IOM Appeals for USD 93 Million to Aid Victims of South Sudan Conflict

GENEVA, Switzerland, December 9, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — IOM is appealing for USD 93.3 million to respond to the ongoing crisis in South Sudan through 2015.

Aid agencies anticipate that over 6.4 million people will need assistance in the first quarter of 2015, including 1.9 million internally displaced people (IDPs), 290,000 refugees and millions facing food insecurity.

“IOM has 400 staff working in eight sub-offices throughout South Sudan. The needs here are as immense and diverse as the country and IOM will continue to play a key role in the humanitarian response,” said IOM South Sudan Chief of Mission David Derthick.

On 15 December 2013, violence broke out in Juba, South Sudan’s capital, and quickly spread throughout the country. The humanitarian consequences of the ongoing crisis include massive population displacement, high rates of death, disease and injuries, severe food insecurity, disrupted livelihoods and wide scale malnutrition.

One year into the crisis, over 1.4 million people are internally displaced. Of these, over 100,000 individuals are seeking physical protection within UN (UNMISS) bases. This number is expected to increase as sporadic fighting continues and the frontlines of battle continue to shift.

The current crisis occurs against the backdrop of chronic poverty, as South Sudan remains one of the poorest countries in the world.

Tensions are particularly high in Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile states, where control has shifted between the warring parties several times in the past year. In 2015, the humanitarian community expects the total number of IDPs to rise to 1.95 million.

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Protect our Girls, Urges AU Special Envoy for Women, Peace and Security During her Nigeria Solidarity Mission

ABUJA, Nigeria, December 9, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Special Envoy for Women, Peace and Security of the Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Bineta Diop begun her Nigeria solidarity visit yesterday with a simple message, “protect our girls.” Speaking when she met members of the “Bring Back our Girls” campaign, a group that is advocating for greater global attention to the issue of the abducted Chibok girls, Diop pledged to take their plea for greater support, from AU member states, back to the leadership. “We have come to show solidarity with the people and Government of Nigeria and in particular with the families of the missing Chibok girls.”

Bineta Diop was joined by Amb. Diallo Amina Djibo of Niger in Ethiopia, who is also a member of AU Peace and Security Council (PSC) and Justice Sophia Akuffo, former President of the African Court of Human and People’s rights.

Addressing members of the campaign, who gathered at a public park in Abuja, some of whom have been affected by the insurgency in the North, Amb. Djibo said, “This is an African women’s appeal. We are speaking first and foremost as mothers, whose daughters are missing. We cannot afford to continue ignoring the plight of our missing girls and we must speak out now.”

The team earlier held talks with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commissioner for Gender and Social Affairs, Fatmata Sow and ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security Salamatu Suleiman. The team also held a roundtable meeting with members of the Nigerian Women Peace and security Network.

The purpose of their visit is among others to echo the voices of the women of Nigeria and support them in their efforts to bring to an end the ordeal of the Chibok girls and all other forms of gender based violence. They are also here to support the Government of Nigeria’s efforts to bring back the girls abducted by Boko Haram and galvanize the support of civil society organizations that are assisting the victims. The team is also calling for peaceful elections and for greater participation of women in Nigeria’s political space as a step towards curbing conflicts in the region and ensuring a prosperous future.

“In order to achieve the goal of a peaceful and prosperous Continent, women must be part of that transformation process,” said Diop at the start of her mission, which ends on Friday 12 December.

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Gemalto Launches Enhanced Visual and Tactile Security Features for Official Identity Documents

AMSTERDAM, Netherland, December 9, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653) (http://www.gemalto.com), the world leader in digital security, launches Sealys Secure Surface (http://www.gemalto.com/govt/sealys/sealys-secure-surface-feature), a new family of cost-effective security features for polycarbonate identity documents that strengthens protection against fraud by combining three different effects: light reflection, movement and tactile elements.

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Sealys Secure Surface can be applied on the polycarbonate bodies of documents such as passport datapages, ID cards, healthcare cards, driver licenses, vehicle registrations, and resident permits. It offers visual and tactile effects that allow fast and efficient document authenticity checks, while legitimate document holders benefit from greater security and swift identification procedures.

