South Africa

South Africa is the second largest economy in Africa, with a modern and sophisticated financial services capability. It has a large and active stock exchange, the JSE Limited, which ranks 19th in the world in total market capitalisation and stands as the largest exchange in Africa
South Africa at a glance

South Africa has strong ties across Africa with significant trade links and investments across the continent. It also has a strong base of skilled labour in a number of sectors, who are working in organisations that are benefiting from strong growth across Africa. The country is promoting its role as the gateway to Africa, and supporting the development of key political and economic initiatives to continue development.

South Africa is struggling with high unemployment and inequality as well as GDP growth that is lower than many of its peers in Sub-Saharan Africa. However, its economy is comparatively diversified with strong competitive advantage in agriculture and mining, as well as in manufacturing products for these sectors.

Quick view

  • Population: 54 000 000
  • Nominal GDP: USD323.1 billion
  • Real GDP growth: 2.0%
  • CPI: 4.5%

* 2015 forecast

Sector expertise in South Africa

Standard Bank has specific sector expertise in industries relevant to Africa, with strong value propositions in the mining and metals; oil and gas; power and infrastructure; telecommunications and media; consumer; and financial institutions sectors.

To service the needs of national and multinational clients, Standard Bank has also developed leading capabilities in agribusiness, automotive industries, diversified industries, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, international development groups, real estate, retail and the public sector.

We have financed and advised both corporate and public sector clients in public private partnerships.

With South Africa as our home base, our experience across Sub-Saharan Africa and our sector expertise, particularly in natural resources, we connect our clients to opportunities in and across Africa.

Read more about Standard Bank Group’s sector specialism.

Products and services in South Africa

Standard Bank is a trusted partner to in-country, regional and international organisations. We provide independent input into strategic decision-making, backed by carefully executed solutions across advisory, financing, lending, trading and transactional requirements. We handpick the best team to take a client’s business forward.

We provide clients with market-leading solutions across global markets, investment banking and transactional products and services; supported by trusted advisory and research teams.

Standard Bank’s Global Markets teams offer a range of trading and risk management solutions across the financial markets, including foreign exchange, money markets, interest rates, equities, credit and commodities.

Our Investment Banking teams provide a full suite of advisory and financing solutions from term lending to highly structured and specialised products across the equity and debt capital markets. It includes our leading Real Estate capabilities.

Our Transactional Products & Services teams provide a range of transactional solutions, including cash management, international trade, and custodial and securities services primarily across Africa. Its offering is complemented by market leading electronic banking solutions.

We customise solutions to meet the individual requirements of our clients and leverage Standard Bank’s network of product and sector specialists to ensure that our solutions work for your business. In line with international regulatory requirements, we have established world-class risk and capital management systems to support our business activities.

Read more about corporate and investment banking solutions for your business.

Contact us

3 Simmonds Street
+27 11 636-9111
KwaZulu Natal
1 Kingsmead Way
Western Cape
2 Hertzog Boulevard
Cape Town
Eastern Cape
1 Pickering Street
Newton Park
Port Elizabeth


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Standard Bank of South Africa Ltd

Corporate & Investment Banking
3 Simmonds Street
South Africa

 +27 11 636-9111


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