Poor governance practices, poor oversight and a lack of accountability lie at the heart of state capture and the large-scale corporate fraud that has dominated newspaper headlines in South Africa over the last three years. It is precisely due to the weaknesses in the governance structures and systems that dishonest and unethical leaders have been able to plunder state resources and commit fraud.
Moody’s cut both the local and foreign currency-denominated debt from Baa3 to Ba1 and retained the negative outlook. Their statement highlighted South Africa’s deteriorating fiscal situation amidst very weak economic growth, saying: 'The key driver behind the rating downgrade to BA1 is the continuing deterioration in fiscal strength and structurally very weak growth.'
Travel bans, lockdown, working from home and avoiding public spaces have suddenly become the new normal, and you may be feeling unsettled and anxious as the coronavirus crisis wreaks havoc on our everyday activities and routines.
The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) unanimously decided to decrease the repo rate by 100 basis points to 5.25%. This somewhat unprecedented move was a direct result of the deterioration in economic conditions due to the COVID-19 pandemic experienced in South Africa and across the globe.
In the midst of a recessionary domestic economy, favourable inflation outlook and lower oil prices, the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) got room to cut interest rates by 100 basis points to 5.25%. A rate cut, downside inflation outlook and supportive rand boost agriculture rebound.
It’s still early enough in the year to review your spending habits, getting your finances into shape and implementing a financial plan that will ensure you get back on track. According to the 2019 Consumer Credit Market Report carried out by the National Credit Regulator, 59% of employees are stressed about their finances with less than 15% of South Africans able to afford retirement.
Bank hackers, email phishing scams and identity theft are synonymous with fraud in the financial sector. According to a statement by the South African Banking Risk Information Centre (SABRIC), more than R 800 million were lost over the last couple of years in South Africa due to fraud.
Budget statements have in recent years perennially made downward revisions in economic growth projections. Disappointing growth outcomes compared to official forecasts is partly attributed to the inability to implement planned structural reforms that would have delivered improved growth outcomes.