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Strate: A Pioneer of Exchange-of-Value Settlement Solutions

All too often, good infrastructure goes unnoticed. This is probably one of the reasons why few South Africans know and understand the country’s Central Securities Depository, Strate, however, without it, investors would shy away from South Africa.
Prior to the implementation of Strate in 1999, SA was categorised as one of the worst emerging markets in terms of operational and settlement risk. Trading volumes on the stock exchange were averaging 4,000 trades daily, very thin when this is compared to the 350 000 on average during a month today.

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Strate from the Ground

For the past 18 years Strate, South Africa’s Central Securities Depository, has focused on settling securities transactions across South Africa’s financial markets. Today, the organisation is placing a core focus on financial literacy through its consumer education initiative, Strate from the Ground.   According to Dr Merrill van der Walt, Data Scientist at Strate, one […]

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An Update on the iValue Entrepreneurship Programme

During early 2014, Valued Citizens Initiative launched iValue, an entrepreneurship programme that has been giving a group of learners from Kwena Molapo High School near Lanseria a foundation of business management and entrepreneurship. This programme is Strate’s flagship Corporate Social Investment initiative.   During 2015, learners used their newly-developed entrepreneurship and life skills to present […]

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Strate Celebrates Cell C’s 13th Take a Girl Child to Work Day

Wednesday, 28 May 2015 marked the 13th Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work Day® annual campaign targeted at South African girl learners from grade 10 to grade 12. This year, Cell C announced that its Take a Girl Child to Work Day campaign attracted a record participation of more than 520 companies and various government departments nationally.

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iValue Entrepreneurship Programme Bears Fruit

The shortlist of the learners participating in the final phase of the iValue Entrepreneurship Programme has been announced.   Nineteen grade 11 learners from Kwena Molapo High School near Lanseria addressed a panel of four judges on 17 April 2015, using their newly acquired knowledge of business management and entrepreneurship to develop their feasible ideas. […]

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Accelerating Entrepreneurship Amongst Learners

According to Youth Enterprise Development Strategy 2013 – 2023, the youth constitute 41,2% (14 to 35 years) of the South African population, but the number of young people involved in entrepreneurial activity remains extremely low at 6% of the total youth population.   There is no doubt that accelerating entrepreneurship among young people will have a positive impact not only on […]

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Empowering Youth to be Financially Savvy

South Africa’s government has highlighted financial education as one of the components of a comprehensive solution for empowering consumers to engage with financial services.   A 2013 financial literacy study prepared for the FSB reads , “It seems that young people in South Africa are inexperienced with regard to financial products, probably owing to their limited access to financial resources and their […]

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A Piece of Robben Island

Nine months following the passing of Nelson Mandela’s passing, Strate paid tribute to his legacy by supporting the Robben Island Art Co & Trust (RIACT) RIACT is an initiative that allows both individuals and corporates to purchase an authentic art piece – a painting of Nelson Mandela called “Day Off” – that includes a section of the original prison fence.   […]

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Strate Celebrates Mandela Day

For Mandela Day this year, Strate employees were given the challenge to take a Selfie of themselves doing a good deed for others.   One of the good deeds included a relay of Strate employees baking, decorating and packaging over 300 cupcakes within 67 minutes for charity. More than 500 cupcakes were done in the time […]

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Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work Day

Thursday 29 May 2014 marked the 12th Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work Day® annual campaign targeted at Grade 11 South African girl learners, giving them the opportunity to visit a place of work and to experience first-hand, the “world of work”.   We would like to thank all the learners for visiting Strate. We […]

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