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South Africa’s economic landscape saw a notable uptick in the first quarter of 2024, as foreign direct investment (FDI) surged to 24.4 billion rand ($1.34 billion), according to the latest Quarterly Bulletin from the South African Reserve Bank. This marks a significant increase from the revised 2.5 billion rand recorded in the previous quarter.

The rise in FDI can largely be attributed to the acquisition of a local vehicle-tracking company by an undisclosed overseas firm. Meanwhile, portfolio investments faced continued challenges, with outflows totaling 52.0 billion rand during the same period. This marks the seventh consecutive quarter of portfolio outflows, driven by non-residents’ divestment of 24.2 billion rand from domestic equities and 27.8 billion rand from domestic debt securities.

The significant outflow from debt securities was primarily influenced by the maturity of a $1.5 billion international bond issued by the national government.

Despite these challenges, the substantial increase in FDI signals growing confidence in South Africa’s economic potential and attractiveness to international investors. Analysts suggest that strategic acquisitions and investments in key sectors could further bolster economic stability and growth prospects in the coming quarters.

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By: Montel Kamau

Serrari Financial Analyst

28th June, 2024

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