Earlier this year, we ran 21km to put a spotlight on the mental health of South Africa’s youth and show that we’re all In It Together. Now it’s time for us to work together to make South Africa a friendlier place for anyone suffering from mental health challenges.
Would you like to take small steps towards taking better care of your mental health and the mental health of others? It Can Be. Take our In It Together challenge to show that you care.
Our challenge has 3 parts:
1) Acts of appreciation
Small acts of kindness can brighten up someone’s day. In this part of the challenge, you only need to take little steps towards making your fellow South Africans happy:
DAY 1: Today, see what difference smiling makes to yourself and others.
DAY 2: Today, see what happens when you compliment someone.
DAY 3: Today, see what happens when you help someone, even if it’s with something small.
Tell us how it went:
We’d love to know how it made the person you were kind to feel, and how it made you feel. Has someone ever surprised you with a kind act? Let us know how it changed your day.
2) Acts of support
Performing small acts of kindness is wonderful, but now we need to go a little deeper and ask: how can we support others who are going through mental health challenges? Mental health is a complex issue, but these 3 tasks are a great place to start when it comes to looking after the well-being of your loved ones:
DAY 4: Ask someone about their problems and let them know they’re not alone.
DAY 5: Encourage someone who needs it to see a counsellor.
DAY 6: Tell people about SADAG and other free mental health resources.
Tell us how it went:
Let us how the people you spoke to in this part of the challenge received your advice, and we’d also love to know if anyone has ever given you this kind of advice and how it made you feel.
3) Acts of self-care
You can’t take care of others unless you start by taking care of yourself. In this part of the challenge, we will look at ways to show yourself love and care:
DAY 7: Do something today just for yourself to look after your mental health.
Tell us how it went:
We’d love to hear your method for looking after yourself. Did it involve exercise, meditation, another kind of spiritual or religious practice, speaking to a counsellor or something else? What are your tips for looking after your mental health?
There is no magical solution to solve the mental health challenges many of us go through, but through small acts of kindness towards ourselves and others in this challenge, we can make a commitment to putting mental health front and centre of our national discourse.
If you feel alone, remember that we’re all In It Together.
Here are some places you can turn to if you or someone you know needs free counselling:
SADAG emergency number: 0800 567 567
SADAG 24-hour helpline: 0800 456 789
SADAG free counselling (Mon–Fri, 8am‒8pm): 011 234 4837
Lifeline Western Cape and Johannesburg: Free 24-hour counselling services over the phone or on WhatsApp
Revive Counselling Centre in the Eastern Cape: You can book an appointment for free counselling services if you’re based in Nelson Mandela Bay
Grace Counselling in Durban: A Christian-based counselling service
Elder Wisdom Circle: Free online help from a network of elders
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Our heritage isn’t something we only think about during Heritage Month. Rather, it’s a living, breathing influence on how we live today. In South Africa, there are so many diverse cultures that make up the fabric of our nation. We wanted to celebrate the many reasons we have to believe in Mzansi, all of which are informed by our heritage—the music, food, places, fashion and art that make South Africa special—but instead of just selecting our favourites, we asked you, our online community, for yours. You voted in a series of polls, and this is what you told us…
Your favourite food
In the category Most Essential SA Meal, the classic braai or shisanyama, part and parcel of the leisure activities of so many of SA’s diverse cultures, was a clear winner with a whopping 67% of the vote. Pap and stew, with 24% of the vote, was the runner-up, beating the other 2 options, the bunny chow and bobotie.
In the category Most Iconic Snack, biltong was way ahead of the other options with 58% of the vote, with magwinya/vetkoek not far behind with 39% and braai broodjies and chilli bites the other choices.
Your Favourite Dessert by far was the iconic South African take on jelly and custard, with a mighty 65% of the vote, followed by the classic koeksister with 35%.
Your Favourite Local Dish was a close category where idombolo (dumplings) emerged victorious with 49% of the vote, followed by chakalaka (25%), pap (16%) and morogo (18%).
Your favourite travel destinations
With inflation and recovery from the national lockdown that ended on 22 April weighing heavily on South African wallets, we decided to focus on not only the best travel destinations but the most affordable.
According to you, the Most Affordable place to go on holiday is Bela Bela in Limpopo, with 47% of the vote, followed by Gauteng’s Magaliesburg (29%) and KZN’s Drakensburg mountains (24%).
