to them,they promised me that they are going to consult them and find out why the check/money has not yet provided.
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Leaving for a month to New Zealand and then another month in Australia on the return from New Zealand . Still a bit confused whether to obtain and use a Travel Wallet or simply use my Standard Titanium Credit card . Your earnest advice on a conservative approach will be sincerely appreciated . Kind Regards , Sagren Padayachi , Durban North .
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Good day, I would like to buy- and hold currency in pounds sterling (GBP); and perhaps US$ This is not necessariy for transactions - I merely want to keep some funds in a foreign currency; and perhaps benefit as the rate changes. I could simply buy pounds or dollars through a broker; and if Standard Bank does not offer such an account (in a currency other than rands), I will do so, but I'd rather transact through my bank, than look elsewhere. I see that it's possible to do this using SHYFT, but I'm not happy with the idea of telephone banking, given the recent huge losses which some account holders have suffered through PIN-swop fraud, without any way to get their funds returned to them. I also need to know that such an investment is safe and not so expensive that an investor loses any possible benefits, to "management fees" and commissions. Please let me know whether it's possible to hold foreign cash in an account with you; and whether this gains any normal interest or suffers from bank fees or other charges. Thank you Rob Manzoni 082 788 4398
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We would love to be able to contribute positively towards the reduction of this epidemics financial impact on those indictable. However we just can't seem to get through the corporate channels or maybe we simply do not know how to get through to the right person at Standard bank to discuss our offering. Many help would be appreciated.
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Incredibly powerful insights here. Wonderful to see how many women are persevering in the entrepreneurial space despite clear challenges. Thank you to the #SBIncubator and the Lionesses of Africa for your continued commitment to entrepreneurial success on the continent.
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As Johannesburg celebrates its 130 th birthday, so does Standard Bank’s first Johannesburg-based branch. Being only a week younger than Gauteng’s provincial capital, the branch is also the city’s oldest, having developed in tandem with its economy.
Born the same year as what was once a frontier mining settlement, Standard Bank’s first ‘branch’ in Johannesburg commenced business when DP Ross opened the flaps of his tent at Ferreira’s Camp, a diverse collection of 70 to 80 erections, iron and reed “shanties” which housed a couple of hundred inhabitants who sold drink and other commodities to the surrounding diggers, in October 1886. According to a witness, “The Standard Bank is a very small marquee tent, which holds the manager, the safe, the table, the iron box, and the one customer who occupies the spare chair… A piece of paper pinned to the flap is an intimation of the hours at which the front strings will be untied.”
From November, the branch rented a single room in the only brick building in town. Yet, despite its modest accommodation, the demand for the bank’s services - mainly accepting gold against advances - was immense, and a month later it boasted a handsome profit. As business grew, the bank relocated to a newly built, imposing building on Erf 506.
During late 1887, business soared: ‘Share mania’ was rife at this time, and T Henderson (who succeeded Ross as manager) granted many advances against the security of shares during the 1888 boom. Though he allowed for a 50% fall in prices many of the branch’s advances ended up as bad debts when the share bubble burst a year later.
Despite this, the branch still outgrew its accommodation. In September 1890, it moved into a new building on Commissioner St. Modern for the time, the premises were fitted with electricity throughout.
The advent of the South African War in 1899 stalled most of South Africa’s burgeoning industries. Yet, Standard Bank survived, though its operations were muted. Servicing both Boers and ‘Uitlanders’, the bank remained neutral – and open – throughout the conflict.
The end of the war in 1902 saw business pick up, and the bank was able to buy four stands fronting Commissioner, Harrison and Fox Streets. Designed by Stucke & Harrison, the impressive building erected on the site featured one of the largest banking halls in the world. The building was completed in 1908 and was a symbol of the bank’s confidence in Johannesburg.
But another conflict would soon disrupt the bank’s equilibrium: WWI led to staff shortages as employees left for service. The bank had no choice but to employ women for the first time, and, in December 1915, 34 ‘lady clerks’ were appointed to the branch.
After the 1930s, Johannesburg became the country’s most important commercial centre. Inevitably, the bank moved its head office there in 1959. However, the Commissioner St branch couldn’t accommodate its entire staff, so, in 1962, the bank decided to build a separate, prestigious office in Fox Street that opened in 1970.
Since the 1970s, the Johannesburg branch has been extensively modernised, yet its original splendour has been deferentially maintained. This reflects Standard Bank’s approach to its operations today: The institution’s 154-year-old experience, 130 of which were in Johannesburg, is combined with world-class technology and processes to ensure that it makes progress real for its clients – not just in modern Johannesburg, but throughout Africa and the world.
