We’re committed to finding local solutions to uniquely local challenges and everything we do is focussed on adding value. To this end we offer all our clients across the continent a range of retail, business, corporate and investment, and wealth management solutions as well as ensure a positive impact in all the countries where we operate.

We’re a truly African brand, inspired by the people we serve and determined to always be brave, passionate and ready so that we can make Africa proud.

Absa Group Limited is listed on the JSE and is one of Africa’s largest diversified financial services groups with a presence in 12 countries across the continent and around 42 000 employees.

Our group owns majority stakes in banks in Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, the Seychelles , South Africa (Absa Bank), Tanzania (Barclays Bank in Tanzania and National Bank of Commerce), Uganda and Zambia. We also have representative offices in Namibia and Nigeria, as well as insurance operations in Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia.

What is our purpose?

Our purpose is bringing possibilities to life. Possibilities are abundant. Possibilities are generous. Possibilities connect those with the passion to create a shared future.

Our story is one of people coming together to reflect on what matters most and giving voice to their hopes and aspirations. Collectively our journey is one of becoming customer obsessed, acknowledging the strength of our people and delivering results sustainably, with an African heartbeat.

With purpose comes responsibility. Possibilities exist in every moment. Moments become meaningful experiences for ourselves and others when we align our values to our actions. This is how we bring possibilities to life.

Our Values

  • We drive high performance to achieve sustainable results

    We play to win and are accountable for results.
    We innovate, we are decisive, and we act quickly.
    We learn from our failures, we are bold enough to change

  • We are obsessed with the customer

    We are curious, we anticipate the customer’s needs.
    We each take ownership of delivering the “One Absa” customer experience.
    We outperform by going beyond customer expectations.

  • Our people are our strength

    We integrate diverse perspectives to invent the future.
    We collaborate with courage, honesty and powerful energy.
    We trust, value and grow our people to achieve their full potential.

  • We have an African heartbeat

    We deliver a uniquely Absa experience, across Africa.
    We co-create across Africa to deliver better solutions.
    We actively engage our communities to bring people’s possibilities to life.

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 2019

Additional Information


tête-à-tête - 
a group exhibition by the artists of the Bag Factory


Absa Gallery
  • Runs until 8 March 2019


Seeking Love

Banele Khoza


Absa Gallery
  • Absa L’Atelier 2017 Gerard Sekoto Award winner
  • Runs until 26 April 2019


Molelo Wa Badimo?  
(Fire of the Ancestors)

Reatile Moalusi


Absa Gallery
  • Photographic exhibition
  • Runs until 14 June 2019


Our contemporary needs and the other

Curated Show


Absa Gallery
  • Runs until 19 July 2019



Pauline Gutter, Libby Battson and Elrie Joubert


Absa Gallery
  • Pauline Gutter, Libby Battson and Elrie Joubert, previous Absa L’Atelier winners
  • Runs until 13 September 2019



by Anne Maggs


Absa Gallery Foyer - Lower Ring
  • Runs until September 2019


Absa L’Atelier

02 - 06


WEF - Cape Town

Absa Gallery
  • Awards evening and announcement of winners

  • Runs until 25 October  - Absa


Curated Show


Absa Gallery
  • Runs until 24 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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