South African CFOs find common ground

From left to right in the picture: Michael Van Straten (Servest), Ronel Van Dijk (Spur Group), Rolam Ait Si Birouk CFO (Ropetec), Ian Blackie (Wesgro), Liezl Myburgh (Sanlam Investement Services), Van Zyl Botha (Randgold & Exploration Company), Graham Meyer (Tellumat), Alain Ozan (Oracle), Callen Hodgskiss (HPCA), Pieter Bensch (Oracle), Bhavana Sewlall-Singh (Western Cape Government) and Melle Eijckelhoff (CFO SA).

View the photos from the event here.

"It is encouraging to see that we as CFOs face many similar problems, even though our businesses are very different." That was the shared conclusion of the South African CFOs that took part in a frank round table discussion this Wednesday at The Twelve Apostles Hotel in Cape Town.

Hosted by computer technology corporation Oracle and organized by the fast-growing networking platform CFO SA, the discussion - titled 'Transforming a day in the life of a CFO' - focussed on the challenge of stepping back from the day-to-day demands and taking on a more strategic role as a finance leader. Moderated by CFO SA's director Melle Eijckelhoff, the CFOs discussed burning issues like cloud computing, prioritizing and changing existing practices. "We are actually very well placed to be drivers of change," the CFOs concluded.

Tuesday's round table was followed by a CFO Café, attended by an impressive selection of Cape Town-based finance professionals. The event kicked off with thought-provoking presentations by Oracle, followed by a stimulating meeting of minds during the networking part of the event. Later this week a full account of the round table discussion will be published on this website.

CFO South Africa has rapidly become the leading CFO community in South Africa. The website connects finance professionals to enable them to share knowledge, exchange interests and open up business opportunities. The round table in The Twelve Apostles Hotel was the third event of its kind and the second one in Cape Town. On Thursday CFP SA and Oracle will organize a similar event in The Saxon Boutique Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg.

Oracle is an American computer technology corporation, specializing in developing and marketing computer hardware systems and enterprise software products - particularly its own brands of database management systems.

If you also want to be part of the leading South African CFO community or you want to know more about hosting a CFO event, you are most welcome to get in touch with CFO SA. Please contact Jurriën Morsch on [email protected].