SA’s newest bank since 1999: Australia’s CBA in big play with TymeDigital

JOHANNESBURG — One of the world’s largest banks, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, is set to officially enter South Africa’s banking sector after its unit TymeDigital won a banking licence from the Reserve Bank this week. Also called Commonwealth Bank SA, TymeDigial plans to be fully operational by March 2018. The bank is the first of three applicants to win new banking licences in South Africa — the others being Discovery and Postbank. We’ve interviewed the top execs at Commonwealth Bank of SA on more in-depth matters regarding the launch, so take a look at those interviews in our premium section – Gareth van Zyl

Press release from TymeDigital

TymeDigital by Commonwealth Bank SA receives a banking licence

28 September 2017

We are pleased to announce that the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) has issued an operating licence to TymeDigital by Commonwealth Bank SA.

This is the first licence issued to a new bank by the SARB since 1999. The licence is scheduled to be published in the Government Gazette on Friday 29 September 2017.

Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) Group CEO, Ian Narev, says: “This is an important milestone for CBA. We believe that we have an opportunity to contribute to the financial wellbeing of South Africans, through a business model that uses the potential of new technologies to make life better for customers. We aim to build a sustainable business in South Africa, and to work in an open and cooperative way with the SARB and other relevant regulators.

TymeDigital showing off its digital kiosks.

We also hope to see TymeDigital become a source of broader research and development for CBA”.

TymeDigital by Commonwealth Bank SA CEO, Sandile Shabalala, says: “This is a key milestone in our plans to launch a full service digital bank and disrupt banking in South Africa. We will offer South Africans the ability to open accounts and transact securely, within minutes. Through our innovative technology and financial education we aim to get more people using banking services to enhance their lives and increase economic participation.”

TymeDigital is part of CBA’s International Financial Services (IFS) division. CBA acquired TYME (Take Your Money Everywhere), a South African fintech company, in January 2015. CBA is a major Australian financial institution. Its vision is to excel at securing and enhancing the financial wellbeing of people, businesses and communities.

TymeDigital by Commonwealth Bank SA will provide competitively priced, accessible banking services through a growing network of partners. The bank already operates Money Transfer, in partnership with Pick n Pay (PnP) and Boxer stores. Our simple, paperless registration process has already secured more than 200 000 customers for the service. The bank has just entered into a ten year strategic relationship with PnP.

PnP Deputy CEO, Richard van Rensburg, says: “We have set up a partnership with TymeDigital by Commonwealth Bank SA because we share a commitment to giving customers better value and more convenient banking services, together with simple, clear and accurate financial information so they can make the best use of them. We believe the market is ready for a new bank which will offer consumers better value and more competition.”

TymeDigital’s Sandile Shabalala (CEO), Thoraya Pandy (Head of Communications) and Coenraad Jonker (Chairman).

Recently listed African Rainbow Capital (ARC) is our strategic empowerment partner and holds ten percent of TymeDigital by Commonwealth Bank SA. “Our investment is an essential part of our plans to build an empowered, pan-African financial services group,” says ARC Chairman

Patrice Motsepe. “Supporting technology which can be used to provide access to financial services is one of the ways we plan to broaden and deepen financial inclusion in South Africa and other emerging markets.”

TymeDigital is also establishing a foundation which will provide financial education to youth and women entrepreneurs in communities throughout the country.The bank is scheduled to market its first banking product to the public by the middle of 2018.

Further details about the launch will be released as they become available.

Issued by TymeDigital by Commonwealth Bank SA

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