Citizen Reporter
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21 Jul 2022
3:42 pm

Biggest interest rate hike since 2002 to drain South Africans’ pockets

Citizen Reporter

The increase brings the repo rate up to 5.5% and the prime rate to 9%. 

Reserve Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago. Picture: Gallo Images

South Africans will feel even more pain in their pockets after the repo rate was increased by 75 basis points on Thursday, a day after it was announced that inflation is at its highest since 2009.

Reserve Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago announced the hike on Thursday.

It brings the repo rate up to 5.5% and the prime rate to 9%. 

This is the steepest hike since 2002, when the Reserve Bank (Sarb) increased the repo rate by 75 basis points.

Kganyago said the interest rate hike is being implemented to rein in inflation.

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The increased repo rate comes a day after it was revealed that inflation for June surged by 1.1% compared to May.

This is the highest inflation figure in South Africa in 13 years, mainly due to fuel and food prices.

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