Retail Motor Industry Organisation

Mail Us

Customer Support

Find an

Accredited Member


NADA notes the South African Reserve Bank’s decision to maintain interest rates

Nada Notes The South African Reserve Bank’s Decision To Maintain Interest Rates Feb 2024 Article

NADA has noted the South African Reserve Bank’s (SARB) decision to maintain current interest rates.

The decision to keep rates unchanged aligns with recent inflation data, indicating a slight decrease and bringing figures closer to the mid-range favoured by the Reserve Bank. This development is expected to have a stabilising effect on consumers, particularly in the auto sector, and bolstering confidence for those considering significant financial commitments.

As we navigate through economic complexities, NADA believes this decision is a prudent measure that aligns with prevailing economic conditions. “While I am not an economist, it appears that we may have reached the peak of the rate hike cycle with SARB holding rates for the fourth consecutive time. With inflation moving in the right direction despite global headwinds, this is a positive development for the stretched consumer. Ideally, a cooling of interest rates sooner rather than later will be greatly beneficial to consumers and the auto sector,” said Brandon Cohen, National Chairperson of NADA.

Although no decrease in the interest rate was announced, continued stability in the rate and no indication of any increases should be advantageous for the auto sector. For potential buyers who can afford vehicles at the current interest rates but have been hesitant due to concerns about further rate increases, this fourth rate hold may encourage them to consider making a purchase.

“We anticipate that a stable interest rate will instil confidence in consumers looking to purchase a vehicle. This could be a positive turn for the auto sector, providing relief for those who have been cautious about making significant financial commitments,” Cohen commented.