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When Founder and CEO of Lionesses of Africa Melanie Hawken welcomed an estimated 200 female entrepreneurs to the inaugural Lionesses of Africa Conference 2016 held on 12 October in Sandton, she remarked that every woman should leave the event feeling like they can achieve anything. If the responses and mood of the attendees was any indication, she got her wish: All were absorbed and inspired throughout the event, from the stirring speeches given by successful business women to the thought-provoking panel discussions.
The Lionesses of Africa Conference 2016 is an initiative launched by Lionesses of Africa, a social enterprise and popular digital home to 200 000+ women entrepreneurs throughout Africa, and various well-known corporations, including Standard Bank, the financial corporation that positions itself as the bank for entrepreneurs and is committed to growth in Africa.
Under the theme of Powering a New Era of Women’s Entrepreneurship in Africa, the attendees discussed the major challenges affecting the continued growth and development of women’s entrepreneurship on the continent (such as the ingrained perceptions in both Western and African cultures that hold women back, the complexities of ‘going global’, and the difficulty of obtaining investment capital), explored possible solutions to overcome some of those challenges, and celebrated those who are making a difference. Delegates were also treated to the launch of some exciting new initiatives and opportunities, an Open Innovation Competition launched by GE Africa Innovation Centre, addresses by inspirational speakers and topical panel discussions.
Ms Hawkins revealed that the conference is the realisation of her two-year vision for Lionesses of Africa; it represents, she said, the way forward for the continent, because women entrepreneurs are the way forward – they can make great things happen in Africa.
This assertion is echoed by Funeka Montjane, Chief Executive Officer, Personal and Business Banking South Africa at Standard Bank. She explains that the fortunes of all corporations, government institutions and businesses are linked to the fortunes of the average person. If they prosper, the economy prospers, thus nurturing the spirit of entrepreneurship that is inherent in all Africans, specifically African women, will move us all forward.
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Lionesses of Africa, the social enterprise and popular digital home for 200 000+ women entrepreneurs throughout Africa, will mark the two-year anniversary of its launch with a special event taking place today in Johannesburg: The inaugural Lionesses of Africa Conference 2016, to be held at the Inanda Club, will bring together an estimated 200 women entrepreneurs from all corners of the continent with the goal of further developing and supporting female-lead businesses.
Lionesses of Africa Founder and CEO Melanie Hawken believes that the insights of the attending entrepreneurs are critical to empowering a new generation of women who are following in their footsteps. She believes that by sharing their combined knowledge and experience, and by connecting for greater business success, a new, women-centric and opportunity-filled entrepreneurial landscape can be created in Africa.
Under theme of Powering a New Era of Women’s Entrepreneurship in Africa, women at the conference will discuss the major challenges affecting the continued growth and development of women’s entrepreneurship on the continent, explore possible solutions to some of those challenges, and celebrate those who are making a difference. Delegates can also look forward to the launch of some exciting new initiatives, an Open Innovation Competition launched by GE Africa Innovation Centre, addresses by inspirational guest and keynote speakers, a cocktail party showcasing luxury products created by some of Africa’s leading female designers, and entertainment from DJ Thalia and saxophonist Ayo.
According to Funeka Montjane, Chief Executive Officer, Personal and Business Banking South Africa at the conference‘s lead sponsor, Standard Bank, supporting women entreprenuers across the continent through the conference has boosted the bank’s main vision of driving Africa’s growth. She also brings attention to the fact that the financial institution supports and encourages female entrepreneurs in many ways, from taking them on as clients, to sponsoring events such as these and the upcoming Lioness Lean In Breakfasts.
Ms Montjane further asserts that women on the continet are moving forward; the Lionesses of Africa Conference 2016 is not just a partnership, but a way to engage with ambitious women and deliver to them what matters.
To follow the conversation or join in, follow #entrepreneurialspirit.
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Currently, an influential group of leading South African business executives, key government officials, and labour representatives are in the iconic city of New York to tell the word – and most importantly, international investors – that South Africa is open for business.
Standard Bank, in partnership with the South African National Treasury, the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), Old Mutual and UBS are currently sponsoring the fourth annual SA Tomorrow Investor Conference, which takes place in the bustling US metropolis on 4 to 5 October.
The key objective of the SA Tomorrow Conference is to showcase South Africa as a key investment destination and highlight that the country is “open for business”. Progress on initiatives to achieve fiscal consolidation and structural reform will be discussed, including the country’s Nine-point Plan for jobs and growth, which encompasses:
Resolving the energy challenge
Revitalising agriculture and the agro-processing value chain
Advancing beneficiation of South Africa’s mineral wealth
Implementing a high-impact Industrial Policy Action Plan
Encouraging private-sector investment
Moderating workplace conflict
Unlocking the potential of SMMEs, township and rural enterprises
Boosting the role of state-owned companies and strengthening ICT, water, sanitation and transport infrastructure
Operation Phakisa: growing the ocean economy and other sectors
With over American institutional investors expected to attend, the event will provide a networking platform for engagement between South African policymakers, senior executives from top-listed companies and investment professionals such as Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, SA Reserve Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago and Standard Bank Group Chief Executive Sim Tshabalala.
