Thursday 08, March 2018 by Jessica Combes

Southern African banking excellence on display


Banking and finance institutions rewarded at the Banker Africa—Southern Africa Awards 2018.

Registered readers of Banker Africa and subscribers to the financial news website cast their votes across 13 categories in the Banker Africa—Southern Africa Awards 2018.

Regionally the award winners were dominated by South African institutions with Barclays Africa took the title as Best Retail Bank, whilst First National Bank took Best Commercial Bank. Another notable winner in the regional categories was Sasfin Bank, which took home the award for Best Commercial Bank Southern Africa.

In the country awards Standard Bank took the award for Best Retail Bank South Africa, whilst Rand Merchant Bank won it’s first award since the inception of the Banker Africa awards. The sole Mozambique award, that of Most Improved Bank Mozambique, was taken by Moza Banco, seemingly a recognition of the Bank’s recent changes.

Entersekt won the award for Best Mobile Security Technology. Banker Africa understands that the firm has gone through a period of rapid expansion, which may have been a contributing reason to it’s continued success in this category.

“The Banker Africa Southern Africa Awards aim to identify and reward excellence in financial services. The 13 award winners were chosen from a shortlisted group of nominees and selected by their peers in the industry,” said Tony Long, CEO of CPI Financial, the publisher of Banker Africa. “The Southern African market has experienced both impressive growth and turmoil in the past year making the outcome of these awards a fascinating and timely event.”

The Banker Africa Southern Africa Awards, now in their sixth year, reflect the core philosophy of the magazine’s publisher, CPI Financial, aiming to identify and promote excellence and best practice in financial services.

The annual Banker Africa Awards are continent-wide programmes open to all banks and financial institutions in Africa. The aim of the Awards programme, split into four individual regions (North Africa, East Africa, West Africa and Southern Africa), is to recognise outstanding performance and excellence in the financial services industry.

The Banker Africa Southern Africa Awards 2018 – the winners in full



Best Retail Bank Southern Africa 

Barclays Africa 

Best Corporate Bank Southern Africa


Best Commercial Bank Southern Africa

First National Bank

Best Investment Bank Southern Africa


Best Emerging Bank Southern Africa


Best Islamic Offering Southern Africa


Best Microfinance Bank Southern Africa

Standard Chartered



Best Retail Bank South Africa

Standard Bank

Best Corporate Bank South Africa


Best Commercial Bank South Africa


Best Investment Bank South Africa 

Rand Merchant Bank


Most Improved Bank Mozambique

Moza Banco



Best Mobile Security Technology


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