Deutsche Bank plans to start rebuilding its SA workforce just months after scaling back staff and cutting costs as part of a global restructuring. The German lender is appointing a new head of its corporate finance coverage in Johannesburg, which bore the brunt of the cuts that saw the number of Deutsche Bank’s SA employees reduced by as many as 50 last year. The bank then plans to hire 26 people across that unit and in others, such as fixed income, local CEO Muneer Ismail said in an interview on Tuesday. “The hiring we are currently pursuing is geared toward enhancing the areas where we have global and local strengths, such as fixed income,” Ismail said. “In the next two-to-three months we should be back to fighting strength.” Deutsche Bank said in June it would terminate its advisory, corporate-broking and sponsor-services units in SA as part of a wider turnaround plan by then newly-appointed CEO Christian Sewing. This month, Sewing kicked off a new era, saying that costs are unde...

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