Sealys Secure Surface is designed to enhance the security of existing features such as the changeable or multiple laser image, which enables several pieces of information – typically a portrait and a number – to be seen depending on the viewing angle.

• Sealys Lens Surface incorporates complex shapes and combinations of elements inside the changeable or multiple laser image, further strengthening the security of this graphical feature

• Sealys Optically Variable Surface provides brand-new optical elements with light reflective and animation effects, revealed by tilting a document at different angles.

• Sealys 3D Surface offers perceptible features for a polycarbonate document, such as surface embossing or Braille, with unmatched accuracy

“The three new innovative features can be elegantly combined to keep our customers one step ahead in the fight against fraud. They have already been implemented in a European national program since mid-November,” said Youzec Kurp, Vice President of Marketing & Products, Government Programs at Gemalto. “By combining Sealys Surface with Sealys Color in Polycarbonate (http://www.gemalto.com/govt/sealys/sealys-color-in-polycarbonate.html), a remarkable innovation that allows color photographs to be permanently embedded into polycarbonate documents, Gemalto brings to the market a unique combination of graphical security features.”

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About Gemalto

Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO) is the world leader in digital security (http://www.gemalto.com/companyinfo/digital_security.html) with 2013 annual revenues of €2.4 billion and more than 12,000 employees operating out of 85 offices and 25 research and software development centers, located in 44 countries.

We are at the heart of the rapidly evolving digital society. Billions of people worldwide increasingly want the freedom to communicate, travel, shop, bank, entertain and work – anytime, everywhere – in ways that are enjoyable and safe. Gemalto delivers on their expanding needs for personal mobile services, payment security, authenticated cloud access, identity and privacy protection, eHealthcare and eGovernment efficiency, convenient ticketing and dependable machine-to-machine (M2M) applications. We develop secure embedded software and secure products which we design and personalize. Our platforms and services manage these products, the confidential data they contain and the trusted end-user services made possible.

Our innovations enable our clients to offer trusted and convenient digital services to billions of individuals. Gemalto thrives with the growing number of people using its solutions to interact with the digital and wireless world.

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DAMAC Properties Announce Tiger Woods Design to Create Golf Course for ‘AKOYA Oxygen’

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, December 9, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Golfing superstar Tiger Woods will design the new 18-hole championship golf course in Dubai to be built by luxury real estate developers, DAMAC Properties (http://www.damacproperties.com) and operated by The Trump Organization.

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Set within the 55 million sq ft master community of AKOYA Oxygen, the ‘Trump World Golf Club, Dubai’ will include a state-of-the-art clubhouse, world-class restaurant and pro shop. The course will be situated at the heart of the development, with some of the highest premium, residential developments in Dubai overlooking the course.

“Tiger Woods is one of the most famous and iconic sportsmen in the world who will bring his design expertise and worldwide playing experience to this amazing development,” said Ziad El Chaar, Managing Director, DAMAC Properties. “Add to that the golfing prowess and skills of The Trump Organisation, our leadership position in luxury real estate development, with the global appeal of Dubai, we believe The Trump World Golf Club Dubai, designed by Tiger Woods, will be a market leader, judged against the best golf courses in the world.”

“Bringing Tiger Woods to Dubai is a testament to the luxury and quality that can be anticipated at AKOYA Oxygen – where fashion meets the outdoors, and green really is the new black.”

Woods has already gained a strong reputation for golf course design, with projects underway in Mexico and the United States. His first course to open for play will be El Cardonal in Mexico, which is scheduled to open before the end of the year.

In reference to the style of course that he is creating, Woods said: “I’ve been fortunate to play great golf courses all over the globe, from the original links courses in Scotland to the famous parkland courses in America and the distinctive layouts on the sandbelt of Australia. I hope to bring elements of those great courses and others to the Trump World Golf Club Dubai with the end result being a course that golfers will want to play again and again.”

