Economists say the rand has lost major ground after it was stated at the African National Congress (ANC) policy conference that the ruling party had been discussing nationalising the South African Reserve Bank (Sarb).
Alongside this, international factors and poor manufacturing figures have put pressure on the the local currency for most of the week.
At 4pm on Wednesday, the local currency was trading at R13.48 to the US dollar compared to R13.08 on Tuesday, at R17.41 to the pound from R17.10 before and at R15.27 to the euro from R14.95 the day before.
Ray White spoke to economist Isaac Matshego on the implications of having a wholly state-owned bank.
The bank says a change of ownership will not result in a higher degree of control as the bank will continue to have an oversight role.
Matshego has shared these sentiments and says the change will most certainly not change the bank's mandate.
I do not believe that getting rid of the minority shareholders of the Reserve Bank will actually change the mandate of the Reserve Bank.— Isaac Matshego, Economist at Nedbank
You must remember that the mandate of the Reserve Bank is in the Constitution.— Isaac Matshego, Economist at Nedbank
It was quite encouraging yesterday that Enoch Godongwana clarified that this proposed change will not affect the constituted mandate of the Sarb.— Isaac Matshego, Economist at Nedbank
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