Deepening Democracy through Access to Information
Home / News / All News RSS ← Back
Gold|New York|Africa|Finance|Lifting|Paper|Platinum|S&P|Africa|North Korea|South Africa|United States|Finance|Top 40|Jacob Zuma

Email this article

separate emails by commas, maximum limit of 4 addresses

Verification Image. Please refresh the page if you cannot see this image.

Sponsored by


Article Enquiry

Rand edges up before Moody's rating decision

Verification Image. Please refresh the page if you cannot see this image.

Embed Video

Rand edges up before Moody's rating decision

Photo by Duane Daws

11th August 2017

By: Reuters


Font size: -+

South Africa's rand strengthened on Friday as escalating geopolitical tension between the United States and North Korea drove up demand for safe-haven assets like gold and platinum, lifting the currencies of commodity exporters.

At 0640 GMT, the rand was 0.11% firmer at 13.4450 per dollar compared with a close of 13.4600 overnight in New York.


Gold prices held steady after touching their highest in over two months. The spot price of platinum jumped 0.3% as global risk-aversion pulled traders into metals.

The rand remains near a one-month low hit on Tuesday as President Jacob Zuma survived a no-confidence vote, and is set to remain under pressure with Moody's releasing its review of the country's debt later in the session.

South Africa's sovereign debt was cut to sub-invesment by Fitch and S&P Global Ratings in April after Zuma fired Pravin Gordhan as finance minister. In June, Moody's cut is rating to one notch above junk with a negative outlook.

All three agencies have cited political interference in economic policy and the dismal growth outlook as the key threats to the country's rating. The Reserve Bank estimates growth of only 0.5% in 2017.

Bonds were weaker, with the yield on the benchmark paper due in 2026 up 3.5 basis points to 8.635%.

Stocks were set to open lower at 0700 GMT, with the JSE securities exchange's Top-40 futures index down 1%.


To subscribe email or click here
To advertise email or click here

Comment Guidelines

About is a product of Creamer Media.

Other Creamer Media Products include:
Engineering News
Mining Weekly
Research Channel Africa

Read more


We offer a variety of subscriptions to our Magazine, Website, PDF Reports and our photo library.

Subscriptions are available via the Creamer Media Store.

View store


Advertising on is an effective way to build and consolidate a company's profile among clients and prospective clients. Email

View options