South Africa holds key rate in unanimous decision

South Africa’s central bank left its main interest rate on hold at 6.5% on Thursday as expected, saying it would…

South Africa’s central bank left its main interest rate on hold at 6.5% on Thursday as expected, saying it would like to see inflation expectations anchored closer to the midpoint of its target range. The decision by the bank’s monetary policy committee (MPC) was unanimous. South Africa has seen benign inflation outcomes this year, but growth has been sluggish. That has piled pressure on President Cyril Ramaphosa, who has staked his reputation on lifting the economy out of a deep slump.

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