Announcement: public sector CFO events to the next level

Due to the huge success of our public sector chapter, CFO South Africa is proud to announce that we have scheduled no less than 9 events in 2015 and 2016 where finance leaders from departments, provinces and other government agencies can compare notes, learn from each other, network and have fun. The public sector initiative launched on 13 November 2014 and has been of great value to the participants and event partners like the National Treasury and audit firm SizeNtsalubaGobodo.

In the photo: Auditor-General Thembekile Kimi Makwetu at the CFO Awards 2015

"Public sector CFOs have started great dialogues during the events that we have organised so far," says Melle Eijckelhoff, Managing Director of CFO South Africa. ""The finance leaders in the public sector work in a very complex and challenging environment. Whether they work at a national department, a province or an agency, all CFOs have to find a balance between spending time complying with regulations and rules on the one side and focusing on the real performance issues on the other side," said Eijckelhoff. "In the end we all want to be working towards a better South Africa!"

Events for public sector CFOs have are scheduled for:

2015: October and November
2016: February, March, April, June, September, October and November

So far the gatherings of the public chapter of CFO South Africa have been well-attended and topics discussed have ranged from 'compliance versus performance', talent management and the long-awaited rollout of one ERP system for the national and provincial government. "CFO South Africa provides us with a great platform to meet and discuss issues facing CFOs. It really helps as I have learnt that most of the time your challenges are not unique," says Vuyokazi Memani-Sedile, Finance Director at UNISA.

Do you want to attend or partner our public sector CFO events? Email Jurriën Morsch on [email protected].

During last month's CFO Awards Auditor-General Thembekile Kimi Makwetu reminded the gathered top executives that CFOs should have the ability to "urge caution on a slippery slope" to prevent panic and wrong decisions. "Public sector CFOs aim to give all of us a better chance for a better future." Dr Ivan Meyer, minister for finance in the Western Cape, earlier called the public chapter of CFO South Africa "a great institution".

CFO.co.za will also continue chatting to CFOs from the public sector, to highlight successes, challenges and best practices in governmental finances. Previously we interviewed the CFOs Dalu Majeke (National Treasury), Rofhiwa Irene Singo (Department: Mineral Resources), Shabeer Khan (DTI), Dumisani Dlamini (National Arts Council) and Vuyo Mafata (UIF). Click on their names to read what had to say!