All you need to know from the latest Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) Meeting

All you need to know from the latest Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) Meeting

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On Thursday, 17 September 2020, Governor Lesetja Kganyago read the latest Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) statement. We are happy to see that the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) held it’s key lending, or repo, rate at 3,5%. A low repo rate is good news for both consumer spending levels and for businesses looking to borrow money to invest in growth opportunities.

However, on a more cautionary note the SARB also revised its 2020 GDP forecast downwards, indicating a contraction of 8.2% for the year compared to its early prediction of a 7.3% decrease. This revised forecast is now more in line with other external organisations such the OECD. According to the, “The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) forecasts an 11.5% contraction for the South African economy in 2020, the biggest among 19 countries surveyed in Africa. A GDP contraction indicates a potential decline in industrial production and retail sales, and could lead a drop in real personal income.

Related: Tips for the 2020/2021 tax season

The SARB also indicated that inflation is set to remain within it’s target range off 3% to 6%. The Monetary Policy Committee statement said, “The central bank’s headline consumer price inflation forecast averages 3.3% in 2020 and is lower than previously forecast at 4% in 2021 and at 4.4% in 2022.”

During the MPC meeting, it was also brought to light that the inflation rate “is expected to be well contained over the medium-term,” due to the slow recovery and economic contraction.

This suggests that the SARB has the ability to reduce rates even further but the statement was clear in the fact that the bank’s “Quarterly Projection Model (QPM) indicates no further repo rate cuts in the near term and two rate increases in the third and fourth quarters of 2021.”

Related: What We Learned At The Business Show South Africa

With the country moving to Level 1 in a few days, the hope is that the further increase in commercial activity will help grow the overall economy and put money back in consumers pockets.

With the record low repo rate set to remain at this level for the foreseeable future, and inflation also expected to remain steady, now is a good time for business owners to look at accessing additional capital to invest in the future of their business.

Lulalend’s funding options are flexible and personalized for your business needs. Find out more about our bridging finances and credit facility offers today.

Move your business online by following these essential steps

Move your business online by following these essential steps

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Guest blog by PayFast 

There’s never been a more appropriate time to get your business online. The COVID-19 pandemic and the government’s response of enforcing different levels of lockdown regulations have affected the economy hard. As a business owner, you know this first hand. While restrictions are slowly being lifted to get our economy up and running again, one thing is clear: social distancing is here to stay for the foreseeable future. If your business is brick and mortar then it’s essential that you fast track your strategy of getting your business online, because even if you are allowed to open your doors again you will have far less foot traffic than what you were used to pre-COVID-19, and you will have to limit the number of customers in your store at any given time. 


Whether you’ve been thinking about going online but haven’t gotten round to it yet, or if it’s a brand new concept to you, we want to help. We’ve put together the following three-point plan to help you successfully move your business online as quickly as possible. 

1. Do your Research

Before moving your business online it’s important to do extensive research to ensure you aren’t caught off guard and have a good understanding of the costs involved in running and maintaining an online store. This includes doing a bit of research into the price of your products, shipping options, and what eCommerce platform is best suited for your business.


Doing your research can be further broken down into the following main points:

Know your product(s) 

This means knowing absolutely EVERYTHING about it, from who is manufacturing or supplying it, whether there will be import duties and if you can handle the demand for it. When you have these facts locked down you’ll be able to more effectively establish important things like branding, pricing, shipping, and marketing. 

It’s also important to have a good understanding of who your intended customer base is so that you can cater to their online shopping needs and adequately market to them. 

Know your competitors

The best way to learn about what works and doesn’t is by looking at what your competitors (both local and international) are doing on their online store. Pay special attention to their website layout, how user-friendly it is to navigate, the image quality of their products, the different product categories, and subcategories, and of course pricing. 

Work out pricing and shipping

This is one of the most important things that will determine the success of your online business. You must take into account the manufacturing or purchasing and import costs so that you sell your products for a fair price while making a profit. As mentioned in the previous point, seeing how much your competitors are selling their products is a good indication of what customers are willing to pay. 

For shipping, it’s important to choose a trusted shipping company so that the products get delivered in a timely manner. When it comes to covering shipping costs there are a number of options you can look into, such as including the shipping costs in the product’s pricing to offer free shipping, having a fixed shipping cost for all products, adjusting it for the number of items purchased or offering free shipping when the total reaches a certain amount, such as R500 or more.  

