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An African perspective – Seed by Marco Cianfanelli

Measuring 34.33m high, 9.85m wide and 8.55m deep, Seed is made up of 229 individual plywood panels with laser cut designs, telling the stories of people and places, and is pigmented with sand from regions where Standard Bank has an on-the-ground operating presence. Seed epitomizes our Africa strategy, bringing together the opportunities and potential that we see in the dynamic African continent.




Standard Bank Group is the largest African bank by assets
Total assets of R1 981 billion (approximately USD128 billion)
Headline earnings of R22 billion (approximately USD1.7 billion))
Market capitalisation of R184 billion (approximately USD11.8 billion)
Employs more than 54 000 people
Tier I capital adequacy ratio 13.3%
Offers a range of banking and related financial services
Operates in 20 countries on the African continent
Owns a controlling stake in the South African listed insurance company, Liberty Holdings Limited
Three business units: Personal & Business Banking, Corporate & Investment Banking and Wealth – Liberty
One of the four full-service South African banks
153 year history in South Africa
Listed on the JSE since 1970
Started building a franchise outside southern Africa in early 1990's




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