It is a well known fact that smaller businesses face significant challenges to raise debt (and especially equity funding) in the risk-averse market conditions the world finds itself in. In addition, banks have increasing capital adequacy requirements, making it very challenging for them to provide equity funding.
Furthermore, SAED understands that smaller companies and their shareholders have an aversion to debt. We therefore seek to minimize or eliminate acquisition debt, making provision for the business to have the optimal level of working capital and asset-based finance.
In order to protect shareholder value and ensure sustainability within any business, it is essential that succession management is established, corporate governance is entrenched and processes to capacitate organic and acquisitive growth is formalized. Smaller businesses in particular face challenges in releasing / achieving these objectives and the experience and involvement of SAED alleviates this.
Without a doubt, Enterprise Development enhances competition and entrepreneurship, which in turn is critical to economic growth, making a meaningful contribution to social upliftment. As the employment ratios in smaller businesses are typically more labour intensive than in large businesses, investing for growth and expansion represents much needed employment creation and poverty alleviation.
GEPF is a defined benefit pension fund that was established in May 1996 when various public sector funds were consolidated. Our core business, which is governed by the Government Employees Pension Law (or GEP Law), as amended, is to manage and administer pensions and other benefits for government employees in South Africa.
Our job is to give members and pensioners peace of mind about their financial security after retirement. We do this by making sure that all funds in our safekeeping are responsibly invested and accounted for, and that benefits are paid out efficiently, accurately and on time.
We have a solid track record in protecting our pensioners against inflation and in safeguarding the value of active members’ retirement savings. Every April, GEPF pays pension increases that largely compensate our pensioners for inflation and, where necessary, we pay catch-up increases.
Actuarial valuations of the Fund are conducted at least every three years. According to the latest valuation, undertaken as at 31 March 2014, GEPF is 100% funded.
GEPF at a glance: