January 2017 Articles (77)

Marius Bierman returns to WE Wearne as CFO

Marius Bierman CA(SA) has returned to the CFO seat he held from December 2011 to December 2013, as finance head for WE Wearne, a company that produces construction materials.

During his hiatus between these two roles, Bierman was first GM of Finance for Caxton, a position he filled for little over a year before taking the plunge into the…

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Added by CFO South Africa on January 31, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments

Ecobank launches African FinTech challenge

Pan-African banking conglomerate Ecobank, which boasts operations in 36 countries on the continent, has launched a FinTech challenge for African startups.



The Ecobank FinTech Challenge provides selected startups with tailored mentorship from leading industry experts,…

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Added by CFO South Africa on January 31, 2017 at 8:00 — No Comments

SA has the ability to produce great talent, says Citibank SA CFO Nico Botha

Global political and economic ructions mean uncertain times for the banking industry. We chatted to Nico Botha, the well-travelled CFO of global banking behemoth Citibank's South African operation, about his experiences abroad, transition and the challenges the industry faces in 2017. 

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Added by CFO South Africa on January 31, 2017 at 6:00 — No Comments

Lee-Anne de Bruin appointed new Resolute CFO

Lee-Anne de Bruin has been appointed CFO of Africa and Australia-focused gold miner Resolute Mining, effective 27 February 2017. She leaves her post as the regional CFO in Australia for Newmont Mining. Prior to this role she was head of project function for BHP Billiton.

Although she has been working in Australia since mid-2009, De Bruin…

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Added by CFO South Africa on January 30, 2017 at 19:00 — No Comments

Finance flash: the TOP-10 articles of week 4, 2017

Do you want to keep up to date with the latest developments in finance, but you are short of time? Don’t worry. CFO South Africa weekly collects 10 of the most important articles from international media for your convenience.

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Added by CFO South Africa on January 30, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments

Finance Indaba 2017 registrations taking off

Although we are only just done with the first month of the year, almost 600 people have already signed up to attend Finance Indaba Africa 2017, which is to be held on the 12 and 13 October at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. 

  • Do you want to know more about the…
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Added by CFO South Africa on January 30, 2017 at 8:00 — No Comments

Insider’s guide to a successful acquisition strategy

To achieve superior growth, a company needs to get its organic growth right, but acquisition strategy is a crucial and very powerful tool. In this article, I delve into my experience as a CFO to provide an insider’s guide to a successful M&A strategy.

By Robbie Taylor, M&A expert and former CFO*

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Added by CFO South Africa on January 30, 2017 at 6:00 — No Comments

SAICA "not yet" in favour of MAFR, says more research is needed

The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) says that more research is needed before introduction of mandatory audit firm rotation could be considered.

Terence Nombembe (pictured), SAICA CEO, said in a recent report by SAICA on the issue of Mandatory Audit Firm Rotation (MAFR) that the introduction of MAFR in South Africa…

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Added by CFO South Africa on January 29, 2017 at 8:00 — No Comments

IRBA full steam ahead with mandatory firm rotation

Despite many CFOs rejecting mandatory audit firm rotation (see our recent interviews and articles on this matter by visiting our MAFR dossier), the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA) is continuing at full steam, with MAFR in South Africa set to kick in on 1 April…

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Added by CFO South Africa on January 28, 2017 at 8:00 — No Comments

CFO Awards 2017 line-up wows

“For me as a proud CFO it is a very touching experience being nominated and I feel quite privileged. To be acknowledged for one’s work is not an often-done thing in the world today. One works very hard but to get acknowledged is not easy,” says Rajesh Mahabeer (pictured), CFO of SANParks, one of the 25 nominees for this year’s CFO Awards.

The annual 'Oscars for South…

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Added by CFO South Africa on January 27, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments

Croatian FinTech Oradian expands to South Africa

One of Europe’s leading FinTech startups, Oradian, is set to open a branch in South Africa to foster entrepreneurial development in the region. It also has plans to expand throughout Africa.

“Oradian is constantly investing in business development with the aim of bringing financial…

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Added by CFO South Africa on January 27, 2017 at 8:00 — No Comments

Would a millennial make a terrible CFO?

Millennials, or those under the age of 35, have a bad rap in the recruitment industry at the moment. According to a survey from Duke University and CFO Magazine, most American CFOs see millennials as having poor work ethic. The latest additions to the corporate workforce simply…

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Added by CFO South Africa on January 27, 2017 at 6:00 — No Comments

The rand is massively undervalued according to Burgernomics

According to the latest Big Mac Index by The Economist, the Rand is undervalued and should be trading at R5.20 to the dollar. It is undervalued by as much as 62.7%, the Index says.

The Big Mac Index gauges whether currencies are at an appropriate level based on the theory of purchasing power parity (PPP), which suggests…

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Added by CFO South Africa on January 26, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments

CFO SA tackles public sector challenges

Public finance professionals are tasked with nation-building and ensuring economic progress and face a different set of challenges to their private sector counterparts.

With this in mind and after a successful launch of a public sector community in 2016, CFO South Africa is hosting a…

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Added by CFO South Africa on January 26, 2017 at 8:00 — No Comments

Africa has great potential: WATCH Eclectics consultant Sebi Salim at #afta16 #findaba16

"We believe there is a lot of potential in Africa and this is why we are investing heavily. Up to 60 percent of our solutions are USSD- and SMS-based, but as Internet access becomes cheaper and easier, we are increasing our investment in web and mobile banking apps. Through our partnership model, we sit down…

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Added by CFO South Africa on January 26, 2017 at 6:00 — No Comments

Mediclinic acquires majority stake in Life Path Health

Mediclinic Southern Africa has announced that it will acquire a majority stake in Life Path Health, a mental health treatment provider which currently operates seven facilities in the Western Cape, with plans for more in other regions of South Africa.…

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Added by CFO South Africa on January 25, 2017 at 19:00 — No Comments

SA should reject MAFR says the AICPA

The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (AICPA) has voiced its strong opposition to a plan by South Africa’s Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA) to implement mandatory audit firm rotation (MAFR).

In a response to IRBA’s Consultation Paper, the AICPA wrote that MAFR may…

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Added by CFO South Africa on January 25, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments

CFO Awards judging process underway

The judging process for the CFO Awards 2017 is now underway after Peregrine CFO Robert Katz was asked a range of questions relating to strategic execution, transformation, high-performance teams and compliance.

The interview was conducted by…

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Added by CFO South Africa on January 25, 2017 at 6:00 — No Comments

De Beers sells $720 million of diamonds in first sale of the year

The world’s biggest diamond producer, De Beers, owned by Anglo American, sold $720 million of diamonds in its first sale of the year. This is compared to $545 million for January 2016’s sale.…

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Added by CFO South Africa on January 24, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments

Dubai to support African FinTech

The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and professional services firm Accenture are set to launch a fintech accelerator that will support startups from Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Expected in the first quarter of 2017, FinTech Hive at DIFC aims…

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Added by CFO South Africa on January 24, 2017 at 8:00 — No Comments

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