The new Nedbank branch was opened on 19 November, as part of the bank’s commitment to making banking more accessible to all in South Africa.
According to Mr Frans Range, Area Manager of Nedbank Mpumalanga (Highveld Region), Nedbank already has many private and business clients in this area. In the past these individuals and business owners had to travel to either Pongola or Ermelo to reach a Nedbank branch. The need and requests for an eMkhondo branch could therefore no longer be ignored. Present and future clients can now rest assured that they will get the very best professional, but friendly and expert service at the bank.
Guests at the launch were treated to “green” drinks to match Nedbank’s colours and super snacks, prepared by the team from Welgekozen Lodge. Guests could meet the new branch’s staff and chat to them and one another. The launch was officially started with an opening prayer by Pastor Mahobe where after guests present were informed, by various senior bank officials, about all the qualities of and services rendered by the bank. DA Councillor, Ms Irene Brussow, spoke on behalf of Ward 7 (where the bank is situated) and Mr V.D. Nkosi introduced the Executive Mayor of Mkhondo, the honourable Councillor B.H. Mtshali, who addressed the guests as well, welcoming Nedbank in our midst.
Mr Lesley Ludere, branch manager, introduced each member of his super team individually and it became clear that clients can really look forward to receiving top class service, including innovative features such as video banking facilities, state-ofthe- art cash-depositing ATM’s, contact centre phones and internet banking facilities with Wi- Fi internet stations for use by waiting clients. Mr Alex Barkhuizen explained how Nedbank serves their business- and agri-clients. Mr Gary Markson (Regional Manager for Limpopo and Mpumalanga) inter alia explained how Nedbank has already been active in community projects, such as supplying tunnels for growing vegetables at two schools. He handed over mini garden spades, as a symbol of the vegetable project, to representatives of the two schools, namely Amadlelo Aluhlaza Secondary School (Mr Christopher Nkosi) and Mlilo Comprehensive School. (Mr Nhlabathi).
Mr Markson also handed over soccer shirts to them for the schools’ teams. As a bank, Nedbank, after all, understands that community engagement is vital and their vision is to be the bank that makes things that really matter in a society happen. After all the formalities, introductions and information sessions, the ribbon for the official opening of the eMkhondo branch of Nedbank was cut by the Executive Mayor of Mkhondo, the honourable Councillor B. H. Mtshali. If you need a bank, you know where to go.