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FNB reveals contactless payment solution at toll plazas on the N3 Toll Route

13 December 2023: FNB, in partnership with Visa and the N3 Toll Concession, introduces secure and convenient contactless card payments. Toll plazas will be equipped with new-age card acceptance devices to reduce time spent at booths and to combat fraud.

 

Helpful tips to protect your family wealth against fraudsters

09 January 2023: Product Head of Wills and Deceased Banking at FNB Fiduciary, Carin Meyer, highlights how families can protect their estates and inheritances against fraud this new year.

 

Pressure to hike interest rates remains

24 November 2022: Following the South African Reserve Bank's (SARB's) decision to increase its repo rate by 0.75%, FNB will raise its prime lending rate by 0.75%. As international trends indicate an uncertain outlook, it is even more critical for our country to stay the course in its monetary policy decisions.

 

Safety tips for Stokvels to keep fraudsters at bay this festive season

14 December 2022: It's important for Stokvel members who plan to withdraw or share their group savings to be aware that fraudsters are looking for ways to defraud them of their hard-earned money.

 

Over R1.8 billion in Stokvel contributions as members adopt digital platforms

14 November 2022: Stokvels urged to take advantage of rising interest rates. FNB reveals that Stokvel members who use its no monthly account fee digital account have contributed over R1.8 billion since the solution was launched in 2020.

 

FNB explores how World Savings Day can encourage healthy financial habits

30 October 2022: CEO of FNB Cash Investments, Himal Parbhoo touches on World Savings Day and South Africa's low savings culture. He also highlights the different ways we can activate the discipline of saving.

 

Should a stokvel be part of your savings and investment strategy?

13 October 2022: Stokvels are a genuine vehicle that many South Africans of all ages and income groups choose to help them save towards achieving a collective financial goal. Sifiso Nkosi, Stokvels and Group Savings Head at FNB Cash Investments, explains how stokvels fulfil some of the needs that individuals have, in order to support their wealth creation journey for their next generation.

 

FNB takes its promise of help to new levels

7 October 2022: FNB is reimagininghelp as it strives to make every day easier and tomorrow better for all its customers,taking a bold step forward on its journey into the future.

 

Physical Property can be a useful addition to your retirement plan - provided you understand the risks

06 October 2022: Given the uncertainty and volatility that has characterised investment markets in recent years, many people are looking for ways of supplementing the retirement savings.

 

FNB explores SARB's aggressive rate hikes, containing high inflation

22 September 2022: The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) has increased its repo rate by 0.75%. FNB CEO, Jacques Celliers and FNB Chief Economist, Mamello Matikinca-Ngwenya, explore this further.

 

FNB Multi Manager Equity Fund shines with five-star rating

21 September 2022: Head of Investments at FNB Wealth and Investments, Renzi Thirumalai shares his thoughts on the recent five-star rating from the highly respected global investment research provider, Morningstar.

 

The importance of having a Will as part of your blueprint and financial planning

14 September 2022: A Will should serve as a blueprint for your life and financial planning journey. FNB shares a few considerations when it comes to setting your estate plan and then ultimately how you draft your Will.

 

About the two-pot retirement saving system

04 September 2022: The two-pot system will see one third of the money you invest in your retirement fund being placed in an accessible savings pot, while the remaining two thirds will be held in a retirement pot, which you will not be able to access until you retire.

 

FNB enables Google Wallet to expand contactless payment convenience and choice for customers

23 August 2022: FNB and RMB Private Bank customers with Android-powered smartphones, tablets, or watches can now also use Google Wallet for safer and more secure contactless payments. Retail customers can now link their physical and virtual FNB debit, fusion, or credit cards to Google Wallet, while Commercial clients can link their physical and virtual debit cards.

 

Six steps to consider when building your investment portfolio

22 August 2022: Saving and investing early on in life gives you a greater chance of growing and protecting your wealth. Samukelo Zwane, Head of Product, FNB Wealth and Investments talks about how financial and investment education is key to unlocking sustainable returns into adulthood.

 

Springbok Women journey towards greatness with new FNB partnership

10 August 2022: CEO of SA Rugby, Jurie Roux, touches on the significance of the Springbok Women's new partnership with FNB being announced on Women's Day and Faye Mfikwe, FNB Chief Marketing Officer also shares her thoughts.

 

FNB shines for 3rd year in a row as the most valuable financial services brand in 2022

8 August 2022: FNB CEO, Jacques Celliers and FNB Chief Marketing Officer, Faye Mfikwe, touch on what it means for the bank to be named the top financial services brand in Kantar BrandZ's Most Valuable South African Brands 2022, with brand value increased by 30% to $3.5 billion this year.

 

FNB announces sponsorship of Cape Town City Football Club

1 August 2022: Rob Gwerengwe, CEO of FNB Middle Market, said the sponsorship formed part of the bank's legacy of supporting the country's sporting talent and providing them with a platform to showcase their skills.

 

Trusts no longer considered useful only to the affluent with 'tax problems'

27 July 2022: Head of Client Experience at FNB Fiduciary, Matlhodi Leteane, highlights the necessity and usefulness of Trusts for any individual's Estate Plan. She also touches on how Trusts work, what they cost and the risks involved.

 

FNB highlights the effect of the recent MPC on Cash and Investments

24 July 2022: With the recent Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) further increasing the repo rate, FNB Wealth and Investments Solutions CEO, Bheki Mkhize, touches on the increase in interest rates and breaks down the impact on equity stocks, focussing on how it will differ per sector.

 

FNB lifts its prime lending rate after repo rate increase

21 July 2022: FNB CEO, Jacques Celliers commented that the South African Reserve Bank's rate hike aligned with global trends to curb inflation and cautioned that further rate hikes by the central bank are a possibility in the coming months.

 

FNB is officially the new Comrades Marathon sponsor!

12 May 2022: Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) Chairperson, Mqondisi Ngcobo proudly announced the new FNB sponsorship and the FNB Brand Experience Head, Bonga Sebesho also shared his thoughts.

 

FNB customer service takes the lead

12 May 2022: FNB CEO, Jacques Celliers touches on the release of the Ombudsman's 2021 Annual Report and its critical role in assisting customers and banks resolve complaints.

 

Bank Your Change® helps FNB retail customers save over R5.5 billion

09 May 2022: CEO of FNB Retail, Raj Makanjee touches on the success of the innovative Bank Your Change® feature, alongside CEO of Cash Investments for FNB Retail, Himal Parbhoo, who also shares his thoughts.

 

FNB top 40 ETF voted as having the best tracking efficiency over 3 years

03 April 2022: FNB Top 40 exchange-traded-fund (ETF) has been voted as South Africa's best exchange traded product (ETP), when considering tracking efficiency over three years, in the annual South African Listed Tracker Awards (SALTA).Bheki Mkhize, Head of FNB Wealth and Investment Solutions, explains why this award is a major feat for us and highlights our commitment to enabling better and simpler access to the stock market.

 

SA can reap the benefits of commodity boom despite crosswinds, says FNB

25 March 2022: 24 March 2022, Johannesburg: Following the South African Reserve Bank's (SARB's) decision to raise its repo rate by 0.25%, FNB will adjust its prime rate by 0.25% with effect from Friday, 25 March 2022.

 

FNB sees growing appetite for investments as clients embrace digital platform

16 March 2022: Significantly more investment accounts were opened by clients between June and December 2021. As part of FNB's focus of becoming an integrated financial services provider that is relevant to customers' needs, FNB Wealth and Investment's proposition is attracting clients who are new to investing.

 

Exclusive Rugby World Cup Sevens pre-sale tickets now on offer for FNB customers

17 February 2022: Great news for both FNB customers and RMB Private Bank clients, as they can now access a private 72-hour pre-sale opportunity to purchase tickets for the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022 in Cape Town. FNB Chief Marketing Officer, Faye Mfikwe elaborates further.

 

What you need to know about Tax-Free Savings and the closing tax year

15 February 2022: We are fast-approaching the end of the tax season making it the best time to look at your Tax-Free Savings Account and identify how you can take advantage of savings incentives.

 

Tips to navigate the month of love without falling for scams

13 February 2022: Just because it is the month of love doesn't mean you should stop being vigilant with your finances. Fraudsters look for opportunities to like these to scam and defraud you, don't let last-minute decisions result in you letting your guard down when browsing online. Read these tips from FNB to navigate the month of love.

 

FNB unveiled as official Global Partner of Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022

11 February 2022: First National Bank (FNB) is an official Global Partner of Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022 (RWC7s), which will take place from 9 -11 September 2022 at the Cape Town Stadium in South Africa. 'The RWC7s 2022 South Africa is another opportunity for us to continue living our legacy of 'help', 'hope' and 'togetherness', said FNB CEO, Jacques Celliers.