Woods has won 14 Majors in golf, second only to Jack Nicklaus, and is one of the most iconic sportsmen ever to grace the game. The two-time winner of the Dubai Desert Classic (2006 & 2008), who had previously looked at the opportunity to design a course in Dubai, is now returning to realize that dream.

He has won a total of 105 tournaments, 79 of those on the PGA TOUR, including four Masters Tournaments, four PGA Championships, three U.S. Open Championships, and three British Open Championships. With his second Masters victory in 2001, Woods became the first player ever to hold all four professional major championships at the same time.

“I can’t wait to see this stunning project come to life,” added Woods. “Dubai is fast becoming one of the most influential golfing destinations in the world, both for the professional game and for amateurs looking to enjoy the great weather, great courses and amazing lifestyle.”

“We plan to create a distinct and memorable golf course that players of all abilities find enjoyable,” he added. “I am very much looking forward to adding to the great courses of Dubai.”

Site preparation work on the Trump World Golf Club Dubai is already underway, with the course due to open by the end of 2017.

This will be the Trump Organization’s 18th golf property in the world and marks the second world-class course in Dubai with DAMAC Properties.

“Tiger Woods is the biggest name in professional golf,” said Mr. Donald J. Trump, Chairman & President of The Trump Organization. “His expertise comes from winning on every great course in the world, including his win at the WGC – Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral, Miami. Tiger will be a tremendous asset in developing the course at the Trump World Golf Club, Dubai – and together, with DAMAC Properties, we will be doing something very special.”

The Trump World Golf Club, Dubai will anchor the AKOYA Oxygen master community that is located just off the Umm Suqeim road extension and less than 15 minutes from AKOYA by DAMAC.

AKOYA Oxygen will showcase the greenest living spaces in Dubai with parklands, green open spaces and private gardens. The development will include luxury living experiences in a lush, peaceful environment.

Established in 2002, DAMAC has delivered almost 12,000 units to date and currently has a development portfolio of over 39,000 units at various stages of progress and planning as of September 30th 2014, which includes over 10,000 hotel rooms and serviced hotel apartments.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of DAMAC Group.

Further information is available at www.damacproperties.com

For more information please contact: Niall McLoughlin, Senior Vice President – Corporate Communications, DAMAC. Tel: +971 4 3732190 │ Fax: 00 9714 3732335 │Email: niall.mcloughlin@damacgroup.com

About DAMAC Properties:

For over a decade, the rich and diverse real estate portfolio of DAMAC Properties (http://www.damacproperties.com) has been at the forefront of the Middle East’s luxury real estate market. With an enduring passion for design and quality, the company has built a reputation for creating some of the most iconic and desirable properties in the UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon.

Established in 2002, DAMAC has delivered almost 12,000 units to date and currently has a development portfolio of over 39,000 units at various stages of progress and planning as of September 30th 2014, which includes over 10,000 hotel rooms and serviced hotel apartments.

Always at the forefront of visionary concepts, DAMAC has relationships with Paramount Hotels & Resorts, (the official licensee of Paramount Pictures), Italian fashion houses Versace Home and FENDI Casa for branded residential apartments & villas and The Trump Organisation for the development & operations of the Trump International Golf Club, Dubai and The Trump Estates within the AKOYA by DAMAC development.

In Mid-2013, DAMAC Properties introduced the ‘AKOYA by DAMAC’ master plan development in Dubai. This includes mansions, villas, luxurious apartments and a retail centre all surrounding ‘The Trump International Golf Club. Within the AKOYA by DAMAC, living experiences include ‘The Trump Estates’, a limited collection of 100 luxurious mansions. Also set within the heart of the community is a global first, with the launch of FENDI fashion-styled villas. AKOYA by DAMAC is also the home of Golf Veduta – serviced hotel apartments and DAMAC serviced Villas by Paramount Hotels and Resorts.

Following the unprecedented success of AKOYA by DAMAC, AKOYA Oxygen was launched in August 2014. The 55 million sq ft development in Dubailand and will include the most lush, green living area in the region with more than 4,000 trees. The project also includes a five-star international Hotel, a luxury desert-style wellness centre, globally-recognised retail brands, leisure & entertainment offerings, and organic market places all set within beautiful manicured and peaceful landscaping.