2. Build your eCommerce store

For many online business owners, this is the most fun and exciting part – customising your online store and seeing it come to life. The main points you need to consider are as follows:


Choosing your shopping cart platform

There are tons of online shopping cart platforms to choose from that offer different tools and functionalities. The different platforms offer a variety of packages, ranging from monthly to yearly subscriptions, some also offer free plans or at least free trials. What’s important is to find the platform that works best for you. Some of the most popular options are Shopify, WooCommerce (a free WordPress plugin), Prestashop, Magento, and Ecwid. It’s worth taking a look at the 80+ cart list on PayFast’s website for more ideas.  

If you have developing skills or want to hire a developer to create a custom online store, then that’s a valid option as well. 


Adding products

Once you’ve chosen your platform and designed it to represent your brand, then it’s time to add your products. We can’t stress the importance of having high-quality photos of your products to give shoppers a realistic idea of what they are buying. You should also add a detailed description of what each product is, colour and size options (if applicable), and how it can benefit the shopper. The more information you provide will help with your search engine optimisation (SEO) ranking and also encourage shoppers to buy the product. 


Related: Small Business Marketing Strategies: Google vs Facebook


Integrating a payment gateway

Before your online store opens for the business you need to integrate a secure payment gateway to receive online payments. It’s important to select a payment solution that facilitates a variety of payment methods, such as Visa and Mastercard credit and debit cards, Instant EFT, Masterpass, Mobicred, Zapper, etc. to give shoppers the option of paying with their preferred payment method. 


One of the leading payment gateways in South Africa is PayFast; it’s trusted by over 70,000 businesses to facilitate their online payments. It’s free to sign up and there are no monthly fees, PayFast only charges a small percentage of every successful payment. PayFast is extremely easy to set up as it integrates with over 80 online platforms as well as a custom integration. 


3.Market your store online  

Once everything is up and running it’s time to get your name out there to attract business. This involves making sure that every web page is SEO optimised with keywords to attract organic traffic, and that you put an effective and ongoing digital marketing strategy in place. You should monitor page views and conversions by using tools like Google Analytics, which will give you insights into what you can do to tweak copy, images, or navigation to improve the shopper’s experience and to attract new visitors to your eCommerce store.  

You can also use paid services to attract traffic to your website such as Google Ads and paid ads on Facebook and Instagram. Just make sure you do research into who your customer base is so you use the right marketing platform to target the right demographics.

If you haven’t done so already, register your online business on the relevant social media platforms so that you can promote your products and engage with your community. It’s also extremely beneficial to put together a database of all of your loyal customers (and potential new ones who are willing to sign up to your mailing list) so that you can send out marketing emails to them promoting new products or specials. 


Related: Marketing tips for your business


While moving your business online may be challenging, with a lot of testing and experimentation it will be immensely rewarding. It’s never been more important to get your business online, so we wish you all the best in your online business ventures. 


About PayFast 

PayFast is a leading online payment processing solution for individuals, non-profit organisations (NPOs), and businesses of all sizes in South Africa. PayFast was founded in 2007 in Cape Town by Jonathan Smit with the vision of helping online merchants grow their businesses. Over a decade later, over 70,000 merchants from a variety of South African businesses, big and small, have registered with PayFast to process and manage online payments made by their customers. PayFast supports 7 popular payment methods (including credit and debit card, Instant EFT, Mobicred, Masterpass, and SCode) and integrates with 80+ platforms (such as Shopify, WooCommerce, and Xero) and custom integration.


PayFast offers a variety of features to help merchants get paid online, from platform integrations, ‘Pay Now’ buttons that can be integrated into a website, the Request a Payment feature where merchants can request payment via email, and recurring billing options. Their newest feature is Split Payments, a first of its kind in South Africa that splits a portion of online payment with a third party. This is the ideal solution for digital marketplaces, as Split Payments instantly splits out commission, membership, referral, affiliate, or listing fees when a payment is made. 


In July 2019 PayFast was acquired by the DPO Group, spurring the growth of Africa’s largest online payments provider.  

For more information, visit 


Women Powering SA: Sheila Visser & Cheryl Chapman, Wolf Printing

Women Powering SA: Sheila Visser & Cheryl Chapman, Wolf Printing

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A Story of Resilience

Some of the greatest business legends have shared their stories of resilience, about never giving up and about how winning is just getting up one more time than you were knocked down.

Beautiful, thought-provoking quotes that can be much harder to live through and by.

