"It always seems impossible until it's done."Nelson Mandela
Our History

The Centre of Excellence in Financial Services was registered on the 23rd of December 2016.

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Our Mission

View our mission and vision.

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Centre of Excellence in Financial Services Announced

At the State of the Nation address 2016.

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Research reports

Take a look at our research reports here.


DRRP research

We request for research on a number of interesting and challenging topics. Read through some of our problem statements, research proposals and articles here.


Working papers

Take a look at our working papers here.


DRRP articles

Read the research papers submitted in response to problem statements supplied by the industry.


Latest Media

  • The case for catastrophe bonds in Southern Africa

    The frequency and intensity of cyclones across Southern Africa may be increasing, and with the impact of flooding not only taking lives, but damaging infrastructure and livelihoods, the potential support provided through catastrophe bonds may need to be considered.

    July 5, 2024
  • New board membership

    The Centre of Excellence in Financial Services would like to take this opportunity to welcome Mr Kuben Naidoo to the board.

    June 14, 2024
  • Banking on small and medium-sized enterprises

    The small, micro and medium enterprises have become a national focus area in South Africa, with many state and private institutions wanting to understand this complex ecosystem. Access to finance has been a popular narrative for the lack of growth of this sector, but it has many friction points that all contribute to the current state of SME development.

    May 14, 2024
  • Board Member Spotlight: Recognising Outstanding Achievements

    The Centre of Excellence in Financial Services (COEFS) is indeed proud to recognise the achievements of our board member, Professor Euvin Naidoo, who has been recognised for two global awards of distinction this year.

    May 13, 2024