In both cases, a property fund was ranked in first place.
Norbert Sasse, PLSA Chairman and CEO of Growthpoint Properties said: "Apart from the three-year or five-year horizon, the listed property sector has outpaced the All Share Index for six straight months in a row to August."
Over five years, the top-performing unit trust was Prudential Enhanced SA Property Tracker Fund A with cumulative total returns of 121%. The three-year rankings show that Prudential Enhanced SA Property Tracker Fund A again takes the top spot, with cumulative total returns of 67%.
Stanlib Property Income Fund A came in a close second, over both periods, with cumulative returns of 119% and 64%, respectively.
The results showcase the consistently high performance of the listed property sector in both the long and short terms.
PLSA is the representative umbrella body of the property loan stock sector comprised of voluntary members, with the weight of nearly all of the funds within the sector behind it.