Johannesburg - It’s been a good few months for emerging-market currencies, and none more so the rand.
South Africa’s currency has had its best three-month run in almost 10 years as it rides a wave of optimism following Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s election as the leader of the ruling African National Congress.
The 19% gain in the period ended January 31 is more than double that of the next-best emerging-market currency, Poland’s zloty.
By 08:45 on Thursday, the local unit was trading 0.31% firmer at R11.88 to the dollar from its previous close, its strongest level since May 2015.
Meanwhile, the ANC wants a speedy transition of power following the election of a new leadership and will discuss the matter with President Jacob Zuma this week, according to a top party official.
“The rand will continue to remain sensitive to the headlines surrounding political news,” Zaakirah Ismail, a fixed income analyst at Standard Bank Group, said by phone. “It certainly looks like there is pressure building for a plan for President Zuma’s removal.”