Treasury estimates total debts of between R13.2bn and R20.7bn could be affected by a proposed debt extinguishment, with banks and retailers hardest hit. Treasury made a presentation to Parliament’s trade and industry committee on Tuesday during public hearings on the proposals, contained in the National Credit Amendment Bill. The committee has proposed amendments to the National Credit Act including writing off the debt of those earning below R7,500 a month who fall within the threshold of realisable assets. The write-offs would follow after a protracted process. According to research by consultancy firm Eighty20, 56% of the credit-active market of about 18-million people earn R7,500 a month or less. "Based on the income estimates, approximately 9-million borrowers could meet the eligibility criteria for debt intervention as per the draft bill," the organisation said in its presentation to the committee. "In total borrowers who could qualify for debt review hold over 16-million loan...

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