JOHANNESBURG Oct 4 Assets managed by South
Africa's state-owned pension fund grew at their slowest pace
since 2009 in the year to March 2016, its latest annual report
showed on Tuesday, as a weak economy and equity markets weighed.
The Public Investment Corporation (PIC), which manages
government employee pensions, said assets under its custody grew
2 percent to 1.85 trillion rand ($135.5 billion).
"There is no doubt that we are experiencing difficult times
and the road ahead will not be easy," Chief Executive Dan
Matjila said in the report.
The PIC, which has major stakes in some of South Africa's
largest companies as well as other investments in sub-Saharan
Africa, holds nearly 13 percent of the Johannesburg Stock
Exchange's 10.3 trillion rand market capitalisation.
The fund is well known in South Africa for its often
activist stance - it has castigated companies over executive pay
and has been a vocal opponent of several takeover deals,
including Chile's CFR Pharmaceuticals' $1.2 billion takeover of
local drugmaker Adcock Ingram.
($1 = 13.6500 rand)
(Reporting by Tiisetso Motsoeneng; Editing by Adrian Croft)