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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."

25 April 2016

It's time to disrupt the funding landscape in SA, says Outsourced CFO's Louw Barnardt

Massive outflows of foreign capital from our borders. Slow economic growth and tough global trading conditions. Difficult regulations and red tape. Upscaling private companies in SA is a massive task. But if we’re serious about growing our base of job-creating private companies, something needs to be done. As a nation desperate for job creation, we need to delve deep in order to understand the critical constraints for unlocking growth. These are the thoughts of Louw Barnardt, co-founder and MD of Outsourced CFO, a financial management boutique of CAs which assists private company clients in gaining access to innovative funding solutions. The SAICA SME report states that, “According to SMEs, the main reasons for business failure are overwhelmingly cash-flow related”. A business of any size and in whichever industry needs financial stability to operate sustainably. Aiming to expand is an even more complex objective that requires SMEs to raise growth finance. Taking this into consideration, how can SMEs be expected to operate sustainably as well as grow, if accessing finance proves to be one of their greatest obstacles? The SAICA SME report concluded that SMEs start with too little capital, collect debtors late, are subject to bad debts, and have overheads that are too high. Government expects that 90 percent of new jobs will come from SMEs. Therefore, big businesses and the public sector need to realise that SMEs will be crucial for growth of the fiscus as well as the private sectors turnover. This then concludes that SME growth is not only to the benefit of the SME, but in the best interest of big business and the public sector.

22 April 2016

Exclusive chat to SNG's Victor Sekese about Oakbay audit: `No political interference`

Audit firm SizweNtsalubaGobo (SNG) has not been approached by anyone from the Gupta family or from the cabinet of president Jacob Zuma, says Victor Sekese, CEO of the firm that was announced this week as the new auditor of Oakbay Resources and Energy Limited, owned by the controversial Gupta-family. Sekese says SNG has consulted with Oakbay’s former auditor KPMG “and established that there are no professional and ethical reasons not to accept the client”.

22 April 2016

Five tech trends CFOs cannot ignore - a chat with KPMG's Frank Rizzo

“I have always had a passion for technology,” says Frank Rizzo, who is in charge of the technology sector and of data & analytics at KPMG across Africa. Frank is a popular speaker at CFO South Africa events, combining ultra-current insights with an easy presentation style. In an exclusive interview with CFO South Africa, Frank speaks about his love for technology, the way CFOs should use data, and his plans to increasingly work with incubators and startups. Frank also lists five technology trends CFOs cannot afford to ignore.

21 April 2016

Newsletter:Nhlanhla Nene appointed director at Allan Grey | The CFO is Key to Business Agility | Join the CFO Awards 12 May

CFO South Africa Newsletter | Thursday 22 April Dear CFO South Africa Member, Read Exclusive CFO South Africa Articles Nhlanhla Nene appointed as partner at Allan Grey “Nhlanhla Nene (pictured), former South African finance minister, has been appointed a non-executive director at investment management firm, Allan Gray. The CFO is key to business agility, says Alexander Visser, CFO of P... “Although he originally intended to pursue a career as a banker, a realisation that he wanted to be involved in a more tangible business convinced Alexander Visser, the new CFO of Philips Procurement, to instead focus on finance. "I chose Philips because of the strong role finance had in decision making. I felt I could make a strong impact from the get-go." http://static.financieel-management.nl/img_simple.php?src=img/pictu..." /> The CFO Study Competition earns global stature "Entries for The CFO Case Study Competition have officially closed, with an overwhelming final tally of 1,278 aspirant registrations comprising 320 competing teams representing 53 universities and institutes from 25 different countries across five continents. The participants are all competing for the right to be crowned with the coveted 'CharterQuest Future CFO & Business Leaders 2016’ Award plus scooping the R100,000 cash prize. Read more exclusive articles on CFO.co.za - SA Reserve Bank to raise rates twice more this year - EOH buys Aptronics for R194 million - Finance Indaba 2016: Future-focused HR is Clarkhouse Human Capital'... - Building successful and compliant teams for Africa, by Citibank's E... - KPMG invests further into the Africa Regulatory Centre of Excellence 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"

