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Standard Bank shuts even more branches than planned – full list

Standard Bank has announced the full list of branches that have been or will be closed, as part of the realignment of “its retail and business banking delivery model”. It will shut 104 branches, 13 more than the 91 it originally announced in March. The bulk of those being shut — 49 — are in Gauteng, with a further 11 and 10 in the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal respectively. Nearly one in every five Standard Bank branches is being closed down.

Once the branches are closed (likely affecting more than the 1 200 employees first announced, given the larger number of closures), the bank will have around 525 branches in South Africa (down from 629 at the end of 2018). The ATMs at most (probably all) of these branches will disappear. For those branches in malls, single ATMs are likely already located elsewhere in the centre, while the bank will surely install ATMs at the locations of shuttered branches which are not near other ATMs.

This author argued in April that the cuts were long overdue, more so given the fact that Standard Bank and Absa were behind the curve. Nedbank has been shrinking the floor space of its branch network since 2014 (versus simply shutting branches), while FNB has been catching up quickly. Following these cuts, Standard Bank will have the smallest number of branches of the five large retail banks.

The cuts by Standard Bank weren’t random. It knows precisely how many (primary bank) customers each of these branches was serving. Layer this together with the cost of occupancy — primarily rental — and the staff overhead, and it would’ve been easy for the bank to calculate which branches simply weren’t economically viable.

With some older branches, the cost of refurbishment would have been factored in, too. Obviously, the location of the next-nearest branch was also an influence.

Some closures are obvious. The Standard Bank branch at Old Mutual’s Mutual Park campus in Cape Town, which despite the managed separation still has a cooperation agreement with Nedbank, surely never really made much sense. (Besides, the Pinelands branch is just over 1km away.) So, too, the branch in MTN’s head office (considering their financial services joint venture quietly died over half a decade ago).

Obvious overlap

In April, Moneyweb questioned some “obvious examples of overlap. In northern Johannesburg, Standard Bank has a branch at Bryanston Shopping Centre and another at Nicolway, 3km up the road. There’s a similar situation at Melrose Arch and Rosebank Mall, or at Dainfern Square and Fourways Crossing (each less than 4km from each other).”

All three of these branches — Bryanston, Melrose Arch and Dainfern Square — are among the 104 closures that have been announced.

Opening branches at Dainfern Square and Melrose Arch (both under five years old) were examples of spectacularly bad planning. Add to this the branches at Forest Hill, Menlyn Maine and Newtown Junction (all recent openings), which are closing.

Arguably, the hardest hit province is the Northern Cape, considering the vast distances between the affected small towns. Outlying areas in the Free State and Eastern Cape are similarly hit.

The full list of closures announced by Standard Bank (these documents include details of the next nearest branches):

Gauteng

Alberton
Arcadia
Balfour Park Shopping Centre
Baramall
Benmore Gardens
Bloed Street
Bracken City
Brixton
Bryanston Shopping Centre
Chilli Lane
Cosmo
Dainfern Square
Daveyton
East Rand Mall
Edenvale
Ellis Park
Florida
Forest Hill
Hillcrest Boulevard
Hyde Park
Industria
Irene Mall
Johannesburg
Kempton
Kwa Thema
Lambton
Lyttelton
Malvern
Melrose Arch
Menlyn
Menlyn Maine
Mogale
MTN (head office)
Newtown Junction
Norwood
Palm Springs
Parkview (Pretoria)
Randburg
Randfontein
Randridge Mall
Rivonia
Rosslyn
Sandton (Alice Lane)
Soshanguve Crossing
Sunward Park
Unisa
West End
Wonderboom Junction
Woodbridge Square

Western Cape

Belhar
De Rust
Grassy Park
Hout Bay
Melkbosstrand
Mitchell’s Plain
Mutual Park
Philippi
Plumstead
Rawsonville
Strand

KwaZulu-Natal

Dales Avenue
Hilton
Isipingo
Mandini
Musgrave Road
Theku Plaza
Tugela Ferry
Umkomaas
Watercrest
West Street

Eastern Cape

Alexandria
Barkly East
Cala
Linton Grange
Molteno
Summerstrand

Free State

Bultfontein
Jagersfontein
Kestell
Lindley
Marquard
Phuthadittjhaba (service centre)

Limpopo

Bochum
Bopedi
Namakgale

Mpumalanga

Amersfoort
Evander
Kamaquekeza
Kwa Guqa
Mbombela
Ogies

North West

Cachet Park
Klerksdorp
Moruleng
Tower Mall

Northern Cape

Britstown
Diamond Pavillion
Hanover
Kenhardt
Kuruman
Philipstown
Sishen
Strydenburg
Sutherland

  • This article was originally published on Moneyweb and is used here with permission

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