JOHANNESBURG, Sept 6 South Africa's largest
lender FirstRand beat estimates with a 12 percent rise
in annual profit on Thursday, helped by income and deposit fees.
* Discovery to fund transaction through equity issuance
(Adds details, background, updates shares)
* FIRSTRAND LTD - THOMAS WINTERBOER HAS BEEN APPOINTED AS AN
INDEPENDENT NON- EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF FIRSTRAND LIMITED AND
FIRSTRAND BANK LIMITED