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Address by President Cyril Ramaphosa to the Joint Sitting of Parliament on South Africa's Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan.
Business owners could not have known how fundamentally their lives would change only a few months ago. We now know the pandemic has wreaked havoc on cash flows, supply chains, debt repayments and the general financial standing of thousands of companies in South Africa.
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.
Debt relief for the most vulnerable in society is crucial, but the National Credit Amendment (NCA) Act will not achieve this. The extremely high rate of over-indebtedness among South Africans is well documented. The seriousness of the situation is well reflected in the headline to an article last year in the Economist: “In South Africa, more people have loans than jobs”.