 

Retirement Annuity on App' lets you apply in under three minutes.

07 February 2022: FNB now offers a fast and uncomplicated way for clients to start, or accelerate, their retirement savings journey, using the FNB Banking App. With no lengthy forms to fill out, no financial advisor commission payments and no investment processing fees, this is just another way we aim to assist customers throughout their money management journey.

 

FNB lifts its prime lending rate after SARB repo rate increase

27 January 2022: FNB CEO Jacques Celliers said the Reserve Bank's decision to adjust rates were indicative of a recovery in underlying economic activity. He added that normal operating conditions would be conducive to broad-based economic recovery and benefit the sectors impacted by the pandemic.

 

Handling your retirement capital when emigrating

26 January 2021: Before emigrating, it is vital to consider the financial and opportunity cost implications of moving your local retirement funds offshore. Samukelo Zwane, Head of Product at FNB Wealth and Investment, advised South Africans to be cautious without letting fear influence their decisions.

 

Your New Year lunchbox investment guide

20 January 2022: It's time to set new goals for the year ahead. Just like your lunchbox, you can make better and healthier financial decisions. Let the experts tell you more.

 

What you need to consider when reviewing your Will

21 December 2021: As 2021 draws to an end, it is important to re-evaluate your long-term financial planning, by updating your estate planning (which includes your Wills and Trust affairs). Matlhodi Leteane, Head of Operations, FNB Fiduciary, offers useful tips on what you need to consider when reviewing it this holiday season.

 

World class innovation by employees is both recognised and rewarded

13 December 2021: In celebration of the first cycle of a refreshed Innovators Programme, FNB CEO, Jacques Celliers, shares how the Innovators Programme is designed to help customers with pain points in their money management journey, whilst positively impacting customers in all corners of society, across Africa.

 

Steer clear of investment scams this festive season

07 December 2021: With the festive season upon us, Head of Fraud at FNB Wealth and Investments, Ramesh Ramdeen, highlights some of the most prominent investment scams that seem to be on the rise.

 

FNB Connect partners with Vox Telecom for new fibre for business and software vouchers

06 December 2021: FNB Connect Vox Fibre for Business is officially here and is available for all FNB Business account holders. FNB CEO, Jacques Celliers and FNB Connect CEO, Bradwin Roper, share their thoughts on the exciting new offering.

 

Save more this holiday season by considering these key investment tips

28 November 2021: With the holiday season upon us, Head of Investment at FNB Wealth and Investments, Renzi Thirumalai, shares some insightful tips on what to consider before taking cash out of your pocket.

 

Black Friday activities boost transaction volumes

26 November 2021 FNB CEO, Jacques Celliers and CEO of FNB Merchant Services, Thokozani Dlamini, share their thoughts on the recent Black Friday transaction volumes. Chris Labuschagne, CEO of FNB Card, also elaborates further.

 

FNB wins Best Employer Brand in the 2021 LinkedIn Talent Awards

23 November 2021: Donald Khumalo, FNB HR Executive, explains why at FNB we believe that our people are the heartbeat of our organisation and they remain core to building life-changing financial services and fintech solutions for our customers. This achievement not only highlights our commitment to our employees but also signals our investment in building and growing top talent in South Africa.

 

FNB to lift its interest rate by 0.25% following repo rate increase

18 November 2021: Referring to the recent rate hike, FNB CEO Jacques Celliers said that it was indicative of economic recovery amidst improving domestic demand, rising global inflation and normalising global interest rates. He also expressed hope that the national electricity grid could be stabilised to enable sustainable economic growth.

 

FNB announces R450 million residential property deal

17 November 2021: Amid growing demand and with interest rates at an all-time low, FNB is proud to announce a deal with Balwin Properties that will make R450 million available for the development of Thabo-Echo Village. The deal cemented the bank's commitment to helping facilitate first-time homeowners entering the formal housing market.

 

FNB celebrates winning Best SME Bank in South Africa and Africa

10 November 2021: With FNB now recognised as the bank that best meets the specialised needs of SMEs in South Africa and Africa by Global Finance, FNB CEO, Jacques Celliers and FNB Commercial CEO, Gordon Little, share their thoughts on what the humbling accolade means to the bank and the African continent in which they operate.

 

Planning for your retirement? There are a number of investment vehicles to consider.

08 November 2021: Head of Product at FNB Wealth and Investments, Samukelo Zwane, advises on structuring a retirement plan that evolves and grows, as we advance though our work lives.

 

FNB continues to drive entrepreneurship

04 November 2021: More than 25 000 businesses are now benefitting from industry-leading features through the First Business Zero Account, and over 192 000 entrepreneurs use Fundaba to increase their business knowledge and skills.

 

FNB recognised for supporting female entrepreneurs

26 October 2021: At the Global SME Finance Awards 2021, FNB was acknowledged in the Best Bank for Women Entrepreneurs category through an Honorable Mention for its Women in Business portfolio. FNB is committed to empowering female entrepreneurs and positively impacting the communities in which they operate.

 

FNB Art Prize winner exhibits at the Johannesburg Art Gallery

20 October 2021: Wycliffe Mundopa has won the 2021 FNB Art Prize receiving a cash prize and a solo exhibition at the Johannesburg Art Gallery. As the sponsor, FNB remains committed to empowering artists to become change agents in their communities through their artwork.

 

Assess your finances in your golden years with these five financial steps

18 October 2021: Retire comfortably with complete peace of mind and the financial wellbeing you deserve when you turn sixty by following these five crucial steps.

 

Paying and renewing license discs just got simpler with new online service

11 October 2021: FNB Public Sector CEO, Sipho Silinda touches on FNB's partnership with the Road Traffic Management Corporation, and the new online payment gateway enabling motorists to easily renew and pay for their license discs.

 

FNB leads innovation with the launch of two new payments solutions for SMEs

06 October 2021 As a leader in innovation, FNB continues to invest significantly in creating new platform-based capabilities and solutions to ensure that it stays ahead of changing market dynamics and evolving customer needs.

 

FNB recognised as one of the most Valuable Brands in Africa

30 September 2021 FNB was once again recognised as one of the Most Valuable Brands in Africa according to the latest Brand Finance Africa 150™ 2021 valuation report. The bank was also the highest ranked banking brand in the continent.

 

FNB proves that digital is king with solid financial year-end results

16 September 2021 Positive results lead to a rebound in transactional activity, a growing customer base and a robust migration to FNB's digital platform. FNB CEO Jacques Celliers, shares his thoughts on the bank's solid earnings growth for the year ending 30 June 2021.

Peruse the financial results infographic for an in-depth overview.

 

FNB maintains its position as the Most Valuable Brand in South Africa, for a second consecutive year.

02 September 2021 As a purpose-led brand, FNB continues to push and redefine boundaries on what 'help' means to customers and society. This accolade is testament to the evolution of FNB to become more than just a bank, but rather a trusted financial services and lifestyle partner to their customers.

 

Invest in shares using an FNB Shares Zero Account

26 August 2021 With an FNB Shares Zero Account, customers can begin or expand on their journey of share ownership by investing in global stock markets while paying no monthly account fees.

 

Women need to be involved in decision-making when it comes to their financial future

25 August 2021 Matlhodi Leteane, Head of Operations at FNB Fiduciary, encouraged women to take control of their financial destiny by assessing and quantifying their current and future assets and utilising a professional to put together an estate plan.

 

FNB's global ETN programme soars with new ESG offering

17 August 2021 With the highly popular range of ETNs previously launched by FNB in 2020, the bank now looks to the expansion of their new ETNs having a value-added Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) overlay, with the same low minimum investment of just R10.

 

FNB is the first to offer smart devices on its app over a 24-month contract

10 August 2021 FNB's customers can now purchase smart devices over a 24-month repayment period via the FNB App - made possible by FNB Connect.

 

FNB looks to retain local talent with more employment opportunities

29 July 2021 With the success of FNB's graduate programme over the years, FNB's CEO Jacques Celliers explores how investing in high-quality local talent can inspire economies and businesses to unlock innovation, growth and social upliftment.

 

FNB confirms relief measures to help individual and business customers impact by unrest

26 July 2021 FNB recognises the significant impact that the unrest has had on individuals, businesses, and regional economies of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. This comes at a difficult time when South Africa is still grappling with the health and economic impact of the Covid-19 global pandemic.

 

Consumers and businesses find relief with unchanged interest rates

22 July 2021 With FNB maintaining its prime lending rate at 7%, the bank's CEO Jacques Celliers praises SARB's decision to keep rates unchanged, enabling consumers and businesses to find relief.

 

The importance of saving and becoming financially resilient

13 July 2021 The devastating pandemic and subsequent lockdowns have reinforced the importance of saving for unforeseen emergencies and unplanned events. In order to accomplish this, as South Africans, we need to identify our personal savings goals and invest our extra funds in the appropriate savings vehicles.

 
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Ensure that your life insurance fully covers your loved ones for the long run

07 July 2021 Head of Growth at FNB Fiduciary, Johan Strydom, touches on the three distinctive phases of financial needs that family members face, after a loved one passes away. He also explores how your life insurance should be able to support these phases.

 

Public sector institutions and their customers are leaning towards digital payments

07 July 2021 CEO of Public Sector Banking, Sipho Silinda touches on the demise of cheques in South Africa and the steady increase in the use of digital payment channels.

 

A glimpse into FNB's 2021 franchise and economic outlook

29 June 2021 FNB Economist, Thanda Sithole, is confident that a solid cyclical economic growth rebound is underway and South Africa is on a slow road to recovery.

 

FNB assists Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital with repairs

28 June 2021 In the true spirit of help, FNB leadership, together with RMB, assisted Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital with repairs after half its property caught fire in April.

 

Sustainable trade and economic growth is still a possibility for South Africa

24 June 2021 Bobby Madhav, Head of Trade and Structured Trade and Commodity Finance at FNB, gives his views on fuelling South Africa's long-term economic recovery.

 

Five tips for the youth to start building a secure financial future.

23 June 2021 South African youth (aged 18-34) are estimated to account for roughly a third of the country's population. At FNB, we believe that an early start to understanding effective money management will prepare them for a prosperous financial future. We want the youth to embrace, celebrate and inspire positive change through a deeper understanding of how they can achieve financial freedom and eliminate debt. Sometimes it's the smallest change in behaviour that makes the biggest difference.

 

New DebiCheck offering gives debit order collections for businesses a boost

21 June 2021 With DebiCheck being rolled out by all major banks, Head of the Commercial Transactional Pillar at FNB Commercial, Laura Deva shares her thoughts.

 

FNB explores franchise growth post Covid-19

17 June 2021 Head of franchising at FNB Commercial, Morne Cronje shares on the challenges of growing a franchise network post Covid-19.

 

FNB explores how poor pest and disease control threaten sustainability

14 June 2021 Senior Agricultural Economist at FNB, Paul Makube, shares his thoughts on South Africa's well-established disease and pest management regime, as well as the overall risks involved.

 

With power interruptions on the rise, SMEs look to solar energy

10 June 2021 CEO of FNB Commercial Property Finance, Preggie Pillay and his team, urge SMEs to consider solar energy as a viable investment to help combat the losses experienced during power interruptions.

 

FNB's Business Call Account aims to help SMEs manage cash flow

08 June 2021 Vaughan David, CEO of Cash Investments: Business at FNB, offers SMEs pockets of wisdom around cash flow management and how the FNB Business Call Account can cater to their specific needs.

 

FNB launches #TheChangeables campaign together with refreshed bank cardss

07 June 2021 #TheChangeables celebrates and inspires positive change across Africa. In the spirit of change, FNB is also launching a refreshed design across its range of bank cards that will be made available to customers at no additional cost.

 

FNB's unchanged monthly account fees leave room for businesses to save

03 June 2021 FNB is keeping monthly account fees unchanged for business customers across the board for the third year running.

 

FNB business customers save more with no changes to monthly account fees

03 June 2021 FNB is keeping monthly account fees unchanged for business customers across the board for the third year running. Some transactions are also free or reduced - read more about how FNB helps business save every month.

 

FNB launches new Aspire bank account

03 June 2021 The new FNB Aspire bank account for middle-income customers will replace the current FNB Gold account. With the new bank account, customers can pay their account fees by using eBucks via the FNB App.

 

FNB is South Africa's most valuable banking brand for a fourth consecutive year

27 May 2021 For a fourth consecutive year, FNB has been voted as the most valuable banking brand in the 2021 Brand Finances South African 50 report, leading with a brand value of R22.1 billion.

 

Money market funds and savings accounts - the key differences

03 May 2021 2021: Money Market funds and savings account are instruments used by investors and savers, looking to grow wealth in a risk averse manner. There are however key differences in the various savings solutions that investors and savers need to be aware of.

 

FNB sets a new standard for protecting customer data

20 April 2021: FNB set a new norm for handling customer data in the South African banking industry. Customers can now update and manage their personal and business details to ensure compliance via a secure financial platform.

 

Simple habits to help drive your children's behaviour with money

13 April 2021: Supporting your children with their physical, emotional, social, financial and intellectual development from a young age is critical before they mature into adulthood.

 

Unchanged interest rates a catalyst for sustainable economic activity

25 March 2021: Johannesburg: Following the South African Reserve Bank's (SARB) decision to keep the repo rate unchanged, FNB will similarly maintain its prime lending rate at 7%.

 

FNB acquires Selpal to accelerate financial inclusion in townships

23 March 2021: FNB has made significant strides in supporting and becoming more relevant to community-based businesses. To reaffirm its commitment, FNB has acquired 100% of Selpal - a fintech company that operates specifically in townships and rural sectors of the economy.

 

Added value through cost-effective solutions and rewards for FNB customers

18 March 2021: Practicing healthy money habits and adjusting how you do your everyday banking can go a long way in stretching your money further for your short and long-term goals. Over the years, FNB has been on a journey to help its customers to better manage their money through cost-effective financial solutions, a broad range of safer banking channels and meaningful value through eBucks, the best rewards programme in the industry.

 

Understanding your options to tax-free saving and investment success

11 March 2021: The first of March 2021 ushered in a new tax year for South Africans, which means it's a good time to invest some time and thought into how you put in place a well-considered money management plan for the coming 12 months.

 

Covid-19 is fundamentally changing the philanthropy landscape

11 March 2021: In many ways the Covid-19 pandemic brought out the best in mankind. At the height of the pandemic, people and organisations demonstrated levels of care and empathy that exceeded anything we have witnessed in recent history.

 

FNB interim results reflect improvement in economic activity

04 March 2021: First National Bank's (FNB's) performance for the six months to 31 December 2020 reflects some improvement in the operating environment despite sustained pressure on consumers and businesses due to Covid-19 and the related lockdown measures.

 

Five money principles to live by

18 February 2021: Money matters and finances continue to be a widely talked about subject. The pandemic has not only been onerous and taxing on everyone's lives, but it has also created undue financial pressure on households globally.

 

Five money principles to live by

18 February 2021" Money matters and finances continue to be a widely talked about subject. The pandemic has not only been onerous and taxing on everyone's lives, but it has also created undue financial pressure on households globally.

 

FNB's holistic help to minimise the impact of the pandemic

10 February 2021: In 2020, the Bank offered digital platform -based Cashflow Relief to individuals and business customers, covering 700 000 agreements with loan balances in excess of R100 billion. FNB Life assisted with R300 million worth of Credit Life claims for customers who sadly were retrenched.

 

Offshore trading enhanced by comprehensive, high-quality research

08 February 2021: 08 February 2021: A well-considered offshore investment or share trading strategy is an effective way of diversifying a portfolio geographically which, as the increased market volatility created by Covid-19 has demonstrated, should be a non-negotiable component of any investment strategy.

 

FNB's eBucks rewards programme is revolutionising financial services

02 February 2021: eBucks is South Africa's leading rewards programme that has spent the past 20 years driving good banking behaviour and rewarding customers. To date, customers have redeemed R13.3 billion in eBucks through a network spanning 30 partners nationwide.

 

SA's only provider of life insurance that pays-out claims proactively

26 January 2021: FNB Life is rapidly transforming life insurance and providing digitally-led platform insurance solutions. FNB Life is the only insurance provider in South Africa that uses Home Affairs Data to proactively pay-out claims.

 

2021 represents a new start despite second wave

21 January 2021: With interest rates remaining unchanged, FNB CEO Jacques Celliers points out that although the Covid-19 pandemic continues to impact our society, there is room for relief if we all do our part.

 

Thrive in 2021 with SA's Best Digital Bank

19 January 2021: FNB was recently awarded top honours for both the mobile Banking App as well as the Internet Banking categories by SITEisfaction. See how the bank is further increasing its focus and investments on technology and data platforms to assist customers in 2021.

 

Bank on SA's most valuable brand in 2021

11 January 2021: This year, FNB is increasing its focus on building even more trust and further assisting their customers to thrive - despite increased economic uncertainty.

 

Global Recognition for SA's Best Business Bank

04 January 2021: FNB's market-leading approach to providing helpful and contextual financial solutions to support business customers has been recognised through the accolade of Global SME Bank of The Year at the Global SME Finance Awards Ceremony late in 2020.

 

End of cheques a giant leap into digital payments future, says FNB CEO.

28 December 2020 By 1 January 2021, individual consumers and businesses will no longer be able to cash cheques in South Africa. This follows a joint announcement by the SARB, FSCA, PASA and BASA which confirmed that the issuing and acceptance or collection of cheques will cease from 31 December 2020.

 

Employees recognised for pioneering platform innovations

09 December 2020: Employees are challenged to constantly think differently, therefore innovation is embedded in their DNA - the longstanding Innovators programme showcases and celebrates platform innovations.

 

FNB expands the list of international brands where investors can get exposure from as little as R10

01 December 2020: Following the overwhelming response to the listing of Exchange Traded Notes (ETNs) on its platform, FNB is expanding the list of international companies available by adding Adobe, Ford, Activision Blizzard, Berkshire Hathaway, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, PayPal and Visa.

 

Glimmer of hope despite a tough economic year, says FNB

19 Novermber 2020, Johannesburg: Following the South African Reserve Bank's (SARB) decision to keep interest rates unchanged, FNB confirms it will keep its prime lending rate at 7%.

 

FNB unveils new Smart Solutions for consumers and a marketplace for SMEs on its banking App

09 November 2020: FNB has launched its latest edition of innovative nav» Smart Tools on the FNB App to help customers manage their money better through dynamic budgeting; as well as facilitating access to market and creating a digital marketplace for FNB-banked SMEs in the home services category.

 

FNB crowned the best SME Bank in the world

28 October 2020: FNB announced as the SME Bank of the Year at the Global SME Finance Forum Virtual awards ceremony held on 27 October.

 

FNB and Shoprite Group help customers replace bank cards in stores

26 October 2020: FNB and the Shoprite Group have expanded their partnership by allowing FNB Easy Pay As You Use and Smart Option account holders to replace lost or stolen bank cards in more than 700 Shoprite and Checkers stores across South Africa.

 

SA Rugby delighted to announce the extension of the FNB sponsorship

13 October 2020: SA Rugby and FNB confirmed on Tuesday that the South African banking giant has extended its sponsorship of the Springboks for a further five years.

 

FNB has announced that consumers can now own shares in Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Tesla & Netflix for as little as R10

7 October 2020 First National Bank (FNB) has announced that individual consumers and institutional investors in South Africa will now have an opportunity to get exposure to shares from as little as R10 in some of the world's best performing companies such as Amazon, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Netflix, Tesla, Coca Cola and Alphabet which owns Google

 

Your wardrobe can help you understand your share portfolio

28 September 2020 - Building a balanced and well diversified portfolio is the aim of every long-term investor, but it can be easier said than done. Building your wardrobe is a far less daunting topic than building a portfolio, however both share similar characteristics.

 

Vumela Fund invests R16 million in Sea Monster to unlock digital solutions

04 August 2020

 

FNB and RMB heed the call to improve food security in Mpumalanga

12 August 2020

 

How to carry out your wishes in a Will

05 October 2020 Many people still don't see the value of having a valid Will. However, the COVID 19 pandemic has encouraged people to pay more attention to their estate and assets. According to FNB, over the course of lockdown there has been an increase in the number of people who are taking interest in drafting or updating their Will.

 

FNB appoints Siya Kolisi as Brand Ambassador

 

Distinct signs of economic revival

17 September 2020 Following the South African Reserve Bank's decision earlier today to keep interest rates at their previous level, FNB confirms that it will maintain its prime lending rate at 7% and will review its position following the next SARB MPC meeting.

 

FNB results despite the impact of COVID-19 pandemic

10 September 2020 First National Bank (FNB) presents it's annual results for the financial year ending 30 June 2020. The Bank acknowledges that the year has been very hard for many due to an economy that was already struggling before COVID-19, escalating health risks as well as financial difficulties for both customers and businesses.

 

FNB scoops top spot in the Brand Z Most Valuable Brands Report

02 September 2020 FNB has taken the top spot in the 2020 BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable brands South African report. The report highlights that FNB is valued atR46.4 billion($2.8billion) and has risenin brand contribution with increased equity in all measures, and particularly in meaning and salience.

 

FNB's new brand campaign inspires South Africas to Help and have Hope

30 July 2020 FNB has launched its new brand campaign calling on all South Africans to rally behind local business to help rebuild the economy.

 

FNB launches a Virtual Card to expand its payments ecosystem for individuals and businesses

29 July 2020 FNB is expanding its digital payments ecosystem by launching a Virtual Card for individuals and businesses customers.

 

Online shopping surges due to Covid-19

28 July 2020 Covid-19 lockdown regulations coupled with store closures have resulted in several consumers returning to online shopping for essentials products and services.

 

FNB will be reducing its prime lending rate to 7% from 7.25%

23 July 2020 Following the South African Reserve Bank's (SARB) decision to cut its lending rate by 0.25%, FNB will be reducing its prime lending rate to 7% from 7.25% with effect from Friday 24 July.

 

Over 400m in eBucks spent by customers during lockdown.

22 July 2020 At the beginning of this year, nobody could have predicted just how economically challenging the year 2020 was going to be.

 

Key considerations when investing in turbulent times

Johannesburg, 16 July 2020 The stock market can be volatile, but it's a market that many people will delve into at some point in thier lives whether diretly buying shares or through their employer retirement saving fund.

 

FNB provides additional credit insurance benefits to cover customer's COVID-19 relief instalments

16 July 2020 FNB Life is extending credit life insurance benefits to cover a portion of cashflow relief instalments for customers who already have credit life insurance. Under normal circumstances, customers pay an additional amount to extend insurance cover, however the provider is extending this benefit to protect quialifying customer against the financial impact of COVID-19.

 

Impactful maize meal initiative launched to help feed vulnerable South Africans

13 July 2020: In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic coupled with millions of South Africans going hungry daily due to adverse economic conditions, Grain Care and FirstRand SPIRE fund, through RMB and FNB have launched a substantial grain campaign aimed at providing maize meal to vulnerable communities.

 

FNB discontinues cheque issuance

Johannesburg, 07 July 2020: FNB today announced that it will be discontinuing the issuing of cheques by 01 January 2021.

 

Creaate a goal-based investment mindset

Johannesburg, 06 July 2020: Goals whether short or long-term form the foundations of your everyday life and your financial plan.

 

FNB zero rates monthly service fees on Tax-Free Savings Account


03 July 2020: The recent global health pandemic has caused uncertaintyfor people, business and investment experts across the globe. With low levels of confidence due to poor economic outlook and market volatility,South Africans are urged to look at their investment vehicles to determine which will offer the best returns given the current circumstances.

 

Managing your estate planning during lockdown


03 July 2020: In 2019, the Master of the High Court confirmed that as many as 75% of estates reported, are for South Africans who died without a valid Will. However, Johan Strydom, Head of Growth at FNB Fiduciary says that this may be set to change as people become more aware of their own mortality under the COVID-19 lockdown.

 

Investing in bonds: The search for yield continues


03 July 2020: Equity market instability and low cash interest rates have left savers and investors, both locally and abroad, taking another look at government bonds as a potential area of investment.

 

FNB is South Africa's best digital bank


24 June 2020: First National Bank(FNB) has been voted as the best digital bank in the 2020 SIEisfaction®. The bank dominated overall customer satisfaction metrics in the both the Best Mobile Banking and Best Internet Banking categories

 

First National Bank becomes the first in South Africa to accept UnionPay Contactless Payment at its SpeedPoint Terminals.


17 June 2020: First National Bank becomes the first bank in South Africa to accept UnionPay Contactless Payment at its SpeedPoint Terminals

 

FNB customers, employees and partners encouraged to donate directly to National Solidarity Fund


01 June 2020: FNB has expressed its gratitude to employees, customers and partners for donating funds as well as eBucks to the FNB bank account that was created to support the National Solidarity Fund.

 

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Embracing the evolution of supply chains


06 July 2017 - Supply chain has become one of the key strategic hubs of many companies' activities; business is now conducted in a world where players as far away as Turkey and China are able to compete with a South African company successfully in terms of price when moving goods from point to point. This indicates that Freight forwarding and logistics works on a new set of rules in the 21st century, breaking with tradition may just be the only way to remain a player in a sector that has no borders.

