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SA banks and risk aversion: is a state bank an answer or a distraction?

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There may not be a silver bullet to open lending taps to SMEs.
There may not be a silver bullet to open lending taps to SMEs.
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Are banks too risk averse or just prudent? It's a debate with no shortage of defenders and detractors on either side.

In South Africa, commercial banks' rigidity about applying the same lending rules to both start-ups and established big businesses – whether perceived or true – has kept the discussion about the need for a state bank alive for years.

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