Johannesburg - The rand firmed slightly against the dollar
on Tuesday, helped by news that Anglo Platinum [JSE:AMS] would postpone planned
job cuts that drew the ire of the government.
The rand, which hit a new 4-year low of R9.15 against the
dollar on Monday, was at R9.0850 at 06:45 GMT, 0.2% stronger than Monday's New
South Africa's minerals department said late on Monday the
government, labour unions and Amplats had agreed to postpone a restructuring
plan that could lead to 14 000 job cuts to allow for more talks.
Chris Griffiths, chief executive of Amplats, the world's
largest platinum producer, said on Tuesday that consultations with the South
African government had been "constructive."
"The rand is a little bit stronger on the back of the
Amplats announcement last night," said Warrick Butler, a trader at
Butler added foreign participation in the bond market was
likely to influence the rand this week.
"As far as the way forward, a lot will depend on the
bond market's performance, which really was the main driver yesterday," he
The rand's weakness "was more a result of investors
getting out of some of their long bond positions of which there are an
Government bonds were weaker, with the yield on the 2026
bond gaining 3.5 basis points to 7.485% and that on the 2015 issue 2 basis
points higher at 5.45%.