Johannesburg – S&P Global Ratings has affirmed South Africa’s long-term foreign and local currency debt ratings at ‘BB-’ and ‘BB’.
Reacting to the ratings on Friday, National Treasury said: “Government notes S&P’s decision to affirm South Africa’s long-term foreign and local currency debt ratings at ‘BB-’ and ‘BB’, respectively, and maintaining the stable outlook”.
According to S&P, the stable outlook balances South Africa’s credit strengths – particularly a credible central bank, a flexible exchange rate, an actively traded currency, and deep capital markets – against infrastructure-related pressures on growth, and downside risks to the fiscal and debt position.
The American credit rating agency also acknowledged that private-sector investment in power generation and renewables was picking up and would support the strengthening of real GDP growth over the medium term.
“Over the next three years, government will focus on raising GDP growth by improving the provision of electricity and logistics, enhancing the delivery of infrastructure and restructuring the state to be efficient and fit for purpose,” said National Treasury.
“Fiscal policy continues to support this approach by stabilising debt and debt-service costs.
“Additionally, fiscal consolidation will be implemented through spending reductions, efficiency measures across government, and moderate tax revenue measures.”