Absa Bank Limited (Absa Bank), with preference shares listed on the JSE Limited, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Barclays Africa Group. We offer a range of retail, business, corporate and investment banking, and wealth management products and services primarily in South Africa and Namibia.
Our goal looking forward is to build not only a sustainable, trustworthy business, but a business which customers and clients consider as the first choice for answers and solutions - their bank of choice.
As part of the Barclays Africa Group, Absa Bank has a significant role in the One Africa strategy.
Warm hospitality with pride in excellence of service
Our centre is eminently suitable for seminars, planning sessions, workshops, conferences, weddings and any other function you may be planning.
The Absa Conference Centre is nestled amongst the foothills of the Magaliesberg in Montana Park, Pretoria, and enjoys a subtropical climate where indigenous flora and fauna flourish. This natural setting is incorporated in the architecture of the centre which consists of a series of low-level blocks interlinked by covered walkways. The peaceful charm that can be enjoyed by all, as well as the warm hospitality and a pride in excellence of service, which are the heart of the centre.
The Absa Conference Centre offers the very best in comfort, convenience and presentation technology at a reasonable price and has proved to meet the most stringent demands of South African and international business people. Our discerning clients are offered a complete, all-inclusive package with an upfront price that includes all the requirements for a successful conference.
- Fully equipped conference centres
- High-tech auditorium
- A perfect wedding or function venue
- Superior entertainment facilities
- Up-market restaurant
- Leisure and team-building facilities
- 24-hour security and access control
Designed around the art it was created to house
Banking is not something you usually associate with art - yet, as you walk into the Absa Towers North building in the Johannesburg CBD, you are struck by the sheer volume and potential of the open-plan space that was designed around the art it was created to house.
The major artworks were commissioned while the building was being designed - allowing artists and architects to work together to create a space that accommodated the artworks perfectly.
There are a number of artworks that can be seen in these larger spaces, including:
- A huge colourful marvel by artist, Karel Nel, titled ‘Place of Narture’ hangs in the reception area
- Five, six-storey tall tuft carpet banners by Norman Catherine - which were woven by hand by rural men
- An 11-meter tall Walter Oltmann wire sculpture depicting replicas of carved African chairs; weighing half a ton
- A two-storey tall metal mobile of the old City of Johannesburg shown against the newer, more modern city in perfect balance; created by Lewis Levin, Paul Cawood and Susan Woolf. It moves slowly, making a cycle every 20 minutes
- Absa Art Gallery Schedule for 2016
Absa Art Gallery Schedule for 2016
|February||7||Absa Gallery Exhibition: Mongezi Ncaphayi - opening of exhibition (runs until 26 February 2016)|
|29||Absa Gallery: Barclays L'Atelier - Receiving of entries (until 4 March 2016)|
|March||14||Barclays L'Atelier - Adjudication
(adjudication at all collection points to take place between 14 - 18 March 2016)
|23||KKNK (Oudtshoorn) (until 30 March 2016)|
|April||15||Barclays L'Atelier - Delivery of all artworks to Gallery|
|18 - 22||Barclays L'Atelier - Unpack, curate and hanging of artworks of top 100 artworks|
|25||Barclays L'Atelier - Preliminary adjudication of top 100 artworks|
|26||Barclays L'Atelier - Final adjudication of top 100 artworks|
|28 - 29
||Barclays L'Atelier - Photographing of top 100 artworks for catalogue|
|May||8||Absa Gallery: KKNK Exhibition - Mapping between the Maps - opening of exhibition (runs until 28 May 2016)|
|June||5||Absa Gallery Exhibition: Liberty Battson – Absa L'Atelier winner 2014 - opening of exhibition (runs until 24 June 2016)|
|July||13||Barclays L'Atelier: Awards evening and announcement of winners - opening of the Absa L'Atelier (runs until 26 August 2016)|
|September||4||Absa Gallery Exhibition: curated exhibition by Lucia Boer - opening of exhibition (runs until 23 September 2016)|
|October||2||Barclays Gallery: Mandy Johnston - opening of exhibition (runs until 28 October 2016)|
|November||6||Barclays Gallery: Bag Factory - 25 Years Celebration - opening of exhibition (runs until 27 January 2017)|
An outing not to be missed!
As South Africa’s only money and banking museum, a trip to the Absa Money Museum is an outing not to be missed!
Situated in the stylish Absa Towers West building in the heart of the cultural metropolis that is the Johannesburg CBD, the Money Museum is home to the most complete collection of South African numismatic items in the world.
When we think of money, we generally think of coins, banknotes, credit cards and cheques, but in the past people traded with commodity money, like salt, seashells, metal and animals. The museum’s history stretched back to the beginnings of trade in Johannesburg, and the dynamic displays include ranges of early money forms (such as Cowrie Shells and Venetian glass beads) through to gold coins retrieved from sunken ships.
Of course, the Absa Money Museum also covers the history of the banking giant in depth, and one can trace the history of Absa and the development of money in South Africa and its financial history.
The museum is open Monday to Friday (08:30 – 16:00) and access is free. Please remember to bring your ID for entry into the building. A tour guide is provided for groups (maximum of 15 people and booking is essential), and the Museum also specialises in tours for the hearing impaired.