Capitec will give clients a 3-month interest refund on coronavirus payment breaks – here’s the catch

Capitec Bank says that clients who made use of payment breaks will receive a three-month, 100% interest refund on their loans.

The interest refund will be available to all clients who have taken up Capitec’s Covid-19 payment break or rescheduling relief plan between 27 March and 30 June 2020, it said on Monday (22 June).

“While payment holidays offer clients the temporary financial relief needed during this time, loans still incur interest, which increases the total cost of credit,” said Gerrie Fourie, chief executive officer of Capitec.

“While this is only about 20% of our credit clients, we want to help them as much as possible during this time, which is why we will waiver the interest accumulated during the first three months of the relief period, provided they are in good standing and continue to meet their loan repayments.”

To qualify for the interest reduction, Capitec said that clients will need to honour their loan instalments after the relief period.

After six months’ of successful loan repayments, a refund equal to 50% of the interest charged on the loan during the three months will be paid directly into the client’s loan account.

After a further six months’ successful repayments, another 50% of the interest charged during the first three months will be refunded.

Example case

For instance, a loan of R100,000 at an interest rate of 18%, will incur additional interest of R4,568 over three months.

If a Capitec client made use of a relief plan and pays the instalments afterwards, R2,284 will be refunded into the loan account after six months and a further R2,284 after another six months.

In effect, the client then paid zero-interest for the three-month relief period.

“The interest refunds not only ease the financial pressure on our clients but encourage good financial behaviour by rewarding clients for meeting their loan repayments, which in turn keeps their credit records in good standing,” said Fourie.

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Capitec will give clients a 3-month interest refund on coronavirus payment breaks – here’s the catch