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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 Charity Shares’ Donations Surpass R6m Mark

Strate Charity Shares (SCS) is registered as a non-profit organisation and charity donation programme that was created almost 15 years ago to address the long-standing problem of investors holding small amounts of unwanted shares. Since 2002, SCS has paid more than R6 million to charities dedicated to helping children.  It hands donations to charities across […]

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The Steps to Employee Wellness

It may be one small step for man, or employee, but it’s a giant leap for employee wellness. South African central securities depository, Strate, has incorporated a “work while you walk” approach to its daily routine. Not only has the company purchased two In-Movement Treadmill desks, more employees are incorporating standing and walking into their […]

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SWIFT Standards Release Guide (SRG) and BND Release Successfully Implemented

Strate successfully implemented the SWIFT Standards Release Guide (SRG) 2016 and the BND Release on Monday 21 November 2016.    

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Infographic: Strate Fast facts

From a Thomas Murray AA- rating, to Strate being ranked among the top Central Securities Depositories globally, click here to view an infographic that tells you all the fast facts that you need to know about Strate.  

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Rob Barrow appointed Chairman of Strate

Rob Barrow, a current board member of Strate, has been appointed the chairman of the company’s Board, effective 4 November 2016.   Monica Singer, Strate’s CEO, welcomes the appointment of Barrow. “Rob has a wealth of expertise and knowledge spanning more than two decades in the capital markets and he has served on Strate’s board […]

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Trusted to be an Independent Provider of Custody and Settlement Services

Strate’s success lies in its independence and good corporate governance. It has continued to be a trusted and independent party in the market, which is evident by Strate offering CSD services to new stock exchanges.   At the beginning of September 2016, the Financial Services Board notified the market that it had granted ZARX and […]

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Strate Africa Blockchain Summit

On 13 October, Strate held its Africa Blockchain Summit in Johannesburg to educate the market about Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology. The event was a great success, attended by over 200 delegates. Below are some pictures from the Summit.   Ten blockchain experts, including four international speakers, presented at the event. The following presentations have been […]

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Blockchain and the Disruption of Financial Services

Blockchain, the online distributed ledger technology, has the potential not only to fundamentally disrupt the global financial services industry, but also disrupt how monetary instruments and assets are transferred, stored and traded.   Leader of Rand Merchant Bank’s ‘Blockchain’ initiative and one of the founders of the bank’s FinTech unit, Farzam Ehsani told a recent […]

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The Evolution of Strate: A New Structure to Better Serve Stakeholders

Strate is embarking on a new journey that will enhance its service delivery to the market. We have created two divisions within the company, CSD Operations and Fractal Solutions. The changes in the company’s structure are needed to support a new strategy that embraces disruptive technologies and continuous evolution of our core business.

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