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24 June 2016

Financial inclusion and money-making: FinTech Africa event massive success

How can FinTech companies help millions of Africans get access to financial services? And what should FinTech entrepreneurs do to build viable, money-making businesses out of this? Those were some of the key questions during a spectacular FinTech Africa event at 23 June 2016, hosted at the beautiful Woodmead offices of Deloitte South Africa and co-sponsored by WeChat, the company that invented the increasingly popular social communications app.

23 June 2016

Zaf Mahomed, McDonald's: Demand more - real leaders are listening

CFO South Africa MD Graham Fehrsen was recently invited to sit in on a monthly meeting of the senior finance leaders from one of South Africa’s largest financial services providers. In this monthly meeting, arranged by the CFO, the senior team gets insight from an expert or leader from outside the business - on this occasion Zaf Mahomed (pictured), CFO of McDonald’s South Africa, who shared some of his experience and insights from his time as the CFO of Ellerines.

23 June 2016

Meet Christine Ramon (AngloGold Ashanti), winner of the Finance & Technology Award at the CFO Awards 2016

“Just being recognised as CFOs is great, along with the fact that we are making an impact in the business community. I would like to thank CFO South Africa and the sponsors for this event," said Christine Ramon, CFO of AngloGold Ashanti, on receiving this year’s Finance and Technology Award at the CFO Awards 2016, held on 12 May at the stunning Summer Place. Pictured right: Christine Ramon with Kholiwe Makhohliso (Oracle) Christine was joined at the awards by her three CA siblings: Justine Mazzocco (exco member Deloitte), Veran Kathan (CFO Vodacom Business Africa) and Mark Kathan (CFO AECI), the latter a nominee of the CFO Awards in both 2015 and 2016.

22 June 2016

Finance Indaba 2016: Solve your ERP challenges with 4most

“Businesses and specifically financial professionals need to understand their own business processes enough to evaluate systems and their ability replace or integrate with existing processes, and we are able to assist them with this,” says Marius Fabian, the CEO of SAP ERP solutions provider 4most, a gold partner at the Finance Indaba Africa 2016 on 13 and 14 October 2016 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

21 June 2016

BP Southern Africa CFO Udayan Sen: The CFO as co-pilot

CFOs are business partners across multiple business functions – an attribute of the role that has evolved the most in the last decade or so, opines Udayan Sen, CFO of BP Southern Africa. He says: “The once maligned bean counters are now businessmen and women, who by the way also happen to be the head of the finance function. Almost to say, if there was a tag line to describe CFOs, it would say: ‘We also have Finance accountability’. In BP, the CFO is the co-pilot, and supports the CEO to run the business."

20 June 2016

Allianz Risk Transfer and Nephila successfully pilot blockchain tech

Allianz Risk Transfer AG (ART) and Nephila Capital Limited (Nephila) have successfully piloted the use of blockchain smart contract technology for transacting a natural catastrophe swap. The test demonstrates that transactional processing and settlement between insurers and investors can be significantly accelerated and simplified by blockchain-based contracts. It also points to other benefits such as increased tradability of cat bonds and wider opportunities to apply this technology in other insurance transactions. Richard Boyd, Bermuda-based Chief Underwriting Officer of ART, said:

20 June 2016

Abaco Consulting's Derek Brown: Employees as operating costs vs balance sheet assets

How do you really view your employees, asks Derek Brown of Abaco Consulting? As a problematic high and fixed cost to the business or as the business’s biggest and most competitive asset? The dichotomy, he says, is that they are of course both at the same time. By Derek Brown, Abaco Consulting On the one hand, your employees represent one of your single largest fixed costs, and there is continual pressure to reduce that cost by reducing head counts, increasing productivity, the deployment of automation, robotising, process re-engineering, Lean, Six Sigma and Agile initiatives, and if all else fails, the outsourcing of operating functions. Yet, we often proclaim that our people are the differentiator for our company in the marketplace and that they are the company’s greatest single asset in our competition for business. So how do we reconcile these two potentially conflicting viewpoints?

19 June 2016

Vodacom annual report reveals details of execs' remuneration

Vodacom, SA’s largest mobile services provider, recently published its annual report. And in that report were details of its executives’ remuneration. According to the document, CEO Shameel Joosub (pictured) earned just shy of R21.8 million in the 12 months through March 2016. His base salary was listed as R7.82 million, with the balance of R13.98 million attributed to a short-term incentive bonus, itself linked to revenue, cash flows, earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortisation. This is double what the CEO was paid in the last financial year (R10.9 million, comprised of a base salary of R7.2 million and a bonus of R3.7 million), and also excludes benefits and long-term incentives.

18 June 2016

Plum LLP to buy a 23% stake in Britam investments

Kenya's privately owned Plum LLP has announced plans to buy a 23.34% stake in Britam, a diversified financial group listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange. The transaction will raise Plum's shareholding in the company to 38.54%. According to Plum, the acquisition is aimed at driving Britam's future growth. Britam currently has operations in Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Sudan Tanzania, and Uganda, and offers a wide range of financial products and services in insurance, asset management, banking and property. According to Reuters, the government of Mauritius seized Britam from a disgraced businessman, Dawood Rawat, in April last year, after accusing him of running a Ponzi-like scheme through a Mauritian insurer. Rawat has since filed a case against the government of Mauritius, before the International Court of Arbitration, asking for $1 billion in compensation. His claim is on the basis of illegal appropriation of Britam by the state.

17 June 2016

MD Sneha Shah reveals Thomson Reuters plans for Africa

No matter what the question is, in Sneha Shah’s world, the answer always starts with the same two words: the customer. In an exclusive interview with CFO South Africa, the charismatic Africa MD of Thomson Reuters speaks about her time in New York, the challenges facing modern CFOs and about her drive to help transform Africa’s aid-based economies into knowledge-based economies. Most of the successful projects Sneha has run, delivered because of a firm focus on customers. “For me, the customer is a passion,” Kenyan-born Sneha Sanghrajka Shah reflects. “Too many companies start with their products and ideas, risking irrelevance when the customer needs change. You cannot afford to lose sight of the customer, so my team starts with the customer every day. Even HR, which many organisations would see as a back-office role, has customer-facing targets to meet.” The same rules apply for CFOs, says Sneha, as “they have had to become more customer focused in order to be able to manage the increasing burden of regulation and risk. But overall, there is a trend globally where CFOs are becoming much more market-aware and client-facing. CEOs are becoming less of the singular face to the market and more like coaches to a strong business focused leadership team, and this has led to CFOs and other C-Level roles evolving accordingly.” Reuters has had news reporters in South Africa since the 1860s, and the finance business here started in the 1980s. The name has become synonymous with FX trading across the continent, but Thomson Reuters actually does much more, across a variety of industries and customer segments. “For a global information company with strong roots on the continent, we definitely need to do a better job of sharing who we are and what we do,” says Sneha, as she lists the range of Thomson Reuters services that can benefit businesses and their CFOs. The firm brands itself as ‘the answer company’ and combines news, broad and deep content and industry expertise with innovative technology to provide information to decision-makers in the financial and risk, legal, tax and accounting, intellectual property and science and media markets.

16 June 2016

Capital inflows into Sub-Saharan Africa to slow down, says World Bank

According to the World Bank, investment and capital inflows into Sub-Saharan Africa will continue to slow down as European banks begin looking to Asia for lending activities.This will be further compounded by low commodity prices and worsening economic conditions, as well as currency depreciation in key markets and increasing political tension. The World Bank, in its Global Economic Prospects: Divergences and Risks June 2016 report, said:

15 June 2016

Celebrating success with future-ready finance professionals

The 14th of June 2016 marked a first for CFO South Africa as MD Graham Fehrsen hosted a lively dinner with finance leaders in Durban at the impeccable Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga. Although the bright lights of KwaZulu-Natal may not be quite those of Gauteng, the province is home to a number of significant multinationals and leading corporates. This dinner attracted finance professionals from Olam, Tiger Brands, Mondi, Illovo Sugar and ARB Holdings.

13 June 2016

Peace of mind: Integrated Business Management at Lamb Weston / Meijer

"What has Integrated Business Management delivered for Lamb Weston / Meijer (LWM)?" asks CFO Peter van Wouwe - LWM being one of the world's largest companies in frozen potato products, appetizers and dehydrated potato flakes. "Peace of mind, that’s what." In this article, Marco van Alfen, business planning and control expert at consultancy firm EyeOn, unpacks and demonstrates the concept of Integrated Business Management. Integrated Business Management, Integrated Business Planning (IBP), Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP), Sales Inventory & Operations Planning (SIOP): these are all terms used to indicate the multidisciplinary process by which demand and supply are tuned in an organisation. This is the most basic point at which they agree. During the eighties, the term S&OP marked this reconciliation process. TF Wallace had the key elements of a good S&OP process as: “… a set of decision-making processes to balance demand and supply, to integrate financial planning and operational planning, and to link high-level strategic plans with day-to-day operations.” In many organisations, however, S&OP became a short-term planning process where the past was more often looked at than the future, and the link with strategy was often missing.

