South Africa Interest Rates

The South African economy with a population of 49.99 Million (Est 2010) ranks 25th in the world with a GDP PPP of 492 billion and GDP PPP per capita of 10,229 vs 45,934 (United States) according to the IMF in 2009.Its currency is the South Africa Rand (ZAR). Bank deposits held for a fixed term in South Africa are called fixed deposits. According to its inflation was 11.3% in 2008 and 7.1% in 2009.

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South Africa Bank interest Rates

Showing rates for 25 Bank deposit providers in South Africa.
ABSA BankABSA Bank8001991Foreign
Standard Bank ZAStandard Bank ZA7001862Local
African BankAfrican Bank6371993Local
Capitec BankCapitec Bank5892001Local
Old Mutual South AfricaOld Mutual South Africa2581845Foreign
PSG KonsultPSG Konsult1811996Local
Bidvest BankBidvest Bank1002000Local
Mercantile Bank South AfricaMercantile Bank South Africa131987Foreign
The retail banking landscape in South Africa is dominated by large national banks. 

Largest banks in South Africa 
With both large number of both ATMs and branches as well as being historically established, the Barclays Africa Group (ABSA), FirstRand (FNB), Nedbank and Standard Bank were considered the big 4 banks in the country, with more recently Capitec now included due to its gain in market share.

Local and Specialist banks
Postbank began in recent times to provide banking services to the 6m underbanked South Africans, leveraging on its Post Office network across the country. Investec is specialist niche bank that provides banking/financial products and services to its niche client base.

Foreign Banks
While Citibank and HSBC are located in South Africa, they do not offer retail banking products, the State Bank of India for example provides retail deposit and loan products in the country.

In South Africa, the Reserve Bank of South Africa ( supervises and regulates for banks that take deposits through its 'Bank Supervision Department (BSD)'. For suspicious transactions and anti Money Laundering,  the  Financial Intelligence Centre ( has a regulatory regime from the FIC Act to 'know your client', record-keeping, reporting and compliance of these obligations on financial institutions. 

South Africa Discussion Activity

  • HSBC Africa
    Q: I wound like to know if someone from a foreign country send u money throw HSBC bank before they transfer it in ur bank account they charger u a Stan amount or its free or the detect it from that money pls I need help

    tshegofatso from South Africa
  • Standard Bank ZA - Deposits - Standard Bank 1 Month Fixed Deposit
    Q: I live in Australia. Can I open a fixed deposit in South African banks?

    Frank from Edgewater, Australia
  • FNB - Savings - FNB Money Market Account
    Q: I have a R20 000.00 available which I would like to invest in the Money Market.If I leave the money in the Money Market for 20 years without any withdrawals or additional deposits from me , what will the lump sum be at the end of 20 years?

    Terence Keyster from Johannesburg, South Africa