At National Debt Advisors (NDA) we understand the importance of consumer rights. So to give you an all-round understanding of what your consumer rights are according to the National Credit Act, we’ve compiled a list of your consumer rights under debt review, coupled with your responsibilities.
Are you struggling to pay off your loans? Are you left with little to no money after paying your monthly debt repayments? Are you meeting your monthly obligations? Are you over indebted?
There’s a reason why they call it the “silly season”. It’s almost tradition for consumers to lose their wits about the festive time as families are brought together by time off and extended holiday periods, end-of-year bonuses, and of course, the paradisaic weather conditions.
Moreover, debt can weigh heavy on you. Apart from the financial burden that debt repayments cause, the mental and psychological effects of debt are probably more weighted than anything else. As a result, debt problems are closely linked to anxiety and depression. Furthermore, debt can result in mental health issues, leaving you feeling demotivated, thinking that there is no way out.
With all of the above in mind, we want you to make the most of your festive season without having to deal with the financial, mental and psychological consequences in January.
So you’ve seen the hype around rent-to-own cars? And because you’re over-indebted or blacklisted this sounds like a great way out. These rent-to-buy schemes don’t take these factors into consideration. If you can afford the monthly instalment, you’re that much closer to driving away with a new car. At National Debt Advisors (NDA) we care about you and your financial well-being. This is why we want you to be in the know about rent to own car deals.
Throughout 2017 there has been a huge spike in money lenders using SASSA (South African Social Security Agency) cards as collateral for credit. As of late, the National Credit Regulator (NCR) has been investigating these lenders after SASSA became inundated with calls from beneficiaries requesting proof of payment.
Many South African consumers are unaware of the fact that their debt could be written off if credit providers neglect to collect money that is due to them. When your debt is old, it is called prescribed debt.
According to Experian’s newly launched Consumer Default Index, around R13.6bn worth of consumer debt was not paid in July of 2017.
Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba gave a mid-term budget address in Parliament on Wednesday, 25 October 2017. The statement painted a very grim picture of the future of South Africa’s economic state.
Here are the highlights: