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SARB repo rate - South African central bank’s interest rate

Charts - historic SARB interest rates

Graph South African interest rate SARB - last year

Graph South African interest rate SARB - long-term graph

The current South African interest rate SARB (base rate) is 3.500 %

South African Reserve Bank

The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) is South Africa’s central bank. The SARB’s vision is based on maintaining the growth of the South African economy. The basis for this lies in the market system, competition, justice and balanced economic development. The mission of the South African central bank is to achieve and maintain price stability and protect the value of the currency, the rand. The SARB’s monetary policy is based on an inflation target which currently works with a range of 3 to 6 percent on a rolling basis (CPI). For an overview of current inflation in South Africa, click here

SARB repo (interest) rate

When reference is made to the South African interest rate this often refers to the repo rate. This base rate is also called the repurchase rate. In order to counter inflation, excessive growth of the available funds (money) must be prevented. To this end the commercial banks must keep interest rates at a level which prevents an excessive growth in bank lending. In order to achieve this the central bank sets the level of the repo (repurchase) rate, thereby influencing the interest rates that banks pass on to their customers for products such as mortgages, business and personal loans and savings.

This page shows the current and historic values of the SARB’s repo rate.

For a summary of the current interest rates of a large number of central banks please click here.

Tables - current and historic South African central bank interest rates

SARB latest interest rate changes

 change date percentage
 july 23 2020 3.500 %
 may 21 2020 3.750 %
 april 14 2020 4.250 %
 march 19 2020 5.250 %
 january 16 2020 6.250 %
 july 18 2019 6.500 %
 november 22 2018 6.750 %
 march 28 2018 6.500 %
 july 21 2017 6.750 %
 march 17 2016 7.000 %

Summary of other central banks’ interest rates

 central bank interest rate region percentage date
 FED interest rate United States 0.250 % 03-15-2020
 RBA interest rate Australia 0.100 % 11-03-2020
 BACEN interest rate Brazil 6.250 % 09-22-2021
 BoE interest rate Great Britain 0.100 % 03-19-2020
 BOC interest rate Canada 0.250 % 03-27-2020
 PBC interest rate China 3.850 % 04-20-2020
 ECB interest rate Europe 0.000 % 03-10-2016
 BoJ interest rate Japan -0.100 % 02-01-2016
 CBR interest rate Russia 6.750 % 09-11-2021
 SARB interest rate South Africa 3.500 % 07-23-2020

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American interest rate (Fed)0.25 %03-15-2020
Australian interest rate (RBA)0.10 %11-03-2020
British interest rate (BoE)0.10 %03-19-2020
Canadian interest rate (BOC)0.25 %03-27-2020
European interest rate (ECB)-03-10-2016
Japanese interest rate (BoJ)-0.10 %02-01-2016
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