The cost of borrowing in South Africa is expected to increase later this month, adding more hardship to debt-laden consumers.
- The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) is likely to implement another interest rate hike, with experts predicting a small increase of 25 basis points.
- The SARB has already implemented a series of 75 basis point hikes over the past year to combat high inflation.
- The US Federal Reserve’s intention to resume interest rate increases has influenced the SARB’s decision to tighten its monetary policy further.
- The SARB expects inflation to taper down and decline within the target range in the latter part of the second half of the year.
- The tight monetary policy in South Africa has resulted in the prime interest rate rising to its highest level since the 2008 global financial crisis, causing difficulty for borrowers in meeting debt repayments.
- While interest rates may cause hardship for consumers, the SARB views them as a necessary tool to combat inflation and maintain price stability.