To keep up with the developments or contribute to the conversation, simply follow #SAopenforbusiness on Twitter.
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Stokvels, community-based savings schemes, have become more popular across all income segments. Customarily, they are invitation-only savings clubs where members contribute fixed sums of money to a central fund at designated intervals. They are governed by a formal or informal constitution that prescribes contributions, pay-outs, and member responsibilities. More and more people adopting the principles of community saving are doing so for purposes other than what was accepted as a norm some years ago (funerals, school fees etc.).
These savings schemes have mushroomed across the country as they provide members with access to investment vehicles, such as property and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE). However, most important in the current economic climate is their time-honoured ability to help members handle major family and financial needs.
So why would people who have some disposal income turn to stokvels?
Stokvels are a great way to force yourself to save, as you make a monthly monetary obligation to a group.
It’s hard to just withdraw from a stokvel when you know the members, reinforcing discipline.
Nominated chairpersons and treasurers ensure that the group’s constitution is adhered to.
Stokvels are also easy to set up, and banks now have special accounts for group savings schemes. If you want to set up a stokvel, or if you’re already part of one and want to formalise it, our Society Scheme account is ideal for any groups that save together. This option is safer, more convenient and you can also use digital banking to deposit and pay money to members.
Always remember to ensure that group schemes are safe and legal – if anything sounds too good to be true, it often is.
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Buying a home is expensive; most of us would not be able to do it without help from our bank in the form of a home loan (or bond). However, although necessary to help us achieve one of life’s most important goals, home loans do need to be paid back with interest in the form of monthly instalments over a number of years. Like any loan repayment, this can take a significant portion from our salaries each month.
Fortunately, there are many ways you can save money here or there and then use it to increase your monthly repayments, shaving years off your repayment term. Let’s look at an example:
Say you take out a home loan for R1 million at an interest rate of 10% per year for 20 years. Each month, you will pay a R9 650 instalment to meet the repayment term. But if you add R1 404, bringing your instalment to R11 054, you will pay off your home loan in 15 years – five years less.
Now, R1 404 is a lot of money for most people, but some simple lifestyle changes can help anyone save a good chunk of cash each month:
Drink less coffee: Most of us need coffee to get going in the mornings, but buying one from a chain is a financial death trap. On average, a “designer” cappuccino costs R25. One every weekday morning adds up to R500 each month.
Take lunch to work: Take-away lunches cost around R50. If you have one three times a week, that’s R600 a month. A good idea is to prepare your work snacks from your dinner leftovers the night before.
Sign up for rewards programmes: Most retailers these days reward customers for shopping in their stores with discounts or two-for-one specials, for example. Taking advantage of these offers can save you hundreds each month.
Eating out: Restaurant dining and fast food is one of our biggest expenses: the average family of four spends almost R15 000 annually on takeaways. The solution? Limit this treat to once or twice a month.
Plan your errands: Plan to do your shopping, bill paying etc. all in one place on one day so you save petrol and, so, money.
Of course, the best strategy is a pre-emptive one: Save for a deposit of at least 10% of the purchase price before you buy. This will help you decrease your monthly repayment amounts, allowing you to more easily increase them in future.
To see how many years you can cut down your repayment term, try our Home Loans calculator.
You can also learn more about our Home Loans here: https://www.standardbank.co.za/standardbank/Personal/Borrowing/Home-Loans?cid=SO_LAuC1
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In this time of rising interest rates, many consumers are reaching for their calculators to work out just what it might mean for their home loan repayments. If you’re among them and think you might struggle in the near future, you may want to consider some solutions to reduce the impact on your family.
Below, we highlight a handful of ways that can help keep you afloat:
Keep a record of everything that is spent over a month Examining your expenses critically will reveal where money can be saved. Reducing spending on ‘non-essentials’ can make a huge difference, especially when you cost these items out over 12 months. For example, you can save about R4 200 a year if you if you cancel your satellite TV subscription. It may seem like a little less fun, but it’s worth it to secure your home.
Seeing if your savings enable you to pay more than required into your bond This will deliver short-term and long-term benefits. In most cases, it will insulate you from further rate increases. In the long-term, and depending on the size of the increased contribution, you can shave years off your repayment period and save on interest payments.
Allocating a portion of any extra income or an annual bonus payment to your bond This can shield you from interest rate increases and be a great investment in your future. Also, if you have an access bond facility, these extra payments could be accessed in times of financial strain or emergency.
Though it is certain that interests rates will eventually decrease, the cycle will continue. It’s smart to live by the above advice, no matter the state of the economy, to help ensure your financial stability.
Click here for more information on managing your home loan with Standard Bank https://www.standardbank.co.za/standardbank/Personal/Borrowing/Home-Loans?cid=SO_LAuC1
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When you park your car and click your remote to lock, you probably don’t give the action a second thought… We place a lot of trust in that plastic remote, and criminals know this.
Car jamming happens when criminals prevent your car from locking by using a modified remote to override yours to steal your property. This has become such a common occurrence that many shopping centres, filling stations and public parking areas now warn customers about the possibility.
While car and household contents insurance is essential to protect your hard-earned property against loss or damage caused by theft, many insurers in South Africa don’t cover car jamming, as it is not considered ‘forcible entry’. Fortunately, a few quick and simple safety tactics can greatly reduce your odds of becoming a target or lessen the consequences:
Be vigilant when parking your car. Take note of any people in the vicinity, and try to park in well-lit and populated areas.
Make sure you watch and hear the locks engage when you press the lock button on your remote and physically test the doors for good measure.
Many people carry a laptop or other electronics in their vehicles and criminals are well aware of this. Always back up your hard drive, make sure you have a password in place, and never store your banking details in a file that can be found on your device.
It’s better to take expensive electronics with you when you leave your car; you may attract the attention of criminals if they see you loading gear into the boot.
For other hints and tips for your insurance, visit http://www.standardbank.co.za/standardbank/Personal/Insuring/Car-and-home-insurance/Car-and-household-contents-insurance#tab5
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Steadily increasing interest rates and growing everyday expenses mean that financial difficulties can affect even the most stable and sensible financial plan. Falling into debt can happen to anybody, but this situation is manageable with patience, persistence, and a plan.
If you find yourself owing more than you earn, these helpful tips can help you take care of yourself and your family while you get your finances back on track:
Firstly, make contact with your bank’s collections or credit rehabilitation division to work out a payment arrangement. You may negotiate to pay a lesser instalment each month or be granted an extension, which will definitely relieve some financial pressure.
If your debt is for an asset, like a vehicle, consider selling it for the price of the remaining balance (what you still owe on your loan for it) and then pay off the remaining debt.
You could also sell your asset privately to try for a higher price, which could possibly make some profit, as well as help you service your debt.
If you feel that you can’t handle this process alone and need extra protection, you can also consider applying for debt review. This means legal action can’t be taken against you while you’re in the process of paying off your debts. You can contact our Debt Review helpdesk on 0861 111 402.
When it comes to tackling debt, try to identify all proactive debt-reduction solutions and then decide on the ones that best suit your situation and lifestyle. With time, this strategy should help you return to financial stability.
For more information or help managing your finances, please visit http://www.standardbank.co.za/standardbank/Personal/Borrowing/Managing-your-debt
For more Information on our Savings and Investments opportunities, please visit: https://www.standardbank.co.za/standardbank/Personal/Banking/Savings-and-investments?cid=SO_yvd4j
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It is no secret that South Africans don’t save enough due to the rising cost of living and continual increases in the costs of basic requirements. But saving is a habit that, once learned, is easily sustained and can bring major benefits.
Moving from battling to make ends meet every month to becoming an effective saver can be simple if you keep these guidelines in mind:
Draft a budget. Before you can save, you have to know how much you spend.
Identify where you can cut back. A budget usually shows how much money is spent on things that aren’t necessary, helping you save hundreds each month.
Look at your short- and long-term objectives. Having a concrete goal to work towards makes saving easier.
Plan your spending, so that if you receive a 13 th cheque, it’s used to boost your savings rather than paying debt. To achieve this, put aside money every month for holidays and normal expenses.
Once debt is reduced and more is avoided, you should start seeing a positive cash flow and so you can then start thinking about where to put your savings. Banks provide a number of options for a wide range of requirements. Some accounts give you immediate access to your savings, while others limit access to your funds to help build discipline. One of the most recent offerings is a tax-free savings account, which allows you to accumulate up to R30 000 a year, without being taxed on it.
As with all things financial, an advisor can help you develop plans matched to your life stages. For example, in your 20s, consider building a savings base by looking at short- and long-term objectives; your 30s and 40s should focus on retirement, children’s education and ensuring you have a good investment and life insurance plan; in your 50s, estate planning and reviewing requirements for retirement should take precedence.
The earlier you start with a savings plan, the better the benefits, and with July being National Savings Month, there is no better time to get going!
Learn more about our Savings and Investment Plans here: https://www.standardbank.co.za/standardbank/Personal/Banking/Savings-and-investments?cid=SO_yvd4j
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