12 June 2016

SA's GDP loses 1.2% in Q1 of 2016

South Africa’s GDP growth rate was -1.2% in the first quarter of 2016, according to Statistics SA. Furthermore, expenditure on real GDP fell by 0.7% in the first quarter of 2016. The main contributors to the negative growth rate included the mining and quarrying industry (down 18.1%) and the transport, storage and communication industry (down 2.7%). Moreover, the agriculture, forestry and fishing sector, and the electricity, gas and water sector also contracted significantly (-6.5% for the former and -2.8% for the latter). Conversely, finance, real estate and business services was the strongest performer in value added in the first quarter, increasing by 1.9%, primarily due to growth in finance and real estate services.

10 June 2016

KPMG's Gavin Maile: Fit to function

“If you are not active and reasonably fit, you cannot perform to the level that is expected of you as a top executive” says KPMG partner Gavin Maile. In this exclusive interview, Gavin reveals why he become an accountant, the challenges KPMG South Africa faced with the acquisition of the assets of Arthur Andersen in 2001, and what qualities a good CFO should have. Gavin heads the teams that services the automotive and construction industries in South Africa and candidly discussed the challenges they face in 2016. It might be an exaggeration to say that Gavin eats Comrades marathons for breakfast, but it is not far off the truth. He gets up at 5:15am most mornings to run or cycle, and has, over the years, completed 27 Two Oceans Ultra marathons, 11 Comrades marathons and 15 Cape Town cycle tours – among many other sporting exploits.

09 June 2016

Newsletter: Kuben Naidoo new registrar of banks | Finance is the backbone of business | SA equity market moves to 3-day settlement cycle

CFO South Africa Newsletter | Thursday 9 June Dear CFO South Africa Member, Read Exclusive CFO South Africa Articles Kuben Naidoo new registrar of banks The Reserve Bank recently appointed Kuben Naidoo (pictured), one of its three deputy governors, as registrar of banks. Naidoo will fill both the deputy governor and registrar roles, effective 1 June, following Rene van Wyk’s recent retirement at end May. Finance is the backbone of business says Fabian Cazares, Philips He... A CFO should have a clear view of the potential risk areas and their mitigation actions, says Fabian Cazares, CFO/Head of Finance Southern Africa for Philips Healthtech. "Risk management is a key area, especially in volatile and emerging markets. The CFO needs to ensure that there is a proper risk management strategy in place and closely drive this, as well as to develop both short and long-term mitigation actions to guarantee business continuity." Fabian sees change as a journey, and believes that communication and transparency are important in effecting change, as they allow all stakeholders to see both the impact and benefits of such undertakings. SA equity market moves to 3-day settlement cycle The Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) has announced that the final market testing phase of the project which will see its equity market move to a shorter, T+3 settlement cycle has been successfully completed. Read more exclusive articles on CFO.co.za - Finance Indaba 2016: Purple Group opens markets up for everyone - Local bank notes for Zimbabwe - Finance flash: the TOP-10 articles of week 22 Out now. CFO Magazine issue 1 - 2016 The 3rd CFO Magazine CFO South Africa is out now. With 84 pages packed full of need-to-know information delivered in sharp, insightful articles. Read the latest insights from Reeza Isaacs, CFO Woolworths, Vusi Thembekwayo, Mary Vilakazi, CFO MMI Holdings and Lindani Dhlamini, CEO SekelaXabiso and more. As our online member we would like to give you the opportunity to read the CFO Magazine South Africa online and free of charge HERE. (please make sure that you are logged in with your CFO.co.za account). Would you like to also share your story in the next issue? Please contact Shay van Huyssteen at [email protected] or at +27 11 083 7515. Visit Finance Indaba Africa Visit the Finance Indaba 13 & 14 October at the Sandton Convention Centre and boost your profits by 100%. Finance Indaba Africa is the biggest annual expo and conference for finance professionals. It brings together peers technology suppliers, platforms, banks, tools, specialists, CFOs and thought leaders. Over 5,000 visitors tap into a wealth of resources, knowhow and inspiration. Gain unparalleled insights. Cut costs dramatically, send sales & productivity through the roof and boost your company's profits by 100 percent. RSVP now here. Become a partner Are you enabling businesses to cut costs, boost sales, productivity and company profits? Don't miss out the chance to connect with new prospects, to brand your company and to become more successful. Share your ideas at the Finance Indaba and help the country grow. Please contact Graham Fehrsen at [email protected] or at +27 11 083 7515. Diamond Partners http://static.financieel-management.nl/img/pictures/110412.jpg" width="500" /> Join the ultimate peer to peer advisory network Various CFOs and finance directors from Eskom, Nedbank, Transnet, Alexander Forbes, Standard Chartered Bank, Hollard, Absa, Servest, Business Connexion and Super Group are members of CFO South Africa. Your peers understand best the issues you face and the challenges that impact your business. Together you will share your experiences at CFO South Africa’s events and help you advance in your career, company and knowledge. Get introduced to experienced colleagues that are happy to share their knowledge with you. Peer-to-peer consulting is by far the best and most cost effective way to help you solve problems. Are you interested? Please see our membership page for more information here. Upcoming CFO South Africa Events Join the CFO Events with inspiring hosts and experts who will share their insights and experiences with you. Register now for these events and boost your company, network, career and knowledge. Private sector events in 2016 June 22 Johannesburg | The CFO as business partner July 21 Johannesburg | M&A Series part 2 Public sector events in 2016 June 21 Johannesburg | Are you an Inspiration? July 27 Johannesburg | Are you a Stakeholder Manager? Register now for one of the upcoming CFO South Africa Events. Please note that all our CFO South Africa events are for senior financial executives. CFO South Africa offers Platinum memberships to CFOs and finance directors. For more information please have a look here and contact Shay van Huyssteen at [email protected] Stay connected with CFO South Africa Follow CFO South Africa on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook Stay up to date on what is happening in the world of finance by following us on Twitter @CFOSouthAfrica, LinkedIn and Facebook. Next to that you can keep track of newly published interviews with CFOs and CEOs. Feel free to contact us Any suggestions or comments are welcome. Kind Regards, Graham Fehrsen Managing Director CFO South Africa | [email protected] To control which emails you receive from CFO South Africa, please change your email preferences at cfo.co.za by selecting under settings "I do not want to receive emails from CFO South Africa | Finance Professionals South Africa"

09 June 2016

Meet Walter Leonhardt (ABI), winner of two awards at the CFO Awards 2016

“Yeehaw!” said a clearly elated Walter Leonhardt, financial director of ABI, when accepting the Compliance & Governance Award from SizweNtsalubaGobodo CEO, Victor Sekese. Becoming serious again, Walter continued: “Thank you very much for the recognition. The words Prof Nkuhlu said earlier about how seriously we all need to take governance and compliance got me thinking. I work for an organisation where fast and furious is sometimes quite sexy. There’s lots of things happening all the time and we take compliance and governance seriously. I thank you very much for this recognition.”

08 June 2016

SA equity market moves to 3-day settlement cycle

The Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) has announced that the final market testing phase of the project which will see its equity market move to a shorter, T+3 settlement cycle has been successfully completed. The JSE currently settles on a five day (T+5) settlement cycle. The transition, scheduled to take place on 11 July this year, will align South Africa to international best practice settlement standards. Dr Leila Fourie (pictured), JSE Executive Director, said:

07 June 2016

Finance is the backbone of business says Fabian Cazares, Philips Healthtech CFO Southern Africa

A CFO should have a clear view of the potential risk areas and their mitigation actions, says Fabian Cazares, CFO/Head of Finance Southern Africa for Philips Healthtech. "Risk management is a key area, especially in volatile and emerging markets. The CFO needs to ensure that there is a proper risk management strategy in place and closely drive this, as well as to develop both short and long-term mitigation actions to guarantee business continuity." Fabian sees change as a journey, and believes that communication and transparency are important in effecting change, as they allow all stakeholders to see both the impact and benefits of such undertakings. The majority of your career seems to have been with Philips, albeit in different capacities and divisions. What keeps you here? "Something I really like about Philips as a company is that they take seriously the development of their employees. Philips use to be well known in electronics, but its focus in the healthcare arena is making a greater impact in people lives. This echoes the vision, mission and values of the company, and that motivates me to stay here." In which post that you've held over the years did you learn the most? "I've been with Philips for 10 years, seven of which I've worked in emerging markets. I would say that in this position I've learnt the most because I've had the opportunity to build the business all across the African continent, for example." What key learnings have you taken away from your assignments in emerging markets? "I'm originally from Mexico, so I feel familiar with emerging markets. My main takeaways, especially in South Africa and Africa, are about the passion, entrepreneurship and desire of people to improve their lives. These values are reflected in both the social and the business environments." You've been in your current role since July 2015. What have you achieved during this time and what more do you still want to achieve? "As Philips Healthtech focuses on the development of new business in the healthcare arena, I have been setting the roadmap for the enablers required. But this isn't enough just yet. I want to keep achieving; keep making a difference and ensure I am the agile business partner required for this market and my organisation."

06 June 2016

Kuben Naidoo new registrar of banks

The Reserve Bank recently appointed Kuben Naidoo (pictured), one of its three deputy governors, as registrar of banks. Naidoo will fill both the deputy governor and registrar roles, effective 1 June, following Rene van Wyk’s recent retirement at end May. This comes ahead of the establishment of a new Prudential Authority that will regulate banks and insurers in terms of the new Twin Peaks model of regulation. The Twin Peaks legislation, which requires that the CE of the Prudential Authority be a deputy governor of the Reserve Bank, is in line with developments in financial sector regulation globally. It will see responsibility for banks, insurers and others in the sector split between a Prudential regulator, in the Reserve Bank, and a Market Conduct regulator, which will sit in the Financial Services Board. According to Naidoo, the Bank hopes the legislation, currently still with parliament, will be passed later this year so that it can come into effect on 1 January 2017.

