It's all about the people, says City of Tshwane CFO Umar Banda


CFO SA MD Graham Fehrsen paid a visit to 2018 CFO Award nominee Umar Banda.

“This recognition is fantastic but it’s really about the people around me,” said City of Tshwane CFO Umar Banda, when presented with an award of recognition for his 2018 CFO Awards nomination. The award of recognition is received by all CFO Awards nominees. “The City of Tshwane has come a long way and while we recognise that there is still a lot of work to do, it’s important to acknowledge the dedication of the professionals in Tshwane doing great work.”

Graham Fehrsen, CFO South Africa MD, said in response:

“CFOs recognise the power of their teams and although the CFO Awards produces a group of winners, all the nominees acknowledge the value of having the hard work of their teams recognised.”

The winner of the 2018 CFO of the Year Award was Christine Ramon, CFO of gold mining company AngloGold Ashanti. Christine was also the first female winner of this prestigious award. She took home a total of four awards, including the High Performance Team Award, Compliance & Governance Award, and the Moving into Africa Award.

Other winners included Rui Morais, CFO of Dis-Chem Pharmacies, who received the Young CFO of the Year, Strategy Execution, and Finance & Technology Awards; Peter Walsh, then CFO of Servest, who received the Transformation & Empowerment Award, and Sean Capazorio of Aspen Pharmacare, who won the Finance Transformation Award. The Public Sector CFO of the Year Award went home with the extremely experienced Dr Krish Kumar, CFO of eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality.

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