Deficit has made South Africa vulnerable to investment flows, and that is where mining unrest comes into play.
The value of the Syrian currency has plummeted over the last year, but those with an interest in keeping it afloat are cushioning the fall.
Australia has hailed IMF moves to count its dollar as a foreign reserve currency, though its central bank chief downplayed it as a technicality.
Success is threatening to become a problem for Brazil.
The rand tumbled over 2% against the dollar after the Reserve Bank announced there would be an important weekend statement.
Maya Fisher-French offers Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan a savings tip
The rand's next move is anyone's guess, but if it weakens, it will be dramatic.
Do we really want to target a weaker rand? And can we predict its short-term movements?
Unscheduled talks seen as a bid to address US concerns.
Lynley Donnelly reports on why little can be done to tame the currency.
The dollar is close to fair value to the rand, but the pound is significantly undervalued and therefore has the potential to strengthen significantly.
Zimbabwe's Finance Minister Tendai Biti vowed on Monday that he would quit if he is asked to return the local dollar.
Zimbabwe's central bank governor on Thursday proposed bringing back the worthless local currency and ensuring its value by backing it with gold.
The Zimbabwe government has chosen the rand as the country's reference currency but will not "randify" the economy, local media reported on Friday.