Your pick for Best Tourist Attraction in South Africa was everyone’s favourite place to spot The Big 5, Kruger National Park (36%), which narrowly beat Cape Town’s famous Table Mountain (34%), followed by the beauty of Mpumalanga’s God’s Window (22%).
Asked the Most Affordable way to go on holiday, 58% of you chose self-catering accommodation, followed by camping (26%), backpacking (13%) and all-inclusive resorts (11%).
Your favourite music
We asked for your Favourite Style of South African Music, and you answered us loud and clear, with house and its hugely popular recent subgenre amapiano getting 62% of the vote, followed by kwaito and South African hip hop with 16%, jazz, soul and R&B with 14%, and traditional styles such as mbaqanga, sokkie and famo with 6%.
The fashion facts
We were eager to find out how much the heritage of South Africans informs your fashion sense. Asked, “What Influences Your Sense of Fashion?” with the options ‘my heritage’, ‘music I listen to’, ‘fashion trends’ or ‘I just wear stuff’, 42% of you chose the last option. A significant number of you (19%) did say that your heritage drove your choice in clothes, while a larger amount (26%) preferred to follow the latest fashion trends. Only 12% said their music choices were the biggest factor driving what they wore.
Supporting art in challenging times
Once again informed by our knowledge that big spending is not an option for many South Africans at the moment, we set about working out how South Africans see art. Galleries need our support, so it’s good to see that when asked about the Best Places to See Art, 38% of you said you visited art galleries. Slightly more of you (39%) said you could see the best art on the streets of Mzansi, while 31% looked no further than your phones and found your favourite art on Instagram.
Asked about the Best Place to Find Affordable Art, 49% of you said you shopped at flea markets, 28% at craft markets and 11% at art fairs. Another 11% of you said you liked buying art directly from the artist.
Enjoying SA culture without breaking the bank
What came through in our We Are Mzansi polls is that South Africans loved celebrating their culture in ways which were affordable and accessible to them. With many South Africans feeling the burn on their wallets, saving and investing is one way to ensure you have the funds you need to appreciate the culture and entertainment options South Africans love. We have a range of accounts to help make your dreams possible, such as:
Our PureSave account, with anytime access to funds, zero transaction fees and 4.35% interest
Our Flexi Advantage investment account, with anytime access to funds, zero transaction fees, 7.05% interest and a R1 000 opening deposit
Our Tax-Free Call investment account with anytime access to funds, zero transaction fees, 6.25% interest and zero tax
Speak to one of our consultants about how to achieve your financial goals today. Terms and conditions apply.
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If you are fortunate enough to be in Makhanda over the next two weeks, you may consider taking in a 2022 Standard Bank Young Artist who prevailed in the category of Performance Art at the SBYA awards last year, Gavin Krastin. Gavin’s enterprising project titled 12 Labours is made up of a series of interdisciplinary pieces -12 to be exact- that incorporate petrol stove acts and community interventions.
“The project reimagines the toxicity of conventional understandings of ‘heroism’ and ‘masculinity’ through the adapting of the classic Greek tale of The Twelve Labours of Hercules.”
This production features a troop of queer garden gnomes who band together with local artisans, gardeners, and contractors, collectively performing a sequence of actions centred on notions of community building and igniting feelings of gratitude and joy.
“There was a time when we needed heroes, but in a world rode of magic, I propose an Iawn of garden gnomes instead. A collective of ordinary, queer people who approach acts of service as a kind of love language in an arguably corrupt capitalist economy. And in so doing, we hope to position performance art, as it is traditionally understood, as necessary labour and infrastructure for the public good — because we need performance art as much as we need roads, green spaces, and walkways,” says Gavin Krastin.
The core idea is community empowerment in a bold and creative attempt to spark social change in this whimsical and eye-opening exercise.
Krastin marries his academic acumen with his creative expression. Krastin, is an artist, curator and educator working predominantly in live art performances. He earned a Master of Arts Degree in choreography and performance from Rhodes University’s Department of Drama and is entrenched in the professional performance art space in the country and overseas. He branched out further in 2013 as a lecturer at UCT’s Centre for Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies. In 2018 he returned to his alma mater, Rhodes University as a full-time lecturer.
