On 17 March the SA Reserve Bank Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) increased the repo rate by 25 basis points to 7% due mainly to upside risks to the inflation forecast and the protracted period of the expected breach (the target band is between 3% and 6%).
According to the MPC inflation is now expected to average 6.6% and 6.4% in 2016 and 2017.
The Reserve Bank cut its growth forecast for 2016 to 0.8%.
The graph below shows:
Interest rates have edged higher since 2014.
The prime lending rate in SA was last around 10% in mid-2010.
The repo rate was last in double-digit territory in 2009.
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For more read the Moneyweb article “Inflation climbs to 7%, highest rate since 2009”