As a global leader in branded real estate, the company is also developing a US$1 billion hotel and luxury serviced residences in the Burj Area of Dubai, called ‘DAMAC Towers by Paramount’, which will comprise the first Paramount Hotel & serviced Residences in the region.

Within the hospitality sector, DAMAC’s in-house hospitality team is responsible for managing the Company’s growing portfolio of over 10,000 units of leisure assets in its serviced hotel apartment developments. The division provides complete hospitality management through its own hospitality operating brands ‘DAMAC Maison Hotels and Hotel Apartments and NAIA by DAMAC.

As DAMAC continues to innovate and bring new concepts to the market, the Company is determined to build on its powerful performance to date. With vision and momentum, DAMAC is building the next generation of Middle East luxury living.

In addition to support services provided by the Dubai headquarters, the company’s comprehensive Customer Care Program provides solutions through its network with offices in the UAE, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, KSA and Qatar.

Further information is available at www.damacproperties.com or join DAMAC Properties on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/damacpropertiesofficial), Twitter (@DAMACOfficial) and YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/DAMACOfficial).

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Scale-up in effective malaria control dramatically reduces deaths

GENEVA, Switzerland, December 9, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The number of people dying from malaria has fallen dramatically since 2000 and malaria cases are also steadily declining, according to the World Malaria Report 2014. Between 2000 and 2013, the malaria mortality rate decreased by 47% worldwide and by 54% in the WHO African Region – where about 90% of malaria deaths occur.

New analysis across sub-Saharan Africa reveals that despite a 43% population increase, fewer people are infected or carry asymptomatic malaria infections every year: the number of people infected fell from 173 million in 2000 to 128 million in 2013.

“We can win the fight against malaria,” says Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General, WHO. “We have the right tools and our defences are working. But we still need to get those tools to a lot more people if we are to make these gains sustainable.”

Between 2000 and 2013, access to insecticide-treated bed nets increased substantially. In 2013, almost half of all people at risk of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa had access to an insecticide-treated net, a marked increase from just 3% in 2004. And this trend is set to continue, with a record 214 million bed nets scheduled for delivery to endemic countries in Africa by year-end.

Access to accurate malaria diagnostic testing and effective treatment has significantly improved worldwide. In 2013, the number of rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) procured globally increased to 319 million, up from 46 million in 2008. Meanwhile, in 2013, 392 million courses of artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs), a key intervention to treat malaria, were procured, up from 11 million in 2005.

Moving towards elimination

Globally, an increasing number of countries are moving towards malaria elimination, and many regional groups are setting ambitious elimination targets, the most recent being a declaration at the East Asia Summit to eliminate malaria from the Asia-Pacific region by 2030.

In 2013, two countries reported zero indigenous cases for the first time (Azerbaijan and Sri Lanka), and 11 countries succeeded in maintaining zero cases (Argentina, Armenia, Egypt, Georgia, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Morocco, Oman, Paraguay, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan). Another four countries reported fewer than 10 local cases annually (Algeria, Cabo Verde, Costa Rica and El Salvador).

Fragile gains

But significant challenges remain: “The next few years are going to be critical to show that we can maintain momentum and build on the gains,” notes Dr Pedro L Alonso, Director of WHO’s Global Malaria Programme.

In 2013, one third of households in areas with malaria transmission in sub-Saharan Africa did not have a single insecticide treated net. Indoor residual spraying, another key vector control intervention, has decreased in recent years, and insecticide resistance has been reported in 49 countries around the world.

Even though diagnostic testing and treatment have been strengthened, millions of people continue to lack access to these interventions. Progress has also been slow in scaling up preventive therapies for pregnant women, and in adopting recommended preventive therapies for children under five years of age and infants.

In addition, resistance to artemisinin has been detected in five countries of the Greater Mekong subregion and insufficient data on malaria transmission continues to hamper efforts to reduce the disease burden.

