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SARB’s Interest Rate Dilemma: Navigating Economic Uncertainties in 2024 

The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) is facing a challenging decision-making landscape in 2024 as it grapples with a mix of domestic and global economic uncertainties.  

Following a series of interest rate hikes in 2023, including a significant increase to a 14-year high of 8.25%, the Sarb opted to maintain this rate unchanged in its first Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting of the year. 

One of the primary concerns highlighted by SARB Governor Lesetja Kganyago is the persistent threat of inflation, driven in part by unpredictable local food prices and logistical bottlenecks.  

These challenges are compounded by global factors such as the robust US labour market and geopolitical tensions affecting shipping routes. 

The SARB's cautious approach reflects its mandate to ensure price stability while balancing the need for economic stimulus.  

Despite market expectations of potential rate cuts in the latter part of 2024, the Sarb remains committed to monitoring economic indicators closely. 

Thalia Petousis, Portfolio Manager of the Allan Gray Money Market Fund, emphasizes the delicate balance the Sarb must strike in maintaining monetary policy effectiveness amidst evolving economic conditions.  

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