06 June 2016

Newsletter: SA avoids ratings downgrade | Reserve Bank fines Capitec and Deutsche Bank R25 million | Brimstone sells its stake in Taste Holdings

CFO South Africa Newsletter | Monday 6 June Dear CFO South Africa Member, Read Exclusive CFO South Africa Articles SA avoids ratings downgrade Ratings agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) has given South Africa a stay of execution regarding a ratings downgrade, to the collective relief of many. It did, however, express concern over the country’s low growth and increasing political instability. It also revised its growth forecast for this year to 0.6%, down from 0.8%. Reserve Bank fines Capitec and Deutsche Bank R25 million The Reserve Bank said in its recently released Bank Supervision Department annual report that it fined Capitec and the local branch of Deutsche Bank a combined R25 million in 2015 for shortcomings in the systems they have in place to combat money laundering. Brimstone sells its stake in Taste Holdings 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. Read more exclusive articles on CFO.co.za - 5 things you should know about the future of insurance - Compleo Business Solutions and Compleo Print choose SAP Business One - Absa enables customers to transact over Twitter - CFO Case Study Competition announces top 12 teams - Finance Indaba 2016: Futuresense aids future-focused CFOs Out now. CFO Magazine issue 1 - 2016 The 3rd CFO Magazine CFO South Africa is out now. With 84 pages packed full of need-to-know information delivered in sharp, insightful articles. Read the latest insights from Reeza Isaacs, CFO Woolworths, Vusi Thembekwayo, Mary Vilakazi, CFO MMI Holdings and Lindani Dhlamini, CEO SekelaXabiso and more. As our online member we would like to give you the opportunity to read the CFO Magazine South Africa online and free of charge HERE. (please make sure that you are logged in with your CFO.co.za account). Would you like to also share your story in the next issue? Please contact Shay van Huyssteen at [email protected] or at +27 11 083 7515. Visit Finance Indaba Africa Visit the Finance Indaba 13 & 14 October at the Sandton Convention Centre and boost your profits by 100%. Finance Indaba Africa is the biggest annual expo and conference for finance professionals. It brings together peers technology suppliers, platforms, banks, tools, specialists, CFOs and thought leaders. Over 5,000 visitors tap into a wealth of resources, knowhow and inspiration. Gain unparalleled insights. Cut costs dramatically, send sales & productivity through the roof and boost your company's profits by 100 percent. RSVP now here. Become a partner Are you enabling businesses to cut costs, boost sales, productivity and company profits? Don't miss out the chance to connect with new prospects, to brand your company and to become more successful. Share your ideas at the Finance Indaba and help the country grow. Please contact Graham Fehrsen at [email protected] or at +27 11 083 7515. Diamond Partners http://static.financieel-management.nl/img/pictures/110412.jpg" width="500" /> Join the ultimate peer to peer advisory network Various CFOs and finance directors from Eskom, Nedbank, Transnet, Alexander Forbes, Standard Chartered Bank, Hollard, Absa, Servest, Business Connexion and Super Group are members of CFO South Africa. Your peers understand best the issues you face and the challenges that impact your business. Together you will share your experiences at CFO South Africa’s events and help you advance in your career, company and knowledge. Get introduced to experienced colleagues that are happy to share their knowledge with you. Peer-to-peer consulting is by far the best and most cost effective way to help you solve problems. Are you interested? Please see our membership page for more information here. Upcoming CFO South Africa Events Join the CFO Events with inspiring hosts and experts who will share their insights and experiences with you. Register now for these events and boost your company, network, career and knowledge. Private sector events in 2016 June 22 Johannesburg | The CFO as business partner July 21 Johannesburg | M&A Series part 2 Public sector events in 2016 June 21 Johannesburg | Are you an Inspiration? July 27 Johannesburg | Are you a Stakeholder Manager? Register now for one of the upcoming CFO South Africa Events. Please note that all our CFO South Africa events are for senior financial executives. CFO South Africa offers Platinum memberships to CFOs and finance directors. For more information please have a look here and contact Shay van Huyssteen at [email protected] Stay connected with CFO South Africa Follow CFO South Africa on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook Stay up to date on what is happening in the world of finance by following us on Twitter @CFOSouthAfrica, LinkedIn and Facebook. Next to that you can keep track of newly published interviews with CFOs and CEOs. Feel free to contact us Any suggestions or comments are welcome. Kind Regards, Graham Fehrsen Managing Director CFO South Africa | [email protected] To control which emails you receive from CFO South Africa, please change your email preferences at cfo.co.za by selecting under settings "I do not want to receive emails from CFO South Africa | Finance Professionals South Africa"

06 June 2016

5 things you should know about the future of insurance

Fintech has become a big buzzword lately, although the inter-linkage of finance and technology is not a new concept. We exist in a world where mobile phones are used more than physical branches for banking, and where you can get a loan from a stranger through a peer-to-peer lending model, such as Lendico or RocMyPeer in South Africa. You can even authenticate mobile payments by scanning your face with a smartphone, using the ‘Smile to pay’ service launched by Chinese e-commerce giant, Alibaba.

05 June 2016

Brimstone sells its stake in Taste Holdings

Brimstone Investment Corporation, an empowerment investment company which has its biggest investments in Life Healthcare and fishing conglomerate, Oceana, has sold its 15% stake in Taste Holdings, a franchise specialist which holds the local rights for Domino’s Pizza and Starbucks. The value of Brimstone’s stake in Taste was about R150 million. Brimstone bought 12.4% of Taste in 2012 at 154c per share. It is unclear whether Brimstone exited with a meaningful profit.

03 June 2016

Reserve Bank fines Capitec and Deutsche Bank R25 million

The Reserve Bank said in its recently released Bank Supervision Department annual report that it fined Capitec and the local branch of Deutsche Bank a combined R25 million in 2015 for shortcomings in the systems they have in place to combat money laundering. Capitec was fined R5 million for failing to report cash transactions above R24,999 to the Financial Intelligence Centre in line with legislation, and was advised to take remedial action.

03 June 2016

Compleo Business Solutions and Compleo Print choose SAP Business One

Having originally implemented SAP Business One in 2006 within Compleo Print, it became clear that the remaining businesses in the group were not enjoying as rich a functionality, which led to concerns over data integrity and reporting capability, as well as a distinct lack of integration. An almost fatal server crash in 2011 prompted the business as a whole to review its ERP technology infrastructure in order to ensure business continuity long into the future. Founded in 1999 as a strategic Xerox partner, Prodoc Business Solutions, recently renamed Compleo Business Solutions, has played a key role in positioning Xerox as a leading brand and supplier of quality printing equipment and related consumables in South Africa. A growing market, together with the opportunity to expand to a more holistic offering, saw the launch of Prodoc Business Systems, embracing a more service focused approach. In 2006, Compleo Print, a digital print company, was also launched. Operating in a B2B environment, the group works with a wide range of companies across multiple business sectors including agriculture, healthcare and government, to name but a few.

31 May 2016

Africa's potential is exponential, says CHH CFO, Seithati Bolipombo

“Transformation won’t happen by osmosis or natural selection because at its core and at its foundation, it is a people thing. It comes down to behaviour and is a decision that people make,” says Seithati Bolipombo, CFO of Chancellor House Holdings (CHH), a privately held investment holding company founded in 2003. Seithati is extremely passionate about the subject of transformation and opines that while we’ve made good strides, there is still plenty of room for improvement. She also thinks we need to be prouder of our African heritage: “We need to elevate the pride of the African identity. The more globalised and Westernised we become, the more anything that was founded or established in Africa seems to have less of a reputation than the equivalent founded outside the continent. In business and in civil society, the African identity has to be prioritised and celebrated.” How did you get into finance? “This wasn’t always the plan! When I was in high school I actually wanted to work with young people. I had a chat to one of my teachers, who was like a mentor to me at the time. She said to me, ‘The world needs more people with strong values in critical pillars of society than it does within social services. You need people with the right heart and mind to be making those decisions in terms of where resources go’. She encouraged me to look into finance.” What do you most enjoy about the industry? “You get to shape the economy. Your area of financial excellence contributes to a bigger economic landscape, which really determines the growth of the country and therefore how it benefits its people.” In your opinion, what are the most important elements or considerations when devising a business strategy? "Every business exists for its customers or its clients. That’s first and foremost the thing you’ve got to preoccupy yourself with; being obsessed about understanding the people for whom you exist as a business, their needs, their demographics, and what keeps them awake at night. Then you have to consider what solution you are providing and how you meet their needs. My philosophy is that business concepts don’t fail due to a lack of either resources or the right people or staff. I believe that business concepts fail due to an inability to bring value to the table of exchange. I believe that people are willing to spend money as long as the solution that is being provided is a valid and valuable one. That’s the biggest element of business strategy for me.” What role do you think the CFO plays in the strategic vision of a company? “As CFO you may be the ’bean counter’ but you should also able to add value to strategy and decision-making based on numbers, so that business decisions are not made on gut feel or emotion. The strategy has to be based on strong strategic and financial fundamentals.” “In formulating strategy, management undertakes a critical assessment of the industry the business is in, as well as its competitors. It is crucial that this assessment is also based on financial evidence too. If it comes down to a choice of two paths the company could take, it’s a question of what do the numbers say. I’m particular about the numbers because I feel they’re objective to a certain extent – as long as we’re not cooking them.”