Expounding on his performance project which debuted on the first Thursday of the National Arts Festival, the theatre-maker and arts educator said: “Well, the work is loosely inspired by the twelve labours of Hercules, but I very much try to queer or subvert it. Labour needs defining, to include those out of work or over-laboured or artists not considered labourers. So, we highlight the notion of gnomes or elves instead. In those five hours, we’re all paid the same regardless of the work we engage in since ordinary people are also extraordinary in some way. We’re just fixing the road. Our labours are not just civic but include the metaphysical and personal.”
The astute practitioner of the stage projects an air of supreme confidence in relaying what his historically derived but pioneering production will offer and aim at.
Gavin who is from Cape Town originally said: “Yes, the LGBTQIA+ community, but also anyone who’s queer and wants a better world and realizes that nobody else will serve it up. Someone at odds with a system that needs recalibrating. The power of the small. Fix the road, pick up some litter. We’re not going to save the world, but we did clean up the bus stop or save some succulent.”
If you are yet to experience what is arguably one of the most enriching artistic experiences in South Africa, this 48th iteration of the festival could be the perfect time to take an unforgettable plunge into the pool of creative potential and prowess our country has in such abundance.
Witness this intriguing act take place at the Sun Gallery on June 26, 2022, 14:00 to14:45 and again on July 2 at the same venue from 14:00 to 14:45.
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On 23 February, finance minister Enoch Godongwana will deliver his budget speech. He will set out what our financial goals are as a country and how Government plans to get there. But what about your personal goals?
While our finance ministry works to come up with a national budget plan, are you working on your personal budget plan?
We are launching our first TikTok hashtag challenge on the 21 st of February 2022. We will be asking the TikTok community/audience what their plans would be if they were the minister of their own finances. What 3 things would you do if you were taking control of your money and declaring yourself a minister of your own wallet?
We’d love to know the answer, so get busy on those videos, which you can post with the hashtag #MinisterOfMyWallet.
You might be wondering what we’d suggest when it comes to taking control of your finances. As is always the case with money, there is no easy fix, no get-rich-quick scheme and no way around the hard work that financial planning involves. Taking control of your money involves setting goals, planning meticulously and budgeting carefully.
We may not have any simple solutions, but we do have a few tips as well as some tools that can help you become the minister of your finances.
Five tips for basic budgeting
Gather all the information
Budgeting starts with determining how much money goes into your account each month after tax has been deducted, as well as how much goes out.
Figure it out
Once you have completed step one, you can work out how much money you are left with to spend each month.
Work out what fixed expenses you can cut back on
Examples of your fixed expenses are your rent/bond, insurance, car payments and any debit orders you have set up. Some of these will be absolute necessities, but there may be services you can do without, for example, switching to a cheaper cellphone contract, cancelling insurance on an item you don’t really need or downgrading your internet package.
Work out what flexible expenses you can cut back on
Your flexible expenses are things such as food, entertainment and clothing. Some of these are things that you need, but you also have a choice regarding how much you spend on these items. Work out what you can realistically cut back on each month.
Do the paperwork
Write down everything in as much detail as possible in a spreadsheet or using a budgeting tool. The more records you keep, the more you will be empowered through knowing exactly what’s going on with your finances, what progress you have made and how you can improve.
Two tools to help you on your journey towards financial control
The WhatMatters app is a tool that helps you plan for your financial future and develop healthier financial habits.
It includes a Create and Build module that prompts you to think about how you and your family are generating income, a Save and Invest module that encourages you to put money away so you can reach your goals, a Live and Enjoy module that helps you live within your means, a Share and Legacy module that helps you understand the importance of managing intergenerational wealth and a Plan and Protect module that helps you and your family prepare for the unexpected.
Download the WhatMatters app now for free.
WhatMatters on Google Play
WhatMatters on the App Store
The award-winning My360 app gives you a full view of your finances by allowing you to monitor detailed information on your assets and liabilities from one versatile dashboard. You can keep track of everything you own as well as your savings and investments, allowing you to plan for your financial goals. While My360 is powered by Standard Bank, you can use it no matter whom you bank with.
Download the My360 app now for free.
My360 on Google Play
My 360 on the App Store
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The second cohort of matriculants who were beneficiaries of the Foundation’s High School Scholarship Programme which was formed in partnership with the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation has achieved successful passes in the 2021 IEB and NSC exams. The scholars achieved a 92% bachelor’s pass rate and obtained a total of 19 distinctions.
