IMPLEMENTATION OF SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL CREDIT ACT AND ITS IMPACT ON HOME LOANS MARKET: THE CASE OF FIRST NATIONAL BANKDownload This Article
Since it has been observed that credit granting is a serious problem across the entire credit market, South Africa introduced National Credit Act 34 of 2005 in order to regulate the credit industry and protect credit consumers from becoming over-indebted. The study highlights and examines the implementation of the Act in relation to the South African home loans market, focussing on First National Bank home loans portfolio. The study documents that the current state of consumer indebtedness shows that both credit institutions and consumers were responsible for over extending retail credit. The study noticed that credit industry has significantly managed to regulate the retail credit through the implementation of the Act. Furthermore, the study finds that a new stakeholder such as a debt counsellor has been introduced into the retail credit value chain for debt counselling for over-indebted clients. However, the study recommends that internal forums within banks as well as industry-wide forums should be used in order to ensure that the implementation of a regulation that impacts the entire credit industry is implemented with all stakeholders to limit any possible misinterpretation of key sections of a new regulation.
Keywords: The National Credit Act, Home Loans, First National Bank, South Africa
How to cite this paper: Naicker, B.N., & Kabir, M.H. (2013). Implementation of South African national credit act and its impact on home loans market: The case of First National Bank. Risk Governance and Control: Financial Markets & Institutions, 3(2), 18-29. https://doi.org/10.22495/rgcv3i2art1