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Clearing Name from Credit Bureau

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Anonymous asked 3 years ago

How long will it take to clear my name from credit bureau? I have paid all my credit?

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Matthys Potgieter Staff answered 3 years ago

Hi there,

Thanks for the question.

The latest amendments to the National Credit Act include changes to the retention periods of credit information. Credit bureaus will now have to remove adverse information and judgement listings from a consumer’s credit profile, if the amount owed has been settled.  

Consumers no longer need to have their judgement rescinded to get it removed from their credit profile. Furthermore, the retention period for default listings has now been reduced to 12 months. In the same way, retention periods concerning administration and sequestration orders have been reduced to 5 years.  

If you have reached your retention period and the information is still listed I would suggest you firstly dispute your credit listing with TransUnion. Here is a link to TransUnion’s page explaining the dispute process.

If you have a complaint about a specific credit provider you can lodge a complaint with the Credit Ombud. Here is a link to their page explaining the complaint procedure.

Also keep in mind that there are 4 major credit bureaus. TransUnion, Experian, XDS and Compuscan. It can be that some of these other credit bureaus have not yet updated your profile. TransUnion is the best of the lot and some of the other is really slow in updating their systems.

Hope this information helps.