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Why there may be two further interest rate cuts

the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) is under both political and social pressure to also target economic growth, which is sometimes accompanied by a demand for “full employment”. Arguably, the economically devastating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic cannot be offset by further reductions in the repo rate, which goes some way to explaining why pressure for changes in, or enhancements to, the SARB’s mandate receded toward the end of 2020. Similarly, calls for the SARB to lose its independence have also receded in the last few months.

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