Author: Caylynne FourieCaylynne Fourie is the managing editor at CFO South Africa. She has been delivering excellent content to the CFO community in a full-time capacity since March 2019, and as a freelancer for a year before that. She enjoys engaging with finance professionals and telling their stories through the variety of media in the CFO South Africa stables, including the CFO.co.za website, CFO Magazine, webinars, podcasts and other virtual events.
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CFO Nishlan Samujh: Keeping the “universal” picture in mind
Nishlan looks forward to what the future holds for Investec, and for technological advancements.
Volatile commodity markets and poor rail performance continue to affect mining industry
FD Riaan Koppeschaar reveals the impact of global economic shocks on Exxaro’s performance.
CFOs need to get familiar with hot topics, says Altron’s Nicholas Bofilatos
He encourages CFOs to beef up their AI, blockchain and automation knowledge for better results.
Brad Wentzel believes knowledge is the best gift CFOs have to give
The Douglasdale Dairy CFO explains that it is up to finance leaders to always keep learning and imparting new knowledge.
Cape Town Summit explores how CFOs can use technology to build a future finance leader
CFOs learned that they can use technology to reveal the blind spots they have within their businesses.
No soldier dares go to war without their armour, says CFO Nonhlanhla Mona-Dick
The ETDP SETA CFO explains that learning and development is a finance leader’s armour.
Strong relationships are leading the finance function into the future, Cape Town summit reveals
Leading CFOs share how they are enabling their finance teams and readying them for the future.
CFOs need to be prepared for seismic changes, says Prof Carolina Koornhof
Carolina explains that continuous learning and personal development will help CFOs stay skilled for the future.
Bongi Ngoma’s pursuit of excellence
Bongi achieved excellence when she became the first public sector CFO to win the CFO of the Year Award in 2022.
Nilza Mngomezulu excited to venture into Africa as the new head of finance at Hollard
The new role will give her exposure to the prospects and difficulties in Africa, Nilza says.
Jamie Louw reveals how continuous learning has helped him become a better leader
The AFMS Group CFO believes learning and development is a business imperative for all finance leaders.
Ontlametse Maluleka takes home R5,000 Finance Indaba Online cash prize!
The internal auditor plans to use the money to pay for her CIA exam registration fees.
Khuthi Mbedzi aims to help South Africa’s youth as the new CFO of NYDA
Having recently joined the National Youth Development Agency as CFO, Khuthi is both nervous and excited.
Bongi Ngoma to give keynote address at Finance Indaba Online
The 2021 CFO of the Year will be sharing her success story to inspire the next generation of finance leaders.
Stephan Serfontein accredits sustainability award to Omnia’s efforts to do good business
The CFO unpacks the industry-leading initiatives behind Omnia’s recent sustainability award win.
Yota Baron has been pursuing her first love, cars, her entire life
Yota first fell in love with Ford when she was eight years old, now she’s the motor company’s CFO.
The Birds of Douglasdale Dairy
CFO Brad Wentzel reveals how he sparked a new interest in the dairy’s bird life with a competition.
Mireille Levenstein bids farewell to Long4Life
The holding company has been acquired by Old Mutual Private Equity and will be delisting from the JSE.
The last three years have resulted in personal and professional growth for Tammy Rosse
The newly appointed CFO of CFAO Equipment SA is looking forward to the learnings the new role brings.
CFOs Calib Cassim and Adrian Maizey unpack how they saved two sinking ships
Calib Cassim and Adrian Maizey reveal the near-death and resurrection of Eskom and Starbucks SA.
Abdullah Verachia provokes CFOs to think about the future in CFO Day presentation
The global speaker laid down four provocations to change the way finance drives the growth of their organisations.
CIVH forms new infrastructure company with Byron Billett as CFO
The new company will unite Dark Fibre Africa and Vumatel under the same management.
CFO Day panel urges CFOs to use their superpowers to ‘do good’
Mike Davis, CJ Kujenga and Masibulele Dem reveal that ESG is more than just climate change.
