To mark the SARB’s 100-year history, a commemorative circulation R5 coin will be issued, similar to the R5 coin issued to celebrate the Bank’s 90th birthday. This coin depicts significant moments in the Bank’s history from the iconic Tickey to the future of currency.


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Celebrating 100 years

30 June 2021 marks a momentous milestone as the SARB turns 100. We remain committed to our constitutional mandate, ‘to achieve and maintain price stability in the interest of balanced and sustainable economic growth.’ This mandate was crafted with the intent to rebuild and contribute meaningfully to the lives of all South Africans. May the SARB have another 100 years of service to the people of South Africa.



Monetary Policy

The Constitution gives the SARB the mandate to protect the value of the rand. We use interest rates to keep inflation low and steady.

Financial Stability

The SARB has a mandate to protect and enhance financial stability. We identify and mitigate systemic risks that might disrupt the financial system.

Prudential Regulation

The Prudential Authority regulates financial institutions and market infrastructures to promote and enhance their safety and soundness, and support financial stability.

Financial Markets

Open market operations are the main tool we use to implement monetary policy. We manage South Africa’s gold and foreign exchange reserves.

Financial Surveillance

The SARB is responsible for regulating cross-border transactions, preventing the abuse of the financial system and supporting the regulation of financial institutions.

Payments and Settlements

The SARB is responsible for ensuring the safety and soundness of the national payment system, which is the backbone of South Africa’s modern financial system.


The SARB provides important economic and financial statistics that present an overview of the economic situation in South Africa.


Research conducted by the SARB focuses on economics, financial stability, banking and emerging trends in finance. Our research supports policy decision-making.

Banknotes and Coin

The SARB has the sole right to make, issue and destroy banknotes and coin in South Africa.

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