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Recession fears pressure Rand. Foreign tourists benefit.

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Recession fears pressure Rand. Foreign tourists benefit.

As article says RSA had negative growth in 1Q14 and Rand continues to slide. Good news for foreign visitors but locals squeezed as inflation continues and jobs are scarce.

Recession fears spook rand.

May 28 2014 09:39 Reuters

'Johannesburg - The rand fell to a 3-week low against the dollar on Wednesday, extending losses triggered by contracting domestic economic growth data and a rally in the dollar.

The rand fell over half a percent to R10.5220/$, breaching the key R10.50 support level as investors digested signals that the South African economy was heading for a recession, and as the dollar rallied after data showed US durable goods sales unexpectedly rose in April and consumer confidence perked up in May.

A mines strike in the platinum sector was the main contributor to South Africa's falling GDP, and there were signs on Wednesday morning that talks between platinum mining companies and the striking Amcu union had broken down.

"A stronger dollar and a weaker economy have pushed the rand weaker," John Cairns, forex strategist at Rand Merchant Bank, said in a note.

Emerging markets are also under pressure as investors prefer safe haven assets on fresh jitters around the Ukraine crisis.

Yields on government bonds tracked the weaker rand, climbing six basis points to 8.25% on the 2026 issue and rising 5 basis points to 6.655% on the 2015 note.

South Africa's treasury will announce issuance plans for next week's weekly sale of fixed income paper at 11:00.'

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