Johannesburg headquartered Absa has launched a fully functional mobile bank after a branch in the Eastern Cape was destroyed by fire.
Built in six weeks, Absa’s mobile ‘Branch-on-the-move’, will serve as an emergency branch, moving to wherever it is required and does not have to be dissembled before being transported.
The Branch-on-the-move was built to serve the town of Idutywa while a new bank branch is under construction.
Arrie Rautenbach, head of retail markets, says: "Branch-on-the-move is designed to simulate the functionality of an entire bank branch in the form of a large container on wheels, that can be set up to be fully functional anywhere in the country within 24 hours of arrival."
"It will move to areas of the country to extend its banking services where renovations, fire damage, water damage, ATM bombings or even construction interrupt normal branch operations."
"This service will especially be felt in remote rural villages. As we invest in our community, Branch-on-the-Move makes it possible for us to make our customers’ lives easier, through a facility that addresses the financial needs of these isolated rural communities."
"As a leading financial services provider, we’re fully committed to serving the community. We continue to invest in branches and the launch of the Branch-on-the-move service in Idutywa is part of this programme – promoting a continuous effort to serve customers in and around remote parts of the country better."
Branch-on-the-move offers full banking services with two tellers, two sales consultants, a branch manager and an ATM. It includes a kitchen and a bathroom for staff members.