Sheila’s story below reminds us of the grit and determination that is required to get up again and again. We felt privileged when she shared it with us, and we hope you do too.


The Business

Wolf Printing offers a whole host of products and services for the corporate sector as well as the man in the street. No order is too small or too big for Wolf Printing to handle.

Their aim is to offer each customer individual attention and build a strong and lasting relationship with them.

Their range of products for the corporate sector is extensive and their range of personalised items spans everything from custom printed wall decals to custom printed children’s aprons. Their range can be viewed on Facebook and we challenge you to take a look and not find something you want to order.

If you are looking for something in particular, they encourage customers to send them an email with their requirements.


Sheila’s story

“I have been in sales all my life and 8 years ago I decided to start my own business – corporate and personalised gifts and clothing. I have never been in this trade before and decided to give it a try. It has been an uphill battle as I did not have much capital – only enough to buy the basic machines. I am 62 and my partner is 57 and Sheila learned all her designing on google as we did not have funds to go for courses. 3 years ago our vehicle was stolen, which left us in a terrible situation as we could not get to suppliers or customers.

Related: Women in business part 2: Real women, real challenges, real engagement

Sheila got a small pension payout and we eventually bought a 2nd hand vehicle. Then last year we were held up in our home by 6 armed men and they stole our computers, cell phones, camera, and other items. As we were not insured, this set us back again. And as you know, this year the dreaded COVID-19 struck and we are now 3 months behind on rent with a landlord threatening eviction at the end of lockdown.

These last 5 years have been an absolute nightmare, but this is all we have, so will fight to the bitter end.”

Cheryl and Sheila demonstrate the beauty of resilience in their ability to pivot and view each change and challenge as an opportunity to grow and further build a business that serves their customers better.

Related: Women Powering SA: Ann Clark, Options in Training


“Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success.” – Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter.


Download the Wolf Printing catalogue here.

Contact Sheila at


Business Details:

Wolf Printing

Windham Ave, Hillary, Durban, 4024

Phone: 031 – 463 3801

Cell: 071 006 3100


This Young Entrepreneur Will Inspire You to Take the Leap

This Young Entrepreneur Will Inspire You to Take the Leap

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Back in primary school, as her classmates jostled all around her on the playground, Boitumelo Moroe was getting ready to start her first business.

“From a young age, I fully understood the value of money and profit. I was that school girl always finding something to sell, from cupcakes, lemonade to beads.”

But, after matriculating, Moroe stepped away from entrepreneurship and followed a more traditional path: enrolling in university and earning her degree.

Once she graduated, Moroe started working a corporate job.

Up until that moment, Moroe’s career embodied modern, professional success: she had a great position in a big corporate and all the benefits it provided.

But it wasn’t long before she realised she could no longer ignore the yearning to go out on her own.

She was ready to take the leap.

“The desire to set my own limits and to get out of the comfort zone propelled me to be an entrepreneur. Armed with a vision and belief in thyself, I left the glamorous corporate world, and in a flash, I was back at it.”

That’s when Moroe founded ECU Express, an automotive electro-software company.

And she’s never looked back.

ECU Express specialises in the diagnostics, repairs, replacements, and programming of electronic control modules, the on-board computers in cars.

The company solves that universal problem shared by frustrated vehicle owners: finding quality parts at reasonable prices.

“We regard ourselves as the ‘vehicle gurus’—solving complex vehicle problems daily. Our aim is to offer affordable yet quality automotive solutions to our clientele by bridging the gap between expensive brand new products and parts bought from scrapyards, mostly with no guarantee. Our customer base ranges from dealers, workshops, bush mechanics to individuals.”

For Moroe, ECU Express is far more than just a business.

Her work is challenging, rewarding, and unpredictable, and she wouldn’t have it any other way.

“The thrill and challenges that come with being in the automotive software industry are second to none. I enjoy waking up and not knowing what direction my day is going to take. I enjoy being able to get my hands dirty (in a sophisticated way, of course), whilst wearing heels. I enjoy hearing an old lady saying that her car has started after it wasn’t running for eight months. I enjoy keeping abreast of the new developments made in automotive electro-software engineering and breaking new ground.”

Her advice for aspiring young entrepreneurs is simple:

Don’t delay your business dream.

“You are better off initially running with an idea than waiting for the perfect idea. That’s something I sometimes struggle with because of my perfectionist personality.”