20 April 2016

SA Reserve Bank to raise rates twice more this year

According to a recent Reuters poll, South Africa’s Reserve Bank (SARB) will raise interest rates twice more during 2016, despite the state of the country's economy, as inflation remains stubbornly above the Bank’s comfort level. These results were obtained via a Reuters survey of over 30 economists, who seem convinced that the Reserve Bank's interest rate hiking cycle is not over. Economists now expect the repo rate to end the year at 7.5% – a quarter of a percent higher than was expected in March, when the Bank raised rates by 25 basis points to 7.0%. In addition, the polled economists opined that inflation is only expected back on target in two years' time. Rates have been hiked 200 basis points in the last two years. Inflation is expected to accelerate and average 6.7% this year, much more than last year’s 4.6%. The poll found that it will ease to 6.3% in 2017 and 5.7% in 2018.

14 April 2016

Newsletter: | Prof Nkuhlu: CFOs need courage and competence | Transparent at the Finance Indaba | Public Sector: Can the CFO be a true business partner?

CFO South Africa Newsletter | Thursday 14 April Dear CFO South Africa Member, Read Exclusive CFO South Africa Articles Prof Nkuhlu: CFOs need courage and competence “CFOs need to be role models,” says Professor Lumkile Wiseman Nkuhlu, South Africa’s first black chartered accountant, current chancellor of the University of Pretoria and an often-cited inspiration for members of our CFO community. CFO South Africa had the pleasure of an exclusive interview with the 72-year-old finance elder, who will be the guest of honour during the 2016 CFO Awards on 12 May. Finance Indaba 2016: Transparent aims to help firms recover funds “We will be talking about how businesses can recover working capital, not only from eliminating double- and over-payments, but also from improving efficiencies and using our payment analysis reports,” says Carolina van der Ark from Transparent, a gold partner at the Finance Indaba Africa 2016 on 13 and 14 October 2016 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. In the coming weeks and months, we will be chatting to all the Indaba partners, asking them why they are joining the event and what their most important message for finance professionals is. http://static.financieel-management.nl/img_simple.php?src=img/pictu..." /> Can the CFO be a true business partner, and is there really such as... "The biggest challenge for public sector CFOs is supporting the mandate. Some mandates are unfunded or contradictory,” said one of the participants at last night’s round table for public sector CFOs, held at the Menlyn Boutique Hotel. The evening’s discussion centered on effective communication and reporting to stay in control, and posed the questions of whether or not the public sector CFO can be a true business partner, and whether it is possible to ever really have control of the business. See pictures from the event here. Read more exclusive articles on CFO.co.za - Learning from the best: new DigiCore CFO Nicholas Bofilatos - Junk status: SA will know its fate in June - Insights from Deloitte's Ghana CFO Report - CEO Mark Barnes: Post Office to return to profit in 2018 - The four taxes that helped Sars collect R1 trillion - Adcock Ingram sells Indian unit for R336 million 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"

13 April 2016

Finance Indaba 2016: Transparent aims to help firms recover funds

“We will be talking about how businesses can recover working capital, not only from eliminating double- and over-payments, but also from improving efficiencies and using our payment analysis reports,” says Carolina van der Ark from Transparent, a gold partner at the Finance Indaba Africa 2016 on 13 and 14 October 2016 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. In the coming weeks and months, we will be chatting to all the Indaba partners, asking them why they are joining the event and what their most important message for finance professionals is.

12 April 2016

Insights from Deloitte's Ghana CFO Report

The recently released Deloitte CFO Survey for West Africa delivered various insights gleaned from CFOs operating in Nigeria and Ghana. The report revealed many interesting things, for example, that CFOs in West African countries are more positive about their growth prospects than their Southern African counterparts. It also revealed that they are, however, less optimistic than their East African counterparts. What exactly did West African CFOs have to say?