The top four things CEOs look for in a CFO
South Africa’s top business leaders reveal the four skills they look for in their CFOs at CFO Day.
Kyle Paulsen looks forward to continuing takealot.com’s growth journey
As the newly appointed head of finance, Kyle will be responsible for furthering the e-commerce group’s growth.
Stephen McGown shares how he found his superpower in the Sahara Desert
As the longest-held al-Qaeda captive, Stephen reveals that self-control was the best tool in his arsenal.
CFO Day reveals that self-control is the key to CFOs unlocking their superpowers
South Africa’s leading finance professionals heard how it was up to them to be the change they want to see.
The spicier side of Jowayne van Wyk's life
The AEEI CFO shares his biggest achievements, including starting his own spice and sauce business.
CFO Charl Keyter says Sibanye Stillwater’s credit rating upgrade is well deserved
After improving its financial and capital allocation, Sibanye’s credit rating has been upgraded to Ba2.
Averen Deonanan excited to be joining Flight Centre Travel Group as new CFO
Averen, who joins from outside the travel industry, says he will be bringing a fresh perspective to FCTG.
“Let’s rebuild a better, stronger KwaZulu-Natal,” says Spar CFO Mark Godfrey
Mark explains that the Spar Group has been assisting communities of KZN in rebuilding after the floods.
CFO Charl Keyter: A strategist at heart
Charl enjoys calculating new strategies both in the Sibanye Stillwater boardroom and on the shooting range.
CFOs with a calling for the public sector
Yolande van Biljon, Fikile Mhlontlo, Calib Cassim and others share why they chose the public sector.
Pepkor credit rating upgrade a testament to hard work, says Riaan Hanekom
The CFO explains that Pepkor has worked hard to demonstrate that it operates separately from Steinhoff.
Closing the trade finance gap will allow Africa to feed itself, webinar reveals
Absa CIB experts unpack the trade finance gap and how it is restricting growth on the African continent.
Philip Nottingham says Durban communities remain resilient and hopeful in face of floods
The CFO unpacks the impact of the KwaZulu-Natal floods on Sumitomo Rubber SA and its employees.
TreasuryONE joins Finance Indaba Network
The treasury solutions company will be exhibiting at both the online and live Finance Indabas this year.
South Africa’s move to renewable energy is inevitable, says Dawid Swart
The Wetility CFO says, on the back of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, renewable energy is crucial for the economy.
Jaco Joubert tasked with phygital migration of Fundi Capital as new group CFO
Jaco joined Fundi in March 2022 following the closure of IPS, where he also served as CFO.
The tale of how the underdog triumphed in the midst of great challenges
Retailability CFO Malcom Smith shares the backstory of the Edgars acquisition.
Standard Bank bids goodbye to chairman Thulani Gcabashe
Thulani Gcabashe will be retiring as Standard Bank’s chairman after 19 years of service.
CFO Craig Miller unpacks the good and bad of increased PGM prices and demand
The PGM markets have seen a massive uptick in demand due to Covid-19 and the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
Sanlam ensures “no one is left behind” in 2021 results, says FD Abigail Mukhuba
Abigail explains that Sanlam’s focus on shared value creation has ensured consistent solid results.
CFOs unpack 2022 Budget Speech
Standard Bank, Absa and Trellidor CFOs say the budget review looks promising.
Discovery Health CFO Brett Tromp bids goodbye to South Africa
Brett and his family will be relocating to Austin, Texas, to take on new opportunities in the health tech space.
Leading CFOs say they are closely monitoring the increasing conflict in the Ukraine
Punki Modise, Arno Daehnke, Deon Smith and Damian Judge unpack the Russia-Ukraine crisis.
Trellidor CFO explains franchise investments help to mitigate challenging environments
Damian Judge says the conflict in Russia and the Ukraine will put further pressure on supply chains.
Absa ready for new challenges, reveals interim FD Punki Modise
Punki says Absa’s new strengthened balance sheet gives it a strong base to navigate new challenges.
