ONLINE SOUTH AFRICA South Africa Plans To Regulate Cryptocurrencies 7 months ago Szarlot Post Views: 307 The South African Reserve Bank has said it is planning to regulate cryptocurrencies after initially not wanting to get involved. “Our view has changed and we now do regard (cryptocurrency) as a financial asset and we hope to regulate it as a financial asset,” – SARB deputy governor Kuben Naidoo said on Wednesday during a webinar. However, the regulation is not likely to happen very soon. “It will probably still take us around 12 to 18 months to get all of our ducks in a row,” – Naidoo said. Responding to a question on whether South Africa has fallen behind with crypto regulation, he said this is not the case. “We are pretty much in the middle of what most central banks (and) regulators are doing. We follow pretty closely what advanced economies (such as) the UK, Singapore, and Australia are doing with a lead on the technology front. We are watching them very closely,” – Naidoo said. He said most central banks are now focusing on regulating the crypto environment and South Africa is learning how it can take some of those lessons. “There has been a lot of money that has flowed in, and there is a need to regulate it and bring it into the mainstream in an orderly fashion but in a way that balances the excitement and hype with the investor protection requirements – that is critical.” – Naidoo said at the webinar organized by financial technology company PSG. Outlining the steps that the SARB would need to take in the process, Naidoo said the first is to declare cryptocurrency a financial product. “The second is to establish a regulatory framework for the exchanges and they would have to comply with exchange control laws and tax laws.” – Naidoo said sellers would also have to give a “health warning”. “They would have to tell the buyer that you could lose money; that this is not a bank deposit. Essentially you would be able to buy and sell crypto as it is on the exchange,” – he said. But there were also risks that included money laundering, Naidoo said as he cited US information that 90 percent of crypto transactions were used in the drug and gambling industry because users preferred anonymity. “Most use cases for crypto globally have not been an honest one. You’ve seen it being used as ransom in ransomware attacks and kidnappings. That’s what we are trying to solve because we’ve got a responsibility towards the public with rules. We’ve seen the hard evidence when we don’t do that properly. There’s currently no protection for South Africans who buy cryptocurrencies,”- he said. Although South Africans have been avid buyers of cryptocurrencies, in recent months there have been reports of investors losing a lot of money, including through local scams which are now under the scanner of financial authorities. Source: outlookindia.com About Post Author Szarlot I am a fan of casino games especially roulette and blackjack. After that I analyze current events in the gambling industry. See author's posts SzarlotI am a fan of casino games especially roulette and blackjack. After that I analyze current events in the gambling industry. Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Print Tags: crypto, Naidoo Kuben, South Africa Continue Reading Previous Wazdan journeys to Asgard in the latest launch Power of Gods™: ValhallaNext Endorphina launches Egyptian-themed slot More Stories BETTING SOUTH AFRICA Betfred SA denies it owes Joburg City Power over R3m in unpaid lights bill 1 hour ago Szarlot NIGERIA ONLINE Does Nigeria really have the biggest gambling industry in Africa? 3 days ago Szarlot NIGERIA ONLINE Safest Betting Apps for Nigerian Players 3 days ago Samuel KENYA ONLINE The Rise of Crypto Casinos in Kenya 4 days ago Samuel ONLINE WORLD NEWS Pragmatic Play broadens Czech presence 5 days ago Iwo Bulski EXPERTS SOUTH AFRICA The Gambling Laws of South Africa 5 days ago Szarlot GAMES ONLINE Endorphina releases its new Rabbits, Rabbits, Rabbits slot! 5 days ago Iwo Bulski NIGERIA ONLINE Google suspends 5.6m advertisers in Nigeria 5 days ago Samuel KENYA ONLINE NCC, NLRC collaborate to fight illicit gamers 6 days ago Samuel ONLINE WORLD NEWS Market ratings by online gambling development in 2023 1 week ago Iwo Bulski CASINO SOUTH AFRICA COSATU North West welcomes the decision to retain the casino license in Mafikeng 2 weeks ago Samuel ONLINE WORLD NEWS TVBET delivers live games to LATAM through partnership with Pixbet 2 weeks ago Iwo Bulski 1 thought on “South Africa Plans To Regulate Cryptocurrencies” Hope winner lottery best live Allah bless 4 crore Reply Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment * Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.