PRESS RELEASE: Absa extends its trading hours
Absa Group today announced that its branches located within shopping malls will be offering extended trading hours and opening their doors for Saturday and Sunday banking already from 8 December 2012 until 6 January 2013.
Absa Head of Retail Markets Arrie Rautenbach says Saturday and Sunday trading during the festive season is all about offering greater convenience to customers.
"Absa has a deliberate strategy and commitment to making the lives of all our customers much easier. This is why we are extending our trading hours and opening our doors for Saturday and Sunday banking," Rautenbach says.
"This is just but one of the things that we are doing to meet the banking needs of all our customers. This year, we've taken the decision to eliminate inter-account transfer and internal debit order fees to other Absa Accounts with effect from 1 January 2013. We enter the festive season having introduced Potentiate, a first-of-its-kind financial solution for qualified individuals that includes an Apple iPad with a free data bundle offer and has one of the world's most technologically advanced cards," he continues.
Most recently the bank announced a partnership with a local innovations company to enable businesses and entrepreneurs on-the-go across South Africa to accept debit or credit card payments using their smartphones or tablets through a world first, plug-in device called 'The Payment Pebble.'
"This is all in line with Absa's drive to ensure that we continue to be accessible and to offer convenience in our quest to become the "Go-To" Bank for our valued customers in all our markets. We realise that the demand for access to financial services and products on non-traditional banking days during the festive break increases," adds Rautenbach.
Customers will be welcomed between 8:00 am and 2pm on Saturdays and 9am and 12pm on Sundays. Selected outlets will maintain their existing operating hours during weekdays (Mondays to Fridays).
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Notes to Editors:
Absa Branches which will have Saturday and Sunday trading:
1. Mall of the North
3. Brits Mall
4. Wierda Park Mall @ Reds
5. Centurion Centre
6. Riverside Mall
1. Mooi River Walk, Potchefstroom
2. Loch Logan
3. Waterfall Mall, Rustenburg
2. Festival Mall
3. Greenstone Mall
4. Sandton City
5. 105 East Rand Mall
7. Vaal Mall (Vanderbijlpark)
9. Jabulani Mall
10. Clearwater Mall
11. Southgate Mall
14. Chris Hani
16. Protea Gardens
1. Cape Gate
2. Tygervalley Centre
1. Phoenix Plaza
About Absa Group
Absa Group Limited (Absa), listed on the JSE Limited, is one of South Africa's largest financial services groups offering a complete range of banking, insurance and wealth management products and services. Absa's business is conducted primarily in South Africa. It also has equity holdings in banks in Mozambique and Tanzania, representative offices in Namibia and Nigeria and bancassurance operations in Botswana and Mozambique.
At 30 June 2012, the Group had 718,2 million shares in issue and a market capitalisation of R101,4 billion. The Group had assets of R808,8 billion, 12,2 million customers, 9 822 automated teller machines and 3 956 staffed outlets.
Absa is a subsidiary of Barclays Bank PLC, which holds a stake of 55,5%. Barclays is a major global financial services provider engaged in retail banking, credit cards, corporate and investment banking and wealth management with an extensive international presence.
For more information, please visit the Absa website: www.absa.co.za