She encourages young people to pursue their entrepreneurial ambitions confidently.

Moroe admits this isn’t always easy in a world that frowns upon failure.

“With time and effort, the idea will turn into a good idea; and with continued passion, the good idea will turn into the perfect idea. It is OK to fail and make mistakes because through failure we are simply ‘failing forward’ one step at a time. As an entrepreneur, you need to continuously bulldoze your way in – be loud, be unashamed and grab what’s yours.”

Giving young people the tools they need to become successful entrepreneurs starts at school, said Moroe.

“I am a firm believer that quality education can alleviate poverty in our country and reduce the staggering youth unemployment rate of about 53%. Let’s start with the basics – our educational system should be equipping children with entrepreneurial skills while they’re still at school.”

She thinks of entrepreneurship as a safety net; a set of skills a person can draw on at any time to generate an income for themselves and their families.

“This would mean that should such children, at any point in their lives, find themselves unemployed, they don’t play the pity game but instead know how to use the opportunities around them and turn them into a business idea. The government has done well with the number of youth incubation programs and funding in place but more can always be done.”

Though society celebrates the lifestyles of entrepreneurs, it’s not always easy. But the rewards make it worth it, said Moroe.

“Whenever the going gets tough, I always remind myself how far I have come – from trying to prove my worth in a male-dominated industry and standing out whilst at it, to the sacrifices I’ve had to make – and how much further I am yet to go.”

There might be challenges along the way, but Moroe simply rejected failure as an option a long time ago.

“Once you make a decision to jump into the ocean, you can only stop swimming when you get to the shore—quitting is never an option. You need to soldier on and keep focused on the dream. It is vital for one to continuously reconnect with the vision, which is something I do daily with my morning chants.”

Trevor Gosling, Lulalend CEO and co-founder, said young people had an important role to play in growing the economy and adding jobs.

“Every day we see young people who are going out and changing the world. It’s up to us to give them the support they need to do that. That’s why we’re so proud to back young business owners like Boitumelo.”

SA Business to Provide 1 Million Face Masks to Schoolchildren and Teachers

SA Business to Provide 1 Million Face Masks to Schoolchildren and Teachers

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A South African SME is on a mission to get one million face shields to pupils and teachers across the country to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the nation’s schools.

This week, Cape Town-based online printing store, Webprinter Online Printing, distributed 15 000 face shields to 30 schools.

Peter Kohnert, managing director at Webprinter Online Printing, said the company developed its 1millionsmiles initiative to support the schools that most needed protective equipment.

“We wanted to help and saw nobody was thinking about the schools. We saw reports that up to 80% of schools had no protection, so we reached out to schools,” said Kohnert.

Through partnerships with its suppliers, Webprinter Online Printing produces the disposable face shields at a cost of R10.

“We will beat this crisis by standing together. Keeping our educators safe is critical, and our colourful disposable face shields have been specifically designed with them in mind. The shield provides much-needed protection while incorporating a clear window. This allows pupils to see the educator’s face which is an important aspect for effective teaching,” said the company in a statement on its website.

Donors have the option to sponsor a specific school. Or, they can make a cash donation and Webprinter Online Printing selects a school in need.

The shields are 100% locally produced, so the project helps to create jobs. Kohnert said the initiative was attracting support from international donors.

This initiative comes during a time of uncertainty about whether schools are ready to re-open after a two-month lockdown.

Initially, all schools were set to open on 1 June. However, Angie Motshekga, Basic Education Minister, postponed this to 8 June. The reason for the delay was because schools said they had not received protective equipment.

Days before schools were set to re-open, teachers tested positive for COVID-19 at two Western Cape schools. And teachers’ unions have called on their members not to return to school if they were not satisfied with the school’s protection measures.

In addition, President Cyril Ramaphosa said the wellbeing of children was critical.

In his weekly newsletter, the president said schools would only be allowed to re-open if children and teachers would be kept safe.

“As parents, teachers, governing bodies and government, we are in agreement that no school should re-open until all the necessary precautions are in place. There needs to be transparency about the level of preparedness of each of the schools. Everyone who is a key role player, be they a parent, a school governing body member, a teacher or a government official should be able to have the correct information about the state of preparedness of each school. It is our collective responsibility to ensure that the learning environment is safe.”

Efforts like 1millionsmiles are an example of this kind of shared responsibility, said Trevor Gosling, Lulalend CEO and co-founder.

