Published, 21 October 2016 by Adri Senekal, Business Report at 10:03am

Daniel Matjila, the chief executive of the Public Investment Corporation (PIC), winner of the African Institutional Investment Personality of the year Award in New York last month, questions the objectives of some journalists and politicians regarding the PIC’s investments in unlisted South African firms.

“These attempts aim to undermine the professional decisions of the PIC and our management teams,” he says.

The PIC has a triple bottom line mandate which is growing the value of investments, transforming the South African economy and investing in sustainable green projects.

The PIC tabled details of its unlisted investment portfolio of R47 billion in Parliament this week, and strangely the only investment that was highlighted was the PIC’s investment in Independent Media.

The media landscape is regarded as highly influential, and cannot be divorced from the overall turbulence that the country is facing. The PIC invested substantially in media companies over the years and Independent Media is just but one of the investments.

Multiple investments

Matjila points out that the Independent Media investment is aligned to the PIC’s objectives of transforming the ownership of media houses from foreign to black-owned.

He finds it bizarre, but not surprising, that competing media companies are criticising the PIC’s investment in Independent Media while it is known that the PIC supported transformation of Times Media.

“The PIC’s investments are done with detailed due diligence processes and a clear understanding of the sectors we chose to invest in. Our media investments are no different,” he argues.


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