South Africa extends terms of pandemic debts for dwindling businesses

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South Africa extends terms of pandemic debts for dwindling businesses

On Sunday, the South African Treasury said in a statement that the fiscally embattled country would extend the terms of debts for small- and medium-scale businesses by six months aimed at proffering the beleaguered businesses sufficient time to grapple with the pandemic-propelled recession, while the S.

African Treasury had also brought into effect a swathe of changes in order to make the loans easier to access, pointing towards a step-up in efforts from the Government of President Cyril Ramaphosa to revive the country’s sharply worsening economic outlook.

In point of fact, latest move from the South African Treasury to extend the terms of debts up to six months for small- and medium-sized businesses came forth roughly a quarter after the S. African President Ramaphosa had announced a $12 billion or 200 billion S.

African rand debt scheme back in April this year aimed at enabling the businesses to weather the pandemic’s financial repercussions on the southernmost tip of the world’s already contracting economy. Aside from that, the S.

African Treasury had also added at its Sunday statement that the extension in the terms of loans were intended to meet pressing requirements such as salaries, contractual obligations alongside rents.

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African businesses are struggling to recover even as lockdown lifted

In factuality, a majority of S. African business activities had been met with a sheer stagnation following the Government’s inclination of a forced lockdown measure at the end of March this year in order to contain the pandemic outbreak, while during the April-June quarter of the year, much of the S.

African businesses had lost a lion-share of their revenues, however, they had still been facing off fixed business costs, while the latest leg of stimulus in form of an expansion of the terms of debts by as much as 180 days, would likely to assist the disarrayed businesses to borrow some times amid a near standstill in activities, suggested industry analysts.

Meanwhile, adding that the introduction of new norms was aimed at helping businesses access the much-required debts more flexibly, the S. African Treasury said in a statement, “Sunday’s changes to the scheme include making bank credit assessments and loan approvals more discretionary and less restrictive.