Standard Bank Group, Africa's largest bank by assets and earnings has received several prestigious awards in numerous categories in the 2014 Euromoney Real Estate Survey Awards.

Standard Bank, Africa's biggest lender by assets and earnings, remains committed to funding affordable housing developments and continues to see healthy demand for homes in this segment.

On Thursday the SARB Monetary Policy Committee elected not to raise the repo rate which will remain unchanged at 5.5% until the next meeting on the 17th of July.

The Reserve Bank's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has left the repo rate unchanged at 5.5% per annum.

FinMark Trust annual FinScope South Africa 2013 survey results reveals a significant increase in financial inclusion compared to last year from 28.9 million people in 2012, to 30.7 million in 2013.

Submitting building plans is set to become easier, faster and paperless, with the City of Cape Town's overhaul of the current development plan application process.

In today's fast moving and economically challenging business environment it is increasingly necessary to have access to available funds in order to secure transactions as they arise or reinvest capital into a business at short notice.

One of the more positive signs of the property market in 2013 is that banks started to ease their lending criteria.

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