Newsletter: Finance vs internal auditors - time to end the bloody wary

CFO South Africa Newsletter | Thursday 31 March Dear CFO South Africa Member, Read Exclusive CFO South Africa Articles Finance vs. internal auditors: time to stop the bloody war “Here come the auditors” is a rally cry that is often heard in organisations. Being in Internal Audit for twenty-five years I have found that there has always been a distinct sense of rivalry and antagonism between the finance department and Internal Audit. Very much like the Blues and the Reds where we - the internal auditors - are seen to be on different teams, fighting each other. With the winner being the one who can either hold out or the one who can attack and get the results. Quietly confident about deals in 2016, says KPMG's M&A guru Joh... KPMG’s M&A guru John Geel says he is “quietly confident” that 2016 is going to be a good year for mergers and acquisitions in South Africa. In an exclusive interview with CFO South Africa he reveals that he expects the number of deals to be “at least equal to last year, if not more”. Bonitas and Liberty discuss merger wo of South Africa’s largest medical schemes‚ Bonitas Medical Fund and Liberty Medical Scheme (LMS)‚ have announced they are in discussions to merge. Andrew Edwards (pictured)‚ executive principal officer for LMS, said: "While negotiations are at an advanced stage‚ member consultation is imperative and various regulatory processes still need to be satisfied for the transaction to be concluded.” Read more exclusive articles on CFO.co.za - Financial services sector to spend R122bn on BEE - Fort Hare SA’s top achiever in accounting board exams - CFO Case Study Competition sees record number of entries - Japanese investment bank Nomura opens SA office - No shortage of buyers for Barclays Africa - Meet CFO Awards 2016 nominee Johan Geel, Group Financial Director o... Join the next CFO Event "M&A series - Working on the Business when you're in the Business" Wednesday 6 April 16.00 - 20.00 - Johannesburg We invite you to join us for the CFO South Africa event M&A Series Part 1 - Working ON the Business when you're IN the Business In 2015, domestic and inter- Sub-Saharan African M&A reached $8.3bn, up 39% year-on-year, the highest first nine months total since 2010. This activity is a reminder of the opportunities for growth but how can you take advantage of this climate? Preparation. It isn’t only a willingness to look into opportunities for acquiring a competitive advantage but also doing all you can to position the business for success should an acquirer knock on your door. In this first of a two part series we hear from Imraan Soomra (Group FD, Oceana Group), Deon Fredricks (CFO, Telkom) and Cobus Grove (CFO, Digicore), CFOs who have been immersed in M&A activity in the last two years, about the challenge of working on your business while remaining fully immersed in the business. Is there a clear distinction? How do you prioritize and what drives success? We also get insights from deal makers and advisors on what CFOs should focus on, to be in the driving seat when M&A opportunities present themselves.In 2016 your competitive advantage in Africa will be defined by whether you have clear and simple strategies for people and knowledge. Local know-how and insights are key and our CFO panel members have learned many fundamental lessons on their way to building successful businesses in Africa. Join this CFO event and 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. Out now. CFO Magazine issue 1 - 2016 The 3rd CFO Magazine CFO South Africa is out now. With 84 pages packed full of need-to-know information delivered in sharp, insightful articles. Read the latest insights from Reeza Isaacs, CFO Woolworths, Vusi Thembekwayo, Mary Vilakazi, CFO MMI Holdings and Lindani Dhlamini, CEO SekelaXabiso and more. As our online member we would like to give you the opportunity to read the CFO Magazine South Africa online and free of charge HERE. (please make sure that you are logged in with your CFO.co.za account). Would you like to also share your story in the next issue? Please contact Shay van Huyssteen at [email protected] or at +27 11 083 7515. Visit Finance Indaba Africa Visit the Finance Indaba 13 & 14 October at the Sandton Convention Centre and boost your profits by 100%. Finance Indaba Africa is the biggest annual expo and conference for finance professionals. It brings together peers technology suppliers, platforms, banks, tools, specialists, CFOs and thought leaders. Over 5,000 visitors tap into a wealth of resources, knowhow and inspiration. Gain unparalleled insights. Cut costs dramatically, send sales & productivity through the roof and boost your company's profits by 100 percent. RSVP now here. Become a partner Are you enabling businesses to cut costs, boost sales, productivity and company profits? Don't miss out the chance to connect with new prospects, to brand your company and to become more successful. Share your ideas at the Finance Indaba and help the country grow. Please contact Graham Fehrsen at [email protected] or at +27 11 083 7515. Diamond Partners http://static.financieel-management.nl/img/pictures/110412.jpg" width="500" /> CFO Awards 2016 - Reserve your table now Buy a table for the CFO Awards and meet 250 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. Get inspired by thought provoking speakers Professor Wiseman Nkuhlu, professor Mervyn King and Vusi Thembekwayo will be among the most eminent of guests at this year’s CFO Awards. Also we have leading experts Keith Coates and Brian Farley, international leadership experts, Trevor Hoole, CEO KPMG Southern Africa, Clement Chinaka, CEO Corporate Segment Old Mutual and Victor Sekese, CEO SizweNtsalubaGobodo joining us, together with some of the very best CFOs and CEOs sharing their insights and experience. here. For more information have a look at CFOAwards.co.za. Partners CFO Awards 2016 Join the ultimate peer to peer advisory network Various CFOs and finance directors from Eskom, Nedbank, Transnet, Alexander Forbes, Standard Chartered Bank, Hollard, Absa, Servest, 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. 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. Private sector events in 2016 Apr 6 Johannesburg | M&A Series Part 1 May 12 Johannesburg | CFO Awards 2016 June 22 Johannesburg | The CFO as business partner Public sector events in 2016 Apr 7 Johannesburg | Are you a true business partner? May 12 Johannesburg | CFO Awards 2016 June 21 Johannesburg | Are you an Inspirator? 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 Shay van Huyssteen at [email protected] Stay connected with CFO South Africa Follow CFO South Africa on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook Stay up to date on what is happening in the world of finance by following us on Twitter @CFOSouthAfrica, LinkedIn and Facebook. 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"