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South Africa's Financial Regulator Approves 59 Crypto Licenses

In a significant development for South Africa’s financial landscape, the Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) has granted operating licenses to 59 cryptocurrency businesses. This move reflects the country’s commitment to regulating the rapidly growing crypto industry while ensuring consumer protection and mitigating financial risks.

The decision follows the FSCA’s classification of crypto assets as financial products in 2022, underlining the need for regulation to combat money laundering and terrorism financing. The regulatory framework also empowers the central bank’s Financial Surveillance Department to monitor crypto transactions effectively.

Felicity Mabaso, a divisional executive at the FSCA, provided insights into the approval process during a recent financial sector conference. Out of 355 applications received, 59 have been approved, with 262 still under review, demonstrating the thoroughness of the evaluation process.

Approved service providers will undergo ongoing supervision to uphold industry standards, while unauthorized crypto-related financial activities will face strict enforcement measures.

This development underscores South Africa’s proactive approach to embracing digital assets while ensuring regulatory compliance. With explicit oversight mechanisms in place, the country aims to foster a transparent and accountable crypto ecosystem.

As South Africa takes decisive steps to regulate its crypto market, it sets a precedent for other nations grappling with similar challenges. With 59 licenses granted and more in the pipeline, the future of crypto in South Africa looks promising, balancing innovation with prudent oversight.

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By: Montel Kamau

Serrari Financial Analyst

14th March, 2024

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