April 2013 Articles (13)

Graham Meyer, CFO Tellumat: Interpersonal skills are crucial

FINANCE professionals who are aiming for a leadership role need to realize that interpersonal skills are just as important as a CA title. “The human interface does not always come easy for CAs, but this is fundamentally important the more you move up,” says Graham Meyer, Finance Director of Cape Town-based company Tellumat.

Meyer recently spoke with CFO South Africa and we asked…

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Added by CFO South Africa on April 29, 2013 at 18:00 — No Comments

Come to the CFO South Africa Cafés in May

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The time for the next CFO South Africa Events is approaching. In May prominent financial professionals and directors will represent Cape Town’s and Johannesburg’s finest companies at the exclusive CFO Round Tables & Cafés on May 14th and 16th respectively.

CFO South Africa, in collaboration with Oracle has organized these events which will focus on discussions…

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Added by CFO South Africa on April 26, 2013 at 14:00 — No Comments

Rolam Ait Si Birouk, CFO Ropetec: African challenges are cash, skills and tax

“NETWORKING is very, very important for finance professionals who are working in Africa,” says Rolam Ait Si Birouk. As CFO of Cape Town-based company Ropetec, which does maintenance and inspection work in the oil and gas industry, Rolam has a lot of experience working in countries like Angola, Ghana and Congo. “We are all facing the same challenges in these markets and it will be great to hear how other people find solutions to these…

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Added by CFO South Africa on April 25, 2013 at 17:30 — No Comments

CFO South Africa Newsletter April 24th 2013

Dear CFO South Africa group member,

Stay up-to-date and read our newsletter with the latest topics, articles and interviews on CFO South Africa.

Don’t miss it!

The time to register for the next CFO South Africa Events is approaching. The 14th & 16th of May prominent financial professionals and directors will represent Cape Town and Johannesburg’s finest companies at the exclusive CFO South Africa Round Tables & Cafés. You can be…

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Added by CFO South Africa on April 24, 2013 at 16:01 — No Comments

Anbann Chetti, CFO Nedbank Corporate Banking: Be the number one

“THE best advice that I can give to young finance experts is to try and understand financial statements better than anybody else. This way, you’ll get rewards that others don’t get,” says Anbann Chetti, CFO of Nedbank Corporate Banking. In an interview with CFO South Africa he explains that a successful career is as much about enjoyment as it is about “positive, healthy competition” with your peers.…

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Added by CFO South Africa on April 24, 2013 at 13:00 — No Comments

Bright Amisi, Group Finance Manager at SABS: "Risk management is going to become a key part of the CFO portfolio"

Bright Amisi (37) has been the Group Finance Manager of the SABS, a leading conformity assessment industry player, since 2008. SABS is the largest conformity assessment body in Africa and is the official publisher of South African National Standards (SANS) used across all sectors of the economy. He thinks the most challenging about his position are that the non-finance issues demand a lot of his time. He doesn’t always sit in his office worrying about the…

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Added by CFO South Africa on April 23, 2013 at 10:00 — No Comments

Ian Graham, CFO of GE Oil & Gas Africa & GE Southern Africa: “South Africa can be a launch pad for the continent”

“South Africa has the unique opportunity to be a launch pad for the whole of Southern Africa and the rest of the continent,” says Ian Graham, CFO of GE Oil & Gas Africa & GE Southern Africa. As part of the huge American multinational company General Electric, GE is quickly growing its operations in Africa. There are huge opportunities in countries like Angola, Mozambique and Zambia,” says Ian. “If South Africa can leverage this, they can also…

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Added by CFO South Africa on April 19, 2013 at 17:30 — No Comments

Karen Elstob (IQ Business): Embracing our contracting services

(In the picture: Melle Eijckelhoff (CFO South Africa), Karen Elstob (IQ Business), Alex van Groningen (CFO South Africa)

“We have always offered contracting services to our clients, but we never used to highlight it as a service offering, instead we focused on the consulting aspect of the business,” says Karen Elstob. “We’ve realised that our clients see significant value in the ability to access the right people with the right experience to…

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Added by CFO South Africa on April 16, 2013 at 13:44 — No Comments

Callen Hodgskiss, HPCA: opportunities for finance talents at NGOs

“FOLLOW what you value,” is the advice of Callen Hodgskiss. As CFO of the Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa (HPCA) he knows what he is talking about. “I hope young financial professionals realize there are a lot of opportunities in the NGO sector. It is a dynamic environment and there is a lot that you can contribute. There is growing need for qualified people at NGOs and the salaries are becoming more and more market…

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Added by CFO South Africa on April 14, 2013 at 9:30 — No Comments

Brett Tromp, CFO at Discovery Health: the softer side of a CFO

“FIRSTLY, always do more than your job description tells you to, so people will recognize your value.” The advice could sound gratuitous coming from anyone else, but if anybody can shed a light on a successful career for young finance professionals it must be Brett Tromp. “Secondly,” he says, “create a market for yourself in your organisation. Find executives to talk to and establish a brand of knowledge and trust. Those two things can be the big secret to…

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Added by CFO South Africa on April 11, 2013 at 17:30 — No Comments

CFO South Africa Newsletter April 10th 2013

Stay up-to-date and read our newsletter with the latest topics, articles and interviews on CFO South Africa. As always, all activities of CFO South Africa are free to finance professionals. Hope to see you participating in our platforms soon.

Read new interesting articles and interviews on CFO.co.za

  • Vishwani Nirghin, Finance Director Unilever South Africa …
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Added by CFO South Africa on April 10, 2013 at 19:00 — No Comments

Grant Scrutton, Finance Director Winhold Limited; "It is never boring, never the same, never “done”"

Grant Scrutton is Finance director of Winhold Limited which is a JSE-listed holding company with its main investments being in its subsidiaries, Gundle Limited and Inmins Limited. Gundle manufactures polyethylene bags, construction sheeting, consumer and industrial packaging, agricultural film and dam linings and distributes to the agricultural, chemical, construction, food processing, industrial and consumer markets, as well as installing dam linings in…

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Added by CFO South Africa on April 9, 2013 at 16:30 — No Comments

Jonas Schöfer (The Hackett Group): Freeing up cash from working capital

(On the picture from left to right: Melle Eijckelhoff (CFO South Africa) & Jonas Schöfer (The Hackett Group)

The Hackett Group is a stalwart name in the international business world and has now come to South Africa “to free up working capital”, says Jonas Schöfer. He believes that many large South African companies can free up between 10 and 30 percent of their working capital, just by improving the quality of their processes. “That is…

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Added by CFO South Africa on April 5, 2013 at 12:30 — No Comments

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