South Africa


  • Industry: Financial Services
  • Type: Survey report
  • Date: 2014/08/14

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Twin-peaks regulation: key changes and challenges 

Following a formal review of the South Africa financial regulatory system, it was proposed that South Africa move towards a “Twin Peaks” model of financial regulation. In the 2012 budget speech the Minister of Finance (Pravin Gordhan) said: “As announced last year, we intend to shift towards a twin peaks system for financial regulation, where we separate prudential from market conduct supervision of the financial sector. Consultations will continue this year, with a view to tabling legislation in early 2013.”
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The “Twin Peaks” model is seen as giving transparency, market integrity and consumer protection sufficient priority. Flowing from this the two regulators will namely be the “Prudential regulator” and the “Market conduct regulator”. The prudential regulator will form part of the South Africa Reserve Bank (SARB). The intention of the Prudential Regulator is to enhance financial stability by promoting safety and soundness of regulated institutions. The market conduct regulator will form part of a restructured Financial Services Board (FSB), with the aim to protect consumers of financial services and promote confidence.


The move to the twin peaks model will result in certain key changes. Organisations will need to adapt to these changes and regulatory requirements.


Additional reading:





Understanding Twin Peaks [podcast]

Listen to the interview conducted by Michael Avery from Classic FM, on Twin Peaks which explores the reason as to why a twin peaks model of regulation, what it is and what does it mean.
Financial Sector Regulation Bill and Twin Peaks Recap [podcast]

Mark Danckwerts, Director, Financial Services and Finn Elliot, Associate Director, Corporate Law Advisory Practice at KPMG spoke to Classic FM’s Michael Avery.


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