The rand tracked the euro weaker against the US dollar before noon on Friday as thin trading volumes continued to weigh.
"We are seeing some dollar strength today as continued importer action weakens the local currency," said Ockert van Niekerk, head of trading at PSG.
At 11.21am, the rand was bid at R8.6439 to the US dollar from its previous close of R8.5878 on Thursday. The local currency was bid at R11.2349 to the euro from its previous close of R11.1809 and at R13.8756 against sterling from R13.7981 before.
The euro was bid at $1.3005 from its overnight close of $1.3023.
"We are also still experiencing some very thin trading levels in the market, so relatively small moves will sway the rand in any direction. We are expecting to return to normal levels by next week, once the holidays are over," Van Niekerk said.
Bonds softer on weaker rand
The South African bond market was softer in quiet midday trade on Friday on a weaker rand. Traders said volumes were thin as the market waited for the December US non-farm payroll data due at 3.30pm local time.
At 11.46am the benchmark R186 was trading at 7.380 percent from a previous close of 7.295 percent. The R157 was trading at 5.390 percent from 5.355 percent previously and the R207 was trading at 6.360 percent from its previous close of 6.310 percent.
The rand was last bid at R8.6537 to the US dollar from R8.5878 previously.