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Retail, construction and agri industries at risk, says Deloitte

Deloitte, in its recently released fourth annual South African Restructuring Outlook 2017 survey, found that restructuring professionals are more positive about the economy but that retail, agriculture and construction sectors remain at risk.

Deloitte says it surveyed a cross-section of restructuring specialists in South…

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Added by CFO South Africa on July 19, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments

What does South Africa mean to you, asks CFO SA MD, Graham Fehrsen

CFO South Africa is a proudly South African platform, even with its Dutch roots. At the recent CFO Awards, we hosted a masterclass with leading CFOs on the topic of race and transformation. What would we say if we spoke openly about these issues and how would it reflect our values and attitude? It was one of the most powerful conversations…

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Added by CFO South Africa on July 12, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments

CFO of the Year Till Streichert shares successful ERP implementation tips

In the space of just a few years, Till Streichert, CFO of Vodacom Group and this year's CFO of the Year, turned Vodacom’s finance team into a flourishing intelligence unit. He is a textbook example of a finance executive who used the first 100 days of his tenure to make a swift and decisive impact on his…

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Added by CFO South Africa on July 5, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments

Deloitte’s Andrew Mackie shares his thoughts on the value of the CFO community

Andrew Mackie, Deloitte’s newly appointed Head of Audit for Africa, believes there is great value in cultivating a strong network of CFOs and building a community of finance leaders. Mackie says he is excited about Deloitte partnering with CFO South Africa: “It is vital, particularly in these tumultuous times, that finance leaders hunker down together and…

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

Standard Bank CIB CEO Kenny Fihla’s ideal CFO

Kenny Fihla was recently made CEO (he was, until then, deputy CEO) of Standard Bank’s Corporate and Investment Banking division. For him, the ideal CFO needs to be three key things: a core partner, concerned with sustainability, and a sanity check for the organisation. “If a CFO can play these three roles exceptionally well,…

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Added by CFO South Africa on June 21, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments

Hollard and Cigna partner to broaden African footprint

Brooks Mparutsa (pictured), executive director of Hollard’s international business, has said that the insurer has “significant acquisitions” planned on the continent in the coming years, and would be partnereing with New York Stock Exchange-listed Cigna, a global hearlth insurer, to offer health insurance to companies…

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Added by CFO South Africa on June 20, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments

Stick your neck out to succeed, says Standard Bank CIB CEO, Kenny Fihla

Kenny Fihla was recently made CEO (he was, until then, deputy CEO) of Standard Bank’s Corporate and Investment Banking division. He shares with young finance professionals some personal pearls of wisdom for success. “Organisations are desperate for leaders and leaders are really tested in that kind of way – who is always willing to step out of the…

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Added by CFO South Africa on June 14, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments

Sustainability – why CFOs should care

"Companies are now required by governments and stock exchanges to be transparent about their sustainability performance for all stakeholders, including investors, to see and evaluate," writes Stephane Bello, Executive VP and CFO at Thomson Reuters.

As stewards of capital, today’s CFOs have a unique opportunity to oversee…

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

“Bankers of the future will be developers, designers and risk modelling people,” says N26 CEO, Valentin Stalf

Banking is like Formula One, says Valentin Stalf, co-founder and CEO of mobile bank N26. This observation came a day after Valentin returned from the famous Monza race track north of Milan in Italy, where N26 was invited as the Fast Companies Series partner by British Formula One racing team, Manor Racing. “Of course, it was very cool to see our logo there,…

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Added by CFO South Africa on May 17, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments

Simplifying M&A deals: ansarada MD Arie Maree explains

While African M&A continues to rise, it seems that information security remains a major barrier to closing deals. Research conducted by ansarada found that 71 percent of CFOs involved in M&A deals have experienced increased risk and delay due to a loss of information or a security breach. This includes a…

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Added by CFO South Africa on May 10, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments

Stay curious to be relevant in 2020, says CFO SA's Graham Fehrsen

Artificial intelligence (AI) already has the ability to read, write, present and take on a physical presence, all with alarming intelligent and coherent patterns. By 2020, a bot might write this piece, moderate a panel at a CFO Summit, and deliver outstanding insights to you, the finance professional, across multiple platforms. If…

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Added by CFO South Africa on May 3, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments

Banking must adapt to be future-fit, says futurist Keith Coats

In order to meet the demands embedded in the future, banking will need to adapt. It will need to change the way things are done and bring the delivery closer to the rhetoric. In short, banks will need to rethink their traditional business models completely. Futurist Keith Coats, director at…

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

Cost, risk and digital are top priorities in uncertain times, says Deloitte

A need for increased profitability in a low-growth domestic economy and increased global uncertainty are pushing chief procurement officers (CPOs) to add more value to their organisations. Defensive strategies being implemented by CFOs are demanding rapid,…

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Added by CFO South Africa on April 19, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments

Five building blocks of radically improved external reports

In recent decades, voluminous and increasingly complex quarterly and annual reports have lost much of their relevance for their primary users: investors. In their book, The End of Accounting, Baruch Lev and Feng Gu empirically prove that the relevance of accounting…

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Added by CFO South Africa on April 12, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments

Second edition of the CFO Case Study Competition now underway

Global entries for the 2017 and second edition of The CFO Case Study Competition closed on 31 March, with over 1,500 entries received – surpassing the 2016 edition by some 20 percent.

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Added by CFO South Africa on April 5, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments

Save money and create value? Property-savvy CFOs share insights and knowhow

On Tuesday evening, a small group of leading CFOs gathered for an exclusive dinner on one of the most exclusive pieces of real estate in Johannesburg: The Four Seasons Hotel, Westcliff. Given the complex relationship most large businesses have with property, it was an evening of far-ranging and sometimes unexpected…

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Added by CFO South Africa on March 29, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments

Real empowerment remains elusive, says IRBA’s top brass

“More focus should be given to long-term career prospects, including equity partnerships and senior management and executive responsibility. Transformation is not about the de-racialisation of the overall profession; it is about financial inclusion, ownership and access to markets and opportunity,” says Bernard Agulhas (pictured), CEO of the Independent…

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

Fiscal prudence needed in SA, says Deloitte in its latest report

South Africa’s economy continues to be stifled by weak growth on one side and the need for fiscal consolidation on the other. So says Deloitte in its recently published Global Economic Outlook Q1, 2017, which features a section on the South African economy titled ‘South Africa: In a tight spot’.

“A major reason behind the region’s decelerating growth is the slowdown in its two largest…

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Added by CFO South Africa on March 8, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments

Nkonki trainees achieve 92% pass rate on APC exam

Leading black-owned assurance and advisory services firm Nkonki has confirmed that it achieved a national pass rate of 92% for its candidates writing the second part of the Assessment Professional Competence (APC) exam, with its Sunninghill office achieving a pass rate of 100%. Both are considerably higher than the average…

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Added by CFO South Africa on March 1, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments

Saving money AND future-proofing your real estate: JLL partners with CFO SA

Financial and professional services firm JLL, which specialises in commercial real estate services and investment management, is on a drive to get to know CFOs in 2017. To do this they have partnered with CFO South Africa, and will be sponsoring the CFO Summit and the annual CFO Awards. They will also host two intimate dinners for top CFOs to discuss the challenges…

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

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