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South Africa took a significant stride towards reinforcing its financial sector on April 1, 2024, with the introduction of a comprehensive Deposit Insurance Scheme. Administered by the Corporation for Deposit Insurance (Codi), a subsidiary of the South African Reserve Bank (Sarb), this initiative aims to safeguard the deposits of eligible individuals in the event of bank failures.

Under this scheme, depositors will receive coverage of up to R100,000 per account holder, providing essential protection against potential financial disruptions. Despite covering approximately 23% of total deposits by rand value, the scheme extends its protective umbrella to encompass 90% of all depositors in terms of quantity, ensuring broad inclusivity.

The necessity for such a safeguard becomes apparent considering South Africa’s history, marked by 13 bank failures over the past three decades, including notable collapses such as African Bank Limited in 2014 and VBS Bank in 2018. Through rigorous research and dialogue, this initiative seeks to bolster confidence and stability in the financial sector, addressing vulnerabilities and reassuring depositors.

By aligning with the standards upheld by other G20 nations, South Africa’s adoption of the Deposit Insurance Scheme underscores its commitment to international best practices and regulatory excellence.

Funding for the scheme is derived from banks, which contribute premiums or levies equating to 0.215% annually of covered deposits. Additionally, banks will provide liquidity to Codi through interest-bearing loans equivalent to 3% of covered deposits, facilitating effective operation and collaborative risk management.

As South Africa implements this proactive measure, it sets a precedent for responsible risk mitigation within the global banking community, promoting resilience and bolstering trust in the nation’s financial institutions.

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By: Montel Kamau

Serrari Financial Analyst

29th April, 2024

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