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  9. Issued capital
         
        Share capital   Share premium
  Rm     December 2016   December 2015   December 2016   December 2015
                     
  Authorised                  
  500,000,000 (December 2015: 500,000,000) ordinary shares of 1 cent each    5.0    5.0    
  20,000,000 (December 2015: 20,000,000) non-redeemable cumulative non-participating preference shares of 1 cent each    0.2    0.2    
  18,000,000 (December 2015: 18,000,000) ‘A’ convertible redeemable non-cumulative participating preference shares of 1 cent each    0.2    0.2    
  4,000,000 (December 2015: 4,000,000) ‘B’ convertible redeemable non-cumulative participating preference shares of 1 cent each        
                     
  Issued                  
  217,136,334 (December 2015: 217,136,334 ) ordinary shares of 1 cent each    2.2    2.2    644.1    675.1
  2,840,483 (December 2015:2,840,483) ‘B’ convertible redeemable non-cumulative participating preference shares of 1 cent each        
                     
            Number of   Share capital   Share premium
            shares   Rm   Rm
  Ordinary shares                  
                     
  Balance at December 2014          217,118,072    2.2    733.4
  Shares issued in terms of the Massmart Black Scarce Skills Trust        18,262    
  Ordinary shares issued – December 2015          217,136,334    2.2    733.4
  Treasury shares          (575,563)      (58.3)
  Ordinary shares issued excluding treasury shares – December 2015        216,560,771    2.2    675.1
                     
  Balance at December 2015          217,136,334    2.2    675.1
  Shares issued in terms of the Massmart Black Scarce Skills Trust          
  Ordinary shares issued – December 2016          217,136,334    2.2    675.1
  Treasury shares          (971,525)      (31.0)
  Ordinary shares issued excluding treasury shares – December 2016        216,164,809    2.2    644.1
                     
  Ordinary shares, which have a par value of 1 cent, carry one vote per share and carry the right to dividends.
                     
  ‘A’ convertible redeemable non-cumulative participating preference shares                  
  There are no ‘A’ convertible redeemable non-cumulative participating preference shares in issue as the residual shares were automatically redeemed on the vesting of the Massmart Thuthukani Empowerment Trust scheme, in terms of the Trust Deed in the 2013 financial year.            
             
  ‘B’ convertible redeemable non-cumulative participating preference shares            
                     
  Balance at December 2014          2,858,745.0     `
  Net shares issued in terms of the Massmart BEE transaction          
  Shares converted to ordinary shares        (18,262)    
  Balance at December 2015          2,840,483    
  Net shares issued in terms of the Massmart BEE transaction        2,840,483    
  Shares converted to ordinary shares          
  Balance at December 2016          2,840,483    
                     
  B’ convertible redeemable non-cumulative participating preference shares, which have a par value of 1 cent, are held in the Massmart Black Scarce Skills Trust. These shares carry one vote per share, which are cast by the trustees, and do not carry the right to dividends. On election of the beneficiary, the shares will convert to ordinary shares on a one-for-one basis and will rank pari passu with all ordinary shares then in issue.
                     
  Share options granted under the Massmart Holdings Limited Employee Share Trust    
                     
  At December 2016, executives and senior employees have options of 6,807,703 (December 2015: 7,673,705) ordinary shares of which 778,961 (December 2015: 2,289,364) are unvested.
  Share options granted under the Employee Share Incentive Scheme carry no rights to dividends and no voting rights. Additional information of the Employee Share Incentive Scheme can be found in note 29 of the Group Annual Financial Statements. The share-based payment reserve relates to the executive directors, refer to note 36 in the Group Financial Statements, for details of the Directors interest in the Company’s shares.
  During the current financial year, 1.5 million shares (0.7% of average shares in issue) were bought in the market by the Massmart Holdings Limited Executive Share Trust at an average price of R115.82 totalling R173.7 million.
  During the prior financial year, 0.9 million shares (0.4% of average shares in issue) were bought in the market were by the Massmart Holdings Limited Executive Share Trust at an average price of R148.88 totalling R135.5 million.
  The Directors have the authority, until the next annual general meeting, to issue the ordinary shares of the Company up to a maximum of 5% of the shares already issued.