Standard Bank’s result rebound a result of client franchise growth, says Arno Daehnke
The CFO explains that the group’s efforts to grow its client base have proven fruitful, and continue.
Elmarie Maritz nominated for 2022 CFO Awards
Elmarie, who has been redefining the mining industry for women, joins the list of CFO Awards nominees.
Dis-Chem now a fundamental entry point to primary healthcare, says CFO Rui Morais
The pharmaceutical company has launched its own health insurance offering, Dis-Chem Health.
Fortress plans to exceed 12.7MWp in solar energy by 2025, says CFO Ian Vorster
The REIT has ramped up its renewable energy plans with yet another sustainability-linked note.
CFOs discuss managing rapid growth, and how to pull back when it changes
Top finance professionals unpacked their priorities for the year in the latest CFO Community Conversation.
Imperial Logistics CFO George de Beer reveals the costs of cross-continental trade
George explains that the largest part of product to market costs is the cost of logistics.
CFOs of the future are learning to tell the finance story
Webinar looks at how CFOs can tell their financial stories by empowering themselves with the right tools.
CFO Paul Stedall says King Price Insurance is in the business of making a difference
King Price has identified five ESG areas which it plans to focus on over the next five years, Paul says.
Emira Property Fund’s investment in stronger economies offset local performance, says CFO
Greg Booyens says Emira’s main growth area is in US markets, as local markets experience continued pressure.
Sayuri Naicker looks forward to growing Calgro M3 to new heights as FD
Sayuri will step into the role of Calgro M3’s new FD in March this year, replacing Waldi Joubert.
CFO Riaan Davel explains how DRDGold hopes to reverse a legacy of bad mining
The mine has a unique model for sustainable development, including reprocessing and water management systems.
CFO George de Beer unpacks Imperial Logistics’ key focus on reducing its carbon footprint
He explains how Imperial plans to change the ESG narrative for the logistics and freight industries.
African Bank appoints CFO Gustav Raubenheimer as new group executive of data science
With a passion for data and analysis, Gustav will be responsible for executing the bank’s new digital strategy.
André du Plessis plans to “refocus” after 22 years as the CFO and co-founder of Capitec
André is eager to get around to doing the things he loves, like reading and riding his motorcycle.
How breaking a sweat has kept these 6 CFOs sane
From mountain biking, to competing in marathons, to watersports and more, these CFOs use sport to destress.
CFO Jordaan Burger unpacks Sage’s new sustainability and society strategy in AME
The new strategy will give individuals, SMEs and the planet the opportunity to thrive, he says.
CFO Malcolm Smith revealed how Blackline has empowered Retailability through automation
Malcolm explained in a webinar that automation has improved Retailability’s reconciliation processes.
CFO Bradley Wentzel is shepherding Douglasdale Dairy’s unique ESG journey
How Douglasdale Dairy is changing the narrative for a traditionally non-sustainable industry.
How Adrian Maizey went from pursuing a career in tennis to one in the coffee industry
In 2019, Adrian was tasked with a mission to rescue 13 Starbucks Southern Africa stores.
3 CFOs share how they navigate supply chain challenges
These CFOs all had to, and continue to, navigate the supply chain challenges that came with Covid-19.
Andrey Bogdanov unpacks how South African CFOs can improve their ESG maturity
The Risk Insights CEO explains that CFOs can improve their ESG reporting by using the ESG GPS tool.
FD Arno Daehnke reveals the new future-ready Standard Bank
Arno explains that Standard Bank plans to turn its focus to the environment and new ecosystems.
5 CFOs unpack the importance of stakeholder management during crisis
Raisibe Morathi and others say CFOs need to work closely with their stakeholders to navigate a crisis.
Standard Bank acquisition of Liberty a “win-win”, says Liberty FD Yuresh Maharaj
The acquisition will see Liberty become a wholly owned subsidiary of Standard Bank.
9 Questions for Risto Ketola around resetting and reinventing Momentum Metropolitan
Following on from the success of the "Reset and Grow" strategy, Momentum has launched the "Reinvent and Grow" strategy.
