Fast Fact:

Location, location, location

Since 1930, the FIFA World Cup has been hosted in the European Zone 11 times, including the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The zone that has hosted the tournament second most often is the South American Zone, hosting the tournament 5 times. The African Zone has only hosted the tournament once, in South Africa.
The 2022 FIFA World Cup is expected to be hosted in the Asian Zone which has only hosted the tournament once before, when Korea and Japan dual hosted in 2002. ( Source www.Eighty20


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FNB Islamic Banking honoured at IRBA Global 2018 awards

29 November 2018: FNB Islamic Banking affirmed its position as a leading Islamic finance provider by claiming two more prestigious awards, this time, at the 4th annual Global Islamic Retail Banking Awards (IRBA) 2018 held on November 21 in Dubai. FNB Islamic Banking and its CEO Amman Muhammad were honoured with the Critic’s Choice Most Trusted Brand...
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FNB partners with FinTech distribution platform to help solve Financial Inclusion

26 November 2018 – First National Bank (FNB), a division of FirstRand Bank Limited, today announced its partnership with Selpal, a South African FinTech company that operates specifically in the township and informal economy, or the “Unseen Economy”. Michael Vacy-Lyle, CEO of FNB Business explains that “with 50% of South Africa’s urban population living in townships,...
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