Testimonials

Attending our CFO Events opens doors and lets you see what it is to network on the highest level. The CFO Events are a unique opportunity to meet peers and discuss business. Attending our events will boost your network, your company and your knowledge. Join CFO South Africa today at our events or as a member.

Comments received following the recent CFO Awards 2016 came flooding in after the hugely successful and well-attended event, held on 12 May at the beautiful Summer Place. Here's what the community had to say:

Leon Crouse, Remgro (retired)
“Thank you very much for the unexpected award I received last night. It was a great honour for me to be recognised by my peers and it is very rewarding for me at the end of my executive career. You organised a great event which I thoroughly enjoyed. Your organisation is doing a great job to network the CFOs in this country. I look forward to hosting you in Stellenbosch if you are down in this part of the world in future.”

Johan Geel, CFO Afgri
“Graham, what an event! I need to congratulate you and your team on this event – well done. It was a privilege to be nominated.”

Walter Leonhardt, Finance Director ABI
"Graham, thank you very much for this. I thoroughly enjoyed the function, discussions and events yesterday – met new interesting people, which is always great. In my job (SABMiller + Coca-Cola) I get to attend quite a few ‘gala evenings’ (for many years now) and can honestly tell you that last night was one of the best I have ever attended – venue, décor, food, speakers, programme – all of it! Well done!”

Sharon Horsten, Head of Finance Thomson Reuters, Sub-Saharan Africa
“CFO South Africa, we would like to extend a warm thanks to you and everyone else who worked extremely hard to make last night a huge success! We are proud to be associated with CFO South Africa and last night was just testament to the calibre of CFOs in this country who are learning, developing and growing thanks to your initiatives. Please extend our thanks to all those whose email addresses we don’t have.”

Christine Ramon, CFO AngloGold Ashanti
“Thank you for hosting a fantastic event last night. It was great to be recognised and I enjoyed the networking.”

Rob Katz, CFO Peregrine Group
“It was a great pleasure for us to have been with you all and I wish you all the very best going forward. Thank you once again for the nomination.”

Mervyn Coopen, CFO Strato IT Group
“Graham and team, I was honoured to be a part of last night’s event hosted by yourselves. Everything about the function was prestigious and WOW! The venue was amazing, the staff was hospitable and welcoming. In summary, you guys have outdone yourselves. Most of the people I interacted with were completely blown away and for some it was their first time, including myself. I am sure more CFOs will be attending after last night’s performance. Well done and keep up the fantastic work. I wish the organisation every success in the future and trust you grow from strength to strength, thereby impacting the financial and economic world in South Africa. Once again a big thank you to you and the team!”

Osman Arbee, CFO Imperial Holdings
“To the CFO South Africa team, thanks for all your hard work. Graham, you and the team arranged a great function and the spirit and networking was great. Well done and thanks for all the support.”

Evan Tsatsarolakis, CFO Taste Holdings
“Graham and team, thank you for a great evening on Thursday. That truly was the ‘Oscars’ of the finance industry. I really enjoyed it and made some new connections.”

Ahmed Jaffer, Chairman KPMG
“I really enjoyed the function and thank you for giving me this opportunity.”

Cindy Hess, CFO Pioneer Foods
“Thank you for a lovely evening. It really was a spectacular event.”

Craig Sumption, CFO Hatch Africa
“Many thanks for a wonderful evening, exceptionally well organised and executed!”

Heather Osborne, Head of Strategy Integration at Barclays Africa Group Limited
“What an incredible brand to be part of and so privileged to watch you taking it to new heights! Last night was a world-class event with attention to the finest detail! The wraps handed to the ladies was a very thoughtful touch.”

Find out what past attendees had to say about our CFO events:

Deon Fredericks, Group CFO at Telkom
"I fully support CFO South Africa’s mission to connect the country’s finance leaders as this is critical for the continued growth and employment opportunities in our country. CFOs are playing a more significant role from a strategic point of view to enhance the financial performance of a company. As such, it is very valuable to learn from each other and share experiences, challenges and solutions. This programme has been key in facilitating sharing of strategies and identify key future focus areas."

Bongani Nqwababa, CFO at Sasol

"It is great opportunity to share and learn from peers."

Simon Ridley, CFO at Standard Bank

I think last year, the first year of this award, as a nominee, I was not sure about this whole thing. But as I really went through this process I was really quite blown away by the sheer professionalism of CFO South Africa. These guys are really good. They know what they are doing.

Imraan Soomra, CFO at Oceana

"CFO South Africa has filled a gap in the CFO community by serving as a platform for development, networking and recognition."

Jo-Ann Pohl, CFO Africa at Standard Chartered Bank

“The CFO forum events are enlightening, cathartic even as you learn and share with peers and colleagues. We do not often take time out during the day to network, share and learn from each other. Thank you for making this possible and helping ensure we make the time to work together. I have no doubt this type of engagement and interaction will take the CFO role and finance profession further.” 

Aarti Takoordeen, CFO at JSE

"Please pass my thanks and congratulations to your organisation. CFO South Africa is lifting the game with the finance profession in the country. "

Brett Tromp, CFO at Discovery Health

“High quality, high profile CFO event. A suburb opportunity to network and share ideas. Thumbs up CFO SA, will definitely attend the next event.”

Bikash Prasad, CFO South and East Africa at Olam International

"CFO South Africa has done a terrific job in creating CFOs networking forum, organizing pertinent master classes, roundtables. This has provided CFOs to network, share the best practices, opportunities and challenges in the continent. Just amazing ! 10 out of 10."

Irene Singo, CFO at Department of Mineral Resources

"The CFO of today is expected to do far more than bean counting. Through CFO SA I have learned new strategies in dealing with day to day functions of the CFO. My network has also improved. I found that CFO SA is the only body that is able to bring CFOs of different industries in one roof."

Peter Walsh, Group CFO at Servest Multi-Service Group

"Having attended the first CFO South Africa event in Cape Town in 2012 it has been exceedingly encouraging to see CFO South Africa evolve into the community it has. The latest event incorporated high quality round-table discussions; topical and informative speakers; and was well attended by a broad spectrum of like-minded colleagues. CFO South Africa events are hard-coded into my diary."

Mark Godfrey, CFO at SPAR Group

“CFO South Africa is fast being recognised as a high quality association, providing relevant and challenging information sessions and networking opportunities with similar financial officers in a very professional environment."

Vuyokazi Memani-Sedile, Executive Director: Finance at Unisa

“Great platform to meet and discuss issues facing CFOs. It really helps as I have learnt that most of the time your challenges are not unique.”

Anbann Chetti, CFO at Nedbank Corporate Banking

“The event is always exceptionally planned and well attended which creates an excellent networking platform. Cannot wait to attend the 2014 events”

Sizwe Nkosi, CFO at Metmar Limited

“Thank you to CFO South Africa management and staff for being so passionate about CFO’s. Through your hard work we are benefiting immensely and networking opportunities are unmatched.”

Warren Prinsloo, CFO at Jasco

"Over a very short period CFO SA has created a valuable platform for CFO's to share their experiences."

Mark Buwalda, Client Partner Sub-Saharan Africa at Cognizant

"It is the premier event that brings like minded people from different industries to one platform. Worth the time spent."

Arshad Hassim, CFO at MAN

"An excellent networking and knowledge sharing opportunity.  The event was professionally managed and well attended."

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