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Africa is a great source of growth, says Standard Bank CIB's Victor Williams

As the head of Corporate and Investment Banking (CIB) for Africa at Standard Bank, Victor Williams is responsible for corporate and investment banking in the 19 countries – excluding South Africa – that comprise the Africa Regions. He says the bank serves corporate, sovereign and institutional clients (local…

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Added by CFO South Africa on September 11, 2017 at 6:00 — No Comments

Rodney Irwin: How CFOs can radicalise corporate reporting

“CFOs are in a unique position to make a difference – by taking steps to understand what reporting requirements are out there and how various risks may affect companies now and in the future, they can help safeguard their companies and advance the future of sustainability,” says Rodney Irwin, MD, Redefining Value at the World Business Council for…

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Added by CFO South Africa on September 4, 2017 at 6:00 — No Comments

Standard Bank's Funeka Montjane: FinTech is changing the face of banking

“There’s never been a more wonderful time to be a banker,” says Funeka Montjane, CEO of Personal and Business Banking at Standard Bank. Montjane, a 2015 WEF Young Global Leader, believes that the future of banking lies in creating time for customers with the help of automation, artificial…

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Added by CFO South Africa on August 28, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments

The ‘Patel factor’: Minette Smit and Marylla Govender explain

It has been 17 years since the inception of the South African Competition Act, and competition law enforcement continues to be vigorous and successful. Some now argue that competition law and its associated institutions are becoming a victim of their own success. Where other regulators have mostly proven toothless, the Competition…

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Added by CFO South Africa on August 21, 2017 at 6:00 — No Comments

Cipla SSA CFO Nishant Saxena shares his tips for creating a top team

Nishant Saxena won two Awards at this year’s CFO of the Year Awards – High Performance Team and Young CFO of the Year. He received this recognition because he took Cipla’s struggling, low-margin, sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) unit and turned it into one of the most profitable pharma players in South Africa. In so doing, he completely transformed…

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Added by CFO South Africa on August 14, 2017 at 6:00 — No Comments

The CFOs versus the machine: futurist Graeme Codrington gets into it

Many CFOs worry that machines and robots may affect their jobs in the near future. Futurist Graeme Codrington, strategy consultant at TomorrowToday Global, believes they’re right to have this concern. Thus, CFOs need to partner with machines to make the most of the new world of work – and…

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Added by CFO South Africa on August 7, 2017 at 6:00 — No Comments

CFO of the Year Till Streichert shares his CFO challenges

Vodacom’s Till Streichert, CFO of the Year 2017, talks us through six of the biggest issues he has faced while being a CFO. “I love my job and the profession.”

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

Put your best people on the deal team, says Telkom’s Deon Fredericks

A thorough, smart and stealthy due diligence process is among the top ingredients for successful mergers and acquisitions. We spoke to finance executives and dealmakers about the homework a growth-hungry company needs to do. “Do two rounds of due diligence, put your very best finance team members on the deal and make sure you do your homework,” says Telkom…

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Added by CFO South Africa on July 24, 2017 at 6:00 — No Comments

The CFO is the connector in dealmaking, says Bowmans' Charles Douglas

A thorough, smart and stealthy due diligence process is among the top ingredients for successful mergers and acquisitions. We spoke to finance executives and dealmakers about the homework a growth-hungry company needs to do. “Ideally, the CFO shouldn’t only focus on the financials, there needs to be a cross-over. The CFO, along with other execs, can really help to join…

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Added by CFO South Africa on July 10, 2017 at 8:00 — No Comments

CFOs should expect more change coming, says Standard Bank CIB’s Suzette Els

“Allow compliance to participate in front line engagement to create a mutual understanding on key client challenges and pro-actively pick-up on key client challenges,” advises Suzette Els, Chief Compliance Officer for Standard Bank Corporate and Investment Banking. In this article, part of a series from Standard Bank specialists, Suzette talks about…

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Added by CFO South Africa on July 3, 2017 at 6:00 — No Comments

Cyberattacks are big business for criminals, says security expert Michael Marriott

