The South African government through the lawmakers has added persons operating crypto-related businesses on the list of accountable institutions in relation to the regulatory mandate.
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According to a Nov. 29 Government Notice, the addition of crypto businesses to this list follows an amendment of schedules 1, 2, and 3 of the Financial Intelligence Centre Act, 2001. The changes to the Act, which came into effect on Dec. 19, were made by the South African minister of finance, Enoch Godongwana.
In the notice, Godongwana names the types of crypto-related activities and operations that will be included in the list of so-called accountable institutions. Also among the institutions or entities that are set to be included are persons “exchanging a crypto asset for a fiat currency or vice versa.”
Businesses that convert one crypto asset to another or that conduct transactions where a crypto asset is transferred “from one crypto asset address or account to another” will also be added. Persons or businesses offering custody services or those that issue crypto assets will be added to the list, the notice said.
The revelation of South Africa’s intention to add crypto entities to a list that also includes attorneys, investment schemes, and money transfer businesses comes less than two months after crypto assets were designated as a financial product by the Financial Sector Conduct Authority.