Zak Sivalingum, FNB Regional Head in Gauteng East shares six areas that should be addressed in order for SA's Freight Forwarding and Logistics industry to remain competitive. These 6 areas were recently discussed with stakeholders from the Logistics Industry where the focus was around some of the challenges as well as opportunities that currently exist in the Industry.

Adopting technology and a millennial mindset - Technology has made it easier and more cost effective to use specific tools to move freight. Making use of optimisation engines, routing and scheduling tools can ensure that cargo is distributed timely and with optimal capacity, helping to decrease the overall cost of moving goods between two points.

South Africa's infrastructure impeding competitiveness - There is a general lack of infrastructure which puts SA companies in the top end of pricing. Government initiatives such as the Durban Dig Out Port and Tambo Springs in Ekurhuleni are a step in the right direction; however, the predominant form of delivery mainly makes use of roads infrastructure as opposed to rail which is far more expensive.

Alignment between government and business - Better alignment between business and government could improve the speed and process of transfer of cargo. Where you may find that customs makes use of cutting edge systems to ensure rapid clearance, other related stakeholders are either not using the same system or have no access to the existing system. This increases the time required to move cargo, it also increases opportunity for fraud and in the end, hits the respective business and consumers the hardest.

Cost of physical logistics is too high - The size of Southern Africa means that the distances that cargo moves takes too long from point of departure to its final destination. One of the major cost drivers is that Southern Africa uses road as opposed to rail. Over time the cost of fuel, toll gates, wear-and-tear of vehicle all summates to an expensive total cost of overall operations. If we are to compete globally, we may need to use countries such as the USA as case studies where freight also travels over land for a significant distance yet their costs are lower.

Industry collaboration needs to be considered more - As cargo vessels increase in size all the time, naturally it will become cheaper to move cargo from point to point due to shared costs for a single trip. A truck, in sharp contrast only carries one, maybe two containers, making this a lot more expensive. Both importers and exporters need to consider more consolidations.

Skills Development - If you consider that by 2050 Africa will have almost half of the world's population, then you see that the future of growth in this industry lies in being able to execute both cost and speed of delivery effectively to the rest of Africa, and doing so using new thinking that incorporates the use of technology.

"This is the challenge for an industry steeped in a traditional way of doing business. It is important now and will remain so in the future to embrace the concept of "data mastering", which will ultimately determine the winners, moving away from a "cost-oriented" approach to a value-oriented one" concludes Sivalingum.

Make saving part of your lifestyle


3 July 2017 - The volatility of the South African economy, coupled with the recent downgrades has put consumers under immense financial pressure. A need exists for consumers to re-evaluate their lifestyles and make savings part of their daily routine.

"Challenging consumers to spend less now and save for later has become an important objective under the savings month theme," explains Ester Ochse, Product Specialist at FNB Financial Advisory.

"Saving should not only be seen as a once off exercise but should rather become part of a lifestyle change. This simple principle should be ingrained in us from a very young age to ensure that we embrace a savings culture that can benefit us in the future,"" she adds.

"Setting a small amount aside each month can help you reduce stress and at the same time shape your long-term future or help you cover those unforeseen expenses that may crop up. Worrying about monthly expenses can lead to stress and a variety of other health problems like depression, anxiety to mention a few. Finding simple, new and innovative ways to save money can help you lead a longer, happier life," says Ochse.

Simple ways to eliminate unnecessary stress and help you SAVE more:

  • Buy what you need - Determine what you need and what you don't need. Sometimes we become 'impulse buyers' and tend to waste our money on unnecessary clothes, cosmetics, toiletries etc. We often buy them just for the sake of buying or because it's trendy. Ask yourself the question: Do I need it and will I use it?
  • Home cooking - Cooking at home is not only healthier but also more cost effective, than buying take-outs daily. You will be surprised with how much you can save by just cooking a healthy meal for your family. Plus an added bonus is that you can take it for lunch the next day.
  • Save your spare change in a FNB Savings Account - Instead of putting your loose coins or notes under the bed or couch, open an FNB Savings account which will give you the options of transacting and traditional savings benefits that will help you achieve your savings goal.
  • Have coffee at home or at the office - we all love going to coffee shops, but the cost adds up considerably overtime. Rather have your cuppa at home or the office. Not only does it save you time but also money.
  • Become your own Do It Yourself (DIY) expert - Look at DIY blogs, apps or even Pinterest to find easy DIY solutions for yourself and your common household problems. If the problem is big, call in an expert if not then just DIY.
  • Pay off debt ASAP - Debt can lead to high interest rates and if poorly managed, it can result in health problems over time. Money used in interest is money given away, so be responsible and take out only 'good debt' and ensure that you pay it off as soon as possible.
  • Become a minimalist - Create a clutter-free lifestyle, live simply and be content with what you have.

"Creating reasonable goals and setting milestones could help you achieve your savings goals faster. It requires time, effort, patience and dedication but at the end of the day it will be worth it," concludes Ochse.

The importance of balancing risk, growth and access is a priority


05 July 2017 - South Africa's low growth economy presents small and medium enterprises with a number of challenges, not least of which is how to balance the need to grow and preserve cash reserves for future use in business. Managing investment risk while retaining access to the funds when they are needed, are also important considerations.

Ancley Jacobs, CEO FNB Cash Investments, points out that most SMEs have three main considerations to keep in mind when approaching the management and saving of their cash reserves.

"The primary consideration for any small or medium business is managing investment risk by ensuring that cash on hand is invested where it is safe and the capital is fully guaranteed," Jacobs explains.

Secondly, Jacobs acknowledges that liquidity is a priority for most SMEs. He suggests that it should not come at the expense of growth meaning cash should be "parked" in an interest bearing savings or cash investment account that offers growth to curb the effects of inflation, while still giving instant or quick access to savings.

"Apart from the need to have cash on hand in savings and cash investments with instant or quick access to money, SMEs also need to be able to access cash invested over the medium and longer term for regular planned future expenses like tax payments and staff costs such as bonuses, as well as large future expenses such as assets or growth projects", says Jacobs.

"Typically, when it comes to cash savings, the solutions offered by banks are built around a balance between ease of access and term of savings," Jacobs explains, "so a business that is prepared to agree to long lead times when it comes to accessing its cash will typically enjoy a higher growth rate."

This term-based approach can be well suited as a way of growing cash available to the business that have a clear view of their timeline for future cash needs, which is why, for the SME that is unsure about exactly when it will need to access cash. Jacobs recommends finding a solution that offers quick access at no cost.

He uses the recently launched FNB 48 Hour Cash Accelerator savings solutions as an example of a business savings solution designed specifically to balance the needs of having quick access to savings while enjoying healthy growth. "The solution was developed with the specific cashflow and growth needs of businesses in mind and, as such, it combines a very competitive interest rate with an appealing 48-hour notice period to access cash invested, coupled with the assurance that the capital and quoted returns are fully guaranteed."

"Given that a significant reason for putting your cash into a savings account is to help grow the money during the times that you don't need it, earning returns that keep up with inflation is important," he states that, "apart from the benefit of being able to access your cash quickly, it will also actually be worth more than when it was deposited."

"Owners of these businesses therefore need to make absolutely sure that they fully understand their short, medium and long-term cash requirements to ensure that they have an optimised solution that offer a balance between the risk, growth and access that their business, can be comfortable with," Jacobs concludes.

Signs you are misusing your credit card


04 June 2017 - If you constantly find yourself impulsively spending on your credit card, yet dreading to check how much you owe on your statement at the end of the month, there is a high likelihood you are misusing your credit card.

Jonathan de Beer, head of collections at FNB Credit Card, says a credit card can be quite convenient and rewarding if you need safe and instant access to cash. However, you can easily find yourself in an unnecessary financial predicament if you are not careful with your spending.

He points out five tell-tale signs you could be misusing your credit card:

  • Feeling guilty after spending - guilt could indicate that you are either buying what you do not really need, buying without checking your budget or you know you shouldn't be making the purchase but you are still going ahead because you can.
  • Can't pay extra on your credit card debt - if you can't even afford to make an additional payment on the required minimum monthly amount, you could be heading for trouble and need to carefully monitor your spending.
  • Getting a shock when checking your statement - a good debt management strategy involves knowing your current financial position and putting measures in place to manage it. This involves keeping up to date with your spending on a regular basis.
  • Shuffling debt between different credit cards - having multiple credit cards and using them to settle your debt could leave you in serious financial difficulties. This should be avoided at all cost.
  • Not saving because of debt - being overstretched financially to such an extent that you are living off your credit card and cannot afford to save leads to money problems, especially when dealing with unforeseen emergencies.

