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2015 marks the third year of Absa Private Banking’s sponsorship of Southern Guild. We are proud to take part in bringing the captivating and sophisticated world of design to life at GUILD; Africa’s international design fair. Through GUILD, our clients will have a fantastic opportunity to experience artworks from international designers from across the globe.

Developing local designers and the design industry is at the heart of our partnership with Southern Guild, in their objective of showcasing local designers on global platforms.

Southern Guild is a trailblazer in the South African design movement and we believe their development philosophy is aligned to our purpose of helping people achieve their ambitions in the right way. It speaks to tailoring customised solutions for the medley of clientele we hold, who vary from individuals who are building and growing their wealth to those who are well-established and looking to leave a sustainable legacy for their loved ones.

Enhancing and creating global growth opportunities is another commonality we share with Southern Guild, as the Southern Guild Design Foundation gives local designers exposure on global platforms. The same rings true with our vision, as part of the Barclays Group, to make banking seamless for all our clients, globally.

We are proud to, once again, be the exclusive financial services partner for GUILD, Southern Guild and the Southern Guild Design Foundation.


The V&A Waterfront is a proud supporter of creativity and design, and as such, is proud to host the GUILD International Design Fair this year. Our involvement in initiatives such as these form part of our ongoing commitment to supporting arts, design and culture in South Africa. We continue to look at ways in which the V&A Waterfront can be a place where commerce meets culture, and be a social nexus for all Capetonians, South Africa and international visitors who take joy in celebrating culture.

A company with a proud South African heritage, Safmarine was started to connect South Africa to the world, and the world to South Africa. 60 years later we conduct business in more than 90 countries and are excited to be partnering with Guild for the second year to showcase South African design. As Guild stimulates local design and thus increasing demand, more investment in local capacity occurs.

As investment increases, job creation increases - stimulating exports and increasing the disposable income of those involved, which stimulates demand for imported goods. Virtuous cycles like these align to our vision of finding the balance between ‘people, planet and profit’ by minimising any negative impact our business has on the environment whilst contributing positively to our people, communities and customers. We are proud to be part of a partnership such as this. Partnerships where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.