The portfolio has a flexible mandate with no prescribed maturity limits for the securities in which it invests. It also has a flexible duration policy and seeks to protect capital in times of bond market weakness by following a defensive asset allocation strategy. In order to achieve its objective, the investments normally to be included in the portfolio may comprise a combination of assets in liquid form, money market instruments, bonds, debentures, convertible securities, cash deposits, corporate debt, listed property, preference shares, non-equity securities, equity securities and any other securities which are considered to be consistent with the portfolio's primary objective and the Act my allow from time to time. The portfolio may from time to time invest in listed and unlisted financial instruments, in accordance with the provisions of the Act, and the Regulations thereto, as amended from time to time, in order to achieve the portfolio's investment objective. The manager may also include forward currency, interest rate and exchange rate swap transactions for efficient portfolio management purposes. The portfolio may also include participatory interests or any other form of participation in portfolios of collective investment schemes or other similar schemes in the Republic of South Africa. Where the aforementioned schemes are operating in territories other than South Africa, participatory interests or any other form of participation in these schemes will be included in the portfolio only where the regulatory environment is to the satisfaction of the manager and trustee as being of a sufficient standard to provide investor protection at least equivalent to that in South Africa and which is consistent with the portfolio's primary objective. The portfolio will be managed in compliance with prudential investment guidelines for retirement funds in South Africa to the extent allowed for by the Act, subject to the portfolio ‘s equity exposure, if any, not exceeding 10% of the portfolio's net asset value.