"If you notice any of these signs or find yourself excessively spending beyond your means, it is not the end of the road, as there are important measures you can immediately take to gradually turn your situation around," advises de Beer.

The first step is to list all your debt, spend carefully and only when it is absolutely necessary, formulate a realistic budget and stick to it. Lastly, try and pay a little extra towards your credit card debt every month.

"In extreme debt situations consumers are advised to seek expert advice as soon as possible in order to minimise the impact," concludes de Beer.

10 tips to save on banking charges


06 June 2017 - If you can't quite put your finger on bank charges when checking your statement every month, it is possible that you either don't have the best banking account that suits your transacting needs or may have adopted behaviour that is costing you a bit more.

Ryan Prozesky, CEO of FNB Value Banking Solutions, says in principle, choosing an ideal banking account for your needs, keeping abreast of fees and knowing what value you are getting from your bank should help you avoid unnecessary bank charges.

He shares ten tips on how to save on banking charges:

  • Choosing the right account - never choose a bank account merely on its monthly administration costs, rather base the decision on your transacting needs to avoid incurring additional charges. For example, on a pay as you use structured account you may be charged extra everytime you make a transaction, while on a bundle offering you are able to perform multiple or unlimited transactions without incurring additional charges.

    A pay as you use structure would be best suited for a customer with a low number of monthly transactions, while bundle offerings are best suited for those with a higher number of monthly transactions. Make sure that you chose a bundle with the most appropriate number of transactions included in the bundle, based on your monthly transactional needs.

  • Avoid using another bank's ATM - avoid withdrawing money at an ATM belonging to another bank as the costs are higher than using your bank's one.

  • Bank on digital channels - whenever possible try and use digital and electronic channels for transactions as these are usually free or attract lower costs compared to using a bank branch. In addition, digital channels offer you the convenience of performing your banking anywhere anytime; thereby saving you time and money by avoiding travelling to a branch.

  • Swiping your card - instead of withdrawing cash to purchase necessities rather swipe your card as it is safer than carrying cash. Check whether your bank offers unlimited card swipes at no additional charge regardless of the amount. In addition, most banks' loyalty programs give customers rewards back for swiping their card.

    "FNB transactional accounts offer a free eBucks reward linkage, enabling you to get something extra back at no additional cost. If you really do need cash, why not add it to your grocery list and withdraw from selected retailer till points. This transaction is usually cheaper than withdrawing from an ATM. FNB offers Cash@till via Shoprite, Checkers, U-Save, Pick 'n Pay, Boxer, PEP and selected Spar stores," says Prozesky.

  • Avoid penalty charges - always make sure there is sufficient money in your account to cover all purchases and transactions you make. This will help you from incurring penalty charges when transactions fail.

  • Overdraft facility fees - An overdraft facility helps meet those unexpected cashflow shortfalls and will help you avoid penalty fees due to insufficient funds. Although FNB only charges customers for having an overdraft facility when they use it, other banks may charge you a monthly fee for merely having the facility, even if you don't use it.

  • Bank Statements - if you have an email address, request your bank to rather email your statement to you instead of posting them. Not only will they arrive much sooner, but you will avoid any charges for postal statements that some banks may levy. If you need to check your transaction history, make use of your bank's digital channels to view your balance, transaction history or download your recent statements for free.

    "FNB now allows customers to download or email themselves their previous three month's bank statements for free from the FNB App, Cellphone Banking and Online Banking. If you need a physical copy of your bank statements avoid high fees by requesting these in branch; rather see if your bank offers the ability to print statements at selected ATM machines. FNB offers you the ability to print your last three month's statements at over 900 ATMs with Deposit machines around the country," says Prozesky.

  • Take care of bank cards - be extra cautious with your bank cards as some banks will usually charge you a fee for replacing them.

  • Monthly caps - exceeding monthly caps for certain transactions may attract additional fees. For example, on certain account bundles, your bank may offer you a number or value of ATM withdrawals for free, with additional charges as soon as you exceed the limit.

Lastly, don't ignore communication from your bank. "Banks often review their account fees annually offering you a breakdown of changes and adjustments. It's important to thoroughly go through and understand these fee changes and how they impact the way you transact on a monthly basis," concludes Prozesky.

Consumers in the dark about disability insurance


26 June 2017 - Consumers who have little or no disability cover in place could face financial difficulties in the unfortunate event of disabilities that often result from accidents or illnesses such as diabetes, heart attacks, depression, mental health, stroke, cancer and back pain, amongst others.

Approximately 30% of FNB Life customers have some form of disability cover. However, only about 3.5% have cover that would be sufficient to cater for their financial needs if they were disabled.

Lee Bromfield, CEO of FNB Life, says most people who take out life cover mistakenly view disability insurance as an additional and unnecessary grudge purchase, until something tragic happens to them.

Moreover, if you have a particular disorder that runs through your family and could potentially lead to some form of disability; it is all the more reason why you need this type of cover.

"Although life insurance ensures that your loved ones are taken care of financially in the event that you pass away, you also need to consider what will happen if you become disabled and have no income to take care of yourself and those who are financially dependent on you," explains Bromfield.

Bromfield says the reason why consumers get it so wrong when it comes to disability cover is not being informed enough to realise the significant impact.

For example, if you suddenly have a stroke, are permanently disabled and can no longer work or take care of yourself, you may find yourself financially stranded. Even if you do have cover through your employer it may not be enough.

Alternatively, if you were to experience back problems and couldn't work for a period of six months or more you may need income to cater for the financial shortfall.

He says a common misconception held by consumers is that disabilities are usually work related and would normally be covered through the Workers Compensation Fund set up by the government. The danger with this notion is that many disabilities can occur outside of work leaving you and your family uninsured.

"When considering the future wellbeing of your loved ones, it is important to strike the correct balance between life and disability cover, and the amount of cover needed depending on your individual needs.

Taking out disability cover should not be seen as a tick box exercise," concludes Bromfield.

FNB Life offers death, disability and critical illness cover, up to R100 million, R50 million and R5 million respectively.

For more information contact:

FNB Corporate Communications
Senzi Dlamini: Senzi.Dlamini@fnb.co.za or 087 335 8277

IFC Initiates Push to Support South African SMEs


Johannesburg, 30 June, 2017 - Today, First National Bank (FNB), firmly committed to playing a bigger role in tackling South Africa's unemployment crisis. A loan agreement in the amount of $200 million (around R2.6 billion) was concluded between FNB parent, FirstRand, and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) a member of the World Bank Group. The loan is aimed at magnifying lending and support for the SME sector in South Africa, where FNB is a leading player.

In an effort to promote growth of the SME sector, the IFC has developed the SME Push Program to channel $2-3 billion (around R26-39 billion) of a wide range of investment into South Africa's SMEs over the next 5-7 years.

"SMEs are one of the most powerful contributors to sustainable economic growth. In South Africa, the sector contributes about 40% to the country's GDP," says Mike Vacy-Lyle, CEO of FNB Business.

The National Development Plan 2030 estimates that South Africa needs to have 8 million active SME's in order to achieve set targets of creating 11 million jobs by 2030. The SME Push Program is designed to align with government policies in order to assist in gearing South Africa towards these set goals.

Oumar Seydi, IFC Director for East and Southern Africa said, "IFC's is committed to promoting the growth of SMEs to spur job creation at a time of economic uncertainty in South Africa, and globally. IFC welcomes this opportunity to help FNB expand its efforts to work with SMEs, and build on a long-term strategic partnership that can increase access to finance IFC's SME Push Program."

"FNB is well positioned to offer the right support to the SME sector. Regardless of the current economic slowdown, we believe that SMEs still represent a massive growth opportunity. Together with the IFC we can collaborate in crafting an era of economic and social development and help shape the county's growth prospects," concludes Vacy-Lyle.

About IFC

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. Working with 2,000 businesses worldwide, we use our six decades of experience to create opportunity where it's needed most. In FY16, our long-term investments in developing countries rose to nearly $19 billion, leveraging our capital, expertise and influence to help the private sector end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity.

For more information, visit .www.ifc.org

SA's first banking app now free across all networks


29 June 2017 - FNB today announced that customers who use its award winning banking app will no longer need data to access it via their smartphones from 1 July 2017.

This follows an agreement with all major mobile network operators in South Africa to zero rate access to the FNB Banking App allowing all customers to use it at no cost. The bank already offers free access to its app to all FNB Connect customers, and offers free WiFi in most FNB branches for customers to download the app.

Giuseppe Virgillito, FNB Digital spokesperson, says "Since launching the app six years ago, not only has it become the most downloaded, but also the popular banking app amongst consumers as recently rated in the SAcsi and Columinate SITEisfaction Index's 2017."

