The rand has strengthened by more than half a percent off the back of better than expected economic numbers.
Statistic South Africa says the country’s economy grew by 3.1% in the fourth quarter of last year, largely driven by a recovery in agriculture and trade.
For the full 2017 year the economy grew by 1.3% that’s up from 0.6% the previous year.
The agriculture industry registered the highest growth at 37.5%, although the expansion was slower than in the third quarter when the sector grew 41.1%.
Trade recovered in the fourth quarter to expand 4.8% after falling by 0.1% in the prior quarter, while manufacturing grew 4.3% from 3.7% in the third quarter.
“Primary industries had very robust growth and that was emanating from the amount of crops and harvest from agricultural and fisheries sector,” Statistics South Africa Deputy Director General Joe de Beer said.
Gross domestic product rose 1.5% on an unadjusted year-on-year basis in the fourth quarter, compared with a revised 1.3% expansion in the previous three months.
The economy grew by 1.3% in 2017 compared a revised 0.6% in 2016, the agency said.