Maherbe's solution is to link the rand with the US dollar at a rate exporters can live with and reintroduce a financial rand
as a barometer of how South Africa is regarded in the global economic community.
Among the major concerns was South Africa's retention, until earlier this year, of a dual currency--the financial rand and the commercial rand.
The financial rand was created when economic sanctions cut off South Africa from the world.
And a Witwatersrand Attorney General's probe in March revealed that in 1987 and 1988, almost every financial rand
application involved bogus information approved by Reserve Bank management as well as the staff of commercial banks.
Fields' application for permission to use Financial Rand in place
2 million (approximately $2,280,678 Canadian with Financial Rand being used) to the original vendors of the Mines, and $825,000 Canadian as well as 1,116,666 common shares of Diamond Fields (of which 126,666 shall be trading shares subject to a one year hold period and the balance of 990,000 shares shall be held in escrow) to EPF.
Its budget measures, plus the earlier scrapping of the financial rand, (see box below) should encourage investors, though many still want to be sure that financial rectitude will go in hand with a Government capable of maintaining political stability and industrial peace.
In a nutshell, the financial rand was the currency used by non-residents to invest in South Africa while residents used commercial rands for ordinary current transactions.
5% to the foreign investor entering the South African currency network via the financial rand - at a discount of 33.
2 million Rand (at the current Financial Rand
rate this equates to $1.