The 2021 matric class of 8 females and 4 males, received full scholarships for their educational expenses for 5 years from 2017 to 2021. These scholars were part of the Foundation’s High School Scholarship Programme which is aimed at providing learners from underprivileged communities exceptional high school educational opportunities from some of the country’s top achieving partner schools, such as St Stithians College, St Albans College, Curro Serengeti and King Edward VII, amongst others.
With these outstanding results, the matriculation graduates have been granted admission to further their studies at the University of Cape Town, Rhodes University, the University of Pretoria, and the Swiss Hotel School in Gauteng. This has opened doors for them to obtain tertiary qualifications and to become contributing members in their chosen professional fields and communities.
“We are extremely proud and overwhelmed to see this group of scholars excel academically despite the challenges they have faced. Their resilience and tenacity have reaped rewards and enabled them to access opportunities for their future. The Foundation is delighted to have been part of their schooling journey,” says Zanele Twala – CEO, of Standard Bank Tutuwa Community Foundation.
The Foundation was formed in 2016 with the objective of uplifting communities in South Africa through economic development and alleviation of poverty. In partnerships with government, private sector funders and academia, the Foundation supports young people to access high-quality education from their earliest years in ECD to schooling and post-schooling to enable them to develop into qualified, skilled professionals with full participation in the country’s economic growth.
Through its scholarship programme, the Foundation is delivering access to quality high school education to selected youth, and unlocking their entrepreneurial and leadership talents. . The Foundation has extended the reach of the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation High School Scholarship Programme, aimed at identifying and nurturing academic and entrepreneurial talent in deserving youth, such as Oratile Kekane and Lerato Mongaula. The former Foundation beneficiaries will be pursuing Bachelor of Commerce degrees at the University of Cape Town and Rhodes University respectively. An aspiring lawyer, Nomvuzo Nkwanyana, will be heading to the University of Pretoria to commence a Bachelor of Law degree. Alicia Khumalo who is vocal about her passion to enhance the lives of South Africans has opted to study Social Sciences at Rhodes University. Lindelwe Shabangu, who has a flair for hospitality, has chosen to study for a Bachelor of Hospitality degree as the Swiss Hotel School in Gauteng.
Speaking with joy, Twala says, “We wish all the matric graduates well in the journeys ahead. We are confident that they will succeed in their chosen fields and become leaders, pioneers and change-makers.”
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More than 10 million customers now bank with Standard Bank in South Africa. Since the start of the year 1 million new customers have joined Standard Bank. Customers are signing on to Standard Bank services taking advantage of access to digital services and offerings. Standard Bank has ensured that is has rapidly transformed its digital offerings and platforms. Unique customers logging onto the app has increased by 35% in the last year. Engagement with the platform has also increased, with time spent on the app increasing by 70%.
Kabelo Makeke, Standard Bank Head of Consumer and High Net Worth Clients in South Africa says: “We have worked hard to transform our business and to ensure that our customers are at the center of everything that we do. We strive to understand our clients as deeply and empathetically as we can. We use our extensive employee skills and digital capabilities to help meet their needs and to enable them to achieve their goals. Branches have been streamlined and de-cashed, and we have worked hard to bring our services to our clients where they live and work. Relevant offerings, excellence in service and digital capabilities will continue to drive customer loyalty and customer migration to Standard Bank.”
Standard Bank has the largest network of Instant Money partners in the country. Customers can send and receive funds through a network of more than 50 000 partners, making use of the bank’s ATM network and retail partners like Shoprite, Checkers, Pick ‘n Pay and Pep stores. In 2021 just under 7 million Instant Money recipients have made use of the service. In line with the drive to transform customer experience and value, Standard Bank also scrapped fees associated with customer transactions done at another bank ATMs. Standard Bank customers pay no extra fees when withdrawing funds at non-Standard Bank ATMs.
