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The rand has been largely soft, although inflation and retails sales data could move the currency if they surprise the market.
British state-rescued lender Royal Bank of Scotland has been dealt a fresh blow after its finance chief resigned, less than 10 weeks after taking the job.
Oil prices have edged lower in Asian trade with few leads to spur fresh market movement, but retained support from signs of resurgent demand in the US.
Chinese shares have been flat , trailing losses on Wall Street, dealers say.
The dollar has been mixed in Asia after a deal on US spending that aims to avoid a repeat of a paralysing government shutdown.
Hong Kong stocks slipped 1.24%, in line with a regional sell-off owing to lingering concerns over the future of the US Federal Reserve's stimulus programme.
The European Union has approved a fisheries agreement with Morocco, after rejecting an earlier proposal because of concerns control over the disputed Western Sahara.
A recovery in tourism will help the Seychelles' economy grow by a faster-than-expected 3.5% this year, says Finance Minister Pierre Laporte.