PRESIDENT ZUMA CONGRATULATES SOUTH AFRICANS ON RETAINING POSITIVE CREDIT RATING

President Jacob Zuma has congratulated the government, business, labour and all South Africans after the three major credit rating agencies kept South Africa's sovereign debt credit rating status above junk status.

Rating agency Standard & Poor (S&P) on Friday affirmed South Africa's sovereign credit rating at one notch above junk status and kept it at BBB with a negative outlook, still an investment grade rating.

"We congratulate Team South Africa, particularly government, business and labour for ensuring that the country's sovereign debt credit rating status is not downgraded to junk status. Unity in action and hard work have paid off against a very volatile global economic climate," President Zuma said here over the weekend.

"Working together as government, business and labour we can overcome the current economic challenges and we must continue working hard and creatively to reignite growth so that jobs can be created for our people."

He assured international investors that South Africa remains an important and strategic investment destination.

The latest announcement by S&P means that all three rating agencies, including Moody's and Fitch, have retained South Africa in an investment grade. Fitch earlier kept South Africa one notch above junk, but dropped its outlook from stable to negative.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK