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A compelling argument for using SA's pension funds to build infrastructure

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John Oliphant was the youngest CEO of a JSE-listed company when GAIA Infrastructure Capital appointed him.

He is the former Principal Executive Officer of the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF).

The GEPF is Africa’s largest pension fund, with assets more than R1.6 trillion.

During his time at the GEPF, the assets under its management doubled in less than five years.

Oliphant serves as Chairperson of Third Way Investment Group.

He is the Executive Director and Founding Partner of Third Way Investment Partners.

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Oliphant for his weekly “ShapeShifter” feature.

In the interview, Oliphant made a compelling argument for investing South Africa’s pension funds in other areas of the economy, specifically in infrastructure.

Listen to the interview in the audio below (and/or scroll down for more quotes from it).

A wise man once said to me that wisdom can only be acquired through experience… I enquired my Masters from the University of London while I was suspended [from the GEPF]…

John Oliphant, Third Way Investment Partners

I’m extremely cynical… if you go back to my situation at the GEPF… all the reports should be made public…

John Oliphant, Third Way Investment Partners

We’re one of the big investors in infrastructure in South Africa…

John Oliphant, Third Way Investment Partners

If you look at where problems are in this country, it is in healthcare and I am glad to be part of the solution… The future of affordable health-care starts with creating new capacity!

John Oliphant, Third Way Investment Partners

Gautrain is owned by the private sector…

John Oliphant, Third Way Investment Partners

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