"We believe that access to data or airtime should not be a barrier to safe and convenient banking for South Africans. The zero rating of the app is in line with our broader strategy to migrate customers to digital and electronic channels where a number of transactions and services are already offered free of charge," adds Virgillito.

The FNB Banking App not only offers customers convenience, but increased value through its industry leading features that caters for the basic and advanced banking transactions in the hands of customers.

"We attribute the success of the banking app to continuous innovation and meeting more than the basic banking needs of our customers," adds Virgillito.

Furthermore, with fraud being a global concern for customers that use digital platforms, the latest version of the FNB Banking App boasts industry-leading security features.

The industry first inContact solution has evolved to introduce Smart InContact, which allows customers to receive secure Online Banking transaction approvals on the FNB App which does not rely on SMS or email technology which could be intercepted by fraudsters. Smart inContact on the FNB App also notifies customers of all transactions for free, from as low as one cent, with full control to report fraud with 1-touch of the Report Fraud button to the 24/7 FNB Fraud line. The app also works with Online Banking to verify devices that customers use to transact on their respective profiles. Only verified devices with the app installed receive Smart inContact transaction approvals.

Logins to Online Banking also trigger a Smart inContact notification for customers to be notified whenever their Online Banking is accessed. App users can also now authenticate themselves through Fingerprint ID available to both Android and iPhone owners, which uses a fingerprint sensor to verify the user before giving access to the account profile.

The FNB Banking App is currently ranked the best in South Africa by customers in both the South African Consumer Satisfaction Index 2017, and in the Columinate SITEisfaction Index 2017. The app has also been ranked best in South Africa by international benchmark studies, such as MyPrivateBanking Research and Finalta where international banking experts rank the FNB Banking App as standing shoulder to shoulder with the best in the world.

"Apart from gaining multiple international awards over the years, we still strive to please our customers, and the results are evident in both the SAcsi and SITEisfactions surveys, where when unpacking the detail, consumers rate the FNB Banking App as the best banking app in the country," says Virgillito.

The FNB Banking App features industry-leading solutions such as FNB Pay, Fingerprint ID, Secure Chat, Smart inContact, 1-touch Report Fraud, nav» Car and nav» Home, eBucks Partner locator and FNB TV, amongst others.

For more information contact:

FNB Corporate Communications
Senzi Dlamini: Senzi.Dlamini@fnb.co.za or 087 335 8277

4 reasons why WC is important to the SA economy


28 June 2017 - The Western Cape (WC) is a province that houses an important part of the agri-economy in South Africa. It has seen the worst of the drought on record, dam levels remain low and the province has gone as far as implementing restrictions on water usage throughout the region.

Dawie Maree, Head of Information and Marketing at FNB Agri Business takes us through four reasons why the Western Cape Agricultural sector is important to the South African economy.

1. Why do we need it to rain in the WC? - The WC is probably SA's most important export province in terms of agricultural products. The deciduous fruit industry, wine industry and increasingly the citrus industry is also setting base in the WC, these are all key export produce that contribute significantly to the overall agri-economy in South Africa. Should any of these industries suffer, it becomes detrimental to the agricultural industry as a whole in South Africa and by extension, the local economy.

2. What is the percentage impact on GDP contribution? - The WC contributes 24% to total GDP in South Africa. Agriculture has a total contribution to the GDP of the WC of roughly 4%. But what is significant to note is that agric and agro-processing is responsible for 18% of employment opportunities in the province.

3. How has the drought impacted employment numbers in the sector? - The drought will have the biggest impact on seasonal employment in the fruit industry. Due to possible lower production, less seasonal workers might be employed, with the obvious socio-economic consequences related to a decreased number of those employed. For Q1 there were 215 000 employees in the agric sector in the WC. That is 14.2% less than in Q4 of 2016. A large percentage of these are due to seasonality - It is however 5.9% less than the same period in 2016 (228 000) - clearly a consequence of the drought. The WC has the biggest agricultural workforce in South Africa at 24.5%.

4. What is the long term impact of the drought on both WC and the country? The WC is a central agricultural exports province and the drought, if not broken soon, will definitely impact negatively on the long term economic growth for both the province and the country's economy.

The WC has recently had some rains; however, the drought has not been broken. A major contributing factor of the drought has had a negative impact on the wheat industry, seriously hampering supply, with the knock-on effect on wheat prices and possibly the bread price. Although SA is a net importer of wheat, this might mean that we will have to import even more wheat than we normally do. Some of the losses in wheat production might be offset by increasing production in the Free State and Northern Cape.

"We must keep in mind that although agric only makes up around 4% of the sector when compared to other industries, the majority of agric's production, in access of 70%, gets used by the manufacturing industry and the Western Cape is an key contributor to this. Should agric suffer; the whole value-chain will suffer" concludes Maree.

What documents do you need to open a bank account?


Johannesburg; 27 June 2017 - Opening a bank account is a hassle free process, but before a bank can initiate the account opening process, there are some important documents that are required.

Lee-Anne van Zyl, CEO of FNB Points of Presence, says "While the account opening process is simple, most people are still not sure which documents are required. With the change of laws in South Africa, a South African identity document is no longer enough as the bank has to comply with laws such as the Financial Intelligence Centre Act (FICA), which require banks to have the correct and up to date information for new and existing customers."

Here is a list of documents required before opening a bank account in South Africa:

  • Proof of Identity: This must be a valid bar coded green ID book or a Smart ID card that belongs to the prospective account opener.
  • Proof of address: A document which reflects a permanent residential address such as a municipal utility bill or clothing account statement that is not older than 3 months from the date of issue.
  • Minimum Opening Deposit: This is the minimum amount required to activate the account, it may vary on the type of account you are opening.

Foreign Nationals

Foreign Nationals who reside in South Africa can open bank accounts, but before the account opening process commences there's declaration they must sign. This is a list of the required documents:

  • Passport: a valid passport clearly stating the full names and country of origin of the applicant.
  • Proof of address: an official document such a utility bill which reflects the applicant's residential address, which is not dated older than 3 months.
  • Study permit/Work permit: This would apply to either foreign nationals who work or study in South Africa, the bank requires a valid study permit or a work permit issued by the Department of Home Affairs. It's important to note there are other permits that the bank accepts, these include: business permit, residence permit, retired persons permit, exchange permit, relative permit, medical treatment permit and visitors permit.
  • Minimum Opening Deposit: This is the minimum amount required to activate the account.

"Opening an account is relatively easy, but if there any outstanding documents it can add unnecessary delays. At FNB, you can open an Easy Account for as little as R5.25 on the pay as you use option or R53 for a bundle which offers a number of benefits" says van Zyl.

For more information contact:

Dumezulu Shiburi- FNB Corporate Communications
Tel: 087 328 0990 or Email: dumi.shiburi@fnb.co.za

SMEs must diversify


09 May 2017: The SA economy is proving resilient in the wake of the recent downgrades, the rand is slowly recovering and business seems to be weathering the storm, however, this should not stop businesses from diversifying both their business and investment portfolios.

"Adopting the ostrich mentality will not work for SMEs in a shrinking economy. The idiom "make hay whilst the sun shines" is the most relevant in this current economy. The reality is there is less money in the economy and debt is becoming more expensive to hold so most customers are decreasing their spend and credit exposure. If SMEs want to win they need to be far more diversified" says Mags Ponnan, Head of Customer Value Propositions at FNB Business.

Diversifying your business simply defined means growing a company's service/ product offering range to providing more variation or options to the market. Through this process a company gains new customers, increasing its market base and also drives expansion success. A bigger customer base means an increased pool of business income, which in trying times is a saving grace because the business in effect has more than one stream of income.

Ponnan takes us through a few ways in which businesses can diversify:

Increase channels to reach consumer − A good approach would be to open an online store where you can sell directly to consumers. This means that you have a direct channel to the consumer that costs less and provide the business with a new set of customers who are increasingly turning towards digital platforms for ordering products and services in SA.

Increase geographical reach − The SME can look into signing deals with retailers that are available in other provinces, cities and even countries outside of where the business is geographically based. Increasing the geographical reach increases the number of customers that can be reached.

Develop new product/ service − Another effective way to diversify is to create new products, by increasing the product range, creating versions of the product that differ from an entry level version to a high end version of the product. Creating variations increases the number of customers that your product can reach because price variation means a lot additional people can afford the product.

Invest into an aligned business − One of the more aggressive ways of diversifying is a business buying into or buying out a related business either in the same market or related markets. For example a vertical integration will enable the business to control his product lifecycle where he will now be able to impact the raw materials being used or even the distribution channels used by his customers.

Save for a rainy day with Investing a portion of your profits on a monthly basis will allow you to build a nest egg that you can fall back on in the future in case of an unforeseen expenses or when you need funding for expansion of your business' geographical footprint or for the build of a new product.

"In tough times, only those willing to go beyond the norm are bound to win, SMEs need to think about their business far more creatively, the approach should be to spread your reach and not have all your eggs in one basket" concludes Ponnan.

Lessons learnt from the recent droughts. A focus on the Agricultural sector.


04 May 2017: Dawie Maree, Head of Information and Marketing for Agriculture at FNB Business

Apart from the Western Cape, the gripping drought that hung over the country has finally weathered away, the agricultural sector has more than recovered to a projected record harvest.

Good rainfall over most of the summer grain producing areas, a lot of rested lands, improved cultivars and the use of technology resulted in record crops for both maize and soya beans. The maize crop increased from roughly 7.7 million tonnes to a projected 14.3 million tonnes.

The intensive livestock sector, such as feedlots, dairies and broiler producers, has also benefited from the rains as there will be an improvement in the feed margins. However, the extensive livestock sector, farmers producing from grazing, is still not out of the woods yet. A lack of good rainfall and very low dam levels in the Western Cape are concerning, however, we remain hopeful as we head into winter, that the usual winter rains begin to fall across the province.

So what are the lessons we have learnt from this drought: Lesson 1 - First, it is important not to lose focus of your long term strategy. In farming, droughts will come and go, but how you plan to overcome a drought is an important part of the business. Do your production budget, feedflow plan and all other budgeting with both an optimistic view but always factor in a worst case scenario. If your farm can overcome the worst case scenario, then you will be fine.

Lesson 2 - Try to keep to your cash flow budget as far as possible and for as long as possible. This might mean that you have to sell off non-productive assets, but rather this than the risk of losing productive assets.

Lesson 3 - An important lesson is to diversify and with the current improved conditions, now might be the time to do so. In general, production conditions for the agricultural sector have improved substantially and this is clear in the latest consumer price inflation data release.

Food inflation in March fell to its lowest level in 14 months and the expectation is that it will decline even further given the improved agricultural conditions. Meat inflation is however still lagging the decline. Farmers are in the process of rebuilding their herds and hence slaughtering supply has declined. The declining food inflation bodes well for overall inflation and we saw a surprise decline in CPI to 6.1% in March, down from 6.3% in February.

Some growing concerns - The recent downgrades in which both consumer and business confidence in South Africa took a knock cannot go without mention. The exchange rate fortunately stabilised and recovered some lost territory but one might wonder where it will go over the next few months.

The volatile Rand, combined with an uptick in crude oil prices means we may be in for another fuel price increase in May, and this will further burden the recovering sector.

The agricultural sector has seen the worst in the past year, it has however began to find an upward swing again, the rains have returned, dams have filled up to near capacity, we have gone from a very low maize crop to a record high crop, and yes, the economy may be on a downturn, but just as the drought came and went, so will the tough times too.

The overall takeout is plan for the worst, implement the basics, ensure your finances are in order and talk to your banker in advance. If you get that right then there is no reason why you won't be singing in the rain.

FNB now offers life cover instantly on digital platforms


10 April 2017: FNB Life has taken the next step in its digital evolution by giving customers the option to take up and manage life insurance through the FNB Banking App and Online Banking.

By logging into their profiles, choosing the insurance option, answering medical questions and accepting the quote, customers are able to take up cover within a few minutes.

Some customers may be selected to go for a free medical assessment before the policy starts.

"It has never been easier and more convenient for consumers to take up life insurance," says Lee Bromfield, CEO of FNB Life. "Our new digital offering is a game changer for the life insurance industry in South Africa."

"With innovation being part of our DNA, it will come as no surprise to customers that we have reached yet another milestone by completely integrating life insurance into our banking systems," adds Bromfield.

"Our omni-channel strategy not only enables us to improve service levels, but to continue meeting the unique and ever changing needs of our customers by making it possible for them to access life insurance through our call-centres, financial advisors, branch networks, FNB Banking App and Online Banking."

The integration of life insurance with the bank's digital platforms will afford customers the benefit of a single login to simultaneously manage all their financial services and accounts.

Furthermore, the life cover offering has been integrated into the bank's rewards programme giving customers more value by earning up to 15% of their monthly premiums back through eBucks.

Customers can now take up life, disability and critical illness cover for up to R10 million each and R5 million respectively on digital platforms.

Life policy holders will also be able review and update their cover digitally without the intervention of service consultants.

For more information customers can contact FNB Life Centre on 087 736 7774 or email fnblife@fnb.co.za

For media queries contact: FNB Corporate Communications
Senzi Dlamini: Senzi.Dlamini@fnb.co.za or 087 335 8277

FNB extends free WI-FI access at its branches


10 April 2017: The number of Johannesburg FNB branches with active free WI-FI connection has reached 383 as at February 2017, this is as the bank continues to offer free internet connectivity to customers in its branches.

Lee-Anne van Zyl, CEO of FNB Points of Presence says, "By January 2017 over 200 000 customers connected to the internet via free FNB WI-FI in branches. The roll out of free WI-FI is another value-add which shows our commitment to helping all FNB customers bank digitally.

The fundamental aim of this initiative is to offer cheaper banking alternatives for customers through the availability free high speed Wi-Fi. Currently, about 187 FNB branches are connected via internet fbre, which enables connectivity at faster speeds."

"The process of providing free WI-FI is ongoing; however, we aim to steadily increase connectivity across most of branch outlets, especially high capacity branches."

Over the years FNB has moved to digitise its branches and avail the option of transacting via digital channels or over the counter. This happened in the form of introducing Digital Zones, which enable customers to transact via their online profiles within the branch.

FNB also has dedicated eBankers across 195 select branches that are deployed to assist customers at Digital Zones. The role of eBankers is to assist customers who transact digitally by giving support where necessary.

"We have seen a marked increase in the use of Digital Zones at branches as customers have the option to use online banking, the FNB Banking App or cell phone banking. There's clearly an appetite for digital banking, but as more customers adopt digital channels we will have to balance this with customers' education," adds van Zyl.

For more information contact:
Dumezulu Shiburi− FNB Corporate Communications
Tel: 087 328 0990 or Email: dumi.shiburi@fnb.co.za

Avoid online travel scams ahead of Easter


3 April 2017: Consumers who are travelling or have not yet finalised their arrangements for the upcoming Easter holidays should be wary of fraudsters who target people who are desperate to secure travel and accommodation at the last minute.

Sahil Mungar, FNB Digital Banking says, "If you have or haven't yet booked your travel and accommodation, not only are you likely to pay a premium, but you could also fall victim to some online scams."

"Fraudsters exploit potential holiday makers by falsely advertising holiday accommodation or timeshares on the internet and social media. Consumers are then deceived to pay upfront in order to secure their bookings. This further gives scammers an opportunity to request ID copies and bank details of their victims, which are then used for identity theft," adds Mungar.

When consumers become desperate to secure holiday travel and accommodation, they can easily overlook scams due to the pressure, only to find out that they've been defrauded when they get to the venue.

Mungar advises consumers to be extra cautious when booking accommodation online ahead of the Easter holidays

  • Always try and book accommodation three months in advance or longer to avoid disappointments. This will help you to qualify for discounts and gives you enough time to do the necessary background and security checks.
  • Use search engines like Google. If you're worried about a property or suspect that the photographs are fake, simply look it up yourself online. Look for reviews from other travelers and Google Maps to ensure that the place exists.
  • Use websites like tripadvisor.com, booking.com and similar websites to check reviews and to book accommodation securely. Generally these websites guarantee the booking.
  • Call directly to publically advertised phone numbers to confirm the booking availability. Even if you get called, rather hang up and call back on the official number.
  • Avoid depositing or transferring money to an individual's bank account or sending your personal details to their private email address. Rather pay online on the accommodation's actual website or in person at the venue.
  • Lookout for suspicious behavior. Take notice of bad grammar in emails, foreign phone numbers, or if the owner or property manager is not responding to emails. These can all be warning signs.
  • If you have friends and family that stay close to the place, ask them to go and verify if it is legitimate.

"To avoid scams, consider checking out properties from reputable travel websites and agents in advance and never respond to online and social media adverts without verifying that the sources are legitimate," concludes Mungar.

For media queries contact:
FNB Corporate Communications
Senzi Dlamini: Senzi.Dlamini@fnb.co.za
or 087 335 8277