City of Tshwane's Umar Banda nominated for CFO Awards

Acting CFO for the Tshwane Metro Umar Banda has been nominated for the 2017 CFO Awards. The annual 'Oscars for South African CFOs', to be held on 11 May, recognises CFOs of listed companies, large corporations, state-owned entities and government institutions and awards them for outstanding performance and leadership.

Umar joined the municipality as an executive director in 2013 before being handed the role of CFO on an acting basis in July 2014. He was previously an audit manager at the Auditor General of SA and a manager at KPMG. He holds a BCom degree from the University of Pretoria and has completed an executive leadership programme at the Gordon Institute of Business Science.

In an interview with CFO South Africa, he had some advice for financial executives in terms of holding fast to their values:

"As a CFO you need to ensure you maintain your integrity and professionalism. It does get a little tricky at times but if you stick to your values it makes life a lot easier. You also need to be steadfast and stick to your decisions - it's the only way to survive in this environment."