South Africa to Establish $2 Billion Sovereign Wealth Fund

South Africa has announced that it will use money from the sale of broadband spectrum and mining royalties to establish a 30 billion-rand ($2 billion) sovereign wealth fund, according to the country’s Finance Minister,Tito Mboweni.

Its establishment was first mooted at least 10 years ago.
The proposed fund comes at a time when Africa’s most industrialised economy is struggling to contain rising debt amid sluggish economic growth and a budget deficit projected to widen to a near three-decade high of 6.8% in the coming fiscal year.

Mboweni says the legislative framework for the fund will be submitted to the parliament.

Funding will come from the government’s plans to sell broadband spectrum this year, along with royalties from petroleum, gas and mineral rights, as well as the sale of non-core assets, future surpluses and savings.

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The government is also pressing ahead with plans to form a state bank that will operate as a retail financial institution premised on commercial principles, he said.

However, the Reserve Bank is yet to grant the proposed lender an operating license.

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