“It’s been encouraging to see small businesses, like Webprinter Online Printing, step forward to play a role in the response to COVID-19. We’re incredibly inspired by the team’s commitment to protecting schoolchildren and fighting the spread of coronavirus.”

Kohnert had a message for other organisations that wanted to help during the COVID-19 crisis:

“Anybody can help. Yes, we have this huge goal of 1 million people, but every little bit helps. We can all look around us. Every kind of SME can help in some way, and we’ll start to trigger a chain reaction. A lot of small steps is a lot better than two or three big steps.”

To donate, visit the 1millionsmiles website or its page on Thundafund.

Coronavirus COVID-19: Advice for South African SMEs

Coronavirus COVID-19: Advice for South African SMEs

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COVID-19 is hurting businesses, thrusting South African SMEs into an uncertain future. If you’re a business owner, it’s hard to keep track of all the information around the outbreak and how it impacts your SME.

To help you stay updated with the latest developments, we’ve pulled together SME resources from government and business support organisations.

We’ll be updating this page regularly with new resources for SMES.


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Latest updates: South Africa has now moved into Lockdown Level 1 as of 1 March 2021. We see a return in the ban of alcohol sales and onsite consumption, restrictions on gatherings, and a curfew from 24h00 to 04h00 daily. Jump here for the full level 1 guide. 

Jump to a specific section to learn more:

General COVID-19 advice

On 15 March, President Cyril Ramaphosa declared the COVID-19 outbreak a national state of disaster. (Full statement here.) A week later, the President announced a 21-day lockdown, effective from 26 March.

To further curb the spread of the coronavirus, President Ramaphosa announced the lockdown would be extended until the end of April. You can read the President’s full address here.

On 23 April, President Ramaphosa said once the full lockdown was lifted, there would be a “gradual and phased recovery of economic activity”.

During this time, South Africa will adopt a phased alert system based on the infection rate.

This means some businesses will be able to start operating under “specific conditions”. One of these measures is the return of staff in batches of one-third.

For the latest information from the government, visit the South African Government’s website.

The National Department of Health has set up a COVID-19 resource portal.

The site includes:

  • Latest press releases from the Health Ministry
  • COVID-19 prevention tips
  • Social distancing guidelines

In addition, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases issues regular updates on new cases here.

COVID-19 Lock down levels and South African SMEs: Impact on trading

On 15 August, President Ramphosa announced that the country will be moving to Alert Level 2 on 18 August 2020, which allows even more businesses to operate.

For an overview about trading during level 2, please see our guide.

During level 2, in addition to those business activities previously allowed under Level 3 restrictions, the following business activities are now permitted:

  • All accommodation establishments, including hotels, BnB’s and homeshares, such as Airbnb
  • Bars, Taverns and Restaurants for sit-down meals and on-site alcohol consumption
  • Fitness centres, gyms and health/wellness spas
  • Inter-provincial travel for business and leisure
  • Alcohol and tobacco product sales

“In each instance, specific and stringent safety requirements have been agreed on and will need to be put in place before a business can re-open, and protocols will need to be strictly adhered to for businesses to remain open,” said Ramaphosa.

The government will announce more detail on the re-opening of these businesses.

Essential Services

Here is a list of what the government regulations define as essential services:

If your SME falls into this category, you need to apply for an essential services certificate from the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission. You can apply for a certificate from CIPC’s Bizportal website here.

Government support for South African SMEs during the coronavirus outbreak

A package of support programmes will help SMEs during the shutdown, announced President Ramaphosa.

On 21 April, President Ramaphosa revealed a R500 billion coronavirus relief package.

SME initiatives include:

  • R2 billion support package for SMEs and spaza shops (more detail to be released)
  • R200 billion loan scheme with banks (more details set to be released)
  • Expanded tax relief

Below, we provide a broad overview of the key government support.

The Department of Small Business Development set up an SME Support Intervention to help SME owners who are struggling to survive. The department released the news on Facebook, and you can view the full statement here.

Here is an overview of the Department of Small Business Development’s funds:

Two key funds are:

  • SMME Debt Relief Scheme
  • Business Growth and Resilience Facility

In a press briefing, government announced qualifying businesses must meet the following criteria:

  • 100% South African-owned
  • 70% of employees must be South African

The Department of Small Business is aiming for a 14-day turnaround to release funds. You can watch the full briefing here.

The department has released application guidelines and more detailed criteria, including the type of documents you need when you apply. You can find the guidelines here.

To access funding, follow these steps:

  • Register on
  • Complete the application forms. You can download the forms from the same site:
  • Upload the supporting documentation
  •  At this stage, applications must be emailed
FundsSupporting documents Key contacts
Debt relief finance scheme Company statutory Documents;
FICA documents (e.g. municipal accounts)
Certified ID copies of Directors;
3 months bank statements;
Latest annual financial statements / Latest management accounts;
Business profile;
6 months cash flow projections (where applicable);
Copy of lease agreement or proof of ownership if applying for rental relief
Employee details (bank details and UIF) for help paying salaries
Business Growth and Resilience Facility CIPC registration documents;
FICA documents (e.g. municipal accounts);
ID Copies of directors/ members;
3 months bank statements;
Latest annual financial statements /management accounts;
Business profile;
6 months cash flow projections (where applicable);
Industry certification (where applicable);
Estimations for funding requested
COVID-19 TERSLetter of authority: letter on a company letterhead giving an individual permission to lodge claim
Agreement between the employer, bargaining council, and UIF
Template from the UIF with relevant information from employer
Last three months payroll
Certified latest bank statements
012 337 1997 /

In addition, the government has published Request for Proposals to get more information from South African-owned SMEs that participate in medical supplies and other essential goods. The goal is to get more of these businesses involved in manufacturing the goods. 

If you are a textile or clothing manufacturer, you could help produce cloth face masks. All South African-owned SMEs can apply for this COVID-19 SME opportunity. Masks must be 100% locally manufactured. The deadline to provide your business information is 30 April.

Keep the following information on hand hen you submit your information:

  • CIPC incorporation documents
  • Statutory document
  • FICA documents
  • ID Copies
  • Proof of bank account
  • Business profile

On April 5, SEDA announced a survey to better understand the impact of COVID-19 on SMEs. The agency plans to use the survey findings to improve support for SMEs. Take the survey here.

If you want more information on these support measures, you may want to read these blog posts:

Private sector support for SMEs

Business support organisations, like the South Africa Small Business Institute, have warned that the outbreak could cripple SMEs.

In response, a range of interventions to support SMEs have been announced.

The Oppenheiemer family set up the South Africa Future Trust, seeding the funds with a R1 billion pledge. Businesses can apply for interest-free loans from the fund. A key goal of this fund is support SMMEs to pay staff salaries. Businesses can apply for the loan from their banks. You will need to attach a list of employees at risk because of the coronavirus.

Other resources include:

The cost of business funding

COVID-19 has created a challenging economic environment. In response, the South African Reserve Bank has cut the repo rate, bringing down the cost of debt.

On 14 April, the South African Reserve Bank announced that the Monetary Policy Committee had dropped the repo rate by 100 basis points.

This comes after a 100 basis point cut on 19 March.

On Thursday (19 March 2020), the South African Bank announced that the Monetary Policy Committee had dropped the repo rate by 100 basis points.

Lesetja Kganyago, Governor of the South African Reserve Bank, said the coronavirus would “negatively affect global and domestic economic growth through the first half of 2020”.

“Monetary policy can ease financial conditions and improve the resilience of households and firms to the short-term economic implications of Covid-19.”

Here’s a copy of the full statement.

Will Lulalend still provide business funding during the coronavirus outbreak?

Your business matters to us. Supporting you to succeed has always been our mission. That hasn’t changed.

We’ll continue to make it easy for you to access business funding.

Because we’re a technology company, you can still apply online in minutes and get your funding in 24 hours. And, remember, if you’re on our credit facility, the process is even faster because you don’t need to reapply.

Can I qualify for funding if my industry is affected by the coronavirus?

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been speaking with SMEs about the impact of the coronavirus. Some industries, like tourism, are being hit hard. But, we’re not excluding any businesses based solely on industry.

Instead, we’ll continue to use the proprietary technology we’ve built especially for assessing SME’s, combined with any risks due to coronavirus.

What if my business is affected by the coronavirus?

This is a difficult time for businesses and things are changing fast. If you realise you’re going to struggle to make your repayments, contact us as soon as possible. Together, we can find a solution.

We’re here for you and will continue to do all we can to help you.

What should I do if I have more questions?

Reach out to your account manager or contact us anytime via:

Phone: 087 943 2381 / 021 201 1550


Or, join our private Facebook group, SA Small Business Unlocked, where South African SMEs connect and support each other.