Dr Alonso believes, however, that with sufficient funding and commitment huge strides forward can still be made. “There are biological and technical challenges, but we are working with partners to be proactive in developing the right responses to these. There is a strong pipeline of innovative new products that will soon transform malaria control and elimination. We can go a lot further,” he says.

While funding to combat malaria has increased threefold since 2005, it is still only around half of the USD 5.1 billion that is needed if global targets are to be achieved.

“Against a backdrop of continued insufficient funding the fight against malaria needs a renewed focus to ensure maximum value for money,” says Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré, Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership. “We must work together to strengthen country ownership, empower communities, increase efficiencies, and engage multiple sectors outside health. We need to explore ways to do things better at all levels.”

Ray Chambers, who has served as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Malaria since 2007, highlights the remarkable progress made in recent years. “While staying focused on the work ahead, we should note that the number of children dying from malaria today is markedly less than 8 years ago. The world can expect even greater reductions in malaria cases and mortality by the end of 2015, but any death from malaria remains simply unacceptable,” he says.

Gains at risk in Ebola-affected countries

At particular risk is progress on malaria in countries affected by the Ebola virus. The outbreak in West Africa has had a devastating impact on malaria treatment and the roll-out of malaria interventions. In Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, the three countries most severely affected by the epidemic, the majority of inpatient health facilities remain closed, while attendance at outpatient facilities is down to a small fraction of rates seen prior to the outbreak.

Given the intense malaria transmission in these three countries, which together saw an estimated 6.6 million malaria cases and 20 000 malaria deaths in 2013, WHO has issued new guidance on temporary measures to control the disease during the Ebola outbreak: to provide ACTs to all fever patients, even when they have not been tested for malaria, and to carry out mass anti-malaria drug administration with ACTs in areas that are heavily affected by the Ebola virus and where malaria transmission is high. In addition, international donor financing is being stepped up to meet the further recommendation that bednets be distributed to all affected areas.

Note to editors

Globally, 3.2 billion people in 97 countries and territories are at risk of being infected with malaria. In 2013, there were an estimated 198 million malaria cases worldwide (range 124-283 million), 82% of which were in the WHO African region. Malaria was responsible for an estimated 584 000 deaths worldwide in 2013 (range: 367 000 – 755 000), killing an estimated 453 000 children under five years of age.

Based on an assessment of trends in reported malaria cases, a total of 64 countries are on track to meet the Millennium Development Goal target of reversing the incidence of malaria. Of these, 55 are on track to meet Roll Back Malaria and World Health Assembly targets of reducing malaria case incidence rates by 75% by 2015.

The World Malaria Report 2014 will be launched on 9 December 2014 in the United Kingdom Houses of Parliament. The event will be co-hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases (APPMG) and Malaria No More UK.

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Management Changes at BancABC

JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa, December 8, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — ABC Holdings Limited (“BancABC”) (http://www.bancabc.com) announces that Doug T. Munatsi, Group CEO, Beki Moyo, Group CFO, and Francis M. Dzanya, Group COO, will be stepping down from their roles at BancABC at the end of the year. This follows Atlas Mara Co-Nvest Ltd’s (“Atlas Mara”) successful completion of its acquisition of BancABC in August 2014.

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Since the completion of the transaction, the executive management of Atlas Mara and BancABC have been collaborating on identifying opportunities for enhancing BancABC’s operations and executing its strategy. As the group embarks on the next phase of its development, it was determined, together with the Board of Directors of BancABC, that now is the right time for Mr. Munatsi, Mr. Moyo and Mr. Dzanya to stand down.

Atlas Mara, in consultation with the Board of Directors of BancABC, has identified a highly-qualified team led by Simbarashe Ronald Pfende, as CEO, who, following appropriate vetting and approvals by relevant regulators, will, together with the Atlas Mara team, be focused on leading BancABC’s future growth and development. Ronald will be supported by Makhosi Boyede and Amelia Reynecke, who have been appointed as Co-COOs, and Christine Bronkhorst, who has been appointed as CFO. Mr. Munatsi, Mr. Moyo and Mr. Dzanya are working closely with Atlas Mara and the new management team to ensure a carefully managed transition.

