Newsletter | Hear leading experts: Finance Minister and CFO SARS | Growth opportunities in sluggish market | Reach 5000 CFOs in CFO Magazine

CFO South Africa Newsletter | Thursday October 16 Dear CFO South Africa Member, Read Exclusive CFO South Africa Articles Bob Head, Acting CFO at SARS: improving schools by influencing with... Not being one to mince his words, Bob Head says his strength lies in “startups, turnarounds and sorting out unpleasant heaps”. The current Acting CFO of the South African Revenue Services (SARS) has an impressive CV. In this exclusive interview with CFO South Africa the fast-speaking Brit explains how business leaders can make a difference in South Africa’s “beleaguered” schools. “You learn to use influence without having power and you develop your listening skills.” And when pressed on the matter he says: “Yes, even I learnt to listen better. And any businessman is going to be more successful using influence rather than command and control – you get buy in.” In the News: Travel and IT innovation for Spur’s longtime CFO Ronel van Dijk Last month Spur Group announced that sales across its restaurants have increased by 13.5 percent and that restaurant turnover per annum now exceeds R5.5 billion. In the next year the group wants to open 10 new Spur outlets, 10 Panarottis‚ 7 John Dory’s‚ 8 Captain DoRegos and 6 outlets for The Hussar Grill. We thought that was reason enough to phone longtime CFO Ronel van Dijk and ask her about how her finance team has contributed to this success and the group’s exciting international prospects. Editorial: growth opportunities in a sluggish market The JSE is down, the rand is down and next week Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene will probably tell us that South Africa’s GDP growth forecast is also down. These are worrisome trends, but they don’t come as a surprise for CFOs, who have seen the writing on the wall for some time now. At the same time, CFOs know it is not impossible to grow a business faster than the economy. Read more exclusive articles on cfo.co.za - Careers: Sasol appoints Nqwababa, Atkinson new CFO Esor Hear from leading experts: Minister of Finance and CFO of SARS November 13 at the amazing Cape Town Club CFO South Africa invites you to join the last CFO Event of 2014 on Risk, Compliance & Control together with 75 other CFOs. How do you take the lead in letting your company achieve its goals in a way that is open, honest, ethical and principled. How can you contribute to build and implement systems designed to detect and prevent compliance breaches and how do you lead the development of a strong compliance culture. CFOs should consider embedding a thoughtful awareness of risk and compliance in their organization. Listen to best practices to help the company stay in control of the risks it chooses to take. Join this event free of charge with a Master Class, exclusive Round Tables and a list of very interesting speakers and attendees: - 16.45 Keynote by Ivan Meyer, Minister of Finance, Western Cape - 17.15: - Round Table Public Finance - Round Table Economic Development South Africa - Master Class Risk, Compliance & Control 18.45 Start of CFO Café 19.15 Keynote by Bob Head, Acting Chief Financial Officer, SARS Don’t miss out on this last CFO Event of 2014 from 4pm - 8pm and register now. Discuss with your peers issues on Risk, Compliance & Control. Partners CFO Event Risk, Compliance & Control: 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. Join the ultimate peer to peer advisory network Various CFOs and finance directors from Eskom, Nedbank, Transnet, SAB, Nike, 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. Reach 5000 CFOs in the first CFO Magazine South Africa CFOs want to know your story Showcase your work and that of your company via CFO Magazine and demonstrate your added value to 15.000 CFOs, finance leaders and their direct reports as well as hundreds of international investors looking in how to move in to Africa. Get the undivided attention of the top financial decision makers and deliver the latest insights on improving the finance function. CFO Magazine: Knowledge and know-how for CFOs Read the latest insights from award winning CFOs: Simon Ridley, Standard Bank, Anoj Singh, Transnet, John King, EOH, Colin Brown, Super Group and Aarti Takoordeen, JSE and also featured interview with Nedbank's CEO Mike Brown. Covered topics: - 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? - How do you make the shift towards the digital world? You should not miss out. Put your company in the spot light, get your message across. Advertise or get interviewed for CFO Magazine. Interested? Contact Jurrien Morsch at [email protected] 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 2014 Nov 13 Cape Town | Risk, Compliance & Control CFO South Africa Events in 2015 Feb 19 Cape Town | Moving into Africa Mar 19 Sandton | Get Smart in 2015 Apr 16 Sandton | Capital & Finance May 14 Sandton | CFO Awards 2015 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 working in companies with revenues exceeding 100 million rand. 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. 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