Blacklisted: Road to Financial Recovery - Zero Debt
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Being blacklisted in South Africa revolves around your credit profile and your credit status. Understanding what this means and how it affects you is the first step in your debt recovery process.

Let us take a look at what blacklisting really means, and the first steps you can take to get yourself out of this situation.

What Does Blacklisted Mean In Real Terms?

So, the first thing to know is that there isn’t an actual list of names of the people who are facing debt difficulties. It is a general term used to describe the situation when your credit history shows that you have missed payments and have outstanding debts. 

In such a situation, the most common outcome is that you will have limited access to credit, as you are viewed as having a higher risk of defaulting on payments. Going forward, you will be unable to access a loan, credit applications will be rejected, and you will have difficulty entering into financial contracts like rental agreements. If a loan is approved, you could be penalised with higher interest rates.

Another drawback is that it can negatively affect your employment prospects when applying for jobs.

The Road To Financial Recovery

The good news is that it is possible to improve your credit status. It does take time and effort, but here are the first steps you take to get you going on this journey:

  • Access to your credit record: For help with this, contact us today and one of our experienced consultants will guide you through our obligation-free debt assessment process. 
  • Assessing your situation: The information in your credit record must be evaluated to establish whether you are over-indebted. If you are, seek professional help like debt review, debt counselling, or debt consolidation.

Actions that positively impact on your credit record:

  • Making payments on time and in full.
  • Using credit responsibly and keeping utilisation of credit as low as possible.
  • Seeking professional help.
  • Negotiating and settling debts responsibly.

Contact Zero Debt today for your free, no-obligation financial assessment. We offer a range of solutions to help you get back on solid financial ground, protect your assets and improve your credit rating.