12 April 2016

Learning from the best: new DigiCore CFO Nicholas Bofilatos

The 33-year-old Nicholas Bofilatos is one of South Africa's youngest CFOs, having recently succeeded Cobus Grove as DigiCore CFO, after vehicle and fleet tracking firm was bought by the American digital solutions behemoth Novatel Wireless in October 2015. We spoke to Nicholas about learning from his predecessor and from other peers during our CFO events, about his promotion and about combining his hectic work with a family life - including young twins.

08 April 2016

Can the CFO be a true business partner, and is there really such as thing as control, pondered SA's public sector CFOs

“The biggest challenge for public sector CFOs is supporting the mandate. Some mandates are unfunded or contradictory,” said one of the participants at last night’s round table for public sector CFOs, held at the Menlyn Boutique Hotel. The evening’s discussion centered on effective communication and reporting to stay in control, and posed the questions of whether or not the public sector CFO can be a true business partner, and whether it is possible to ever really have control of the business. See pictures from the event here.

07 April 2016

Newsletter: 3 trends CFOs cannot ignore | How can firms use the cloud | Join the CFO Awards 12 May

CFO South Africa Newsletter | Thursday 7 April Dear CFO South Africa Member, Read Exclusive CFO South Africa Articles How Oceana bought Daybrook Fisheries - CFO Imraan Soomra reveals “The acquisition of Daybrook has put us years ahead,” says Imraan Soomra, CFO of Oceana. The Cape Town-based fishing company was already Africa's biggest, but burst onto the global stage with the spectacular acquisition of Daybrook Fisheries in the US last year. We spoke to Imraan about the finance transformation and culture change that laid the platform, the adrenaline of the deal and his future ambitions. Preparation is key to successful M&A “Walking away is the hardest thing to do when your deal’s very attractive. But if you have a walk-away point that makes it very easy. And you have to have that,” said Imraan Soomra, Group FD, Oceana Group. “It’s about the preparedness. If you always know in the back of your mind why you’re doing this, it becomes easier to be objective about a walk-away decision.” Imraan was speaking as a member of the panel at last night’s CFO South Africa event, Preparing your business for M&A activity, the first in a two-part series. He was joined by Deon Fredricks, CFO, Telkom; Nick Matthews, Partner, Head of M&A, KPMG South Africa; and Andrew Balnaves, Executive VP, Corporate and Investments, Standard Bank. http://static.financieel-management.nl/img_simple.php?src=img/pictu..." /> Finance Indaba 2016: Sage One explores how firms can use the cloud "The future is mobile and we are giving our customers the power to control their businesses from the palm of their hand," says Steven Cohen from Sage One, a gold partner at the Finance Indaba Africa 2016 on 13 and 14 October 2016 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. In the coming weeks and months, we will be chatting to all the Indaba partners, asking them why they are joining the event and what their most important message for finance professionals is. Read more exclusive articles on CFO.co.za - 3 trends in the legal industry CFOs cannot ignore – by Yvonne Wakef... - Retirement for celebrated Remgro CFO Leon Crouse, founding CFO of V... - Old Mutual Wealth CEO says it could be a FTSE 100 firm - S&P affirms MTN rating as Nigerian fine still looms - Meet CFO Awards 2016 nominee Charl Keyter, CFO of Sibanye Gold - Commissioner Tom Moyane says Sars collected R1 trillion in tax - IMF cuts Nigeria's growth forecast 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"

06 April 2016

Distell aiming to double sales by 2020 through M&A

According to Richard Rushton (pictured), Distell CEO, to offset slow growth in its home market South Africa, the company intends to double sales and profit over the next four years by way of cross-border acquisitions. The South African liquor producer, which makes various ciders and brandies, as well as the popular Amarula Cream, earns 75% of its annual R12 billion revenue and R1.2 billion headline earnings in South Africa; a country whose economy is forecast to grow by just 1% this year. Rushton, speaking to Reuters, said:

06 April 2016

Finance Indaba 2016: Sage One explores how firms can use the cloud

"The future is mobile and we are giving our customers the power to control their businesses from the palm of their hand," says Steven Cohen from Sage One, a gold partner at the Finance Indaba Africa 2016 on 13 and 14 October 2016 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. In the coming weeks and months, we will be chatting to all the Indaba partners, asking them why they are joining the event and what their most important message for finance professionals is.

