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SA’s economy within a low-growth trap, Kganyago says

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South Africa’s economy is at a low-growth trap plus the central bank is not able to assist its recovery, depending on Governor Lesetja Kganyago.

“We are engaged in what has been happening together with the growth outlook,” Kganyago said in the interview with Bloomberg TV along at the List of 20 meetings in Chengdu, China, on Saturday. “The slowdown throughout the market has nothing related to technical factors that should be dealt with by monetary policy. The slowdown in growth is because of structural impediments.”

The Reserve Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee left the benchmark repurchase rate unchanged at 7% on July 21 the way it slashed its 2016 growth forecast for Africa’s most-industrialized economy to zero percent. The nation’s economic outlook has deteriorated caused by weak export demand, the worst drought in more when compared to a century, low commodity prices, and a lot of recently, the U.K.’s vote to give up the EU. The MPC raised the key rate by 125 basis points since last July to help inflation back toward its 3% to 6% target band.

The rand has strengthened 8% about the dollar at the moment after losing 26% of its value in 2015.

Inflation below forecasts gave the central bank room to pause its interest-rate increase cycle, Kganyago said. While price growth could surprise towards the downside if ever the rand sustains its recent strength, the central bank stands in a position to act on loan rates just to make sure, he was quoted saying.

Inflation quickened to.3% in June and can get back to the target band in the third quarter of the coming year, reported by central bank forecasts.

If a high inflation rate becomes the norm, observers may think the central bank is glad to tolerate price growth beyond your target range, Kganyago said.

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