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Thapelo Moloantoa

Journalist at Finbuzz.com
Highly experienced Digital Content Journalist who is one of our ‘foot soldiers’ in the hustle and bustle of the world’s financial capital, London.

Armed with a rich profile in Content Management, Thapelo has lived and worked as editor and journalist between London, Johannesburg and Cape Town since 2002. His entrepreneurial drive saw him establish a digital content start-up in London, FullCircle Circle Online, which he sold in 2013.

Thapelo attained his Bachelor of Social Sciences (BSosci) at the University of Cape Town, where he studied International Relations and Industrial Sociology. He continued his studies at the University of British Columbia (UBC), in Vancouver, Canada.

Thapelo’s vast digital content experience is supplemented by further studies at the University of Westminster Business School, where he recently attained a Certificate in Digital Marketing (Institute of Digital Marketing).

He enjoys playing and watching football (Arsenal fan who lives 10 minutes from the Emirates Stadium), reading up on the latest in Fintech and also keenly follows trends in international politics and socio-economics.
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A total of 1,150 runners took part in the London leg of the global series as they raced along the unique one-mile route around the Square Mile. Barclays took the honour of ‘Fastest Firm in the City’ with victory over second place J.P. Morgan, closely followed by Credit Suisse in third.

Bloomberg’s Samuel Esilaba
 told finbuzz.com about his excitement at being a part of the event.

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“This is an exciting event, firstly it is really great to see a number of individuals in finance who wouldn’t normally have time to interact in the city because of not finding the space to do something else outside of finance actually being here and mingling today.”

Samuel Esilaba
Samuel Esilaba

The Pricing Research and Contributions Analyst enthused about the greater good that the event advocates.

“I must mention that the event also gets a massive plus because of the involvement of benefits for charities. As you know there’s been a lot of ‘banker bashing’ recently so this event goes a long way to prove that bankers do care about more than money.”

The team that completed its 10 cumulative one-mile laps the fastest was Barclays, crossing the line in a time of 53:05 and donating the £5,000 charitable cheque to Richard House Children’s Hospice.

This was not a once-off for Esilaba as he often take time off the rigours of the finance world to be involved in sport.

“Just last week I ran two 10 kilometres marathons in preparation for the Delloites Corporate 13.1 marathon, which is a part of the greater Royal Parks half-marathon.

All of this is a build-up to the London Marathon which I am hoping to run next year. Running is part of my daily life. It is one of things that I can’t live without.

“I normally run long marathons so this is the first time I am involved in a relay.”

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Mark Flatman, Head of Sales, Bloomberg L.P., EMEA
was equally excited about the outcome of their initiative.

“The Bloomberg Square Mile Relay, now in its tenth year in London, embodies the spirit of collaboration and speed needed in business. It’s great to see so many friends, clients and employees of Bloomberg, running alongside each other for their chosen charities. Congratulations to Barclays on their big win tonight,” he said.

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To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Bloomberg Square Mile Relay in London, and in recognition of the high percentage of companies that enter both female and male runners, a new award for the ‘Fastest Mixed Team’ was introduced. Nike UK & Ireland won in a time of 58:22.

Individually, Andrew Lawrence of Barclays clocked the fastest mile in a time of 04:48 which would make even Sir Roger Bannister proud!

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