Nominate the CFOs that inspire you most to be recognised at the 2022 CFO Awards
The CFO Awards recognise top CFOs for outstanding performance and excellent leadership.
Capitec co-founder, CFO and FD André du Plessis retires
Grant Hardy has been identified as the successor CFO that will take over from retiring André du Plessis in June.
Being the CFO of Hyundai is a car fanatic’s dream come true, believes Thinus Venter
As the CFO of Hyundai South Africa, Thinus gets to enjoy many perks along with the challenges in his industry.
Masslift Africa’s commitment to uplifting South Africa sees it reach B-BBEE level one status
CFO Thembi Mazibuko says this achievement is proof that Masslift is committed to real transformation.
Wescoal Holdings sees impressive level of cash generation, says CFO Jubilant Speckman
The coal miner has reported a R2.67 billion revenue for the half-year and plans to diversify more.
CFO Rob Aitken is proud of the progress on Tongaat Hulett’s turnaround strategy
Tongaat Hulett embraces new growth initiatives on the back of a 5 percent revenue increase.
CFO Deon Smith proud of Thungela Resources’ solid results in just a short period of time
Deon Smith looks back at the 2021 financial year ahead of Thungela Resources’ annual results.
IRMSA welcomes call to accelerate Covid-19 vaccine administration, says CEO Pat Semenya
Pat Semenya explains that to save lives and the economy, we must pick up the pace of vaccination.
Tiger Brands making progress to position itself for long-term growth, says CFO Deepa Sita
The group has seen growth in its operating income and across its various revenue streams for the year.
Premier Fishing and Brands builds on resilience of 2020, says CFO Brent Roberston
The group has risen to the challenges of toughened environments and reported a revenue of R575 million.
Netcare CFO Keith Gibson says improved trading profit margins have been encouraging
Netcare saw a nine percent profit margin for hospital and emerging services, and over six percent for primary care.
Omnia sees revenue growth in face of challenging environment, says CFO Stephan Serfontein
The group has seen a strong demand for its products and services across its mining and agriculture businesses.
FCTG CFO Euan McNeil to take on MD South Africa role
Euan McNeil will take over from Andrew Stark as the MD of Flight Centre Travel Group’s South Africa region.
CFO Dumisani Dlamini promoted to SANParks acting CEO
Dumisani plans to guide the conservation authority to a full revenue recovery after the Covid-19 impact.
Barloworld driving intrinsic value, says CFO Nopasika Lila
Barloworld has more than doubled its operating profit for the financial year and resumed its dividend payments.
Trematon sees more revenue contribution from school fee income, says CFO Arthur Winkler
The investment holdings group plans to shift its focus to school fee income initiatives during 2022.
Sheldon Friedericksen resigns as Fedgroup CFO after Young CFO of the Year win
Sheldon, who was recognised during the 2021 CFO Awards, will join SA Taxi in 2022.
CFOs learn that in order to solve issues on Earth, we need to look off-world
During the 2021 CFO Awards, Dr Adriana Marais explained the importance of resource management.
South Africa’s leading CFOs honoured at dazzling 2021 CFO Awards
Eight outstanding CFOs scooped top honours at the stunning gala dinner held at the Inanda Club.
Dimension Data pays homage to CFOs who embrace technology at 2021 CFO Awards
Lauren Wortmann explains that Dimension Data is inspired by CFOs who partner with IT to drive business value.
OneStream cheers CFOs who build high-performing teams at 2021 CFO Awards
OneStream’s Pieter van Zyl says it takes a village for any organisation to perform at its best.
Demand for healthcare services drives growth for Mediclinic, says CFO Jurgens Myburgh
Jurgens explains that Mediclinic has seen a return to pre-pandemic level revenues in the last six months.
Why SAA's interim CFO Fikile Mhlontlo is the man for the job
Fikile Mhlontlo found a new purpose when tasked with returning SAA to the skies as its interim CFO.
