SA’s banks remain healthy. How to manage risk (so as to keep them that way)

What steps should South African banks take to better manage social and environmental risks?

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed the International Finance Corporation (IFC) Country Manager for Southern Africa Saleem Karimjee.

Karimjee discussed the following five points:

Greater awareness and understanding is needed of the risks and impact of social and environmental factors.

  • The South African banking market is hugely capable, but banks could do a lot more to mitigate environmental and social risks (not so much in themselves but in the clients that they support).

  • Wednesday’s meeting by the Sarb, FSB and National Treasury is an important step in this process.

Skills development and capacity building is critical.

  • Banks need to build skills and capacity internally.

  • Banks need to add a layer of diligence to their relationship with their clients.

Regulation is important, but overregulation should be avoided.

Standards exist to make this a reality.

  • IFC already has the performance standards in place.

Although South Africa has a sophisticated banking sector, it can learn lessons from other countries.

  • Nigeria and Kenya are already leading in risk mitigation.

For more detail; listen to the interview in the audio below.

Click here (then “like” the page) to follow Bruce on Facebook.

Enter your email address in the form below to receive a newsletter containing the most-read articles of the week from Bruce Whitfield’s The Money Show every Friday morning in your inbox.

Subscribe to our Business Wrap Newsletter


This article first appeared on 702 : SA’s banks remain healthy. How to manage risk (so as to keep them that way)


CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
Funny man Alan Committie gets serious(ish) about money

Funny man Alan Committie gets serious(ish) about money

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Committie about his attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.).

How to boost your reputation and change the way people see you

How to boost your reputation and change the way people see you

Ian Mann reviews “The Reputation Game: The Art of Changing How People See You” by David Waller and Rupert Younger.

3 shares that’ll boost your wealth, if you buy now (by Cannon Asset Managers)

3 shares that’ll boost your wealth, if you buy now (by Cannon Asset Managers)

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Cannon Asset Managers Portfolio Manager Samantha Steyn.

‘If Mugabe could be shafted so can Zuma - the view of many in SA’

‘If Mugabe could be shafted so can Zuma - the view of many in SA’

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews independent political analyst Daniel Silke.

6 tips on how to avoid overspending this festive season

6 tips on how to avoid overspending this festive season

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Galileo Capital Personal Financial Advisor Warren Ingram.

How to start a career (or business) with no experience, money or support

How to start a career (or business) with no experience, money or support

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Aurik Business Accelerator founder Pavlo Phitidis.

Popular articles
Financially prepare yourself before the wedding bells

Financially prepare yourself before the wedding bells

Liberty Legal Marketing Specialist, Faeeza Khan talk us through a few financial pointers before getting hitched.

Oscar's family unhappy with producers as movie makes SA debut this weekend

Oscar's family unhappy with producers as movie makes SA debut this weekend

The movie stars Joburg-born actor Andreas Damm as Pistorius and Victoria Secret model Toni Garrn as Reeva Steenkamp.

Statement to remove LLB programme from SA universities is misleading: Max Price

Statement to remove LLB programme from SA universities is misleading: Max Price

Max Price says Council on Higher Education's announcement that UKZN, UCT and UL could lose their LLB accreditation is not right.

Is taking items from the hotel room stealing?

Is taking items from the hotel room stealing?

Tsogo Sun Cape regional manager explains which items are free to be taken home by guests and why.

WATCH: Innovative spray limits toilet flushes and saves water

WATCH: Innovative spray limits toilet flushes and saves water

Loo Me is a simple yet effective scented foam that takes the yuck out of "mellowing" toilets preventing multiple flushes.