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Taking loans in US dollars is starting on the road to ruin (“World Bank loan rewards SA for reform ‘breakthrough’”, January 24).
Many countries, Argentina for example, have got themselves into trouble this way. The money has to be paid back in dollars and the exchange rate between the borrower's currency and the dollar invariably gets worse.
When SA borrows $11bn now it translates into about R180bn. The amount that has to be paid back can be double this if the exchange rate goes against us, which it usually does.
Far better to try to raise the money in rand on the local market, or do without it if need be.
Jeremy GordonSea Point
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