Sappi’s return to profitability a result of strong demand recovery, says CFO Glen Pearce
The pulp and paper company reported a profit of $13 million for 2021, after a $135 million loss in 2020.
These CFOs are more than just accountants
This International Accountants Day, we celebrate the CFOs who have redefined the accountancy role.
Accenture backs “good governance” at 2021 CFO Awards
Accenture’s Dzingira Matenga explains that good compliance and governance can add value to any organisation.
Covid-19 has catapulted CFOs to the digital leaders of business
Workday's Fred Portal unpacks how Covid-19 has forced organisations to accelerate their digital transformation strategies.
Afrimat experiences exceptional growth, says CFO Pieter de Wit
Afrimat’s three business segments saw a return to pre-Covid-19 volumes of operation.
Standard Bank recognises CFOs who see opportunities in Africa at 2021 CFO Awards
Clive Potter says to recognise a CFO who has the same vision as Standard Bank is a great opportunity.
Impact of Covid-19 on clients reflects in Adcorp results, says CFO Noel Prendergast
The group has reported a 5.4 percent decrease in revenue, but expects it to improve as the market recovers.
Cell C’s Zaf Mahomed says new operating model will prove beneficial in the longer term
The CFO explains that the new model will be offset by savings in network capex, lease payments and more.
Coupa Software acknowledges CFOs’ work to transform and adapt at 2021 CFO Awards
David Hamilton says it's important for CFOs to keep up with the pace of change globally and regionally.
Umongo Petroleum not part of Omnia’s sustainable future, says FD Stephan Serfontein
Omnia has sold 90 percent of its stake in Umongo Petroleum as part of its new turnaround strategy.
CFO Etienne le Roux’s simplified approach to Metropolitan Retail’s “Reset and Grow” strategy
Having grown up on a farm in Villiersdorp, Etienne tries to take a very pragmatic approach to his work.
Doing good business pays off as EOH goes from loss to profit, says CFO Megan Pydigadu
The technology services group has reported a R1.3 billion loss in 2020 to R150 million profit in 2021.
Altron on the way to achieving 2.0 strategy, despite challenging operating environment
CFO Nicholas Bofilatos explains that the group had been negatively impacted by two of its operations.
Ryan McDougall chasing opportunities in South Africa
After working abroad for many years, Ryan McDougall returned to South Africa in 2019.
A2X expects to break even by 2023, says CFO Otsile Matheba
A2X Markets has seen two record trading months and growing interest in secondary listings in South Africa.
Zeder plans a strategic shift after improved results, says CEO and FD Johann le Roux
The group has seen positive profit growth from R296 million to R492 million for its 2021 half-year results.
CFOs captivated by Nhlanhla Nene’s keynote at Finance Indaba Conversations launch
Former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene urged finance and government to work together.
Air Liquide CFO Taki Nkhumelani takes up European role
Air Liquide CFO Taki Nkhumeleni goes to Paris as the Europe LIM Program Director.
Global logistics property trends continue to reflect in Equites results, says CFO Laila Razack
The property fund has seen strong results from the attractive development pipeline of logistics properties.
Altron sells People Solutions business to focus on Altron 2.0 strategy, says Nicholas Bofilatos
The group CFO explains that Altron People Solutions doesn’t fit in the Altron 2.0 strategy of being capital light.
CFO Community Conversation reveals how CFOs can evaluate the ROI of enterprise software
Quantimetrics’s Bram Meyerson explains how CFOs can see the value for money when investing in software.
Prudent financial management pays off for Growthpoint, says CFO Francois Schindehütte
Francois explains that a strong balance sheet and liquidity demonstrates the sustainability of Growthpoint.
Nico Esterhuizen and David Brown explain how JAM South Africa had to step up during crises
The JAM CFO and country director unpack the NGO’s efforts to help South Africans in tough times.
Alaris Group’s customer-centricity pays off, says CFO Elsie Müller
The technology holding group has reported a HEPS increase of 50 percent.
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