Newsletter: Allianz and CFO South Africa discover mutual passion | Free trade revolution | celebrating Youth Day the CFO way | The CFO as Business Partner

CFO South Africa Newsletter | Thursday 18 June Dear CFO South Africa Member, Read Exclusive CFO South Africa Articles Allianz (AGCS) and CFO South Africa discover mutual passion Last week CFO South Africa manager Graham Fehrsen met with Delphine Maïdou, CEO Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty Africa. Delphine is a great supporter of CFO South Africa and we ran two great interviews with her in the past about South Africa as springboard for Allianz (2013) and the need for CFOs to think about succession planning (2014). Graham and Delphine spoke mostly about knowledge sharing - here is his report. Free trade revolution, an Expert Insight by Venter Labuschagne The establishment of a free trade area in 26 African countries is going to be a revolutionary development for the continent. In this article Venter Labuschagne, Head: Trade & Customs at KPMG, outlines the opportunities and challenges the creation of the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) provide. By Venter Labuschagne, Head: Trade & Customs at KPMG Africa Editorial: celebrating Youth Day the CFO way Youth Day was a massive moment to reflect, not only for the country, but also for CFOs. First of all, the day remains a reminder where we come from - and how far South Africa still has to go. The Soweto Uprising against Afrikaans as school language - and by extension against the apartheid regime - started on 16 June 1976 and its violent repression took the life of about 176 South Africans. Not something we should forget. Read more exclusive articles on the CFO Awards 2015 - Accenture CFO Dinner: CFOs test their thinking and share insights Join the CFO Event "The CFO as business partner” Part 1: Influencing and driving a growth strategy - the CFO as a genuine business partner Thursday 25 June at KPMG Wanooka, Johannesburg 16.00 - 20.00 Numerous business leaders and finance executives have long recognized the need for CFOs to step out of a numbers-focused role and into a true partnership with the business - by participating in strategic planning, providing essential input on funding, managing growth plans and helping to maximize shareholder returns. But now, a growing chorus is calling for a significant new shift in the finance function toward truly business partnership activity and engagement. In this two part series we bring CFOs insights that will help drive their own perspectives and strategies and share best practice for becoming a genuine business partner. Join the CFO South Africa Event today. Program: 16.00 Opening & Reception 17.00 Master Class Corporate Finance Hear leading CEOs discuss their perspective on strategy formulation and the undeniably important role of a CFO. During this masterclass we will also ask CEOs to talk about the future of the CFO role and how they believe it will evolve. Panel discussion and presentations from: - Bongani Nqwababa, CFO at Sasol - Mark Wainer, Executive Chairman at Redefine Properties - Nicky Newton-King, CEO at JSE 18.30 CFO Café This unique reception offers you the chance to meet your peers and discuss the latest insights on current issues and topics. During the CFO Café you can meet top CFOs and financials while enjoying free snacks and drinks. Don’t miss this opportunity to join us. Also join Part 2: Executing an effective growth strategy for 2016 Thursday 30 July at Nedbank Johannesburg, 16.00 - 20.00 We ask industry experts across deal advisory, banking, private equity, law and, of course, CFOs who have been there and done that, what some of the key challenges are and how they see CFOs delivering effectively. Register here now. Principal Sponsor CFO South Africa: 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. Sign up for the next mind-blowing Fintech Event at GIBS 100 insiders, experts, startups and investors will discuss the developments and challenges for FinTech in Africa. Several FinTech companies present themselves. This event is organised by FinTech Africa. The ecosystem that connects FinTech startups, investors, corporates and advisors. Join the next Fintech event in Johannesburg and register here now for Tuesday 28 July from 16.00 - 19.00 in Sandton. Read the first CFO Magazine South Africa Who are South Africa's leading CFOs? How do successful CFOs move into Africa? Why should you transform your finance function and how can you do it? How do you attract and retain talent? Who are the preferred advisors to South African CFOs? Read the latest insights from the CFO Award winning CFOs: Simon Ridley, Standard Bank, Anoj Singh, Transnet, Colin Brown, Super Group and Aarti Takoordeen, JSE and also featured interviews with Sizwe Nxasana, CEO Firstrand, Mike Brown, CEO Nedbank, Brett Goschen, CFO MTN, Brooks Mparutsa, CFO Hollard and Irene Singo, CFO Dep. Mineral Resources. As our online member we would like to give you the opportunity to read the first ever CFO Magazine South Africa online and free of charge HERE. Would you like to advertise in the next issue? Please contact Jurrien Morsch at [email protected] or at +27 11 083 7515. 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 Events in 2015 June 25 KPMG Johannesburg | Influencing and driving a growth strategy July 28 GIBS Johannesburg | Fintech Africa: Challenges and developments July 30 Nedbank Johannesburg | Executing a growth strategy for 2016 Sept 17 Johannesburg | Digital Transformation Oct 15 Johannesburg | Finance Transformation Nov 19 Johannesburg | Risk, Compliance & Control 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. 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