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We are excited to introduce Absa Voices. This is where we share the views and perspectives of colleagues, subject matter experts from business and stakeholders on a variety of interesting topics.

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2022

COVID-19 Is An Economic Calamity

By Peter Worthington, Senior Economist, Absa Group The COVID-19 pandemic is cutting a swathe of economic devastation across the world; an unprecedented global recession now upon us. Unfortunately, South Africa,...

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2022

Economies Bracing For Prolonged COVID-19 Recession

By Ridle Markus, SSA Macroeconomist, Absa Group Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is now bracing for a sharp downturn in economic activity as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak which has further...

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2022

Coronavirus and the chance to change

By Dr Roze Phillips: futurist, medical doctor and Absa Group Executive for People and Culture. Every year, Oxford Dictionaries selects its "Word of the Year", normally a word or expression...

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2022

Art in isolation during COVID-19

By Dr Paul Bayliss, Absa Senior Specialist Art Curator. The coronavirus pandemic had a sudden and substantial impact on arts and culture. Very suddenly and without warning, by March 2020, cultural institutions...

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2022

South Africa’s consumer sector has to adapt and reinvent

Isana Cordier, Consumer Sector Head, Absa, Corporate and Investment Banking The Covid-19 crisis and its impact on virtually every facet of social and economic life has revealed that moving with...

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2021

The 2021 African Investigative Journalism Conference

19 October 2021 By Anton Harber – Wits University Professor of Journalism  When I started in journalism in 1980, you had to be able to type, take notes at great...

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2021

Supporting resilient food systems in the face of growing food insecurity

By Babongile Mandela: Absa, Senior Manager - Strategic Initiatives, Corporate Citizenship and Natalia Olszewska-van der Merwe: Absa, Senior Manager - Corporate Citizenship According to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), more...

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2021

We use our Africanacity to bring Africa’s possibility to life

By Sazini Mojapelo - Managing Executive: Corporate Citizenship and Community Investments The recently launched UN Sustainable Development Goals Report 2021 highlights the toll that the COVID-19 pandemic has taken on the 2030 Agenda. In addition to...

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2021

Absa using Tech to Drive Growth in Africa’s Agriculture Marketplace

Tshepo Maeko, Agriculture: Absa Regional Operations There are few things more traditional and widespread than agriculture in Africa. While the continent holds around 60% of the world's uncultivated arable land,...

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2021

Opportunities for Frontier Investors in the coming years

Somaya Joshua, Head: Commercial Property Finance (Africa Regional Operations), Absa Group According to the African Development Bank, at the start of 2020 the African continent was forecast to deliver 3.9% economic...

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