南非乐天堂娱乐服务委员会（South Africa’s Financial Services Board，后文简称FSB）一名发言人本周表示，FSB已拟定于6月30日最终宣布是否针对股权众筹设立具体监管条例。
据悉，此前FSB就众筹起草过一份调查报告。但FSB 内部协调官Thandolwethu Masango表示，FSB并不会公开此份报告。因为这份调查的主要目的是协助FSB了解其他司法机构如何监管众筹活动，以及何类法规可适用于监管南非众筹活动。
此前，非洲众筹协会（African Crowdfunding Association，ACA）一直呼吁FSB针对众筹推出相应监管架构。ACA主席Kevin Allen也对FSB此次有关监管框架的消息表示出了关心和欢迎。
此外，南非信贷监管局（National Credit Regulations）规定的新借贷限额已于11月生效，也可能限制P2P借贷平台为创企注资的能力。这将意味着使用众筹平台的投资者及向年营业额小于100万南非兰特企业借款的投资者需在信贷监管局登记注册为信用提供方。
South Africa’s Financial Services Board (FSB) has set a date of 30 June by which it plans to rule on whether to craft specific rules or not for equity crowdfunding, an FSB spokesman said this week.
This follows the completion of a research report by the FSB on crowdfunding. FSB internal communications coordinator Thandolwethu Masango told Ventureburn however that the report on the FSB’s research would not be made public.
“The research was meant to assist the FSB to get insight into how other jurisdictions are supervising crowdfunding activities and which piece of legislation would be applicable in governing the said activities in South Africa,” said Masango.
The FSB is seeking to communicate its position to the industry by 30 June on whether to craft regulations or not for crowdfunding, he said.
The African Crowdfunding Association has been calling for the FSB to craft a specific regulatory framework on crowdfunding.
African Crowdfunding Association chair Kevin Allen said the June 30 date was news to him, but added that it was encouraging if clarity on any regulatory framework would be made public soon.
“It’s not that it (equity crowdfunding) is illegal – it’s just that there’s no clarity,” he said.
Meanwhile donations-based crowdfunding platform Thundafund is looking to pilot an equity crowdfunding platform.
Thundafund chief executive Patrick Schofield said he was not waiting for any regulatory certainty from the FSB and was going ahead with setting up a platform to facilitate equity crowdfunding in South Africa.
His idea is to use venture capital funds to vet deals and provide a certain percentage of the total equity injection, before placing these on the platform to attract investors.
Schofield said he was in talks with one investor to bankroll the platform, but said he was also considering using crowdfunding to fund the costs of the developing the platform.
Meanwhile a new lending threshold which came into effect in November under the National Credit Regulations is also likely to limit the ability of peer-to-peer lending platforms to fund startups.
It will mean that investors who use peer-to-peer lending platforms and who lend to any business with an annual turnover of below R1m will have to register as a credit provider with the National Credit Regulator (NCR).
A number of countries have regulations on equity crowdfunding, including the US and the UK as well as a number of countries, mainly developed nations. Last month Australia’s senate approved new equity crowdfunding laws.
In December Brazil’s securities exchange commission put out a request for input from the public for equity crowdfunding, while in the same month Chilean authorities authorised the setting up of working groups to look into regulating equity crowdfunding. Thailand and Malaysia released equity crowdfunding regulations in 2015.