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Standard Bank logoStandard Bank South Africa

Standard Bank is one of the "big four" banks in South Africa (the others being Absa, FNB and Nedbank).

Contact details


street address

9th Floor
Standard Bank Centre
5 Simmonds Street
South Africa

postal address

P O Box 7725
South Africa

general enquiries

0860 123 000

internet banking support

Bank charges

Standard Bank generally revises its charges once a year in January.

History of Standard Bank

fourth quarter 2008

Standard Bank plans to begin operations in Angola.

Oct 2007

Twenty percent of Standard Bank is purchased by the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (for $5.5 billion), with the ICBC obtaining two seats on the board of directors. Standard Bank boss, Jacko Maree, had met up with the chairman of the ICBC, Jiang Jianqing, at an International Monetary Conference in June 2007.

21 Aug 2007

A controlling stake in IBTC Chartered Bank is purchased.


Bank Boston Argentina is purchased.


Going full circle back to its roots, Standard Bank London is formed.


Various operations of ANZ Grindlays are acquired (Zimbabwe, Botswana, Uganda, Zaire, Kenya, Zambia as well as minority banking holdings in Nigeria and Ghana).


A branch in Botswana is formed.


A branch in Swaziland is established.


Standard Chartered (previously called Standard Bank Limited), the holding company in the UK, sells its 39% stake in the Standard Bank Investment Corporation.


Standard Bank Investment Corporation is born, the holding company of Standard Bank South Africa.


A subsidiary is formed in South-West Africa/ Namibia.


The holding company in the UK adopts the name, "Standard Bank Limited".

1 Nov 1901

A branch is opened in Eloff Street.

11 Oct 1886

Business is started in a tent at Ferreira's camp in what would later be known as Johannesburg.


The word "British" is dropped from the name, and the Standard Bank of South Africa is born.


Standard Bank plays a prominent role in the financing of Diamond mining in Kimberley.

Jan 1863

Alexander Croll & Company (Standard Bank's partners in Port Elizabeth) start discounting bills.

15 Oct 1862

With capital of 1 million pounds and ten thousand shares of a hundred pounds each, the Standard Bank of British South Africa is incorporated and registered as a limited liability company.

Apr 1860

After the failed attempt to establish the Standard Bank of Port Elizabeth, John Paterson sailed to England and persuaded British Investors to back the idea. In April 1860 a prospectus was published in London for the Standard Bank of British South Africa.

Jun 1857

A bunch of like-minded individuals attempt to set up the Standard Bank of Port Elizabeth. Initially, nothing came of the attempt.

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6 Apr 2008

Evolution of the Standard Bank website

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