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SA's so-called “bounce-back loans” are doomed to failure through fraud and default, as the UK has found out — it is now writing off billions of pounds of similar loans.

Most small businesses don't make an actual profit, but provide a salary or living for the owner and their family, as well as providing a service and employment. If that business lost income through the pandemic, riots or floods, that income will not be made up on restarting the business.

At best the business will perform only as it did before the event. How, then, even with the best will in the world, will it be able to repay loans, especially with interest at prime plus 6.5 percentage points? The loans will either not be taken up, or will not be repaid.

Sydney Kaye, Cape Town

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