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2023-09-19 12:03 PM

Bitcoin Dance: Altcoins Rise Amid Market Shift

  • Bitcoin's Performance in South Africa: Bitcoin's value fluctuated around the R511,290 mark. Although it recently reached this impressive figure, it struggled to maintain it, with its value dropping to R474,250 before rebounding past R492,620, largely influenced by news of a new BTC ETF spot filing by a major financial entity.
  • Altcoins Show Positive Growth: Many altcoins in South Africa have exhibited growth. While some coins like Ethereum, Binance Coin, Dogecoin, and others experienced marginal growth of around 1%, standout performers include Ripple, Litecoin, Chainlink, and Solana, with Solana showing a significant increase exceeding 4%. XEC emerged as the top performer with a 15% surge.
  • Overall Crypto Market Cap Recovery: The overall crypto market capitalization witnessed a positive turnaround. From a drop to R18.97 trillion the previous Monday, it has rebounded and now stands at R20.305 trillion.
By Nonhlanhla

The world of cryptocurrencies is ever-evolving, and while Bitcoin, the primary digital currency, oscillates around the R511,290 ($27,000) mark, some altcoins – specifically XRP, SOL, and LTC – have proven to be the stars in the crypto arena.

A Closer Look at Bitcoin’s Performance

In the past 19 days, Bitcoin reached an impressive high of over R511,290 ($27,000). However, despite these promising figures, the cryptocurrency hasn’t managed to hold onto this level with conviction. Notably, Bitcoin’s journey has been anything but smooth. Rewinding to last Monday, the digital currency plummeted, marking a two-month low, falling just shy of R474,250 ($25,000). The reason for this drop is attributed to multiple factors, but it quickly recuperated from this loss, soaring past the R492,620 ($26,000) mark. This surge was catalyzed by news surrounding another BTC ETF spot filing by a prominent financial institution.

The momentum carried through the week, with Bitcoin inching closer to R511,290 ($27,000) by the weekend. However, this uptrend was short-lived. As the new week dawned, Bitcoin wrestled with its value, attempting to surpass its recent high of R519,790 ($27,400), but it has since stabilized at approximately R511,290 ($27,000).

Altcoins Paint the Market Green

On the flip side, several altcoins have basked in positivity, showing significant growth. In the South African context, coins like Ethereum, Binance Coin, Dogecoin, Tron, and Shiba Inu have seen marginal growth of around 1%. Others, like Cardano, TONCOIN, and Polygon, have enjoyed a slightly better performance, ranging between 1-2%.

However, the real winners in the altcoin sector, are Ripple, Litecoin, Chainlink, and Solana. Solana (SOL) deserves special mention with a jump exceeding 4%. XEC, GMX, and Stacks also deserve a nod, with XEC taking the lead by surging a commendable 15%.

In reflection, the overall crypto market cap has seen a positive shift. From a concerning drop to R18.97 trillion ($1 trillion) last Monday, it has recuperated and currently stands at a robust R20.305 trillion ($1.070 trillion).

For South Africans vested in cryptocurrencies, this week offers both challenges and opportunities. Bitcoin, despite its fluctuations, remains a significant player, but the shining performance of certain altcoins cannot be ignored. As the crypto market landscape continues to shift, South Africa will undoubtedly keep its eyes peeled for the next big movement.

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Nonhlanhla P Dube is a senior news reporter. Nonhlanhla is a student of International Relations at the University of South Africa. She reports primarily on personal finance and economics. You can contact her on: Email: