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Top 5 Biggest Banks in South Africa 2014


Banking in the South African region is an important service. South African Banks are among the biggest banking corporations in the entire African continent. The existence of these banking institutions in South Africa has attracted investment globally and locally. As of 2011, the top four biggest banks in Africa continent were from South Africa. They included Standard Bank Group, Absa group, FirstRand bank group, Nedbank group and Investec group, but currently Capitec Bank Group is overtaking Nedbank group. Therefore these are the major banking institutions in South Africa, bringing development and offering services to their clients locally and globally.

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Top 5 Biggest Banks in South Africa – South Africa’s Biggest Banks

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Standard Bank Group, South Africa 

This is one of the highly rated and recognized banking institutions in South Africa and the whole of African continent. Since its inception, it has celebrated over 150 years of being in service. It offers different services and products. Among the many services it offers to its clients include banking, borrowing in terms of loans, insuring their clients, investment opportunities and more importantly self-service banking. Although many of its services are in the banking sector, it also offers reliable procurement services. It has established sponsorship opportunities art, entertainment to sport development. It offers a number of job opportunities to its members and surrounding community. This makes standard group bank one of the best with its considerable and affordable business rates.

Absa Group Bank

Biggest banks in South Africa banks offer different services and products to their business community. Absa group bank offers different initiatives to the community. From just business solutions to community development activities is what Absa offers. This makes it the 2nd biggest bank in South Africa in terms of assets and investments. Its services are affordable to community from personal banking to offering services such as insuring their clients’ businesses and property. Although there is competition from other leading banking giants in the country, the bank is still able to attract a large number of customers and clients.

FirstRand Bank Group

Biggest banks in South Africa banks deem to attract clients from global markets for the development of local economy. FirstRand bank group has managed to improve the local community and the country’s economy through their services. It has made investments from RMI Nigeria group to new franchise investments. It was started in 1998 and since then it has managed to promote itself through community development and promotions. As a usual banking institution, it offers insurance products and personal banking solutions to corporate, commercial and personal businesses. As such, this has helped it to grow rapidly over a short period of time. It has other investment options and this helps to widen its investment boundaries.

Nedbank group

This is one of the wealthiest South Africa banks. It has a well connected banking network throughout the region of South Africa. It headquarters located in Johannesburg and regional centres in Cape Town and Durban. Its major gainer is the Nedbank group limited. Created in 1969 it offers retail and wholesale banking solutions to its wide banking clients in the region. Although it major focus is in banking, it offers other business incentives through job creations and regional investments. Its services are distributed through a number of its subsidiaries across the country with main focus on banking solutions. Being among the leading corporate and commercial group, it has managed to operate from retail, wholesale and corporate perspectives.

Investec Bank

Although majority can say it has been overtaken by Capitec bank, it is still a leading giant in the banking arena. Its main objective is the management of wealth and assets in different global markets. Its major operations are carried from three markets namely United Kingdom, South Africa and Australia. It establishment has offered a wide clientele in the development of a trustworthy business operations. Therefore understanding it services and products they offer to corporate and personal business has helped in nurturing wealth and business. Sponsoring its soccer league has been achieved through proper investments and specialist banking services they offer.

Capitec banking group

Initially established for personal and retail banking services, it has grown surpassing other giants in the banking business. Financial analysts and business corporations have almost ranked among the top four South Africa banks. It mainly offers banking services for retails for individuals in the local community. This has improved development of local markets and clientele satisfaction. Therefore to achieve competition is has cut down its competition through gaining large market shares to promote establishment and investments.

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