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    My career spends to date around 33 years of service to FNB and has worked from Branch banking through corporate banking and has spent considerable time in Trade and FX environment. I also later joined the commercial Bank where I was seconded to the UK for Trade finance and later headed up the Trade department. I spent time in KZN as the regional head and was seconded to India for 4 years. I was recently appointed as the head of Trade and Structured Trade and Commodity finance. Current position: Head of Trade & Structured Trade and commodity Finance Career History: Has worked in most areas of the bank and has had extensive career in Trade and FX Hobbies: Love the outdoors avid hiker and enjoy Music and own a Sound company

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    If you’re in the import or exports business space, you’ll know that the opportunity to tap into new markets comes with its fair share of risks. By understanding and managing these risks, your business can limit its exposure and pursue the challenges that come with growing cross-border trade with greater peace of mind. The right […]

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    Simone is a part of a team that develops solutions that assist entrepreneurs when starting, growing and managing businesses in South Africa. Her area, in particular, aims at relieving the administrative angst customers experience when dealing with their regulatory government registrations. Examples of these include CIPC registration and the Instant BEE solution. An engineer by profession, Simone enjoys solving problems and developing solutions not usually associated with banking.

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    The prospect of the administration involved when setting out to start a business can be a daunting one, but more importantly you should carefully consider the type of business you start as it will have both cost and legal implications down the line. All companies might be businesses, but not all businesses are in the […]

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    Dheshen has been in the banking industry for roughly 15 years, the last 7 of which have been with FNB. He has held various roles and his experience covers Information Technology, Contact Centre Management, Sales, Campaign Management, Retail Banking and Business Banking. Dheshen currently serves has a Solutions Manager within FNB Business, focusing on value adding strategic initiatives.

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    Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan delivered his budget speech on 22nd February 2017, and he began by painting a picture of some harsh realities – unacceptably high unemployment rates, education challenges, slow economic growth and the ever-pervasive gap that exists in income inequality. The Finance Minister was very to-the-point when he opened his speech by reminding […]

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    Dheshen has been in the banking industry for roughly 15 years, the last 7 of which have been with FNB. He has held various roles and his experience covers Information Technology, Contact Centre Management, Sales, Campaign Management, Retail Banking and Business Banking. Dheshen currently serves has a Solutions Manager within FNB Business, focusing on value adding strategic initiatives.

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    The original date government was working towards for the implementation of a national minimum wage was July 2019, but Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan confirmed in his Budget Speech on 22nd February 2017 that government will be going ahead with what can best be described as a phased-in ‘fast track’. The Finance Minister has pegged the […]

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    Heather has been in banking for 20 years, covering various roles through the branch network, within retail banking and business banking. She spent 7 years in a new business development role within the mid corporate commercial market and received 7 incentive awards over the 7 years she was there, and accumulated a robust understanding of all transactional and credit products. Heather was then approached to start up the Enterprise Development business unit within FNB Business. Heather was responsible for the conceptualisation and establishment of the Vumela Enterprise Development Fund, the first of its kind in the market. The Vumela Enterprise Development Fund is an early stage equity fund to assist growth in the SME sector and subsequent job creation. Heather and her team won an Innovation Award for their work in Vumela. Vumela is capitalised by FirstRand, and Heather continues to manage the fund (which now has committed capital of close to R400m). Heather was selected as 1 of 30 women from all the banking groups nationally in SA to participate in the first Bankseta Womens’ Development Programme and holds a Diploma in Technology and Innovation from the Da Vinci Institute. Heather also assists with other pure FNB SME related initiatives outside of Vumela in her role as Head of Enterprise Development.

    As South Africans, we live in a tumultuous environment, facing significant systemic economic and social challenges. Our collective call to action is to create jobs and sustainably grow economic activity in order to catalyse equitable wealth generation. Notable work has been done in stimulating entrepreneurship and developing an environment conducive to the emergence of business […]

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