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Johannesburg – The Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) would like to reiterate and to assure its members, pensioners and beneficiaries that their pension savings are safe.

In a statement issued on Thursday, it notes that last week National Treasury told the National Assembly that it is considering various options to recapitalise South African Airways (SAA) which includes the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) as a possible equity partner.

The PIC is the GEPF’s fund manager.

However, it says, Treasury speculation is perceived as confirmation that the GEPF’s assets will be used through the PIC to fund SAA.

“The GEPF would like to assure its members, pensioners and beneficiaries that the fund has not received or been approached with such a proposal and no discussions have been held with GEPF on this matter.”

As a result, it says, it urges “all our members and pensioners not to panic or read too much into this speculation”.

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The GEPF, through the PIC, receives many requests all the time and rigorously considers the merits of all investment opportunities and invests prudently in the best interests of its members, pensioner and beneficiaries, it explains.

“The GEPF adheres to strict regulations governing its financial liability to members, beneficiaries and pensioners, as well as its financial soundness. Moreover, the GEPF has confidence in the PIC’s ability to prudently invest funds on its behalf in terms of the agreed investment mandate. The GEPF constantly monitors and evaluates the PIC’s performance in accordance with its investment policy and mandates.”

It adds: “GEPF members, pensioners and beneficiaries are reminded that the primary role of the GEPF is to protect the wealth of its members and pensioners by safeguarding their retirement benefits through proper administration and prudent investment.”

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