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Brexit could hurt SA’s economic growth – Kganyago

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The UK’s vote to go away nations will hurt South Africa’s economic growth, according to Reserve Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago.

“We probably would not take off for an economic depression at this moment, but there’s inevitably that it will slow the South African economy in the weak growth that any of us have,” Kganyago said inside an interview with Bloomberg TV within the European Central Bank Forum in Sintra, Portugal .

The UK is South Africa’s fifth-largest trading partner in addition to a slowdown resulting from Brexit may hurt consideration in the African nation’s exports. The economy shrunk by 1.2% inside the first quarter, as mining and farming output slumped resulting from low mineral prices as well as a drought. Gdp probably expand 0.8% this holiday season, based on the central bank, which is the slowest pace since a 2009 recession.

The rand dropped into a record against the yen through by far the most since 2008 with the dollar following UK’s vote sent investors scurrying for safe assets, before paring the decline. South Africa’s central bank will consider intervening inside foreign-exchange market whether it is orderly operation is threatened, Deputy Governor Daniel Mminele said on June 24.

“It has affected sentiment and investors would look for safe assets,”? Kganyago said. “We aren’t thought to be one of many safe assets.”

The Reserve Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee left the benchmark repurchase rate unchanged at 7% last month after raising it 4x since July, as well as being as a consequence of announce its next interest-rate decision on July 21. Brexit won’t make much move to the central bank’s interest-rate outlook, Kganyago said.

“There are so many moving parts right now,” he explained. “In checking effect within the global economy on Nigeria we look after UK”

The rand strengthened 1.64% to fifteen.1896 per dollar as of 23:45?in Johannesburg. Yields on rand-denominated bonds due December 2026 fell 24 basis points to 8.91%.

? 2016 Bloomberg

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