South Africa's new finance minister Nene to meet credit rating agencies

CAPE TOWN, Feb 27 (Reuters) - South Africa's newly appointed Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene said on Tuesday after being sworn into office that his department has lined up meeting with rating agencies.

Speaking to Reuters minutes after being sworn in parliament, Nene said it was too early say if South Africa will be downgraded by Moodys, which rates the country a notch above junk, and is due to make decision at the end of March.

"There are meetings already lined up with the ratings agencies, because after the budget there is a programme to do just that," Nene told Reuters in the presidents office in parliament on Tuesday.

"It is too early to say," Nene said in response to a question as to whether he thought Moodys would downgrade South Africas credit rating. (Reporting by Alex Winning; Editing by James Macharia)