The South African Reserve Bank is expected to keep the country’s benchmarking Repo rate unchanged this week at 3,5%, and to only administer a cut where necessary in November, analysts and economists predict. This, according to a Reuters poll, would still help cushion the deep pandemic-driven economic contraction before inflation resurfaces. According to the poll taken last Friday, the majority of economists expect the Repo rate to be kept at current levels. SA’s economy recorded a whopping 51% reduction in economic activities during the second quarter of this year, and expectations are that an 8,5% contraction would be registered for the full calendar year of 2020.