Stellenbosch-based investment house Remgro, long regarded as a redoubtable store of value and the share that every South African should own, looks down and out these days.

The threadbare local economy has admittedly stymied growth prospects. But questions around whether the JSE’s best-known investment company is in structural decline are increasingly audible. Unlike the “old days”, when the reliable tobacco business or the RMB Holdings financial services hub churned out compelling cash flows, Remgro’s central value proposition suddenly seems at risk of not holding...

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