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Africa Fund

Ticker: CAFRX
Inception Date: 11/07/2011

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Mutual Fund Overview: Invest in Africa

As the second largest continent in the world and home to over 1.2 billion people, Africa offers a variety of investment options. To strive to capture this unique investment opportunity, Commonwealth Funds developed the Africa Fund, a mutual fund designed to potentially benefit from the emerging African economies and growing consumerism.

This strategy allows the Fund to access companies involved in diverse industries, such as financial products, healthcare initiatives, transportation, tourism, power generation facilities, sanitation and clean water production, and industrial manufacturing. The Africa Fund provides investors the opportunity to invest in the continent of Africa, a region where limited dedicated funds are available.

The process to utilize this potential emergence by investing in companies within selected countries requires a dedicated research effort and analysis of:
• Various government inter-country alliances;
• Separate marketplaces where the financial instruments of the companies are traded;
• Legal framework and governance overseeing these endeavors; and
• Financial systems employed to provide information for the investing public.

After thorough consideration of these and other factors, it is our opinion there are significant opportunities available which we believe represent long term potential. It is our goal to have many of these opportunities available through the Africa Fund portfolio, so you can bring it home.

Investment Objective

The Fund’s investment objective is to provide long-term capital appreciation and current income. It invests primarily in equity and debt securities of Africa issuers.

Fund Performance

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Fund Investment Holdings

Holdings as of 3/31/24

Capitec Bank Holdings Ltd10.8%
Naspers Ltd6.0%
Gold Fields-Adr4.3%
Shoprite Holdings - Adr3.8%
Bid Corp Ltd3.7%
Grindrod Ltd3.6%
Bidvest Group Ltd3.1%
Standard Bank Group - Adr3.0%
Mtn Group Ltd - Adr2.9%
Republic of South Africa 6.25% 03/08/412.7%
Discovery Ltd2.5%
Mmi Holdings Ltd2.5%
Nedbank Group Ltd2.4%
Oceana Group Ltd2.4%
Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon2.3%
Mr Price Group Ltd2.3%
Aspen Pharmacare Hldg Ltd2.2%
Anglogold Ashanti Plc2.2%
Feder-Gt Obl-I 7 MM Fund2.0%
Endeavour Mining Plc2.0%
Datatec Ltd1.9%
Firstrand Ltd1.9%
Commercial Intl Egypt1.8%
Exxaro Resources Ltd1.8%
Vodacom Group Ltd1.8%
Alexander Forbes Hldg1.8%
Astral Foods Ltd1.7%
Impala Platinum1.7%
Motus Holdings Ltd1.7%
Psg Konsult Ltd1.7%
Sappi Ltd1.6%
Clientele Ltd1.6%
Stor-Age Prperty Reit1.6%
Anglo American Platinum1.5%
Global X Msci Nigeria Etf1.4%
Multichoice Group Ltd1.3%
Coronation Fund Managers1.0%
Sasol Ltd-Sp Adr1.0%
Sibanye Stillwater Ltd1.0%
Barloworld Ltd0.8%
Integrated Diagnostics Ho0.8%
Renergen Ltd0.7%
Crookes Brothers Ltd0.5%
Pound Sterling0.0%
South African Rand0.0%

Portfolio holdings will change due to ongoing management of the Fund. Reference to specific securities or sectors should not be construed as recommendations by the Fund, the advisor, or the distributor.


Year End 2023 distributions for the Commonwealth Funds were paid on December 18, 2023 to shareholders of record as of December 14, 2023.  The Ex-Dividend and Reinvest Date was December 15, 2023.  Please see detailed distribution information below.

Ordinary Investment Income Per Share: $0.0000
Short-Term Capital Gain Per Share:$0.0000
Long-Term Capital Gain Per Share:$0.0000


The minimum initial investment is $200 and there is no minimum for subsequent investments.


Learn about the principal risks of investing in the Africa Fund, which includes market, foreign security, and geographic risk.
The Advisor has agreed to waive certain annual expenses on a contractual and voluntary basis, however, the voluntary reimbursement for the Africa Fund’s expenses are subject to the Advisor’s discretion and may be discontinued at any time.