South Africa’s Reserve Bank has announced that it will compensate depositors of Habib Overseas Bank up to R100,000 per depositor.
- The compensation scheme comes after Habib Overseas Bank was placed under curatorship in 2019 due to concerns about its financial stability.
- The Reserve Bank has stated that the compensation will be paid out to eligible depositors in two tranches, with the first tranche to be paid out by the end of June 2023.
- The compensation will be funded by the Reserve Bank’s Deposit Insurance Fund, which is designed to protect depositors in the event of a bank failure.
- The Reserve Bank has emphasized that the compensation scheme is only applicable to depositors of Habib Overseas Bank and not to its shareholders or other creditors.
- The compensation scheme is expected to provide some relief to depositors who have been affected by the bank’s financial troubles and uncertainty over the safety of their deposits.