30 May 2016

Tongaat Hulett FY HEPS down 17.9%, revenue up 3.2%

According to its audited results for the year ending 31 March 2016, Tongaat Hulett Ltd saw a rise of 3.2% in revenue, to R16,676 billion (compared to R16,155 billion for the previous year), with operating profit down 13.5% to R1,808 billion (compared to R2,089 billion the previous year.) Furthermore, headline earnings are down 17.1% to R783 million, and headline earnings per share are down 17.9% to 678,1 cents. The company said in its SENS announcement:

30 May 2016

Beware the cyber threat, says KPMG's Nathan Desfontaines

The prevalence of cyber threats is forcing companies to make tough decisions and quickly, otherwise they stand to lose direct control of data security, says Nathan Desfontaines, a Cyber Security Manager at KPMG South Africa. From coherent mobile information security policies to comprehensive cyber security strategies, the list of what is required from businesses to adequately protect ever-increasing volumes of data is growing. This is because the number of threats, including mobile malware and hacking, is also increasing. Mobile attacks, custom-designed malware and the threat of wearable technology, such as smartwatches, are examples of what businesses need to be aware of these days. Why do organisations need to treat cyber security as a key IT element rather than ‘another’ business risk? Businesses need to move away from believing that cyber security is a point-in-time exercise – a fad that is “hyped up”, or that the threats of cyber-attacks will go away. Once businesses can do this, then we can start to embrace the benefits technology has enabled within the business while dealing effectively with the very real threat of cyber-crime. When it comes to protecting businesses’ information from potential cyber-attacks, businesses need to understand what their “Crown Jewels” are. By knowing what the business has and what it is worth – both to the business and to outsiders – only then will the business gain a better understanding of what information needs to be protected. Trying to achieve 100% security across all facets of the IT estate is a challenge and is bound to dilute the focus on where it really should be – the critical information assets of the business. What are the toughest security challenges for businesses today? A constant challenge that businesses face is having an effective threat intelligence capability assessment, plan and response in place. Most companies would not know if they were being attacked and in most cases, for those who do, they are unable to detect and effectively respond to a breach. The reality is that technology in isolation is not going to ensure a business’s readiness to respond to a breach. Businesses need to have a balanced model of full business IT security including skilled people, embedded practical processes and, a “fit-for-purpose” technology that enhances the ability to detect and respond to a possible breach. What is considered a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy? A comprehensive cybersecurity strategy should start with a detailed classification of the business’s data – as you can’t protect what you don’t know you have. This classification should be followed by an all-inclusive threat intelligence capability assessment so that an effective post-breach response plan can be developed – and continuously updated, as necessary – as without these, the business is essentially “flying blind in an invisible war”. What could be the consequences to not defending your company from threat intelligence processes? Aside from a possible legislative or regulatory financial impact on a business as a result of a cyber-attack, businesses are becoming increasingly concerned around both the financial and reputational impact to their operations and their environment.

26 May 2016

Newsletter: Shoprite to invest $572 million in Angola | Nigeria suspends talks on MTN fine | AAT graduates easily turn theory into practice

CFO South Africa Newsletter | Thursday 26 May Dear CFO South Africa Member, Read Exclusive CFO South Africa Articles Shoprite to invest $572 million in Angola Shoprite International, Africa’s largest food retailer, intends to invest $572 million in Angola, opening up new supermarkets and business units. It will also upgrade its existing chain of Angolan stores. This according to a recent statement published in the government gazette. Nigeria suspends talks on MTN fine According to reports, Nigeria has indefinitely suspended talks with the MTN Group regarding the $3.9 billion fine the telecoms company received in October last year, while the country’s House of Representatives undertakes an investigation into the size and delivery of the penalty. http://static.financieel-management.nl/img_simple.php?src=img/pictu..." /> AAT graduates easily turn theory into practice “Our local government and public sector qualifications are based on competency frameworks of municipalities and the National Treasury. They are designed to fit the purpose exactly,” says Nadine Kater, GM of the South African chapter of the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT), a silver partner at the Finance Indaba Africa 2016 on 13 and 14 October 2016 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. Read more exclusive articles on CFO.co.za - Nomanini records massive growth in transactions as platform scales - Understand how the economic puzzle fits together, says Allianz CFO ... - Finance flash: the TOP-10 articles of week 20 - Prof Wiseman Nkuhlu joins panel of judges for 2017 CFO Awards - INOVO's Thinus Janse van Rensburg: Four ways customers should drive... Out now. CFO Magazine issue 1 - 2016 The 3rd CFO Magazine CFO South Africa is out now. With 84 pages packed full of need-to-know information delivered in sharp, insightful articles. Read the latest insights from Reeza Isaacs, CFO Woolworths, Vusi Thembekwayo, Mary Vilakazi, CFO MMI Holdings and Lindani Dhlamini, CEO SekelaXabiso and more. As our online member we would like to give you the opportunity to read the CFO Magazine South Africa online and free of charge HERE. (please make sure that you are logged in with your CFO.co.za account). Would you like to also share your story in the next issue? Please contact Shay van Huyssteen at [email protected] or at +27 11 083 7515. Visit Finance Indaba Africa Visit the Finance Indaba 13 & 14 October at the Sandton Convention Centre and boost your profits by 100%. Finance Indaba Africa is the biggest annual expo and conference for finance professionals. It brings together peers technology suppliers, platforms, banks, tools, specialists, CFOs and thought leaders. Over 5,000 visitors tap into a wealth of resources, knowhow and inspiration. Gain unparalleled insights. Cut costs dramatically, send sales & productivity through the roof and boost your company's profits by 100 percent. RSVP now here. Become a partner Are you enabling businesses to cut costs, boost sales, productivity and company profits? Don't miss out the chance to connect with new prospects, to brand your company and to become more successful. Share your ideas at the Finance Indaba and help the country grow. Please contact Graham Fehrsen at [email protected] or at +27 11 083 7515. Diamond Partners http://static.financieel-management.nl/img/pictures/110412.jpg" width="500" /> Join the ultimate peer to peer advisory network Various CFOs and finance directors from Eskom, Nedbank, Transnet, Alexander Forbes, Standard Chartered Bank, Hollard, Absa, Servest, Business Connexion and Super Group are members of CFO South Africa. Your peers understand best the issues you face and the challenges that impact your business. Together you will share your experiences at CFO South Africa’s events and help you advance in your career, company and knowledge. Get introduced to experienced colleagues that are happy to share their knowledge with you. Peer-to-peer consulting is by far the best and most cost effective way to help you solve problems. Are you interested? Please see our membership page for more information here. Upcoming CFO South Africa Events Join the CFO Events with inspiring hosts and experts who will share their insights and experiences with you. Register now for these events and boost your company, network, career and knowledge. Private sector events in 2016 June 22 Johannesburg | The CFO as business partner July 21 Johannesburg | M&A Series part 2 Public sector events in 2016 June 21 Johannesburg | Are you an Inspiration? July 27 Johannesburg | Are you a Stakeholder Manager? Register now for one of the upcoming CFO South Africa Events. Please note that all our CFO South Africa events are for senior financial executives. CFO South Africa offers Platinum memberships to CFOs and finance directors. For more information please have a look here and contact Shay van Huyssteen at [email protected] Stay connected with CFO South Africa Follow CFO South Africa on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook Stay up to date on what is happening in the world of finance by following us on Twitter @CFOSouthAfrica, LinkedIn and Facebook. Next to that you can keep track of newly published interviews with CFOs and CEOs. Feel free to contact us Any suggestions or comments are welcome. Kind Regards, Graham Fehrsen Managing Director CFO South Africa | [email protected] To control which emails you receive from CFO South Africa, please change your email preferences at cfo.co.za by selecting under settings "I do not want to receive emails from CFO South Africa | Finance Professionals South Africa"

26 May 2016

Meet Dumisani Dlamini (NAC), Young CFO of the Year 2016

“To god be the glory. I don’t even have a speech, this is so unexpected,” said Dumisani Dlamini, CFO of the National Arts Council (NAC) of South Africa, and winner of two awards at the recent CFO Awards 2016, Young CFO of the Year (for finance leaders aged 40 or below) and Public Sector CFO of the Year. “This is to say to every black child, girl or boy, you can make it! This goes to all CFOS in government who are under political pressure or who are in a difficult environment – this is for you!"

23 May 2016

INOVO's Thinus Janse van Rensburg: Four ways customers should drive a CFO's IT spend

CFOs have traditionally not had to engage with IT. The CIO or other IT execs would simply recommend that the company adopt certain technologies without explaining how those technologies benefit the company. Buzzwords about technology and business processes can be impressive or baffling, depending on the level of communication between departments. It has become increasingly apparent that CFOs can benefit from engaging with IT, and that this engagement has a direct impact on profitability.

