Absa Bank Limited (Absa) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Barclays Africa Group. We offer a range of retail, business, corporate and investment banking, wealth management products and services primarily in South Africa and Africa.


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What are our values?


We respect and value those we work with and the contribution that they make.


We act fairly, ethically and openly in all that we do.


We put our customers and clients at the centre of what we do.


We use our energy, skills and resources to deliver the best sustainable results.


We are passionate about leaving things better than we found them.

Our Purpose and Goal


We are driven by our Purpose to help people achieve their ambitions in the right way.

We are focused on our Goal to become the financial services provider of choice.


We are committed to Shared Growth, which for us means having a positive impact on society and delivering shareholder value.

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The Absa Attractions

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 Gallery Schedule for 2018

  Date Event





Talking to Deaf Ears. Curated exhibition by artists of August House 
(Runs until 9 March 2018)
Walkabout: 9, 16 February 2018



Fundraising Art Auction –  Paint it Forward
(Fundraising for visual art scholarships)



Donald Wasswa (Ugandan) - L’Atelier 2016 Merit Award winner
(Runs until 20 April 2018)
Walkabout: 23, 30 March 2018



Selection of interesting works from 2018 KKNK festival
(Runs until Friday, 11 May 2018)



Nourhan Maayouf (Egyptian) – L’Atelier winner 2016
(Runs until 15 June 2018)
Walkabout: 25 May, 1 June 2018




Absa Gallery Exhibition  
(Runs until 3 August 2018)
Walkabout: 13, 20 July 2018



Onyis Martin (Kenyan) – L’Atelier 2016 Merit Award winner
(Runs until 31 August 2018)
Walkabout: 17, 24 August  2018



L’Atelier: Awards evening and announcement of winners
(Runs until 26 October 2018)



Banele Khoza (South African) –  L’Atelier 2017 Gerard Sekoto Award winner  
(focusing on relationship between Art and Product Design) 
(Runs until 25 January 2019)

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.

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