01 April 2016

Top CFOs reveal their M&A dreams & nightmares - join us on 6 April 2016

Oceana CFO Imraan Soomra played a huge role in the acquisition of Daybrook Fisheries in New Orleans, growing the market cap of the Cape Town-based fishing firm with about 50%. DigiCore CFO Cobus Grove was instrumental in saving the vehicle-tracking company from demise and selling it to the US firm Novatel Wireless. Deon Fredericks rose through the ranks at Telkom, to eventually take over the CFO job in the most difficult of times and guiding the acquisition of Business Connexion through tricky turns. All the while, these three finance bosses also still had a normal business to run...

31 March 2016

Newsletter: Finance vs internal auditors - time to end the bloody wary

CFO South Africa Newsletter | Thursday 31 March Dear CFO South Africa Member, Read Exclusive CFO South Africa Articles Finance vs. internal auditors: time to stop the bloody war “Here come the auditors” is a rally cry that is often heard in organisations. Being in Internal Audit for twenty-five years I have found that there has always been a distinct sense of rivalry and antagonism between the finance department and Internal Audit. Very much like the Blues and the Reds where we - the internal auditors - are seen to be on different teams, fighting each other. With the winner being the one who can either hold out or the one who can attack and get the results. Quietly confident about deals in 2016, says KPMG's M&A guru Joh... KPMG’s M&A guru John Geel says he is “quietly confident” that 2016 is going to be a good year for mergers and acquisitions in South Africa. In an exclusive interview with CFO South Africa he reveals that he expects the number of deals to be “at least equal to last year, if not more”. Bonitas and Liberty discuss merger wo of South Africa’s largest medical schemes‚ Bonitas Medical Fund and Liberty Medical Scheme (LMS)‚ have announced they are in discussions to merge. Andrew Edwards (pictured)‚ executive principal officer for LMS, said: "While negotiations are at an advanced stage‚ member consultation is imperative and various regulatory processes still need to be satisfied for the transaction to be concluded.” Read more exclusive articles on CFO.co.za - Financial services sector to spend R122bn on BEE - Fort Hare SA’s top achiever in accounting board exams - CFO Case Study Competition sees record number of entries - Japanese investment bank Nomura opens SA office - No shortage of buyers for Barclays Africa - Meet CFO Awards 2016 nominee Johan Geel, Group Financial Director o... Join the next CFO Event "M&A series - Working on the Business when you're in the Business" Wednesday 6 April 16.00 - 20.00 - Johannesburg We invite you to join us for the CFO South Africa event M&A Series Part 1 - Working ON the Business when you're IN the Business In 2015, domestic and inter- Sub-Saharan African M&A reached $8.3bn, up 39% year-on-year, the highest first nine months total since 2010. This activity is a reminder of the opportunities for growth but how can you take advantage of this climate? Preparation. It isn’t only a willingness to look into opportunities for acquiring a competitive advantage but also doing all you can to position the business for success should an acquirer knock on your door. In this first of a two part series we hear from Imraan Soomra (Group FD, Oceana Group), Deon Fredricks (CFO, Telkom) and Cobus Grove (CFO, Digicore), CFOs who have been immersed in M&A activity in the last two years, about the challenge of working on your business while remaining fully immersed in the business. Is there a clear distinction? How do you prioritize and what drives success? We also get insights from deal makers and advisors on what CFOs should focus on, to be in the driving seat when M&A opportunities present themselves.In 2016 your competitive advantage in Africa will be defined by whether you have clear and simple strategies for people and knowledge. Local know-how and insights are key and our CFO panel members have learned many fundamental lessons on their way to building successful businesses in Africa. Join this CFO event and register here now. Sponsors CFO South Africa Event: Continuous Professional Development Points Did you know all events of CFO South Africa are eligible for SAICA CPD points? By attending CFO South Africa's events and training courses you will stay compliant. 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" /> CFO Awards 2016 - Reserve your table now Buy a table for the CFO Awards and meet 250 of South Africa's leading CFOs. Demonstrate thought leadership, extend your network and develop business. You are seated with CFOs and finance directors from the top companies of South Africa. You are also more than welcome to join the CFO Conference preceding the CFO Awards dinner with your colleagues. Join us Thursday 12 May 2016 at the beautiful Summer Place. Don't wait too long, first come, first served. Become a partner or attend with your finance team and buy a table. 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. here. For more information have a look at CFOAwards.co.za. Partners CFO Awards 2016 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 Apr 6 Johannesburg | M&A Series Part 1 May 12 Johannesburg | CFO Awards 2016 June 22 Johannesburg | The CFO as business partner Public sector events in 2016 Apr 7 Johannesburg | Are you a true business partner? May 12 Johannesburg | CFO Awards 2016 June 21 Johannesburg | Are you an Inspirator? 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"