Additionally, Howard Buttery has stepped down from his role as Chairman of the Board of Directors of BancABC and will be leaving the Board at year-end, as will fellow director, Ngoni Kudenga. John Vitalo, CEO of Atlas Mara, has been appointed as Interim Chairman, subject to regulatory approval, and Bradford Gibbs, a member of the Atlas Mara Executive Committee, has also joined the Board of BancABC.

Doug Munatsi, Group CEO of BancABC, said: “Beki, Francis and I have decided that, following the completion of Atlas Mara’s acquisition and the recent closing of Atlas Mara’s mandatory offer, it is an opportune time to leave the group. We are particularly confident in BancABC’s future knowing that the majority shareholder has the access to capital, expertise and experience to continue to grow the institution. I am tremendously proud of what we have accomplished during the past two decades and would like to thank BancABC’s employees, customers and our Board, particularly two of our long-standing directors, Howard Buttery and Ngoni Kudenga, for their support during the past several years.”

John Vitalo, CEO of Atlas Mara, said: “I want to thank Doug, Beki and Francis for their significant contributions in establishing and growing BancABC and assisting Atlas Mara since the acquisition. Were it not for their dedication and hard work, BancABC would not be in the position it is today. I look forward to continuing to work with them as we effect a smooth management transition. I also wish them all the best for the future. Furthermore, I am delighted that Ronald, Makhosi, Amelia and Christine are joining BancABC. They represent an exceptional leadership team with deep experience in African banking. The Board of Atlas Mara is confident that they will continue the hard work already started at BancABC.”

Mr. Munatsi, Mr. Moyo and Mr. Dzanya received a total of 1,743,888 Atlas Mara shares in consideration for the transfer of their shares in ABC Holdings at the time of the completion of the BancABC acquisition. In connection with their separation, Atlas Mara has agreed to purchase these shares at a price of $10 per share. The repurchased shares will be held in treasury. In addition, the departing management team has been granted options over a total of 1,521,838 ordinary shares. The options have a strike price of $12 per share and are also subject to certain repurchase obligations. These options were previously agreed with the management team at the time of the initial acquisition of BancABC. In connection with the management team’s departure, BancABC expects to incur a one-time net charge to income of approximately $5.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of ABC Holdings Limited (“BancABC”).

Contact details

ABC Holdings Limited

Leah Banda, Group Head of Marketing and Communications +27 (0)11 722 5346

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Atlas Mara Co-Nvest Limited

Anthony Silverman – StockWell Communications, +44 (0)20 7240 2486

Notes to editors

Simbarashe Ronald Pfende joins from Standard Bank Group where he was most recently Head: Finance Transformation. He also held a number of other senior roles at the bank, including as CFO of Stanbic IBTC Bank in Nigeria and CFO of Stanbic Bank Uganda. Prior to Standard Bank, he was Financial Controller of BP Tanzania Ltd. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has an MBA from the University of South Africa.

Makhosi Boyede joins from uBank where she was the Executive: Corporate Strategy, Programme Office and Business Development, a position she had held since October 2013. Most of her career has been in banking, particularly at Absa Group, which she left in 2012. During her time at Absa, she held roles across the group including Chief Administrative Officer; Executive Head of Corporate Affairs; Executive Head of Corporate Social Investment and Executive Head for Human Capital & Sustainability in the CIBWM cluster. She has an MBA from the Gordon Institute of Business Science at the University of Pretoria.

Amelia Reynecke was previously at Barclays Africa where she was Head of Operations and Technology (Wholesale and Wealth) and Group Payments, a position she held from 2008. Prior to that she held a number of senior roles at Nedbank, which she had joined in 1998, culminating as Head of Operations and Strategic Projects. She has over 30 years’ experience in leading operations and IT in the banking industry.

Christine Bronkhorst joins from the Management Consulting Business Unit of KPMG Services. She has specialized in business development in the financial services industry in Africa. She was with KPMG for nine years, with experience gained in audit and client engagement. She is a Chartered Accountant.

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