Securities and Capital Markets Regulation in South Africa

A Contemporary View


An effective capital markets industry has existed in South Africa for over 120 years. As recently as 2015, South Africa was considered the best regulator of securities in the world. The fall out from the GFC contained lessons for all markets, but not to the same extent. In the pursuit of G20 inspired conformity, aspects of the South African reform agenda may therefore appear replicative of initiatives in other jurisdictions and, consequently, uncritical in parts. In light of the fall to forty sixth place in the world in securities regulation ranking and some uncertainty in respect of the extent and shape of the reform process, C. King Chanetsa reviews activities in South Africa along the busy securities and capital markets value chain, and considers the continuing and emerging regulatory and supervisory framework.

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Biographical Note

C. King Chanetsa, BL, LLB (1977); JD (1982) is an Attorney (Illinois USA and South Africa), former banker, quondam securities and capital markets regulator and past board member of the International Organisation of Securities Commissions. He has contributed to and been a penholder in publications by the American Bar Association and IOSCO respectively.

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Securities and Capital Markets Regulation in South Africa
A Contemporary View
C. King Chanetsa
 PART A – Regulation
 PART B – Supervision


Policy makers, regulators, practitioners, lecturers and students of securities and capital markets regulation. In particular, it provides an insight into the impact of the global financial crisis on regulatory reform.

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