The past few months certainly haven’t been kind to the rand, with the emerging-market currency tumbling 13.6% against the US dollar so far this quarter.
But it appears that the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) won’t be taking any sudden action to bolster the currency.
Yesterday SARB Deputy Governor Kuben Naidoo was quoted as saying: ‘If there is persistence in that currency weakness and it feeds into other prices, we would have to act. It’s not an immediate response, we will wait – because the economy is weak we can afford to wait and see. That may be a few months, maybe a few quarters’.
Today’s high-profile South African inflation report is the main news to focus on, with an unexpected result having the potential to spark yet more rand volatility.