Standard Bank was the first bank to launch the virtual card offering to clients in South Africa. Use of virtual cards has seen a dramatic spike. In 2020, the issuing of virtual cards grew by over 300 percent indicating an increased demand for this virtual payment method. Through its Standard Bank’s Shyft platform, customers are able to create virtual cards in Dollar, Pound, Euro and Australian Dollar denominations. Digital demand of customers can clearly be seen in the growth of digital transactions with more Standard Bank customers doing their banking online. Digital transactions have increased by 22% in the year, while transactions on the App have increased by 38%, highlighting the immediacy and needfor efficiency that customers demand in these digital times. Standard Bank has continued to expand its partnership network, having recently announced a venture with Pick n Pay to establish in-store Standard Bank Branches. The in-store branches allow customers the convenience of doing their banking where they shop. The in-store branches will work together with digital banking offerings to provide customers with choices on how they want tomanage their financial transactions. Currently, in-store branches have been rolled out in more than 30 Pick ‘n Pay stores. Standard Bank recently launched EasyScan at Pick ‘n Pay allowing fast, easy payments for groceries. This first of its kind payment method, is a new service that enables customers to pay for their shopping using the Standard Bank Mobile Banking app. Standard Bank customers registered on the Banking App are now able to scan the QR code at a Pick n Pay till point and pay via the Banking App,allowing customers to keep track of purchases through the App.
Millions of South African’s have chosen Standard Bank to make their How About Now moments a reality. The bank will continue to strive for excellence and provide customers with enhanced digital and banking services with humility and humanity to partner with them to achieve and realise their dreams.
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After the easing of travel and lockdown restrictions, we will all be looking forward to going away for a much-needed break this holiday season. With the lifting of travel bans imposed on the country by places like the UK and US, there are even more options for holidaymakers and travel is expected to increase to the highest levels since early 2020.
While those of us who are gearing up to go on holiday may be excited about a change in scenery after being homebound for so many months, it’s important to make necessary provisions to ensure that our homes and their contents will stay safe while away. This is especially true if when going out of town for an extended period of time.
A vacant home without security measures in place could be a target for potential opportunists, who are particularly active over the December/January period. According to a 2019/2020 report released by Stats SA, housebreaking or burglary remains the most common crime experienced by households in South Africa. The report states that an estimated 169 000 incidences of home robberies occurred during the period, affecting 139 000 households with incidents peaking in June and December.
With that in mind, many of us are uneasy about our spaces remaining unoccupied for the duration of their time away from home. For peace of mind while on holiday, homeowners and renters alike should consider the following:
Make sure you have insurance cover in place
It may seem like a grudge purchase, but the benefits of home insurance cannot be overstated. Should something unfortunate happen to your home while you’re away, whether it be a break-in or burst geyser, the impact on your finances could be significant. This is where insurance plays a critical role – it shields your finances from the impact of theft or damage to your home. Generally, if you own a home, you are likely to have homeowner’s insurance in place as it is often a prerequisite when taking out a bond. This covers physical structures like your garage, walls and roof and protects you in the event of damage caused by lightning, explosions, or fire.
Many people make the mistake of thinking that their household contents are covered by their homeowner’s insurance when in fact, this is seldom the case. Home contents insurance, on the other hand, covers everything inside your home including furniture, appliances and art or jewellery against theft, loss or damage. This type of insurance cover is also appropriate for renters who want to cover their personal belongings and household contents. So, if you wish to leave your laptop at home to properly disconnect while on holiday, for example, and the item is covered under household contents, it can potentially save you a lot of valuable time, money and energy in the unfortunate event you suffer a loss.
Check that you are not underinsured
Before heading off on your travels, always check in with your insurer to make sure that the values of all your household contents are reflected accurately. It can take years to furnish your home, and you don’t want to face a situation where these items are not accounted for properly in your cover and thus, cannot be replaced.
While in contact with your insurer to check that you are not underinsured, it is worth notifying them that you will be away for a certain period of time. They will be able to tell you if there are any conditions that you need to comply with to make sure that you will be correctly insured while on holiday.
Secure your home
Ensure that all doors and windows are securely locked and that there are no weak points for easy entry into the home. Ladders, hosepipes, and other items which are normally stored outside could assist criminals in gaining access to homes.
If you don’t already have an alarm system in place and have the funds to do so, consider investing in this security measure. If anything happens while you’re not there, the relevant security company will be able to conduct a check.
Befriend a neighbour
Ask a neighbour to regularly check on the property and report anything suspicious. They may also be able to assist with uncollected mail or tend to the garden to limit any signs that you’re away.
Avoid sharing on social media
As tempting as it may be to post pictures of yourself navigating busy airports and relaxing at the poolside, insurers are increasingly warning against this practice.
If you have to claim for insurance, download the Standard Bank Insurance App. IOS or Android
Standard Insurance Limited (Reg. No. 1993/007593/06) (“SIL”) is a short-term insurance company and an authorised financial services provider (FSP 33348). SIL is part of the Standard Bank Group.
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