July 2013 Articles (9)

CFO South Africa Newsletter | Register Now for the 5th CFO South Africa Event | Read Exclusive Interviews with Prominent CFOs

Dear CFO South Africa member,

Limited seating for the 5th CFO South Africa Event!

Seating for the 5th CFO South Africa Event has been filling up fast! On Thursday, October 3rd 2013 distinguished financial professionals and directors, from JSE,…

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Added by CFO South Africa on July 31, 2013 at 17:00 — No Comments

Jonathan Lang, Head Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group: The challenges of investing in Africa

“It is amazing how many South African and foreign companies are entering the rest of Africa at the moment, some without taking legal advice prior to, or after, their arrival. Some investors invest millions, buying a diamond mine in the DRC for example, but are unfortunately often then hit with unforeseen problems and need to come to us for legal help ,” says Jonathan Lang, head of the Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group (BGAG), one of the leading law firms…

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

Werner Barnard, Mondelēz International: People skills make the difference

“People skills are what set good and bad leaders apart,” says Werner Barnard, Finance Business Lead: Integrated Supply Chain at Mondelēz International. Barnard is an ambitious man, a business leader of the type that believes a strong finance background is a stepping stone to even greater things.



Barnard has just landed at snack company Mondelēz, formerly known as Kraft Foods, after a career that saw him…

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Added by CFO South Africa on July 29, 2013 at 12:30 — No Comments

Chris Povall, CFO Accéntuate: Doing more with less

“The role of CFOs in organisations has not changed as much as some people like to think it has,” says Chris Povall, Chief Financial Officer at Accéntuate Limited, a listed South African company that specializes in vinyl, laminate and wooden floors, chemicals for the flooring industry and a broad range of cleaning chemicals. Povall is a highly experienced finance leader, having held influential positions at Impala Platinum, Times Media, Chemical Services and Protea Chemicals. “What…

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Added by CFO South Africa on July 19, 2013 at 15:30 — No Comments

Michael van Straten, Financial Director Servest Marine: “Treat one with respect and you will get it back.”

Michael van Straten begins our interview with a walking tour of Servest Marine’s operations at Cape Town harbour. Seeing him greet dock workers by name and check on the boats of “the competition”, I’m reminded of my first feeling when I met Michael at the CFO Café some months previous – here was someone who knows his place in the world and makes one feel instantly at ease. Not bad for a man who until last year was working for one of the largest…

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Added by CFO South Africa on July 19, 2013 at 14:00 — No Comments

CFO South Africa Newsletter July 18th 2013: Upcoming Event October 3rd 2013 | CFO South Africa Welcomes New Partner



Dear CFO South Africa member,

Don’t miss CFO South Africa’s Upcoming Event

The time to register for the next CFO South Africa Event has come. On Thursday October 3rd 2013 at the Saxon Boutique Hotel, prominent financial professionals and…

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Added by CFO South Africa on July 18, 2013 at 15:30 — No Comments

Humphrey Borkum, Chairman JSE Limited: Extraordinary accomplishments since democracy

“A listing at the stock exchange is still the best way to raise capital,” says Humphrey Borkum. It’s something you would expect the chairman of JSE Limited, the largest stock exchange in Africa, to say, but not a lot of CFOs have felt like taking their business public lately. “When companies get bigger though, these considerations become inevitable,” says Borkum. “I believe there will be a number of new big JSE listings in the…

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Added by CFO South Africa on July 12, 2013 at 15:30 — No Comments

Alex van der Watt, University of Johannesburg & SAICA: Grooming the CFOs of the future

“It is very exciting to work with the new generation,” says Alex van der Watt, auditing lecturer, Head of the Department of Accountancy at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and education specialist on the board of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA). “When I…

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Added by CFO South Africa on July 9, 2013 at 15:00 — No Comments

CFOs discuss their challenges during successful Executive Dinner in Johannesburg

Every day, margins are being squeezed, skilled staff members need to be found and growth needs to be funded. The challenges that CFOs and Finance Directors face are multiple and they all come at the same time. What better way to recharge their batteries than bouncing some ideas off fellow finance leaders in the industry? Or shedding some frustrations during a delicious dinner in a top restaurant, surrounded by colleagues who share…

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Added by CFO South Africa on July 9, 2013 at 14:00 — No Comments

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