Ratings agencies applaud South Africa’s budget

23 February 2018

Ratings agencies Fitch, Moody’s and S&P’s Global all applauded South Africa‘s budget where the National Treasury raised value added tax for the first time in over two decades and announced plans to dramatically reduce its debt, a seniorTreasury official said on Thursday.

“We engaged with Fitch and Moody’s and S&P’s. Their preliminary view was that we did well,” Director General Dondo Mogajane told a Parliamentary committee, saying the department had spoken telephonically to the agencies after the budget speech was delivered on Wednesday.

Fitch and S&P’s cut the country’s local debt rating to subinvestment in 2017, while Moody’s is due to announce a decision in March. 

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