30 March 2016

To SPAC or not to SPAC? An interview with #FinTech financier Greg Voigt

"The traditional PE model is stale and battling with an ever increasing amount of regulations and complexity," says Greg Voigt, chief investment officer at special purpose acquisition company M-FiTEC that listed on the JSE’s AltX board at the end of last year. We spoke to him about the advantages of a SPAC over other financing forms, the opportunities for FinTech in South Africa and his ambitions with M-FiTEC.

28 March 2016

Finance vs. internal auditors: time to stop the bloody war

“Here come the auditors” is a rally cry that is often heard in organisations. Being in Internal Audit for twenty-five years I have found that there has always been a distinct sense of rivalry and antagonism between the finance department and Internal Audit. Very much like the Blues and the Reds where we - the internal auditors - are seen to be on different teams, fighting each other. With the winner being the one who can either hold out or the one who can attack and get the results.

24 March 2016

Newsletter: Keep doing what your are doing and you will fail | Everything CFOs should know about fraud |Local talent in the spotlight at smashing CFO event

CFO South Africa Newsletter | Thursday 24 March Dear CFO South Africa Member, Read Exclusive CFO South Africa Articles "Keep doing what your're doing & you'll fail" - Keith Coats "As you look to the future, the surest way to fail in tomorrow's world is to continue doing what you're doing today." So says Keith Coats, founding partner of TomorrowToday Global, an international consultancy that focuses on the future of leadership, global trends, strategy, diversity and talent. Keith will be speaking at the upcoming CFO Awards, held at Summer Place on 12 May 2016. The crucial role of the risk register: a chat with Aveng Infraset's... Thobeka Ntshiza, Financial Director of Aveng Infraset and a finalist in the 2015 SAICA Top 35-Under-35, is a regular at CFO South Africa events and believes that peer-to-peer learning is a non-negotiable. "You actually cannot afford not to attend such events. It's part of your growth and development as an FD, and in the CFO space," she says. Thobeka also believes in the importance of having your finger on the pulse of the company's financials, and going "into the trenches" to check the health of the business. Local talent in the spotlight at smashing CFO event 'Moving into Af... Innovative ways to identify and develop top local talent in African countries were the hottest topic of conversation during an extremely insightful CFO South Africa event about Moving into (the rest of) Africa, hosted by Standard Bank at its impressive Rosebank premises on 16 March 2016. Vibrant CFO panel discussions alternated with insights from experts from Thomson Reuters and Spencer Stuart, while attending CFOs also had the chance to get involved. Read more exclusive articles on CFO.co.za - Beware the geeks - dinner guests discuss CFO's crucial role as big ... - Bonitas and Liberty discuss merger - Everything CFOs should know about fraud – a chat with EY’s Susan Br... - Sanlam full-year profit mostly unchanged - No shortage of buyers for Barclays Africa - Meet CFO Awards 2016 nominee Deon Fredericks, CFO of Telkom Join the next CFO Event "M&A series - Working on the Business when you're in the Business" Wednesday 6 April 16.00 - 20.00 - Johannesburg We invite you to join us for the CFO South Africa event M&A Series Part 1 - Working ON the Business when you're IN the Business In 2015, domestic and inter- Sub-Saharan African M&A reached $8.3bn, up 39% year-on-year, the highest first nine months total since 2010. This activity is a reminder of the opportunities for growth but how can you take advantage of this