Browsing: Banking in South Africa

  • South African Reserve Bank administers “bitter medicine”, raises key rate to 8.25 percent to tackle inflation.
  • Trading Economics states South Africa’s average food price inflation was 6.07 percent annually between 2009 and 2022.
  • Within the last three months of 2022, South Africa’s economic development has stumbled below pre-pandemic levels.

South African Reserve Bank has raised the benchmark interest rate to 8.25 percent, a 14-year high as policymakers move to tackle escalating inflation. Borrowers are set for tough times as Governor Lesetja Kganyago administers “bitter medicine” on the economy in the face of worsening inflation.

Globally, economies have been tightening fiscal stance to contain inflation in step with US Federal Reserve move to increase rates to check the rising cost of living.

South African Reserve Bank forced to increase rate

Since utility Eskom resorted to power cuts, South Africa has been plunged into numerous economic disruptions. As a result, this is …

Capitec Founder Michiel le Roux.

These prospective customer circumstances have provided the proverbial “ace” which Capitec has played very successfully during its 21 years of existence.

Capitec’s success is attributable largely to the leadership of one man Stassen and the support of his team. Stassen for his part is not a traditional banker, he was during his time at the helm of the bank an even more unconventional CEO.

In his own words, he is non-hierarchical, consultative, and often informal in his approach. By his own admission, he is not a natural reader but said that he learns a lot from observation… Typically the average chief executive is said to read at least 52 books a year… but then Stassen was not an average CEO.…

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