22 May 2016

Sarb: Interest rates to remain unchanged

Lesetja Kganyago (pictured), South African Reserve Bank (Sarb) governor, has announced that there will be no change in the interest rate. Thus, the repo rate will remains at 7%, while the cost of borrowing will stay at 10.5%. A statement of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), issued by Kganyago, said that although headline CIP inflation has moderated since February, the respite is expected to be temporary, as petrol and food price pressures continue to intensify. The statement said:

20 May 2016

Newsletter: The CFO Awards 2016 - who said what? | CFOs must be ready for change | Finance Flash: Top 10 finance articles of the week

CFO South Africa Newsletter | Friday 20 May Dear CFO South Africa Member, Read Exclusive CFO South Africa Articles CFO Awards 2016: glitz, glam & winners at Oscars of SA's financ... Woolworths Group FD Reeza Isaacs was named CFO of the Year 2016 during a spectacular CFO Awards Conference and Gala Dinner at the Summer Place in Hyde Park, Johannesburg. Our senior editor Toni Muir jotted down quotes throughout the evening and we have used the best ones to recap the amazing event, dubbed the Oscars of South Africa's finance profession by many CFOs. CFOs must be ready for change – keynote Deon Viljoen, Acting CEO of... Deon Viljoen, Acting CEO of Alexander Forbes, won the CFO of the Year Award at the CFO Awards 2015. This year, Deon presented a keynote speech, which he began by thanking the CFO team and the CFO community of South Africa. After congratulating this year’s nominees and winners, Deon spoke about change: “No matter what industry you are in, you will be faced with these challenges. The trick is to be aware of it and get out of the trenches every now and then to look, because the world is changing around you.” http://static.financieel-management.nl/img_simple.php?src=img/pictu..." /> Finance flash: the TOP-10 articles of week 19 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. Read more exclusive articles on CFO.co.za - DA proposes big changes to finance minister’s budget - IFRS 15 and its impact explained - by KPMG's Pierre Conradie - Oracle: Closer alignment between CFO and CIO crucial to finance tra... - Finance Indaba 2016: SAIBA builds a community of committed professi... - Famous Brands buys 51% stake in Salsa Mexican Grill Out now. CFO Magazine issue 1 - 2016 The 3rd CFO Magazine CFO South Africa is out now. With 84 pages packed full of need-to-know information delivered in sharp, insightful articles. Read the latest insights from Reeza Isaacs, CFO Woolworths, Vusi Thembekwayo, Mary Vilakazi, CFO MMI Holdings and Lindani Dhlamini, CEO SekelaXabiso and more. As our online member we would like to give you the opportunity to read the CFO Magazine South Africa online and free of charge HERE. (please make sure that you are logged in with your CFO.co.za account). Would you like to also share your story in the next issue? Please contact Shay van Huyssteen at [email protected] or at +27 11 083 7515. Visit Finance Indaba Africa Visit the Finance Indaba 13 & 14 October at the Sandton Convention Centre and boost your profits by 100%. Finance Indaba Africa is the biggest annual expo and conference for finance professionals. It brings together peers technology suppliers, platforms, banks, tools, specialists, CFOs and thought leaders. Over 5,000 visitors tap into a wealth of resources, knowhow and inspiration. Gain unparalleled insights. Cut costs dramatically, send sales & productivity through the roof and boost your company's profits by 100 percent. RSVP now here. Become a partner Are you enabling businesses to cut costs, boost sales, productivity and company profits? Don't miss out the chance to connect with new prospects, to brand your company and to become more successful. Share your ideas at the Finance Indaba and help the country grow. Please contact Graham Fehrsen at [email protected] or at +27 11 083 7515. Diamond Partners http://static.financieel-management.nl/img/pictures/110412.jpg" width="500" /> Join the ultimate peer to peer advisory network Various CFOs and finance directors from Eskom, Nedbank, Transnet, Alexander Forbes, Standard Chartered Bank, Hollard, Absa, Servest, Business Connexion and Super Group are members of CFO South Africa. Your peers understand best the issues you face and the challenges that impact your business. Together you will share your experiences at CFO South Africa’s events and help you advance in your career, company and knowledge. Get introduced to experienced colleagues that are happy to share their knowledge with you. Peer-to-peer consulting is by far the best and most cost effective way to help you solve problems. Are you interested? Please see our membership page for more information here. Upcoming CFO South Africa Events Join the CFO Events with inspiring hosts and experts who will share their insights and experiences with you. Register now for these events and boost your company, network, career and knowledge. Private sector events in 2016 June 22 Johannesburg | The CFO as business partner July 21 Johannesburg | M&A Series part 2 Public sector events in 2016 June 21 Johannesburg | Are you an Inspiration? July 27 Johannesburg | Are you a Stakeholder Manager? Register now for one of the upcoming CFO South Africa Events. Please note that all our CFO South Africa events are for senior financial executives. CFO South Africa offers Platinum memberships to CFOs and finance directors. For more information please have a look here and contact Shay van Huyssteen at sva[email protected] Stay connected with CFO South Africa Follow CFO South Africa on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook Stay up to date on what is happening in the world of finance by following us on Twitter @CFOSouthAfrica, LinkedIn and Facebook. Next to that you can keep track of newly published interviews with CFOs and CEOs. Feel free to contact us Any suggestions or comments are welcome. Kind Regards, Graham Fehrsen Managing Director CFO South Africa | [email protected] To control which emails you receive from CFO South Africa, please change your email preferences at cfo.co.za by selecting under settings "I do not want to receive emails from CFO South Africa | Finance Professionals South Africa"

20 May 2016

DA proposes big changes to finance minister's budget

In a statement released this week, the Democratic Alliance (DA) said that it will next week propose a R9.52 billion adjustment to South African finance minister Pravin Gordhan's 2016/17 budget. The DA noted in its statement that it will propose 399 amendments to fund six proposals, aimed at improving the lives of South Africans. According to the political party, the proposals are aimed at “creating jobs, fighting crime, supporting poor students, fighting corruption, providing relief to poor households and of course, providing drought relief”. Among the amendments and proposal are the allocation of an additional R1.2 billion to fund several new employment opportunities in the Expanded Public Works Programme (some 180 000 oppportunities, and a “hiring freeze” in certain departments, which the DA alleged will amount to a saving of R538.84 million. Other suggested amendments include discretionary cuts to VIP Protection and the much-talked-about presidential jet.

20 May 2016

Xero roadshow: SMEs are the lifeblood of the world's economy

“We are at the beginning of a huge shift; a digital transformation washing across ever country as the power of computers and network computing takes hold,” said Gary Turner MD EMEA of Xero. Turner was speaking during the Johannesburg leg of the company’s South African roadshow. The MD added that, with 350-plus eager finance professionals in the audience before him, the South African market was one of the most exciting for the company to move into. It is little secret that South Africa is a nation of small businesses. In fact, there are more small businesses in the country than there are big. According to recently undertaken research, the contribution of small businesses to GDP in South Africa is 52%. Interestingly, as many as 40% of these small businesses don’t use accounting software. “South African businesses don’t help themselves. 23% don’t sell online; 58% work 10 plus hours a day; 40% don’t use any technology,” said Turner. Xero hope to change this, and rewire the small business economy, he added.

19 May 2016

IFRS 15 and its impact explained - by KPMG's Pierre Conradie

In May 2014, the accounting standards setting authorities released a new standard on revenue recognition effective for periods beginning on or after 1 January 2018: IFRS 15 Revenue from Contracts with Customers (IFRS 15). IFRS 15 brings together in one standard the core principles for revenue recognition across all sectors. Pierre Conradie, Director at KPMG Advisory Services, explains the impact of IFRS 15, especially as far as the property sector is concerned. While publishing a new standard on revenue recognition is a major achievement, for many companies, the real work is just beginning. The new requirements will affect companies in different ways and those engaged in major projects in South Africa – such as telecoms, public utilities, engineering, construction and real estate industries – could see significant changes to the timing of revenue. Although earlier concerns that revenue may be delayed until practical completion of a contract or that a single contract may be broken down into many small accounting units have been largely addressed, the devil is nevertheless in the detail.

17 May 2016

Famous Brands buys 51% stake in Salsa Mexican Grill

Famous Brands, South Africa's largest fast-food restaurant chain and which runs Steers, Debonairs and Wimpy, has announced that it will take a 51% stake in the recently launched local firm, Salsa Mexican Grill. Although the financial details of the deal have not yet been disclosed the company said the decision comes as part of its drive to extend its presence in the casual dining sector. Darren Hele (pictured), Famous Brands chief executive, said in a statement that the company had identified a gap in the market for casual and “fast” Mexican food, and that the acquisition fitted in with Famous Brands’ strategy in terms of its bouquet of brands. Hele said:

16 May 2016

Minister Rob Davies: latest Ipap key to inclusive growth

Rob Davies (pictured), Trade and Industry Minister, speaking at a recent Cape Town launch of the latest Industrial policy action plan (Ipap), said there is a pressing need for South Africa to break away from a commodity-dependent economy, and that economic growth should not be based on unsustainable models. Davies further noted that there should be a move to a more diversified base in which employment creation and export-intensity, among other things, define South Africa’s growth trajectory. Davies said:

13 May 2016

CFOs must be ready for change - keynote Deon Viljoen, Acting CEO of Alexander Forbes, at 2016 CFO Awards

Deon Viljoen, Acting CEO of Alexander Forbes, won the CFO of the Year Award at the CFO Awards 2015. This year, Deon presented a keynote speech, which he began by thanking the CFO team and the CFO community of South Africa. After congratulating this year’s nominees and winners, Deon spoke about change: “No matter what industry you are in, you will be faced with these challenges. The trick is to be aware of it and get out of the trenches every now and then to look, because the world is changing around you.”