High-profile data breaches are regularly in the news and, seemingly, businesses and are losing the battle to protect their intellectual property (IP), corporate and customer data from professional cybercriminals. Michael Marriott, security expert at Digital Shadows, shares his…

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

If you want to see deal success, plan, says Ansarada’s Arie Maree

A thorough, smart and stealthy due diligence process is among the top ingredients for successful mergers and acquisitions. We spoke to finance executives and dealmakers about the homework a growth-hungry company needs to do. “You cannot over-plan,” says Arie Maree, Ansarada Managing Director for Africa and the Middle East. “Once the rubber hits the road…

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Added by CFO South Africa on June 19, 2017 at 6:00 — No Comments

Trend update 2017: Futurist Craig Wing chats populism, bitcoin & long knives

At the turn of the year, futurist Craig Wing wrote a piece where he postulated an increase in three seemingly unconnected developments all aligned with the central tenant of trust and transparency in a connected world. As we approach the middle of the year, Craig has updated it, adding local context particularly within the changing…

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Added by CFO South Africa on June 12, 2017 at 6:00 — No Comments

There’s no one-size-fits-all solution in forex, says Standard Bank’s Richard de Roos

“Everyone has a different way of thinking about FX and settling and hedging their FX and we must solve and understand for each of these,” says Richard de Roos, Head of Foreign Exchange for the Standard Bank Group. In this, the second article in a series from Standard Bank specialists, Richard talks about forex trends in Africa, what Standard Bank is doing to stay ahead of…

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Added by CFO South Africa on June 5, 2017 at 6:00 — No Comments

In deal making, understand what you buy, says Deloitte’s Karin Hodson

A thorough, smart and stealthy due diligence process is among the top ingredients for successful mergers and acquisitions. We spoke to finance executives and deal makers about the homework a growth-hungry company needs to do. “The due diligence report is often just used to tick the box and the findings are not adequately translated into the pricing and sale and purchase…

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Added by CFO South Africa on May 29, 2017 at 6:00 — No Comments

Look for the opportunity within the crisis, says Standard Bank’s Zaid Moola

“In South Africa, the full impact of a downgrade to sub-investment status will probably only manifest over the next 12 to 18 months. Companies in strong balance-sheet positons should be cautiously opportunistic and look for value-enhancing acquisitions both in South Africa and abroad. As much as economic conditions may be tough, my view is that we should…

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Added by CFO South Africa on May 22, 2017 at 6:00 — No Comments

The CFO should ensure due diligence is accurate and meticulously undertaken, says Sibanye’s Charl Keyter

A thorough, smart and stealthy due diligence process is among the top ingredients for successful mergers and acquisitions. We spoke to finance executives and dealmakers about the homework a growth-hungry company needs to do. “You don’t always want to let the staff of the other company or companies know you are doing this process,” says Sibanye Gold…

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Added by CFO South Africa on May 15, 2017 at 6:00 — No Comments

Cybersecurity skills shortages leave us open to attack, says MWR Infosecurity SA’s MD, Riaan van Boom

According to Europol’s 2016 Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment (IOCTA), several EU states have found that cybercrime offences have surpassed traditional crimes, with trends such as crime-as-a-service and ransomware rising significantly.…

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Added by CFO South Africa on May 8, 2017 at 6:00 — No Comments

Futurist Craig Wing: Forces to watch out for in 2017

With the festivities of the new year now passed, we tend to reflect on the madness that was 2016. Undoubtedly, globally we will remember BREXIT and the election of President Trump as arguably two of the most “shocking” global events; events which left many of the “experts” reeling after their failed predictions. Herein…

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Added by CFO South Africa on January 9, 2017 at 6:00 — No Comments

IBM’s Leslie Moodley: CFOs can become performance accelerators through technological advancement

Technological advances are disrupting the status quo and creating huge turbulences. Businesses are converging and unforeseen competitors are emerging. It is all about creating disruption and staying ahead of the curve, which is rising at a rapid pace. And amid all this change, CFOs still need to create profits for their enterprises, writes…

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Added by CFO South Africa on August 29, 2016 at 8:00 — No Comments

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