News FlashesApril 6, 2020

CRS News Flash 3 April 2020 – SOUTH AFRICA – Official Interest Rate



It is important that employers note the following:

Reduction of official interest rate announced

The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the South African Reserve Bank has decided to reduce the repo rate. The announcement was made on Thursday, 19 March 2020.

The repo rate has been reduced by 100 basis points to 5.25% per year, effective from 20 March 2020. This means that the rate at which the SARB lends to your bank has decreased from 6,25% to 5.25%.

For employers, the official interest rate applicable to payrolls will be 6.25%, effective from 1 April 2020.

The definition of “official interest rate” in the Seventh Schedule of the Income Tax Act means:

  • In the case of a loan which is denominated in the currency of the Republic, the South African repurchase (repo) rate + 100 basis points; or
  • In the case of a loan which is denominated in any other currency, the South African repurchase rate applicable in that currency + 100 basis points.

Where a new repurchase rate or equivalent rate is determined, the new interest rate applies for the purposes of this definition from the first day of the month following the date on which that new repurchase rate or equivalent rate comes into operation.


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