13 May 2016

Courage required of CFOs - keynote Prof Wiseman Nkuhlu at 2016 CFO Awards

"The CFO and his or her team should be a respected centre of excellence that is trusted for intellectual honesty, sound processes and transparency," said Prof Lumkile Wiseman Nkuhlu, Chancellor of the University of Pretoria, during a keynote speech at the CFO Awards on 12 May 2016 at Summer Place in Johannesburg. South Africa's first-ever black chartered accountant called on the attending CFOs to show courage "in times of persistent market volatility and rapid technological change".

12 May 2016

Woolworths CFO Reeza Isaacs named CFO of the Year 2016

Reeza Isaacs, group finance director of retailer Woolworths Holdings, has been named South Africa’s CFO of the Year at the 2016 CFO Awards. The award was announced on Thursday 12 May 2016 at the end of an inspirational conference and gala event at Summer Place in Hyde Park, Johannesburg. Dumisani Dlamini (National Arts Council) was named Young CFO of the Year and Public CFO of the Year, while Osman Arbee (Imperial) and Walter Leonhardt (ABI) also took home two awards each.

12 May 2016

Newsletter: Mastering change and integrety in the public sector - Umar Banda City of Tswhane | CFO Awards 2016: Why being acknowledged is so tough | New CFO for Wescoal: Bothwell Mazarura

CFO South Africa Newsletter | Thursday 12 May Dear CFO South Africa Member, Read Exclusive CFO South Africa Articles Mastering change and integrity in the public sector - Umar Banda. C... Working in the public sector "isn't everybody's cup of tea", says Umar Banda, Acting CFO of the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality, because the environment – which can be quite politically driven at times – is sometimes difficult to navigate. CFO Awards 2016: Why being acknowledged is tough The most difficult thing about being acknowledged is that you open yourself to scrutiny, writes CFO South Africa MD Graham Fehrsen, three days before the annual highlight on the CFO's calendar - the CFO Awards." http://static.financieel-management.nl/img_simple.php?src=img/pictu..." /> New CFO for Wescoal: Bothwell Mazarura South African coal mining company, Wescoal, has appointed Bothwell Mazarura (pictured) as Group FD and CFO, effective 1 July. Izak van der Walt, the company's Acting CFO, will take on the role of GM Finance for Operations as of 1 July, providing support to the group and board financial roles. Read more exclusive articles on CFO.co.za - Finance Indaba 2016: ACCA graduates mean business - Nedbank's income rises - SABMiller and Coca-Cola create Africa's largest soft drinks bottler - ArcelorMittal benefits from better steel prices - New CFO, Clarinda Simpson, appointed at Sentech CFO Awards 2016 - 12 May Sandton Tonight we host the prestigious 2016 CFO Awards The annual CFO Awards recognizes CFOs of listed companies, large corporations, parastatals and government institutions and awards them for outstanding performance and leadership. Over 250 top CFOs and business partners will attend the event and enjoy roundtable discussions, networking, entertainment and a VIP dinner. It will be an afternoon of exceptional round table conversations with nominees and excellent networking opportunities in the first part of our event. During the evening, our guests will enjoy great food and drinks during the CFO dinner and CFO Awards show.?? Entertainment by Swing City Modern Day Swing Music, inspired by the likes of the Rat Pack, Michael Buble en Robbie Williams. Swing City was borne of the love of swing music from three of South Africa’s most loved artists Nathan Ro, Graeme Watkins and Loyiso Bale. Our guests will be inspired by thought provoking speakers Professor Wiseman Nkuhlu, professor Mervyn King and Vusi Thembekwayo will be among the most eminent of guests at this year’s CFO Awards. Also we have leading experts Keith Coats and Brian Farley, international leadership experts, Trevor Hoole, CEO KPMG Southern Africa, Clement Chinaka, CEO Corporate Segment Old Mutual and Victor Sekese, CEO SizweNtsalubaGobodo joining us, together with some of the very best CFOs and CEOs sharing their insights and experience. For more information have a look at CFOAwards.co.za. Become a member and buy your ticket here. Partners CFO Awards 2016 Out now. CFO Magazine issue 1 - 2016 The 3rd CFO Magazine CFO South Africa is out now. With 84 pages packed full of need-to-know information delivered in sharp, insightful articles. Read the latest insights from Reeza Isaacs, CFO Woolworths, Vusi Thembekwayo, Mary Vilakazi, CFO MMI Holdings and Lindani Dhlamini, CEO SekelaXabiso and more. As our online member we would like to give you the opportunity to read the CFO Magazine South Africa online and free of charge HERE. (please make sure that you are logged in with your CFO.co.za account). Would you like to also share your story in the next issue? Please contact Shay van Huyssteen at [email protected] or at +27 11 083 7515. Visit Finance Indaba Africa Visit the Finance Indaba 13 & 14 October at the Sandton Convention Centre and boost your profits by 100%. Finance Indaba Africa is the biggest annual expo and conference for finance professionals. It brings together peers technology suppliers, platforms, banks, tools, specialists, CFOs and thought leaders. Over 5,000 visitors tap into a wealth of resources, knowhow and inspiration. Gain unparalleled insights. Cut costs dramatically, send sales & productivity through the roof and boost your company's profits by 100 percent. RSVP now here. Become a partner Are you enabling businesses to cut costs, boost sales, productivity and company profits? Don't miss out the chance to connect with new prospects, to brand your company and to become more successful. Share your ideas at the Finance Indaba and help the country grow. Please contact Graham Fehrsen at [email protected] or at +27 11 083 7515. Diamond Partners http://static.financieel-management.nl/img/pictures/110412.jpg" width="500" /> Join the ultimate peer to peer advisory network Various CFOs and finance directors from Eskom, Nedbank, Transnet, Alexander Forbes, Standard Chartered Bank, Hollard, Absa, Servest, Business Connexion and Super Group are members of CFO South Africa. Your peers understand best the issues you face and the challenges that impact your business. Together you will share your experiences at CFO South Africa’s events and help you advance in your career, company and knowledge. Get introduced to experienced colleagues that are happy to share their knowledge with you. Peer-to-peer consulting is by far the best and most cost effective way to help you solve problems. Are you interested? Please see our membership page for more information here. Upcoming CFO South Africa Events Join the CFO Events with inspiring hosts and experts who will share their insights and experiences with you. Register now for these events and boost your company, network, career and knowledge. Private sector events in 2016 May 12 Johannesburg | CFO Awards 2016 June 22 Johannesburg | The CFO as business partner July 21 Johannesburg | M&A Series part 2 Public sector events in 2016 May 12 Johannesburg | CFO Awards 2016 June 21 Johannesburg | Are you an Inspirator? July 27 Johannesburg | Are you a Stakeholder Manager? Register now for one of the upcoming CFO South Africa Events. Please note that all our CFO South Africa events are for senior financial executives. CFO South Africa offers Platinum memberships to CFOs and finance directors. For more information please have a look here and contact Shay van Huyssteen at [email protected] Stay connected with CFO South Africa Follow CFO South Africa on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook Stay up to date on what is happening in the world of finance by following us on Twitter @CFOSouthAfrica, LinkedIn and Facebook. Next to that you can keep track of newly published interviews with CFOs and CEOs. Feel free to contact us Any suggestions or comments are welcome. Kind Regards, Graham Fehrsen Managing Director CFO South Africa | [email protected] To control which emails you receive from CFO South Africa, please change your email preferences at cfo.co.za by selecting under settings "I do not want to receive emails from CFO South Africa | Finance Professionals South Africa"

12 May 2016

Ivan Dittrich returns as Datatec CFO

Ivan Dittrich (pictured), former Datatec CFO, will be returning to this post as of end May. Dittrich left the JSE-listed IT group in 2012 for the CFO job at telecoms giant, Vodacom. Jens Montanana, Datatec CEO, said in a statement: “I am delighted to welcome Ivan back as our CFO. He has a very strong track record with us and has benefited from his recent experience outside the group.” Dittrich worked in a number of roles across Datatec, including CFO, from March 2008 to May 2012, at which time he left to take up the Vodacom CFO post. Dittrich spent three years at the telecoms company, resigning in mid-2015. Returning to this role at Datatec Dittrich replaces outgoing CFO Jurgens Myburgh, who will be moving into a CFO post at Mediclinic International from August.

09 May 2016

New CFO for Wescoal: Bothwell Mazarura

South African coal mining company, Wescoal, has appointed Bothwell Mazarura (pictured) as Group FD and CFO, effective 1 July. Izak van der Walt, the company's Acting CFO, will take on the role of GM Finance for Operations as of 1 July, providing support to the group and board financial roles. Mazarura previously held various senior financial roles at South African platinum miner, Lonmin, including Head of Group Finance, Head of Treasury and Acting CFO. Prior to working for Lonmin, Mazarura worked for Deloitte in South Africa and in the UK. JSE-listed Wescoal is active in coal mining, processing and trading through two primary divisions: Mining and Trading. The company's Mining Division accounts for 92% of its operational EBITDA.

06 May 2016

Celebrating SA's finance leaders - countdown to 3rd CFO Awards

It is time for tuxedos. It is time for cocktail dresses. It is time to celebrate South Africa's finance leaders during the 3rd annual CFO Awards at the marvelous Summer Place in Hyde Park, Johannesburg. On Thursday 12 May 2016 CFO South Africa will host a spectacular gala dinner, preceded by a high-level conference for the country's best finance directors and chief financial officers. At the end of the evening one of 25 nominees will be crowned CFO of the Year.

