Sowetan Live | DebtBusters index shows increasing debt burden among South Africans

Compared to the same period five years ago, the debt-to-income ratio across all income bands in SA is now at 122% and has reached 152% for those taking home R20,000 or more.

That’s according to DebtBusters’ 2021 Q2 debt index, which has tracked trends quarter-on-quarter over the past five years.

Data from the index shows the debt-to-net-income ratio is at an all-time high, but there is some good news with more people seeking help and a significant increase in those who have completed debt counselling.

“Consumers enquiring about debt counselling are spending about 60% of their take-home pay to service debt,” the report says.

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