PARLIAMENT – The South African Reserve Bank on Tuesday said the economy was not expected to grow more than 0.6 percent in the current year, and while the country avoided a technical recession it was still facing downward pressure.
"The positive message from the last GDP numbers is that we are not in recessionary territory, but we are not out of the woods yet," deputy central bank governor Rashad Cassim said.
"We are still seeing significant downward pressure, especially from the global economy," he told Parliament's standing committee on finance.
The South African economy grew by 3.1 percent in the second quarter, after contracting for two consecutive quarters.
Deputy governor Fundi Tshazibana noted that an improvement in some commodity prices could support short-term expansion but said annual growth was not expected to exceed 0.6 percent and expansion over the next three years was forecast at between 1.8 percent and 2.0 percent.