Newsletter: Meet CFO Awards winner Imraan Soomra Oceana | Is award-winning CFO Anoj Singh Eskom's saviour | Time for FinTech Africa is now | 9 things CFOs should know about tax in francophone Africa
CFO South Africa Newsletter | Thursday 23 July Dear CFO South Africa Member, Read Exclusive CFO South Africa Articles Meet Imraan Soomra (Oceana), winner Transformation & Empowermen... Just a few days after this year's CFO Awards, Oceana Group announced a game-changing R4.6 billion purchase of the American fish-meal and -oil specialist Daybrook Fisheries. In his interview with the panel of judges for the awards, CFO Imraan Soomra had already explained that the traditionally conservative fishing company (already Africa's biggest) was planning to use its debt-less and asset-rich position to become a serious player on the global market. After the acquisition of the Louisiana-based Daybrook, Oceana is now the sixth-biggest fishing company in the world. Is award-winning CFO Anoj Singh Eskom's saviour? Transnet CFO Anoj Singh will join his CEO Brian Molefe at the struggling power utility Eskom on 1 August 2015. The award-winning Finance boss will be responsible for the Finance strategy, including the R250 billion funding plan. Singh has not been known to get nervous by big numbers, as he has been driving an investment program worth R336 billion at Transnet, together with Molefe. "Time for FinTech Africa is now" - Q&A with FinTech guru Nicole... South Africa should be “leading the charge” in the continent and create an environment that helps innovative FinTech companies flourish and draws investors willing to take risks. Globally, hubs are sprouting up for companies that disrupt the financial sector with technology and Africa is in danger of missing the boat. “The time is now,” says Nicole Anderson, the South African-born and educated CEO and Co-founder at FINTECH Circle Innovate in London. Read more exclusive articles on CFO.co.za - Why should a CFO bring a voice recorder to a board meeting? - 9 things CFOs should know about tax in francophone Africa - Amazon’s Michael Needham discusses Cloud trends in Africa Register for the CFO Event "Executing an effective growth strategy for 2016 and beyond” Part 2: Executing an effective growth strategy for 2016 and beyond Thursday 30 July at the Nedbank Head Office, 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 By investment mogul and motivational speaker Vusi Thembekwayo. 17.00 Master Class - Executing an effective growth strategy We ask Deon Viljoen, CFO of the Year 2015 and CFO of Alexander Forbes, Anthonie de Beer, Partner of Ethos Private Equity and Natalie Kolbe, Partner South African and West Africa at Actis who have been there and done that, what some of the key challenges are and how they see CFOs delivering effectively. 18.30 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 at GIBS Join the FinTech Africa Event 28 July at the Gordon Institute of Business Science in Illovo, Johannesburg. At this meeting 100 insiders, experts, startups and investors discuss the developments and challenges for FinTech in Africa. Program: 16.00 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 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 FinTech Pitches/Insider's view - FinTech Circle Innovate We hear from CEO and co-founder Nicole Anderson on the accelerating global FinTech community, funding trends and some of the most interesting FinTech trends and why the African landscape offers such potential. - Wizzit - bringing banking to the unbanked through cell phone technology We hear from MD Brian Richardson on the challenges and successes of this business. 17.20 Panel discussion "The future of FinTech in Africa" Startup, bankers, investors and industry insiders discuss the challenges & opportunities for FinTech in Africa Panel members include Charles Savage (CEO, Purple Capital Limited), Paul Steenkamp (Head of Innovation Capability, Standard Bank), Colin Vallis (Private equity and investment professional), Dominique Collett-Antolik (Senior Investment Executive, RMI Holdings) and Matthew Birtch (Faculty GIBS - Strategy and finance) 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 at the Gordon Institute of Business Science in Sandton. 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? 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 July 28 GIBS Johannesburg | Fintech Africa: Challenges & 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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