This web page presents information about the work of the IMF in South Africa, including the activities of the IMF Resident Representative Office. Additional information can be found on the South Africa and IMF country page, including IMF reports and Executive Board documents that deal with South Africa.

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At a Glance

  • Current IMF membership: 190 countries
  • South Africa joined the Fund on December 27, 1945
  • Quota: SDR 3051.2 million
  • The latest Article IV consultation was discussed by the Executive Board on July 25, 2018 (Country Report 18/246)

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News and Highlights

  • Presentation of the October 2021 Regional Economic Outlook: Sub-Saharan Africa

    Resident Representative, Max Alier, presented the latest Regional Economic Outlook to Zululand University, United Nations of South Africa, and Circle of Global Business Women.

    November 16, 2021

  • Six Charts on Inequality in South Africa

    South Africa suffers among the highest levels of inequality in the world when measured by the commonly used Gini index. Inequality manifests itself through a skewed income distribution, unequal access to opportunities, and regional disparities. Low growth and rising unemployment have contributed to the persistence of inequality.

    January 30, 2020

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Fraudulent Scam Emails Using the Name of the IMF

We would like to bring to the notice of the general public that several variants of financial scam letters purporting to be sanctioned by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) or authored by high ranking IMF officials are currently in circulation, and may appear on official letterhead containing the IMF logo. The scam letters instruct potential victims to contact the IMF for issuance of a “Certificate of International Capital Transfer” or other forms of approval, to enable them receives large sums of monies as beneficiaries. The contact e-mail information is always BOGUS and unsuspecting individuals are then requested to send their personal banking details which the scammers utilize for their fraudulent activities.
For more information please see Fraudulent Scam Emails Using the Name of the IMF

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IMF's Work on South Africa

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Regional Economic Outlook

April 28, 2022

The economic recovery in sub-Saharan Africa surprised on the upside in the second half of 2021, prompting a significant upward revision in last year’s estimated growth, from 3.7 to 4.5 percent. This year, however, that progress has been jeopardized by the Russian invasion of Ukraine which has triggered a global economic shock that is hitting the region at a time when countries’ policy space to respond to it is minimal to nonexistent. Most notably, surging oil and food prices are straining the external and fiscal balances of commodity-importing countries and have increased food security concerns in the region.
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Departmental Papers on Africa

Africa Departmental Papers Cover The Departmental African Paper Series covers research on Sub-Saharan Africa conducted by International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff, particularly on issues of broad regional or cross-country interest. The views expressed in these papers are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the views of the IMF, its Executive Board, or IMF management.