With South Africa’s inflation rate below the lower limit of the inflation target at 2.9%, and local inflationary expectations remaining well-anchored, it was expected that the Monetary Policy Committee would keep the repo rate unchanged, says Dr Andrew Golding, chief executive of the Pam Golding Property group.

South African home buyers can look forward to a few more months of record-low interest rates as the Monetary Policy Committee has once again opted to hold the repo rate steady at 3.5%.

Thursday, 25 March 2021 19:29

Repo rate unchanged at 3.5%

The Monetary Policy Committee has decided against altering the repo rate, deciding to keep it unchanged at 3.5% per annum, said Reserve Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago.

The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) is set to hold the repo rate at the 23-25 March meeting, according to a unanimous vote by 25 economists on Finder’s repo rate forecast report.  

The South African Reserve Bank has just announced that it is holding the repo rate steady, as South Africa battles the second wave of the COVID-19.

Thursday, 21 January 2021 16:25

Repo rate remains unchanged at 3.5%

The Monetary Policy Committee has decided to keep the repo rate unchanged at 3.5% per annum, Reserve Bank Governor, Lesetja Kganyago, has announced.

As the country emerges from COVID-19-related lockdowns, the hard lockdown having been in April and May 2020, high frequency data points to quite a lengthy road back to “full” recovery for the economy.

During the third quarter of 2020 (Q3 20), South Africa’s COVID-19 lockdown moved from Alert Level 3 through to Level 1.

Tuesday, 06 October 2020 22:09

What’s making the rand tick?

The rand has been surprisingly strong since early April, with a few reversals along the way. What is driving this and how long can it last?

Returning from a nationwide catchup with their network of brokers and lending partners, Paragon Lending Solution CEO, Gary Palmer, says despite banks’ and landlords’ considerable help during lockdown, South Africa should prepare for a very bumpy few months as lenders and landlords run out of runway and eviction notices begin to pile up. 

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