September Debt Relief Update

There has been an increase in the rate of uptake in the Covid-19 Loan Guarantee Scheme, despite demand for credit from the private sector continuing to slow, due to uncertain business conditions, unreliable electricity supply and a weak economy.

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August Debt Relief Update

Despite uncertain business conditions and a weak economy reducing demand for credit, South African banks have been able to provide a cumulative R46,22 billion – in financial relief and loan guarantees – to South African businesses and individuals who are financially distressed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and national lockdown, up to 15 August 2020.

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Bank Support Measures

The Minister of Finance, Mr Tito Mboweni, on the 19th of August met with the Board of the Banking Association South Africa to discuss measures banks were taking to support the economy as the country moved to Level 2 of the Covid-19 lockdown.

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COVID-19 Loan Guarantee Update

The Covid-19 Loan Guarantee Scheme was set up to help ease some pressure off qualifying businesses negatively affected by low economic activity following the global lockdown imposed to reduce the spread of COVID-19. It has been reviewed to make it easier to access. Some of the changes include that bank credit assessments and loan approvals will be more discretionary and less restrictive, in line with the objectives of the scheme. In addition, clients are now being able to access the loan over a longer period.

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COVID-19 Loan Guarantee FAQ

The Covid-19 Loan Guarantee Scheme provides loans, substantially guaranteed by government, to eligible businesses to assist them during the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds borrowed from this scheme, through the banking industry, can be used for operational expenses, such as salaries, rent and lease agreements and contracts with suppliers.

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Regulation for Big Tech

IBFed) and Oliver Wyman published their joint report titled “Big-Banks-Bigger-Techs-How-policy-makers-could-respond-to-a-probable-discontinuity”. The report shows how authorities worldwide face the difficult challenge of ensuring that regulation and supervision protects consumers and systemic stability while capturing the benefits of innovation and competition. This IBFed report shows how authorities face the challenge of protecting consumers and systemic stability while capturing the benefits of innovation and competition.

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June Debt Relief Update

South African banks have so far approved more than R30,6 billion in relief to individuals and businesses affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and national lockdown. Separately, over R10, 6 billion has been extended to distressed businesses under the Covid-19 Loan Guarantee Scheme.

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Supplementary Budget June 2020

During his supplementary budget speech, the Minister of Finance, Tito Mboweni, called on South Africans to confront the problems facing the country head-on. Yet, there was little detail in the budget on the structural reform and growth enhancing policies that are urgently required for any realistic chance of South Africa achieving a reduction in unsustainable government debt and a primary surplus by 2024.

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Tips to prevent Card Not Present (CNP) Fraud

Card-not-present fraud (CNP) is the leading contributor to gross card fraud losses, which occurs when a person’s card number is used fraudulently by someone else to make a purchase while the physical card is in their possession.

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Tips to Prevent Phishing and Vishing Phishing

Today we’re tackling the issue of how to avoid phishing and voice phishing (vishing). You can learn about other similar threats—and how to prevent this type of cyber crime.

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