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Business and Private Sector
2017: SME employment pressure rising  NSBC releases findings of the 2017 National Small Business Survey  According to the National Development plan, the SME community is expected to provide 90% of new employment opportunities by 2030. This makes SMEs the driving force behind South Africa’s economy, placing even greater pressure and expectation on a sector that...
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Shoprite creates 820 new jobs in one week This week the Shoprite Group created more than 820 new job opportunities with the opening of 14 new stores across 6 different provinces in South Africa. The Group is South Africa’s largest private sector employer and created 6 027 new jobs in the 2017 financial year. This trend...
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FNB Islamic Banking was recently nominated as the ‘Best Islamic Banking Window 2017’ by the Awards Committee of the 7th Global Islamic Finance Awards (GIFA). GIFA is an annual awards ceremony held to celebrate institutions and individuals who have made a significant impact in driving thought-leadership and the implementation of world class initiatives in the Islamic...
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the dti AND FNB SIGN PLEDGE TO IMPROVE ACCESS TO FINANCE FOR BLACK INDUSTRIALISTS The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr. Rob Davies together with First National Bank (FNB) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Public Sector Banking, Mr Kgosi Ledimo have today signed a pledge that will improve access to finance for Black Industrialists (BI) to fast-track...
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Seed Academy release results of SA’s largest entrepreneurial survey Youth entrepreneurship, access to funding and markets remain key challenges  More impactful business development support that provides entrepreneurs with robust business basics is needed to increase small business success rates, while a decline in youth owned businesses has emerged as cause for concern given South Africa’s...
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FNB promotes access to banking in rural South Africa Johannesburg; 24 May 2017; FNB has become the first bank in South Africa to introduce a non-cash dispensing ATM with deposit capability. These ATMs are a smaller version of the standard ATM which FNB introduced in 2013 as a way of bringing banking services directly into...
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  2 247 aspiring CAs pass final qualification hurdle Johannesburg, Friday 24 February 2017 – In November 2016, 2 529 aspiring chartered accountants [CAs(SA)] nervously sat for their final professional examination: the Assessment Professional Competence (APC). Today, it is with great pleasure that the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) announces that 89% (2 247) of these...
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FNB and RMB recognised for best FOREX offering in South Africa Johannesburg; 17 January 2017; First National Bank (FNB) and RMB have been recognised as the Best Forex Provider in South Africa at the 17th annual World’s Best FX Provider for 2017 hosted by Global Finance Magazine. FNB and RMB represent the foreign exchange and...
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WEF: Sage CEO laments absence of small business issues at Davos CEO Stephen Kelly says small businesses still being ignored by policy makers as big business flocks to Davos Sage launches Forum for Business Builders to give entrepreneurs a voice 16 January 2017: Global research by Sage highlights that only 17% of small businesses feel...
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FNB Banking App wins global technology award 06 December 2016 – FNB was recognised for having the ‘Best Mobile System/Service Initiative’ for its innovative FNB Banking App during the Annual Banking Technology Awards 2016 held in London last week. The FNB Banking App demonstrated excellence and the best innovative tech approach worldwide in the Digital...
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Steuart as a Speaker

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Steuart has done some 500 talks on South Africa's progress since 1994 and SA's prospects for the future'