Commemorations for the 50th anniversary started on 11th April. According to a statement in possession of this publication the bank has lined up a number of activities, starting with a high-profile stakeholders’ appreciation dinner on 30th April at Bingu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe.
Standard Bank Chief Executive (Africa Regions) Sola David -Bohra will be in attendance said Chief Executive William le Roux; “On the occasion of our Golden Jubilee, we invite all our stakeholders and partners to join us in celebrating this great milestone. We look forward to hosting our various customers, the regulator, Private Sector, NGOs, and international organizations.”
The Bank salutes all Malawians and employees for their hard work in 50 years.
“Standard Bank wishes to express its profound gratitude to all Malawians and key partners for their support during our first 50 years. We promise to remain a solid partner in the many decades to come.
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank and recognize all employees for their role in supporting growth of the Bank. To our former employees, we continue to fondly remember your contributions which have been the building blocks of where we are today,” he said.
The Bank’s Historic Context
Previously known as Commercial Bank of Malawi (CBM), the Bank was registered on 15th March 1969 as a joint venture between Malawi Government, Press Corporation, (then Press Holdings Ltd) and Banco Pinto Sotto Mayor.
The Bank opened its first branch in present-day Limbe in Blantyre, Malawi’s commercial city
The first branch of the bank in Limbe, photo taken years back
on 11th April. It soon grew with Lilongwe, Mzuzu, Balaka, Mangochi, Dedza, Kasungu and Zomba added to the initial branch network. As part of its growth journey, the bank invested in two subsidiaries— Standard Bank Financial Services and Bain Hogg Insurance—to tap into the financial service advisory and insurance sectors.
By 1984, Standard Bank had become a wholly owned Malawian bank. The local shareholders comprising the Malawi Development Corporation (MDC) which held 20%, Press Holdings 40%, Malawi Government 30% and Admarc 10%.
In 1998 government diluted its shareholding by selling to Malawians and other investors through a listing on the Malawi Stock Exchange (MSE).
In 2001, Standard Bank, through its subsidiary Stanbic Africa Holdings acquired a majority stake of 60 percent stake in the then CBM, changing its trading name to Stanbic Bank. On June 1, 2007 the name change process was completed by reverting to Standard Bank.
A Market Pioneer
Standard Bank is a subsidiary of Africa’s largest bank by assets, the Standard Bank Group, listed on JSE in Johannesburg, South Africa. The holding company is 20 percent owned by the world’s largest merchant and investment bank, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC).
In Malawi, Standard Bank has grown in stature to become one of Malawi’s leading banks.
The bank’s working capital has grown from MK2.5 Million in 1969 to MK313.5 Billion (approximately US$437 Million) in 2019. The bank’s branch network has grown to 27 outlets nationwide— an average of a branch in every district of Malawi.
Standard Bank takes pride in its legacy as a pioneer and innovator. From becoming the first bank in Malawi, the bank has scored many firsts along its 50 year-old history.
Some of the notable milestones include being the first to offer an ATM when ATMs were first introduced in Malawi, the first bank to appoint a woman Branch Manager and the first to have its CEO appointed as the Governor of the Malawi Central Bank.
Standard Bank Malawi is also the only bank to maintain a Drive-In banking facility at its Ginnery Corner branch in Blantyre.
Chief Executive William le Roux says Standard Bank continues pay attention to the needs of customers and to moving them forward along with technological changes that have ushered digital and virtual banking.
“In the past 50 years, we set the pace. Standard Bank sees the next 50 years as another opportunity to improve on the accomplishments of the past,” he said.
To commemorate the Golden Jubilee, Standard Bank has lined up a number of activities and events spread across several months of the year 2019.
Notable among these are;
1. High Level Stakeholders camp; Customer Dinner on 30th April 2019
This will be a “Black Tie” event bringing together customers, staff, directors, and other key stakeholders.
2. The Be More Race @ 50 on 15th June 2019
The third edition of Be More Race which takes place in Lilongwe on June 15 will commemorate the bank’s 50th anniversary through special branding and mentions that highlight the anniversary.
3. The Be More @ 50 Invitational Golf on July 27 , 2019
The Bank will host an Invitational Golf tournament at Lilongwe Golf Club on July 27.