Newsletter: 5 areas of improvement for integrated reports | 9 mega trends that shape Africa's future | Once empowered, always empowered?

CFO South Africa Newsletter | Thursday 20 August Dear CFO South Africa Member, Read Exclusive CFO South Africa Articles Prof. Watson: 5 areas of improvement for integrated reports A fellow adjudicator of EY’s Excellence in Integrated Reporting awards asked me to identify 5 areas where companies should be focussing on in order to improve their integrated reports. This is my response based on my review of the 2014 integrated reports of the 100 largest listed companies and 10 largest state owned companies. Triple CFO Award winner Colin Brown raises the bar at Super Group You need to understand what world class means and then raise the bar for your own company.” There is no doubt that Colin Brown knows what he is talking about. In his position as Group CFO, he assisted the Group Chief Executive Officer, Peter Mountford, and the current leadership in rescuing the flailing Super Group from the abyss five years ago, turning it into a profitable transport logistics and mobility group once again. 9 mega trends that shape Africa's future Seven of the 10 fastest growing economies in the world are in Africa and although all sorts of risks need to be negotiated by investors and entrepreneurs in African countries, the continent is getting more and more conducive to business. Seyi Bickersteth, Chairman, KPMG Africa and National Senior Partner of the Nigerian Practice, has listed 9 mega trends that will shape the future of Africa. His original post was published here on the KPMG blog. Read more exclusive articles on CFO.co.za - Simon Ridley retires - CFO of the Year 2014 to leave Standard Bank - Editorial: what about 'once empowered, always empowered'? - Gustav Raubenheimer appointed as CFO of African Bank - Liberty Holdings to invest $80 million in Nigeria Last change to register for the Money Expo 2015 Hear from some of the country's leading experts on innovative financial solutions, ideas and unique perspectives and gain access to 50 invaluable workshops and learning opportunities. Be a part of the experience and join the 5000 attendees and key members of the financial advisory community 21 & 22 August at the Sandton Convention Centre. Speakers include: - Nadir Thokan, Investment Strategist - Kyle Hulett, Head of Multi Asset Class Investments at Argon Asset Management - Haley Parry, Co-Founder of the Money School - Andrew Newell, Head of Business Development at Cannon Asset Managers - Andrew Dittberner, Seniot Portfolio Manager at Cannon Asset Managers - Tim Powell, Director at Forex Capital - Gary Kayle, Co-Founder at The Money School Get insights on smart trading, launching your first start-up, advancing your wealth after 40, maximising investments at 50 and securing your financial comfort in your later years. Register now at TheMoneyExpo.co.za RSVP for CFO Event "Digital Transformation" 17 September 16.00 - 20.00 in Sandton In no time at all digital transformation has had an enormous impact on our organizations and business models. And this is just the beginning. How can we understand this digital transformation, and see the financial opportunities and consequences for the business? Join us for this event, and you will find the inspiration, the examples and the knowledge you need to embrace the opportunities technology has to offer. Program 16.00 Opening & Reception 17.00 Round Table Discussion - What if Steve Jobs led your company? The success of a company like Apple is borne of their ability to radically break with today's conventions. Their way of working is not just based on technological shrewdness. Inspiration, creativity and the will to do things differently are equally important in this case. The vision of Steve Jobs opened the doors to a whole new industry and new ways of value creation. What can we as CFOs learn from that? 17.00 Master Class - Planning, Budgeting & Forecasting in the 21st century Today, many CFOs are turning to rolling forecasts to inspire and lead their organisations to superior performance. Hear experts on the best practices of strategic planning in today’s fast changing world. They will present the latest insights and the CFO research results on technology driven budgeting and forecasting. Also they will discuss the 5 key points of forecasting and how to master the cutting edge tools and techniques and how to integrate budgeting and rolling forecasts with other management systems to ensure to achieve a superior performance. With Zafar Mohamed, CFO McDonalds SA, Aarti Mohan, Product Leader Performance Management Oracle Europe & Africa, Brad McCreedy, Director Business Intelligence KPMG, Derik Rothman, Director Futuresense, Carl Janse van Rensburg, Operations Director Intellient and Joël Roerig, Editor CFO South Africa. 