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Little room to defer policy response: South Africa’s central bank says

By on June 24, 2016

South Africa’s Reserve Bank (SARB) said on Friday there is little space to defer a monetary policy responseas inflation expectations are already close to the top end of its target range.

The central bank has raised lending rates by 200 basis points to 7 percent over the past two years in a bid to keep inflation within its target band of 3 to 6 percent, despite sluggish economic growth.

South Africa’s headline consumer inflation unexpectedly slowed to 6.1 percent year-on-year in May from 6.2 percent in April, Statistics South Africa said on Wednesday.

The bank, however, said policymakers were cognisant that economic growth was very subdued.

SARB forecast Africa’s most advanced economy to grow by 0.8 percent this year, hobbled by low commodity prices, a drought and political ructions that have unnerved investors.

“In recognition of this challenge, the current interest rate hiking cycle has been slower than any in recent history. In both nominal and real terms, the repo rate remains at relatively low levels,” the bank said.

In his comments in the report, Governor Lesetja Kganyago said the 2015/16 proved to be an extremely challenging time for monetary policy against the backdrop of slowing global and domestic economic growth.

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