South Africa on Friday ducked a much-feared downgrade of its debt to "junk" status as the S&P Global-Ratings agency stood by its current ratings.
The agency warned, however, that the outlook for South Africa's rating remains negative because of weak growth and political tensions.
S&P currently rates South African long-term debt at BBB-, just one notch above junk, a status that prevents many international investors from buying into sovereign bonds.
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