Big banks still in hibernation - and many staffers might never return to the office

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The silence in Sandton and other banking precincts is here to stay - for now.
The silence in Sandton and other banking precincts is here to stay - for now.
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As South Africa battles a raging third wave of Covid-19 infections, most sectors have retreated to working from home - again. But for banks, it is more than just a short-term hibernation.

Most of the big banks had their staff working primarily from home since the lockdown began in March 2020.

While managers and executive teams frequented their offices more often whenever the rate of Covid-19 infections was under control, the financial houses have adopted a more flexible approach for the rest of their staff, one that will likely see many permanently work remotely.

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