Newsletter: CFOs are myth busters | CFO event dives deep into Planning, Budgeting & Forecasting | Revered FirstRand CEO Sizwe Nxasana steps down

CFO South Africa Newsletter | Thursday 24 September Dear CFO South Africa Member, Read Exclusive CFO South Africa Articles CFOs are myth busters, says retiring Standard Bank CFO Simon Ridley As CFOs we need to be trusted advisors, rather than critics,” says Simon Ridley, CFO at the Standard Bank Group and last year’s CFO of the Year. In an exclusive interview with CFO South Africa, Ridley talks about the myth busting responsibility of CFOs and CAs, the charm of over-disclosing, the reason everybody at the bank knows his mother and about being the perfect business partner: “You can’t just throw stones at a problem. Inspiring CFO event dives deep into Planning, Budgeting & Forec... On Thursday 17 September at 54 on Bath hotel in Rosebank, CFO South Africa held another of its increasingly popular events, this one covering the theme of 'Digital Transformation'. The evening was a resounding success, with the 'Planning, Budgeting and Forecasting in the 21st Century' (PBF) Master Class enjoying a full audience. KPMG expert talks cyber security Speaking at CFO South Africa's recent event, which followed the theme of 'Digital Transformation', Nathan Desfontaines, Information Security & Protection & Business Resilience Manager at KMPG, both informed and entertained attendees on the importance of cyber security. According to him, there are organisations that have been hacked and know about it, and organisations that have been hacked and don't. Read more exclusive articles on CFO.co.za - IP theft, extortion and interuption - a new generation of cyber risks - Revered FirstRand CEO Sizwe Nxasana steps down - Planning, budgeting and forecasting CFO Master Class sparks lively ... - MillerCoors CFO Gavin Hattersley named CEO - Brait sells bonds worth $540 million to fund acquisitions - Food giant Kellogg expands into Africa Join CFO Event "Finance Transformation" 22 October 16.00 - 20.00 - Sandton Finance transformation isn’t easy. There are no silver bullets to successful transformation, and no one-size-fits-all road maps to follow. Each journey is unique and every organization’s ultimate destination is different. We hope this CFO South Africa Event Finance Transformation provides a helpful guide to you as a CFO, embarking on their own transformation journey, and acts as a catalyst to those who may be more wary of change. Program 16.00 Opening & Reception 17.00 Master Class - The next steps for finance teams The best CFOs continuously make great improvements in the way their finance function operates. They are very successful in redefining the financial function and make great efforts to become a cost-effective, service-oriented partner. The best CFOs show courage to radically rethink the way finance works and operates. What do they do and what can you learn? 17.00 Round Table - From Automation to Big Data It is about delivering new processes, services and analysis that fundamentally changes the way the finance function interacts with the business and leveraging new technologies and business models to deliver more efficient and effective services. Finance leaders should be seeking to transform their functions to deliver not just efficient services, but – more importantly – effective services as well. 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. Sponsor 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 Over 500 million US dollar in private equity is available for African FinTech companies. Over 50 African companies seek funding. Which one to choose, where to invest in? Are investors too late? Who are tomorrow's winners? Can we make Africa more attractive to FinTech startups? How can we accelerate FinTech in Africa? These are the questions that will be discussed and answered. Join the FinTech Africa Event 20 October in Stellenbosch. Program: 15.30 Welcome and introduction to the African FinTech initiative By Graham Fehrsen, Country Manager CFO South Africa and FinTech Africa 16.05 - 17.00 Big organizations are doomed Keynote 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 - 17.15 Lessons from MedTech Keynote by Dr William Mapham, Stellenbosch University. 17.15 - 17.45 Panel discussion "What corporate investors believe the future holds for FinTech" With Nicole Anderson, CEO and founder of Fintech Circle Innovate and Benay Sager, COO Intelligent Debt Management Group. 17.45 - 18.15 Panel discussion "What entrepreneurs and advisors believe the future holds for FinTech" With Perry Blacher, Global FinTech Advisor & Investor, Dave van Niekerk, CEO GetBucks and African Micro Finance Entrepreneur, Brett Magrath, Co founder Zoona and Patrick Scofield, Founder of crowd funding platform Thundafund. 18.15 - 19.00 Drinks & Networking This unique reception offers you the chance to meet 100 insiders, experts, startups and investors and discuss the latest insights on current issues and topics. Don’t miss this opportunity to join us! 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 & Fintech Events in 2015 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"