climate? Preparation. It isn’t only a willingness to look into opportunities for acquiring a competitive advantage but also doing all you can to position the business for success should an acquirer knock on your door. In this first of a two part series we hear from Imraan Soomra (Group FD, Oceana Group), Deon Fredricks (CFO, Telkom) and Cobus Grove (CFO, Digicore), CFOs who have been immersed in M&A activity in the last two years, about the challenge of working on your business while remaining fully immersed in the business. Is there a clear distinction? How do you prioritize and what drives success? We also get insights from deal makers and advisors on what CFOs should focus on, to be in the driving seat when M&A opportunities present themselves.In 2016 your competitive advantage in Africa will be defined by whether you have clear and simple strategies for people and knowledge. Local know-how and insights are key and our CFO panel members have learned many fundamental lessons on their way to building successful businesses in Africa. Join this CFO event and register here now. Sponsors CFO South Africa Event: Continuous Professional Development Points Did you know all events of CFO South Africa are eligible for SAICA CPD points? By attending CFO South Africa's events and training courses you will stay compliant. 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" /> CFO Awards 2016 - Reserve your table now Buy a table for the CFO Awards and meet 250 of South Africa's leading CFOs. Demonstrate thought leadership, extend your network and develop business. You are seated with CFOs and finance directors from the top companies of South Africa. You are also more than welcome to join the CFO Conference preceding the CFO Awards dinner with your colleagues. Join us Thursday 12 May 2016 at the beautiful Summer Place. Don't wait too long, first come, first served. Become a partner or attend with your finance team and buy a table. 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. here. For more information have a look at CFOAwards.co.za. Partners CFO Awards 2016 Join the ultimate peer to peer advisory network Various CFOs and finance directors from Eskom, Nedbank, Transnet, Alexander Forbes Standard Charered 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 Apr 6 Johannesburg | M&A Series Part 1 May 12 Johannesburg | CFO Awards 2016 June 22 Johannesburg | The CFO as business partner Public sector events in 2016 Apr 7 Johannesburg | Are you a true business partner? May 12 Johannesburg | CFO Awards 2016 June 21 Johannesburg | Are you an Inspirator? 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"

22 March 2016

The crucial role of the risk register: a chat with Aveng Infraset's FD Thobeka Ntshiza

Thobeka Ntshiza, Financial Director of Aveng Infraset and a finalist in the 2015 SAICA Top 35-Under-35, is a regular at CFO South Africa events and believes that peer-to-peer learning is a non-negotiable. "You actually cannot afford not to attend such events. It's part of your growth and development as an FD, and in the CFO space," she says. Thobeka also believes in the importance of having your finger on the pulse of the company's financials, and going "into the trenches" to check the health of the business.

17 March 2016

Local talent in the spotlight at smashing CFO event 'Moving into Africa'

Innovative ways to identify and develop top local talent in African countries were the hottest topic of conversation during an extremely insightful CFO South Africa event about Moving into (the rest of) Africa, hosted by Standard Bank at its impressive Rosebank premises on 16 March 2016. Vibrant CFO panel discussions alternated with insights from experts from Thomson Reuters and Spencer Stuart, while attending CFOs also had the chance to get involved.

