CFO Awards 2019 nominees reflect on the rigorous judging process

These nominees looked back on the months following up to and the night of the 2019 CFO Awards.

In the months leading up to May 2019, South Africa’s top finance professionals participated in the 2019 CFO Awards judging process. While ten awards were handed out on the night of 15 May, all the nominees, who opened themselves and their work up to intense scrutiny, are recognised as leaders in the finance industry. 

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Following the 2019 CFO Awards ceremony, CFO South Africa community manager John Deane (pictured left) handed the nominees their Nominee Awards, in recognition of their participation in this process. 

Looking back on the CFO Awards, Royal Bafokeng Holdings CFO Nakedi Ramaphakela expressed how the judging process allowed her to reflect on her previous experience and, looking forward five years, “how to determine what’s important to me and how I would like to evolve as a finance professional”. 

Kumba Iron Ore CFO Bothwell Mazarura shared the challenges and demands that senior finance professionals experience and was very grateful for the opportunity to celebrate financial excellence among his peers. 

Another nominee who enjoyed the networking experience was Absa FD Jason Quinn, who felt that the CFO Awards process was very “rigorous and professional”. 

Afrox CFO Matthias Vogt’s (pictured right) reflections on the CFO Awards were very positive. He said that it provided him with a “great opportunity to reflect on the amazing work” that his finance team has undertaken. 

“We’re so busy in our day-to-day lives. So when there is an opportunity to take a break and celebrate financial excellence amongst peers, you should grab the opportunity with both hands,” said RH Bophelo CFO Dion Mhlaba, who “thoroughly enjoyed” the CFO Awards process and networking. 

The winners on the night of the CFO Awards were: 

MTN CFO Ralph Mupita, who won the CFO of the Year, Strategy Execution, High-Performance Team and Finance Transformation Awards. 

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Capitec Bank CFO André du Plessis won the Compliance & Governance and the Finance & Technology Awards.

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City of Tshwane CFO Umar Banda won the Young CFO of the Year Award. 

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Afrocentric CFO Hannes Boonzaaier won the Transformation & Empowerment Award. 

Read more: Meet Transformation & Empowerment Award winner Hannes Boonzaaier

IDC CFO Nonkululeko Dlamini won the Public Sector CFO Award.

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And Standard Bank FD Arno Daehnke won with the Moving Into Africa Award. 

Read more: Meet Moving into Africa Award winner Arno Daehnke, Standard Bank FD