05 May 2016

Newsletter: Funke Ighodaro, Tiger Brands CFO, steps down | Starbucks to invest R130 million in SA across 150 stores | From Alexandra to the boardroom: MMI CFO Mary Vilakazi

CFO South Africa Newsletter | Thursday 5 May Dear CFO South Africa Member, Read Exclusive CFO South Africa Articles Funke Ighodaro, Tiger Brands CFO, steps down Funke Ighodaro (pictured) has resigned as CFO and executive director of Tiger Brands, South Africa's largest food producer. According to a statement, the CFO is leaving in order to pursue other interests. Starbucks to invest R130 million in SA across 150 stores Starbucks, the world’s largest coffee-shop chain, plans to invest R130 million in South Africa over the next two years as the company begins its countrywide expansion. The American coffee chain intends to open as many as 150 stores in South Africa." http://static.financieel-management.nl/img_simple.php?src=img/pictu..." /> From Alexandra to the boardroom: MMI CFO Mary Vilakazi After being made partner at PwC as a 27-year-old in 2005, Mary Vilakazi was “under enormous pressure not to fail”. Since then Mary has morphed from hardworking auditor to group CFO at MMI Holdings, the umbrella for insurers Momentum and Metropolitan - with a period as a dynamic consultant in between. “I think my success is proof that you cannot underestimate the power of being given opportunities,” she says. Read more exclusive articles on CFO.co.za - Standard Bank CEOs Sim Tshabalala and Ben Kruger get 43% pay increase - Internal audit can give you competitive advantage, says IIA SA's Cl... - Sibanye Gold's operating profit increases by 240 percent - MTN ex-CEO Sifiso Dabengwa received R23.7 million payout - Pick n Pay to expand into Nigeria CFO Awards 2016 - Reserve your table now - 12 May Sandton Join the CFO Awards and meet 250 of South Africa's leading CFOs. The annual CFO Awards recognizes CFOs of listed companies, large corporations, parastatals and government institutions and awards them for outstanding performance and leadership. Over 250 top CFOs and business partners will attend the event and enjoy roundtable discussions, networking, entertainment and a VIP dinner. Don't miss out on an afternoon of exceptional round table conversations with nominees and excellent networking opportunities in the first part of our event. In the evening join us for great food and drinks during the CFO dinner and CFO Awards show.?? Be entertained by Swing City Modern Day Swing Music, inspired by the likes of the Rat Pack, Michael Buble en Robbie Williams. Swing City was borne of the love of swing music from three of South Africa’s most loved artists Nathan Ro, Graeme Watkins and Loyiso Bale. Get inspired by thought provoking speakers Professor Wiseman Nkuhlu, professor Mervyn King and Vusi Thembekwayo will be among the most eminent of guests at this year’s CFO Awards. Also we have leading experts Keith Coates and Brian Farley, international leadership experts, Trevor Hoole, CEO KPMG Southern Africa, Clement Chinaka, CEO Corporate Segment Old Mutual and Victor Sekese, CEO SizweNtsalubaGobodo joining us, together with some of the very best CFOs and CEOs sharing their insights and experience. For more information have a look at CFOAwards.co.za. Become a member and buy your ticket here. Partners CFO Awards 2016 Out now. CFO Magazine issue 1 - 2016 The 3rd CFO Magazine CFO South Africa is out now. With 84 pages packed full of need-to-know information delivered in sharp, insightful articles. Read the latest insights from Reeza Isaacs, CFO Woolworths, Vusi Thembekwayo, Mary Vilakazi, CFO MMI Holdings and Lindani Dhlamini, CEO SekelaXabiso and more. As our online member we would like to give you the opportunity to read the CFO Magazine South Africa online and free of charge HERE. (please make sure that you are logged in with your CFO.co.za account). Would you like to also share your story in the next issue? Please contact Shay van Huyssteen at [email protected] or at +27 11 083 7515. Visit Finance Indaba Africa Visit the Finance Indaba 13 & 14 October at the Sandton Convention Centre and boost your profits by 100%. Finance Indaba Africa is the biggest annual expo and conference for finance professionals. It brings together peers technology suppliers, platforms, banks, tools, specialists, CFOs and thought leaders. Over 5,000 visitors tap into a wealth of resources, knowhow and inspiration. Gain unparalleled insights. Cut costs dramatically, send sales & productivity through the roof and boost your company's profits by 100 percent. RSVP now here. Become a partner Are you enabling businesses to cut costs, boost sales, productivity and company profits? Don't miss out the chance to connect with new prospects, to brand your company and to become more successful. Share your ideas at the Finance Indaba and help the country grow. Please contact Graham Fehrsen at [email protected] or at +27 11 083 7515. Diamond Partners http://static.financieel-management.nl/img/pictures/110412.jpg" width="500" /> Join the ultimate peer to peer advisory network Various CFOs and finance directors from Eskom, Nedbank, Transnet, Alexander Forbes, Standard Chartered Bank, Hollard, Absa, Servest, Business Connexion and Super Group are members of CFO South Africa. Your peers understand best the issues you face and the challenges that impact your business. Together you will share your experiences at CFO South Africa’s events and help you advance in your career, company and knowledge. Get introduced to experienced colleagues that are happy to share their knowledge with you. Peer-to-peer consulting is by far the best and most cost effective way to help you solve problems. Are you interested? Please see our membership page for more information here. Upcoming CFO South Africa Events Join the CFO Events with inspiring hosts and experts who will share their insights and experiences with you. Register now for these events and boost your company, network, career and knowledge. Private sector events in 2016 May 12 Johannesburg | CFO Awards 2016 June 22 Johannesburg | The CFO as business partner July 21 Johannesburg | M&A Series part 2 Public sector events in 2016 May 12 Johannesburg | CFO Awards 2016 June 21 Johannesburg | Are you an Inspirator? July 27 Johannesburg | Are you a Stakeholder Manager? Register now for one of the upcoming CFO South Africa Events. Please note that all our CFO South Africa events are for senior financial executives. CFO South Africa offers Platinum memberships to CFOs and finance directors. For more information please have a look here and contact Shay van Huyssteen at [email protected] Stay connected with CFO South Africa Follow CFO South Africa on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook Stay up to date on what is happening in the world of finance by following us on Twitter @CFOSouthAfrica, LinkedIn and Facebook. Next to that you can keep track of newly published interviews with CFOs and CEOs. Feel free to contact us Any suggestions or comments are welcome. Kind Regards, Graham Fehrsen Managing Director CFO South Africa | [email protected] To control which emails you receive from CFO South Africa, please change your email preferences at cfo.co.za by selecting under settings "I do not want to receive emails from CFO South Africa | Finance Professionals South Africa"

03 May 2016

Starbucks to invest R130 million in SA across 150 stores

Starbucks, the world’s largest coffee-shop chain, plans to invest R130 million in South Africa over the next two years as the company begins its countrywide expansion. The American coffee chain intends to open as many as 150 stores in South Africa. Starbucks, brought in under licence by South Africa’s JSE-listed Taste Holdings, which has subsidiaries including Scooters Pizza, Domino's Pizza and NWJ, among others, opened its first store on 21 April in Rosebank, Johannesburg, and its second on 28 April in the brand new Mall of Africa, also in Johannesburg. Howard Schultz, Starbucks CEO, said the market looks like it is going to be larger than they initially thought. Schultz said:

02 May 2016

Internal audit can give you competitive advantage, says IIA SA's Claudelle von Eck

Organisations that have embraced internal audit, employ competent internal auditors and give internal audit the freedom to execute its duty in accordance with the international standards find that it’s not the unwelcome watchdog for which it's sometimes mistaken. In fact, internal audit can confer a competitive advantage, suggests Dr Claudelle von Eck, CEO of the Institute of Internal Auditors South Africa (IIA SA).

28 April 2016

Newsletter: MTN Group sees stunted growth | KPMG named All-Star Company | Reputation is Everything

