South Africa - Cape Town - 7 August 2019 - Standard Bank branch in Claremont, Cape Town. There is a massive banking strike planned fro South Africa. ''South Africa’s biggest financial union is threatening to disrupt the country’s banking industry by leading its 73,000 members on a strike next month, in what would be its largest industrial action in almost a century. The planned two-day walkout will target lenders that have consulted staff over job cuts in recent months and other institutions that employ members of the Sasbo union, according to General Secretary Joe Kokela. Sasbo wants banks to consider options other than retrenchments and begin a program to re-skill employees whose positions are at risk, he said in an interview. Job cuts in the country are particularly sensitive as the unemployment rate has risen to 29%, the highest in more than a decade.'', according to BusinessTech Picture Dylan Jacobs/African News Agency(ANA)

Standard Bank’s Shari’ah Banking double taps at GIFA

Standard Bank is proud to announce that its Shari’ah Banking solution has been awarded the Best Emerging Islamic Banking Window 2020 and the Excellence Award for Premier Islamic Banking Services 2020 in the 10th annual Global Islamic Finance Awards (GIFA) 2020, which took place on the 14th of September 2020.

The GIFA awards celebrate achievements and contributions of institutions and individuals towards the development and expansion of the Islamic banking and finance industry. By doing so, it aims to highlight and promote those who have made significant strides in thought leadership, implemented world-class initiatives, and developed industry-leading products and services at scale.

Standard Bank launched Shari’ah compliant solutions to the Retail market in 2016, “Our aim is to always provide a fully inclusive Shari’ah-compliant banking solution to our customers,” says Mohammed Ameen Hassen, the Head of Shari’ah Banking at Standard Bank. “This means truly understanding the needs of our customers and design solutions with the customer at the heart of the design process, applying the latest technology all while ensuring the highest levels of Shari’ah compliance.”

Over the past two years, the team has been hard at work in bringing world and Southern African firsts to the market. Some of these include:

Diners Shari’ah Charge Card: The first Shari’ah Compliant Diners product in the world, and the first Shari’ah compliant personal charge card in South Africa

Merchant Capital Advance: The first Shari’ah-compliant unsecured working capital facility deployed upon agile Fintech infrastructure that allows a merchant to obtain funding in under 48 hours

Limited Edition Endowment: The first Shari’ah compliant tax-efficient endowment product in the market.

In response to a growing call from customers, Standard Bank has set out on a journey to bring Shari’ah-compliant products and services to their customers across their operations, and, while this journey is still in its early years, much progress has been made with 14 products and services now available.

“This is definitely a proud moment for us as a Bank and all the work that has been done to ensure that our Shari’ah Banking solution serves our customers as best as possible. The award is an endorsement of Standard Bank’s collective efforts in always being at the forefront of creating integrated solutions that help individuals and businesses to grow and access a wider customer base. It is also the ratification of where we are in our journey as an emerging player within the global Islamic Financial Services industry, with us being just under four years old, there is much still to be done. We are grateful to the GIFA awards committee for recognising these efforts and God willing, this will be the first of many” concludes Hassen.