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South Africa's rand lost ground against the dollar after stronger than expected US nonfarm payrolls data.
The dollar moved narrowly against the yen and euro in Asia as investors await US jobs data later in the day.
The South African rand steadied against the greenback early on Friday, holding near two-month highs.
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The rand edged lower against the dollar, erasing gains made the previous day after Eskom declared a fresh power emergency.
The rouble opened down against the dollar as concerns about the Ukraine crisis continued to weigh.
The dollar firmed in Asia on Thursday after a Federal Reserve report boosted optimism over the US economy.
South Africa's rand was little changed after strengthening more than 1 percent against the dollar the previous day.
The rand gained more than 1 percent against the US dollar.
The Zambian kwacha hit an all-time low of 5.900 per dollar, Thomson Reuters' data showed.
The euro fell as the escalating Ukraine crisis sent investors fleeing to the dollar and the yen.
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