CFO South Africa Newsletter | Thursday 28 April Dear CFO South Africa Member, Read Exclusive CFO South Africa Articles MTN Group sees stunted growth MTN Group's subscriber numbers fell during the first quarter of this year, the company's customer base decreasing by some 1.4% (to around 229 million) across 22 countries. This as disconnections ordered by the government in Nigeria – MTN's biggest market – curbed the growth of Africa’s largest wireless operator. KPMG named All-Star Company on IAOP's 2016 World's Best Outsourcing... KPMG International has received all-star ratings for its shared services and outsourcing advisory capabilities on the International Association of Outsourcing Professional’s (IAOP) 2016 World’s Best Outsourcing Advisors list." http://static.financieel-management.nl/img_simple.php?src=img/pictu..." /> Reputation is everything, says Black Rhino CFO Paul Inbona "As an executive, your greatest asset is your reputation. I think that a lot of people in finance in particular would do very well to focus on that issue and ensure that they are able to make the tough decision when it comes to being asked to do things that are not in their view of the world, or which they deem unacceptable," says Paul Inbona, CFO of Black Rhino, part of the Black Stone Group, which focuses on development projects in the power generation and oil & gas infrastructure industries. Paul, an avid bridge player, believes that while it is crucial to have a CFO network, it is as important to have a network within your own industry. "I find people aren't immersed enough in their own business. To understand the story behind the numbers you have to understand the market, the industry and the players. For me that is as important as the technical aspect of the CFO role." Read more exclusive articles on CFO.co.za - Finance Indaba 2016: Charterquest CFO Case Study Competition draws ... - Vodacom ordered to compensate inventor of the 'Please Call Me' - Zim-born actuary Marjorie Ngwenya to head UK actuaries body iFoA - New Thomson Reuters website for Africa launched - Eskom borrows R2.5 billion from Brics bank CFO Awards 2016 - Reserve your table now - 12 May Sandton Join the CFO Awards and meet 250 of South Africa's leading CFOs. The annual CFO Awards recognizes CFOs of listed companies, large corporations, parastatals and government institutions and awards them for outstanding performance and leadership. Over 250 top CFOs and business partners will attend the event and enjoy roundtable discussions, networking, entertainment and a VIP dinner. Don't miss out on an afternoon of exceptional round table conversations with nominees and excellent networking opportunities in the first part of our event. In the evening join us for great food and drinks during the CFO dinner and CFO Awards show.?? Be entertained by Swing City Modern Day Swing Music, inspired by the likes of the Rat Pack, Michael Buble en Robbie Williams. Swing City was borne of the love of swing music from three of South Africa’s most loved artists Nathan Ro, Graeme Watkins and Loyiso Bale. Get inspired by thought provoking speakers Professor Wiseman Nkuhlu, professor Mervyn King and Vusi Thembekwayo will be among the most eminent of guests at this year’s CFO Awards. Also we have leading experts Keith Coates and Brian Farley, international leadership experts, Trevor Hoole, CEO KPMG Southern Africa, Clement Chinaka, CEO Corporate Segment Old Mutual and Victor Sekese, CEO SizweNtsalubaGobodo joining us, together with some of the very best CFOs and CEOs sharing their insights and experience. For more information have a look at CFOAwards.co.za. Become a member and buy your ticket here. Partners CFO Awards 2016 Out now. CFO Magazine issue 1 - 2016 The 3rd CFO Magazine CFO South Africa is out now. With 84 pages packed full of need-to-know information delivered in sharp, insightful articles. Read the latest insights from Reeza Isaacs, CFO Woolworths, Vusi Thembekwayo, Mary Vilakazi, CFO MMI Holdings and Lindani Dhlamini, CEO SekelaXabiso and more. As our online member we would like to give you the opportunity to read the CFO Magazine South Africa online and free of charge HERE. (please make sure that you are logged in with your CFO.co.za account). Would you like to also share your story in the next issue? Please contact Shay van Huyssteen at [email protected] or at +27 11 083 7515. Visit Finance Indaba Africa Visit the Finance Indaba 13 & 14 October at the Sandton Convention Centre and boost your profits by 100%. Finance Indaba Africa is the biggest annual expo and conference for finance professionals. It brings together peers technology suppliers, platforms, banks, tools, specialists, CFOs and thought leaders. Over 5,000 visitors tap into a wealth of resources, knowhow and inspiration. Gain unparalleled insights. Cut costs dramatically, send sales & productivity through the roof and boost your company's profits by 100 percent. RSVP now here. Become a partner Are you enabling businesses to cut costs, boost sales, productivity and company profits? Don't miss out the chance to connect with new prospects, to brand your company and to become more successful. Share your ideas at the Finance Indaba and help the country grow. Please contact Graham Fehrsen at [email protected] or at +27 11 083 7515. Diamond Partners http://static.financieel-management.nl/img/pictures/110412.jpg" width="500" /> Join the ultimate peer to peer advisory network Various CFOs and finance directors from Eskom, Nedbank, Transnet, Alexander Forbes, Standard Chartered Bank, Hollard, Absa, Servest, Business Connexion and Super Group are members of CFO South Africa. Your peers understand best the issues you face and the challenges that impact your business. Together you will share your experiences at CFO South Africa’s events and help you advance in your career, company and knowledge. Get introduced to experienced colleagues that are happy to share their knowledge with you. Peer-to-peer consulting is by far the best and most cost effective way to help you solve problems. Are you interested? Please see our membership page for more information here. Upcoming CFO South Africa Events Join the CFO Events with inspiring hosts and experts who will share their insights and experiences with you. Register now for these events and boost your company, network, career and knowledge. Private sector events in 2016 May 12 Johannesburg | CFO Awards 2016 June 22 Johannesburg | The CFO as business partner July 21 Johannesburg | M&A Series part 2 Public sector events in 2016 May 12 Johannesburg | CFO Awards 2016 June 21 Johannesburg | Are you an Inspirator? July 27 Johannesburg | Are you a Stakeholder Manager? Register now for one of the upcoming CFO South Africa Events. Please note that all our CFO South Africa events are for senior financial executives. CFO South Africa offers Platinum memberships to CFOs and finance directors. For more information please have a look here and contact Shay van Huyssteen at [email protected] Stay connected with CFO South Africa Follow CFO South Africa on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook Stay up to date on what is happening in the world of finance by following us on Twitter @CFOSouthAfrica, LinkedIn and Facebook. Next to that you can keep track of newly published interviews with CFOs and CEOs. Feel free to contact us Any suggestions or comments are welcome. Kind Regards, Graham Fehrsen Managing Director CFO South Africa | [email protected] To control which emails you receive from CFO South Africa, please change your email preferences at cfo.co.za by selecting under settings "I do not want to receive emails from CFO South Africa | Finance Professionals South Africa"

27 April 2016

Finance Indaba 2016: CharterQuest CFO Case Study Competition draws the crowds

“Employers are seeking financial education that produces cutting edge and real world integrated technical, business and leadership acumen,” says Valentine Nti from CharterQuest, a silver partner at the Finance Indaba Africa 2016 on 13 and 14 October 2016 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. CharterQuest will host the global finals of the first ever CFO Case Study Competition at the Finance Indaba.

26 April 2016

Reputation is everything, says Black Rhino CFO Paul Inbona

"As an executive, your greatest asset is your reputation. I think that a lot of people in finance in particular would do very well to focus on that issue and ensure that they are able to make the tough decision when it comes to being asked to do things that are not in their view of the world, or which they deem unacceptable," says Paul Inbona, CFO of Black Rhino, part of the Black Stone Group, which focuses on development projects in the power generation and oil & gas infrastructure industries. Paul, an avid bridge player, believes that while it is crucial to have a CFO network, it is as important to have a network within your own industry. "I find people aren't immersed enough in their own business. To understand the story behind the numbers you have to understand the market, the industry and the players. For me that is as important as the technical aspect of the CFO role." How did you come to pursue a career in the finance industry? "I'm actually an engineer by background. I studied at one of the top French academic institutions and was thinking about what I wanted to do at the end of that school and it was either to go be an engineer in production or be in a lab, and neither of those appealed to me. Then I came across the auditing profession and what interested me there was that through the lens of the auditor you got to look at the whole business and touch on all the business processes from recruitment to procurement, investments, assets capitalisation and depreciation, sales and marketing even. Every aspect of the business ends up being reflected in your books. And that's how I got involved and interested in the financial world at large. I started with the auditing profession and moved into management consulting and private equity business after I did my MBA. I then moved on to CFO and operational CFO roles." You've been with Black Rhino Group since May 2015. What have you achieved during this time? "I took on a position where there was virtually no one in charge of finance, so I had to start from scratch getting the books up to the standard that I strive to achieve and strengthening the team, bringing in additional people with the critical skills needed to get the finance function into place. I hired a tax manager and an HR manager. We've also been implementing a new ERP system. I'm happy with the progress so far. It's going well, not as fast as I would've liked, but we are moving in the right direction. In addition, I spend a fair amount of time supporting the transactions in terms of tax and accounting advice where required and I am involved with the General Counsel in the overall structuring of the Group." You've worked in various countries – DRC, Canada, Australia, France, South Africa and Switzerland. How does the working culture differ between these places, and how do you adapt each time? "To adapt to different cultures you've got to be open and agile, as well as willing to understand where you're moving into before trying to impose on other people how you think they should do things. You've also got to learn the local language, the way people interact, the way they communicate, and the nuances of that country's business culture." "The finance function is fairly common across countries, what is different is the level of education and the level of sophistication among the people. In Australia there is a very skilled, computer literate, professional workforce. It is really impressive. In the DRC it was quite the opposite. The education is poor, though people are very willing to learn. So you've got to adapt yourself to the level of the audience, and learn how things are done in those places, because it can be quite different to what you're used to in your environment of origin." Where do you go for advice about doing business in Africa? "We rely a lot on local and international legal and accounting firms. Local firms give you the local insight, which is very important, to ensure you understand the local context and you get advice that is relevant and you may even pick up upcoming changes in legislation that a big international firm may not be aware of, but international firms give you experience of structuring transactions with the correct jurisdictions and understanding and navigating the landscape of transfer pricing issues that the local firms may not be fully aware of, as well as international tax and legal issues. You've also got to develop a network of contacts in those countries. When I was in the DRC I became a member of the Chamber of Mines. It's important to be able to lobby at the right level of government and institutions that you deal with." How important is it for CFOs to meet peers? "We are in the position where we are more and more subject to compliance and regulation and very often a CFO in another industry may have some specificities at the margin. So somewhere, someone will have faced the problem you are faced with. Meeting peers accelerates the learning curve. Using your network to leverage your relationships ensures you are able to deal with the issue at hand quicker than if you don't use your network. So it's extremely important."

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