Avoid panic buying as it may lead to over-indebtedness
Many South Africans are overwhelmed, living in fear and anxiety because of the rapid escalation of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) which presents an unprecedented threat to South Africa and the world at large. In recent times, we have seen many consumers resorting to panic buying of essential items as the fear of the Coronavirus spreads.
Know your Consumer Rights and be protected
March is Human Rights month and has also been adopted as a Consumer Rights month in South Africa. The 15th of March has been declared World Consumer Rights Day (WCRD) and consumer rights will be celebrated world-wide.
The Tribunal rules that child support and foster care grants cannot be used as consumer’s income to apply for credit
The National Consumer Tribunal (Tribunal) yesterday handed down judgment in favour of the National Credit Regulator (NCR) against a Aristoscan CC, a micro lender trading as JMK Cash Loans, in which it found JMK Cash Loans guilty of various contraventions of the National Credit Act (the Act), including reckless lending.
The High Court rules in favour of the NCR that set-off does not apply to credit agreements subject to the National Credit Act
The High Court in Johannesburg has ruled in favour of the National Credit Regulator (NCR) against Standard Bank that the common law set-off does not apply to credit agreements subject to the National Credit Act (NCA). This follows an application for a declaratory order brought by the NCR against Standard Bank seeking legal clarity on the effect of section 124 of the NCA on the common law set-off.
Tribunal finds that the on the road fee, admin fee and handling fee charged by Volkswagen Financial Services South Africa (Pty) Ltd on credit agreements are unlawful
The National Consumer Tribunal (Tribunal) has handed down judgment confirming a Compliance Notice issued by the National Credit Regulator (NCR) to Volkswagen Financial Services South Africa (Pty) Ltd for charging consumers the “on the road” fee, admin fee and handling fee on credit agreements.
Credit extension seasonally surges
Today, the National Credit Regulator (NCR) released the Consumer Credit Market Report (CCMR) and the Credit Bureau Monitor (CBM), which are based on data submitted to the NCR by registered credit providers and credit bureaus respectively. The latest edition of the reports covers credit market information up to June 2018. The total value of new credit granted increased by 8.25% quarter-on-quarter from R121.62 billion to R131.65 billion. The number of applications for credit increased by 5.79% quarter-on-quarter from 10.49 million in March 2018 to 11.10 million in June 2018.
If you have to borrow, borrow wisely!
The festive season is over and reality has dawned that we are in a new year which is meant to at least bring all things new. Unfortunately, if consumers did not spend wisely during last year, this will mean that they will have to start the year on a tough note with taking out credit being the only option for some. Didi Sebothoma, Acting Manager: Education & Communication at the National Credit regulator (NCR) says there are many reasons why consumers might need to borrow at this time of the year.
National Credit Regulator issues a public warning against fake loan scams
[JOHANNESBURG] The National Credit Regulator (NCR) has warned consumers to be wary of fake credit providers who attempt to entrap consumers in loan scams.These scams typically target those who are in distressed financial circumstances and looking for a loan, using slogans such as “blacklisted” or “debt review clients welcome” says Jacqueline Peters, Manager: Investigations and Enforcement at the NCR.
Do not overdo it this festive season – Spend Wisely!
This year has been quiet a difficult one for some people as we have seen the petrol price hikes, VAT increases, interest rate increases, electricity increases etc making the cost of living very difficult for consumers whilst the total outstanding gross debtors book for consumer credit was R1.80 trillion as at June 2018, says Jimmy Golele, Acting Manager: Education & Communication at the NCR.
The Supreme Court of Appeal dismisses the MFSA’s application for special leave to appeal the judgment of the Full Court of the North Gauteng High Court on the interest rate regulations
The Supreme Court of Appeal has on 08th November 2018 dismissed the MicroFinance South Africa’s (MFSA) application for special leave to appeal the judgment of the Full Court of the North Gauteng High Court in favour of the National Credit Regulator (NCR) and Department of Trade and Industry (dti) on the regulations reducing the interest rates on the short-term loan.