South African Listed Tracker Funds Awards ("SALTA")


We would like to congratulate all the winners of the inaugural SA Listed Tracker Funds Awards (SALTA) held at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange on 13th June 2018. SALTA showcased the best performing ETFs in South Africa at the moment, across a variety of criteria. 

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If you have been wondering what ETFs are a good buy, look at the winners of the SALTA awards below. All awards received were for the period ended 31 March 2018.

Absa Capital (NewFunds)

Absa Capital (NewFunds) was the top winner receiving four SALTA trophies. It won awards for: The Best Total Returns for a non-equity ETF (NewFunds GOVI ETF) over both 1 and 3 years; Best Total Returns for a SA equity ETF over 3 years (NewFunds S&P GIVI RESI 15 ETF); and Tracking Efficiency over 3 years for a SA non-equity fund (NewFunds MAPPS Growth ETF), which combines equities, bond and cash in a balanced portfolio.


Newfunds GoviNewFunds GOVI RESI 15NewFunds Mapps Growth

Satrix Managers (Pty) Ltd 

Satrix Managers (Pty) Ltd won 3 SALTA awards in the following categories: 1 year Best Return Performance (Satrix FINI ETF); Trading Efficiency, measured by the total volumes traded on the JSE as a percentage of shares in issue (Satrix RESI 10 ETF); and it also won the popular poll award conducted amongst the investment public with the Satrix 40 ETF.

(The SALTA organisers established an online poll, where the public were asked to name their “favourite ETF”, based on various criteria, including investment returns, investment relevance, product features, etc. Many hundreds of responses were received and Satrix ETF products dominated by receiving over 80% of the popular vote. The Satrix 40 ETF stood out as the “popular choice” receiving about one-third of all votes cast).

Satrix SALTA

Satrix FINISatrix RESI 10Satrix Top 40

Sygnia Itrix (RF) (Pty) Ltd

Sygnia Itrix (RF) (PTY) Ltd also received 3 SALTA awards. The Sygnia Itrix MSCI USA ETF was the top performing ETF over 3 years in the foreign and commodity ETFs category; and the Sygnia Itrix MSCI World ETF was the largest capital raiser for individual foreign and commodity funds over 1 year.

As an issuing house, Sygnia Itrix (RF) (Pty) Ltd raised R4 534 million in new capital from existing listings of ETFs and for the listing of five new ETFs over the period March 2017 to March 2018. This makes it the winner by a substantial margin as the most successful issuer of ETFs on the JSE over that period.

Sygnia Itrix only entered the South Africa ETF industry in June 2017 with its purchase of five ETFs from Deutsche Bank and it has made a significant impact on the South African market over a short time period.

Sygnia MSCI USSygnia MSCI World





Standard Bank South Africa Ltd

Standard Bank South Africa Ltd won two SALTA awards. The first, for the best performance by a  foreign or commodity ETF over a 1 year period,Standard Bank Africa Rhodium ETF. This ETF, which invests only in physical rhodium, a by-product from platinum group metals, has been the best performing SA listed ETF for the past 3, 6, 12 and 24 months. Second, Standard Bank Africa Gold ETF won best tracking efficiency over 3 years for a foreign or commodity ETF.

Standard Bank RhodiumStandard Bank Africa Gold

The following companies and products won a single SALTA trophy each.


CoreShares Top 50 ETF raised the most capital for a SA equity ETF over the 1 year period ended March 2018.  There has been a regular need to list new ETF securities in this product on the JSE, which tracks the S&P South African Top 50 capped index.  This limits exposure to Naspers and other large cap SA stocks to less than 10% of the total portfolio, which finds favour with certain investors.

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Coreshares Top 50


Stanlib SWIX 40 ETF had the best tracking efficiency, i.e. total returns relative to the index tracked, for SA equity ETFs for the past 3 years.

Stanlib Swix 40