First National Bank (FNB) has announced it will be extending its operating hours during the week and will have a number of branches open on Sundays.

Of the 202 branches that will be operating over extended hours, 159 will operate from 8am to 5.30 during the week, and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays. Only 58 branches will be operating on Sunday, and will mainly be located in malls around Gauteng.

“The decision to extend business hours at FNB branches is based on demand by our customers; we wanted to ensure we service them at times and locations that are convenient for them. As a start the extended hours and Sunday trading will be implemented only in Gauteng. While branch hours are being extended, our digital channels remain key platforms of banking and will be accessible at branches or remotely because they are central to FNB’s banking ecosystem,” said Lee -Anne Van Zyl, CEO of FNB Points of Presence.

The decision to operate during Sundays for branches located in malls stems from a recent study FNB conducted, which found that foot traffic in CBD locations declined on weekends, while there’s a sharp increase in malls.

There is a small caveat, however.

“The branches that will operate on Sundays will not offer teller services; we will have staff on the ground to assist customers with their queries when using our digital platforms. Despite not having teller presence customers will still be able to conduct their banking as normal,” Van Zyl said.

The following 58 Malls will be open for Sunday Trading:

Gauteng South East Balfour Park
Gauteng South East Bedford Gardens
Gauteng North Tshwane Boulders
Gauteng South East Bracken City
Gauteng North Tshwane Brooklyn
Gauteng North JHB Bryanston
Gauteng North JHB Clearwater Mall – Sales & Service
Gauteng North JHB Cradlestone
Gauteng North JHB Cresta Centre
Gauteng North JHB Diepsloot
Gauteng North Tshwane dotFNB Centurion Mall
Gauteng North JHB dotFNB Cradlestone
Gauteng South East dotFNB Eastgate
Gauteng North JHB dotFNB Hyde Park
Gauteng North JHB dotFNB Nicolway
Gauteng South East East Rand Mall
Gauteng South East Eastgate
Gauteng South West Evaton Plaza
Gauteng North JHB Festival mall
Gauteng North Tshwane Forest Hill
Gauteng North JHB Fourways Mall
Gauteng South East Golden Walk
Gauteng North JHB Greenstone Branch
Gauteng South East Heidelberg Mall
Gauteng North Tshwane Irene
Gauteng South West Jabulani Mall
Gauteng North JHB Key West
Gauteng North JHB Killarney
Gauteng North Tshwane Kolonnade
Gauteng South East Lakeside Mall
Gauteng North Tshwane Lifestyle Centurion
Gauteng North Tshwane Lynnwood
Gauteng North Tshwane Mabopane
Gauteng South East Mall @ Carnival
Gauteng North Tshwane Mamelodi
Gauteng South West Maponya Mall
Gauteng North JHB Melrose Arch
Gauteng North Tshwane Menlyn Park
Gauteng South East Northmead Square
Gauteng North JHB Northgate
Gauteng South East Norwood Mall
Gauteng North JHB OR Tambo
Gauteng South West Park Central
Gauteng South East Primrose
Gauteng South West Protea Glen
Gauteng North JHB Randburg Square
Gauteng North JHB Sandton City
Gauteng South East Southgate
Gauteng North Tshwane Sunny Park
Gauteng South East Sunward Park
Gauteng South East The Glen
Gauteng North Tshwane The Reds
Gauteng South East Tsakane Mall
Gauteng South West Vaal Mall
Gauteng North Tshwane West End
Gauteng South West Westgate
Gauteng North Tshwane Woodlands Boulevard
Gauteng North JHB Woodmead

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