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South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences

On-line version ISSN 2222-3436
Print version ISSN 1015-8812


VERMEULEN, Cobus. On the mandate, ownership and independence of the South African Reserve Bank. S. Afr. j. econ. manag. sci. [online]. 2020, vol.23, n.1, pp.1-11. ISSN 2222-3436.

It has been suggested that the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) is not doing enough to support economic growth and employment creation. There is confusion in the public debate, however, as three distinct concepts - the SARB's mandate, ownership and independence - are often inaccurately lumped together and misinterpreted. This clouds the debate, and hinders progress. This article attempts to focus and stimulate the academic debate by distinguishing between these three distinct, yet interrelated, concepts, and to clarify misunderstandings and misinterpretation. It also suggests some avenues through which each could be investigated further, and how different dimensions to the problem could be considered independently.

Keywords : Central bank; mandate; independence; nationalisation; private shareholders.

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