17.00 Public Chapter Round Table Discussion - What if Steve Jobs led a public entity? The success of a company like Apple is borne of their ability to radically break with today's conventions. Their way of working is not just based on technological shrewdness. Inspiration, creativity and the will to do things differently are equally important in this case. The vision of Steve Jobs opened the doors to a whole new industry and new ways of value creation. What can we as Public CFOs learn from that? 18.45 CFO Café Interact, learn, connect and discuss the challenges that you are facing with, with your peers over a drink at the CFO Café. Build your network and meet other top CFOs and financials. Register here now. Sponsors CFO South Africa Event: 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 in Stellenbosch Join the FinTech Africa Event 20 October in Stellenbosch. At this meeting 100 insiders, experts, startups and investors discuss the developments and challenges for FinTech in Africa. Program: 15.30 Welcome and introduction to the African FinTech initiative By Graham Fehrsen, Country Manager CFO South Africa and FinTech Africa 16.05 Big organisations are doomed By Martijn Aslander, international speaker and Dave van Niekerk, CEO GetBucks Why small companies are better, smarter and faster and more fun. Why big corporates fear for their future. Why the age of abundance will change everything. 17.00 Panel discussion "The future of FinTech in Africa" Startup, bankers, investors and industry insiders discuss the challenges & opportunities for FinTech in Africa. Are we missing out in Africa?This event is organised by FinTech Africa. The ecosystem that connects FinTech startups, investors, corporates and advisors. Join the next Fintech event in Stellenbosch and register now for Tuesday 20 October - 15.30 - 19.00. Join the ultimate peer to peer advisory network Various CFOs and finance directors from Eskom, Nedbank, Transnet, Alexander Forbes Standard Charered Bank, Hollard, Absa, Business Connexion and Super Group are members of CFO South Africa. Your peers understand best the issues you face and the challenges that impact your business. Together you will share your experiences at CFO South Africa’s events and help you advance in your career, company and knowledge. Get introduced to experienced colleagues that are happy to share their knowledge with you. Peer-to-peer consulting is by far the best and most cost effective way to help you solve problems. Are you interested? Please see our membership page for more information here. Visit Finance Indaba Africa 2016 Finance Indaba Africa is the biggest annual exhibition and conference for financial managers and specialists in Africa. Over 1000 visitors are coming to Finance Indaba Africa to improve financial performance. Visitors are looking for growth, better and faster insights, more control and higher efficiency. Visitors are looking for ideas, inspiration, vendors and advisers and are planning to invest. Visitors are eager to boost their companies, networks and careers. Where & when? Sandton Convention Centre 13 & 14 October 2016. For more information please visit Finance-Indaba.co.za. Would you like to become an exhibitor or you want to visit the indaba? Please contact Graham Fehrsen at [email protected] or at +27 11 083 7515. 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 out November? Please contact Jurrien Morsch at [email protected] or at +27 11 083 7515. CFO Awards 2016 - Reserve your table now Buy a table for the CFO Awards and meet 300 of South Africa's leading CFOs. Demonstrate thought leadership, extend your network and develop business. You are seated with CFOs and finance directors from the top companies of South Africa. You are also more than welcome to join the CFO Conference preceding the CFO Awards dinner with your colleagues. Join us Thursday 12 May 2016 at the beautiful Summer Place. Don't wait too long, first come, first served. Become a partner or attend with your finance team and buy a table here. For more information check out CFOAwards.co.za. 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 Sept 17 Johannesburg | Digital Transformation Oct 20 Stellenbosch| Fintech Investment Event Oct 22 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. For more information please have a look here and contact Jurrien Morsch at [email protected] Stay connected with CFO South Africa Follow CFO South Africa on Twitter and LinkedIn Stay up to date on what is happening in the world of finance by following us on Twitter @CFOSouthAfrica and LinkedIn. Next to that you can keep track of newly published interviews with CFOs and CEOs. Feel free to contact us Any suggestions or comments are welcome. Kind Regards, Graham Fehrsen Managing Director CFO South Africa | [email protected] To control which emails you receive from CFO South Africa, please change your email preferences at cfo.co.za by selecting under settings "I do not want to receive emails from CFO South Africa | Finance Professionals South Africa"