Euro Crisis Affects Growth in South Africa

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The South African credit rating is expected to be downgraded in the near future as the Euro Zone crisis continues to affect other nations.

Public debt for the country is currently said to be at a figure of around 30% of the GDP but this figure is continuing to rise.

As the Euro Zone is South Africa’s largest trading partner any problems with the former are also experienced by the latter.

Since 2010, the number of exports from the country to Europe has fall dramatically. Accounting for one third in 2010, the figure for this export is now just 23%.

Emerging market economist, Peter Attard-Montalto, commented that “South Africa’s debt is already increasing quickly and there is no certainty that [the country] has the political direction to get deficits down from higher levels”.

This means that South Africa is facing an increasingly worried economic climate, something which is only exasperated by their unemployment levels. Unemployment currently stands at 25%, with an estimated one million people losing their jobs since the recession two years ago.

These combined factors have meant that South Africa’s A3 rating was cut to a negative last month. Future growth is therefore of importance but, with the Euro Zone continuing to struggle, this seems unlikely.

Even Attard-Montalto stated that the current situation “ risks triggering downgrades” for the country and potentially for other nations as well.

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