17 March 2016

Newsletter: The best finance leaders have an external outlook | SA has world's highest rate of economic crime | New CFO Magazine out now

CFO South Africa Newsletter | Thursday 17 March Dear CFO South Africa Member, Read Exclusive CFO South Africa Articles Rhinos, tenders & transformation: a chat with SANParks CFO Raje... "SANParks is a large, multifaceted organisation with several focal areas, including tourism, conservation and the management of estates. This mix creates a different level of complexity. I would say SANParks is far more complex than other environment where I've worked," says Rajesh Mahabeer, CFO of South African National Parks (SANParks). Standing up for what’s right - public sector CFOs discuss leadershi... A round table for public sector CFOs took a fascinating turn when one of the participants told how she had stood up against wrongdoing and taken her superiors to court. Hosted by CFO South Africa and partner KPMG the discussion on 15 March 2016 at the Marion on Nicol focused on leadership, and specifically asked whether good leadership and its relationship with fear. KPMG's Ahmed Jaffer: The best finance leaders have an external outlook "I am a firm believer that more CFOs should go outside of the finance department to see what is going on in the rest of the business and outside of it," says Ahmed Jaffer, long-time Partner and Chairman of the Board at KPMG in South Africa. Read more exclusive articles on CFO.co.za - Simplicity key to unlock data for fleets - Aon CFO dinner report - Give African executives opportunity to develop: Pratik Chandaria (A... - CFO Case Study Competition draws huge number of entrants - Ciko Thomas appointed head of retail and business banking at Nedbank - SA has world's highest rate of economic crime, says PwC - Meet CFO Awards 2016 nominee Osman Arbee, CFO of Imperial Holdings Join the next CFO Event "M&A series - Working on the Business when you're in the Business" Wednesday 6 April 16.00 - 20.00 - Johannesburg We invite you to join us for the CFO South Africa event M&A Series Part 1 - Working ON the Business when you're IN the Business In 2015, domestic and inter- Sub-Saharan African M&A reached $8.3bn, up 39% year-on-year, the highest first nine months total since 2010. This activity is a reminder of the opportunities for growth but how can you take advantage of this climate? Preparation. It isn’t only a willingness to look into opportunities for acquiring a competitive advantage but also doing all you can to position the business for success should an acquirer knock on your door. In this first of a two part series we hear from Imraan Soomra (Group FD, Oceana Group), Deon Fredricks (CFO, Telkom) and Cobus Grove (CFO, Digicore), CFOs who have been immersed in M&A activity in the last two years, about the challenge of working on your business while remaining fully immersed in the business. Is there a clear distinction? How do you prioritize and what drives success? We also get insights from deal makers and advisors on what CFOs should focus on, to be in the driving seat when M&A opportunities present themselves.In 2016 your competitive advantage in Africa will be defined by whether you have clear and simple strategies for people and knowledge. Local know-how and insights are key and our CFO panel members have learned many fundamental lessons on their way to building successful businesses in Africa. Join this CFO event and register here now. Sponsors CFO South Africa Event: Continuous Professional Development Points Did you know all events of CFO South Africa are eligible for SAICA CPD points? By attending CFO South Africa's events and training courses you will stay compliant. 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" /> CFO Awards 2016 - Reserve your table now Buy a table for the CFO Awards and meet 300 of South Africa's leading CFOs. Demonstrate thought leadership, extend your network and develop business. You are seated with CFOs and finance directors from the top companies of South Africa. You are also more than welcome to join the CFO Conference preceding the CFO Awards dinner with your colleagues. Join us Thursday 12 May 2016 at the beautiful Summer Place. Don't wait too long, first come, first served. Become a partner or attend with your finance team and buy a table here. For more information have a look at CFOAwards.co.za. Partners CFO Awards 2016 Join the ultimate peer to peer advisory network Various CFOs and finance directors from Eskom, Nedbank, Transnet, Alexander Forbes Standard Charered 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. CFO South Africa Private sector events in 2016 Apr 6 Johannesburg | M&A Series Part 1 May 12 Johannesburg | CFO Awards 2016 June 22 Johannesburg | The CFO as business partner CFO South Africa Public sector events in 2016 Apr 7 Johannesburg | Are you a true business partner? May 12 Johannesburg | CFO Awards 2016 June 21 Johannesburg | Are you an Inspirator? 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"

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