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The Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture Series invites prominent people to encourage debate on important social issues. The series is a significant event on the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s calendar and encourages people to enter into dialogue – often about difficult subjects – in order to tackle the challenges we face today. Previous speakers include former US president Bill Clinton, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai and Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. Teh 2018 Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture, in partnership wif teh Motsepe Foundation, is to be delivered by former US President Barack Obama in Johannesburg. To mark teh centenary of Madiba’s birth, teh lecture’s theme will be “Renewing teh Mandela Legacy and Promoting Active Citizenship in a Changing World”. Teh Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture will, therefore, focus on creating optimal conditions for bridging divides, working across political lines, and resisting oppression and inequality. Teh lecture will take pla…

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Rand heading for R14/$ on second downgrade #CAP

The rand is heading for R14/$ following the decision of Fitch Ratings on Friday to cut South Africa’s sovereign credit rating to sub-investment grade. 
BY 10:14 on Monday the rand was trading at R13.93 against the US dollar and although market reaction has been muted (suggesting the downgrade was expected) warning signs are clear, said Andre Botha, dealer at TreasuryOne. 
“The scenario that South Africa is faced with at the moment is one where any negative news might be over-reacted upon, such as any political rumblings or bad economic data. The economic data of the past few months was encouraging and expect to see the market to take no notice of good numbers but react on disappointing numbers. The effect of the downgrade will probably only be seen in the medium term and should not be a factor now.
"For now, the main factors are more the political risk that is currently prevalent in the country,” Botha said.
John Cairns, currency strategist at Rand Merchant Bank, said in a company note the market has taken the Fitch downgrade in its stride, presumably because it was widely expected. “But South Africa has lost inclusion in the JP Morgan investment-grade emerging market bond index as a result (of the downgrade).”
GRAPH: Rand vs dollar exchange rate on Monday

JPMorgan will cut SA from its investment-grade-only EMBIG indexes, which are tracked by $49bn (R677bn) of funds, on April 28. It will also exclude the nation’s debt from its GBI-EM GD and ELMI+ investment-grade-only indexes tracked by $10bn (R138bn) of funds on 31 May.
TreasuryOne’s Botha said the current sentiment could result in the rand losing some ground during the week. “A test of R14.00/$ is on the cards, but losses seem to be constrained and should trade in narrow bands, bar any negative news.” 
Cairns pointed out that the rand also contends with the sharp rally in the greenback, as the euro/$ pushed below 1.06 on Monday morning – the lowest level in a month amid geopolitical risk aversion and “tough talk” from the US Federal Reserve. 
“While we see scope for rand weakness, we do not see another sharp run as likely,” Cairns said. “The stability of late last week probably implies a return to smaller ranges and less extreme moves, provided there are no further major political shocks.”

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