A Legal Conspectus of Some Role-Players in the Development of Financial Education in South Africa
Financial education can be described as the process by which financial consumers could improve
their understanding of financial concepts, products and risks through objective advice, information and/or
instructions. This article discusses the role of the selected role-plyers in the development of financial education
in South Africa. Accordingly, the roles of the National Treasury and the National Consumer Financial
Education Committee (NCFEC), the Banking Association South Africa (BASA), the South African Reserve
Bank (SARB), the Pudential Authority, the Provincial Consumer Protection Authorities (PCPAs), the
Provincial Consumer Protection Offices (PCPOs), the debt counsellors and estate administrators are discussed.
The role of these selected role-players is discussed to determine whether they have adopted appropriate and
adequate measures to ensure the robust and consistent combating of financial illiteracy among low-income
earners in South Africa. Moreover, this article also discusses the enforcement of the duties of these role-players
in so far as they are supposed to develop financial education in South Africa, especially against the backdrop
of the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
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