VBS Mutual Bank History

VBS Mutual Bank History

VBS Mutual Bank History, VBS Mutual Bank, VBS Mutual Bank is a South African mutual bank. It was formed as Venda Building Society in 1982, and became a mutual bank in 1992. By 2016 the bank reportedly had around 30,000 depositors with all deposits in the bank totalling R800 million. In 2017 the bank listed on the South African Stock Exchange.  Most of its branches and clients are located in Limpopo province.


Prior to 2014 the bank was relatively small and primarily involved in retail banking with many of its depositors consisting of burial societies and stokvels. The bank in turn issued mortgages and short term loans to its clients allowing them to use their property or banking deposits as collateral. The South African Public Investment Corporationinherited its shares in VBS bank when it succeeded the pension fund of the Venda bantustan government thereby giving it a 25% ownership stake in the bank. Largest shareholder in the bank was the Venda royal family which owned 51% of the bank.

Prior to coming under curatorship in 2018 the bank gain notoriety in 2016 when it gave a R7.8 million loan to then President Jacob Zuma when he was ordered to repay the state for controversial improvements to his personal homestead at Nkandla.

Our Vision

We aim to be South Africa’s Leading Specialist Corporate and Retail Bank

Our Values

We live and operate amongst our customers and business partners who are our neighbours and friends

We understand our strategic importance in society by maintaining highest standards of governance, local empowerment and ethics

Our Mission

We understand that the needs of our customers are unique and specific by delivering tailor made, high quality and innovative products and services

We leverage our local expertise and understanding in the provision of specialised corporate, retail banking products and services to our defined target market and business partners

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Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST

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