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Bitcoin News South Africa Set To Regulate Bitcoin And Other Cryptos As Financial Assets

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Crypto regulation in South Africa appears to have become a reality and will set a path to maintaining compliance in crypto assets and Bitcoin. The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) is pioneering regulatory operations that are expected to begin next year.

Follow Rule, the regulations will treat Bitcoin as a financial asset. This classification affirms that the interests of investors will be protected and more innovation will emerge in the industry.

According to the directive for cryptocurrency regulations, individuals and companies intending to provide crypto-related services will be subject to the requirements set forth.

They are expected to operate as providers of financial services. In addition, they will have to comply with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) global guidelines. These operators include those that will provide cryptocurrency advice.

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The announcement of the budget review for the country’s National Treasury in February 2022 was earlier shown move to classify cryptocurrencies as financial assets. In addition, the state plans to improve reporting and control of cryptocurrency transactions. It will maintain compliance with exchange regulations in South Africa through its participation.

South Africa remains one of the regions with healthy cryptocurrency usage. The popularity of cryptocurrencies, especially Bitcoin, is increasing in the country. This is due to the higher level of person-to-person exposure as it records more than six million people with crypto exposure.

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Possible Processes for Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Regulations

Deputy Governor Kuben Chetty of the Reserve Bank of South Africa made an announcement in the process of handling the regulations. Chetty announced that the enactment of new legislation for regulation will be in 12 months.

He said that the first step is to declare cryptocurrencies as financial assets. The list of crypto assets will then be scheduled through the Financial Intelligence Centers Act. Other processes will be the creation of suitable regulatory structures for crypto exchanges.

The rules will inculcate requirements for several levels of KYC (Know Your Customer), taxes and regulatory laws for exchanges. Additionally, crypto exchanges will issue a warning outlining the potential risks of losing money through crypto investments.

Further in his observation, Chetty revealed the change in SARB’s stance towards the crypto sector during the past decade. The organization has gradually come to regard cryptocurrencies as financial assets. This is notably contrary to its direction over the past 5 years as it is expected to be unsupervised in regulations.

In addition, Chetty emphasized that the SARB does not consider cryptocurrencies as currency. In its classification, digital assets are highly volatile and cannot be served in everyday retail payments.

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Besides regulatory preparations for cryptocurrencies, SARB is moving towards launching a central bank digital currency (CBDC). As of April 2022, the organization has completed a technical proof of concept for CBDCs.

Featured image from BBC, chart from TradingView.com

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