The IMF Country Reports Series covers economic and financial developments and trends in member countries. Each report, prepared by a staff team after discussions with officials of the country, is published at the option of the member.
This Selected Issues paper discusses the policy response by a sample of central banks to the ongoing oil and food price shocks in South Africa, drawing some lessons, which can help put in context developments in the country. The paper discusses first- and second-round effects of 'supply shocks,' and attempts to gauge second-round effects in South Africa. The paper also analyzes the factors that have constrained South Africa's growth since the end of apartheid, by comparing its GDP components and its saving and investment performance with those of a panel of faster-growing countries.