How Cheapest Bank In South Africa Stacks Up Against The Rest


Capitec Bank is generally the cheapest bank for the needs of most people, despite strong competition from other banks, according to Solidarity’s 2016 Bank Charges Report.

As a result of strong competition in the basic bank account market, all four major South African banks are now keeping the cost of the accounts relatively low, according to Paul Joubert, senior researcher at the Solidarity Research Institute.

“Therefore, all Capitec’s big competitors are now imitating Capitec’s low cost account model,” he said.

He said unlike in the past, even Nedbank, with its new Pay-As-You-Use account, now also competes well with the cheaper accounts offered by Capitec, Absa, FNB and Standard Bank.

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This year’s bank charges report covers all the major transactional accounts from South Africa’s largest five banks – Capitec, FNB, Standard Bank Nedbank and Absa – across four client profiles.

“The user profiles are not defined according to income level, but rather by the number of transactions on each profile,” the report stated.

These profiles were based on guidelines as promoted by the banks and covers transactions ranging from 12 basic transactions to a comprehensive 30 transactions. The four categories are:

1. Accounts marketed to people with a low income and who have basic banking needs. (Profile with 12 transactions per month)


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