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GM leaves South Africa

General Motors (GM) has announced its intentions to stop production and sale of its vehicles in South Africa by the end of 2017. GM has denied that the move was influenced by South Africa’s recent credit ratings downgrades and has said it is restructuring its business towards more profitable markets, including the US and China, where it could achieve greater return on investments than in South Africa.

Rwanda regulator fines MTN Rwanda $8.5 million

Rwanda's telecom industry regulator has fined MTN Rwanda, a division of South Africa's MTN Group, $8.5 million – the equivalent of R112 million – for running its IT services outside the country in breach of its licence. In a ruling posted on its website, the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority said that MTN Rwanda was hosting its IT services hub in Uganda, which it had prohibited.

4 tips for more effective business presentations

You may be technically proficient in completing your finance duties, but so are many of others who are looking to climb the corporate ladder. Effective presentations and stakeholder communication will set you apart from your peers. Become your go-to person for engaging, informative and enjoyable business presentations that don’t leave the audience nodding off into dreamland and you are sure to see your stocks rise. Here are four tips on deliver more effective business presentations.

Brilliant platform: WATCH Saica's Kelly Masete at #findaba16

The Finance Indaba is a magnet for South Africa's chartered accountant community, and as such, the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants' (Saica) members are well represented. Saica is one of the world's foremost professional accounting bodies. It helps more than 36 000 members in every aspect of their careers.

Equity deal sees Vodacom buy 35% of Safaricom

Vodafone Group is selling its $2.6 billion stake in Kenya’s Safaricom to its majority-owned Vodacom Group. The all-share deal will transfer a 35-percent stake in Safaricom to Vodacom in return for stock in the Johannesburg-based unit. This will raise the parent company’s stake in its South African business to about 70 percent.

"Bankers of the future will be developers, designers and risk modelling people," says N26 CEO, Valentin Stalf

Banking is like Formula One, says Valentin Stalf, co-founder and CEO of mobile bank N26. This observation came a day after Valentin returned from the famous Monza race track north of Milan in Italy, where N26 was invited as the Fast Companies Series partner by British Formula One racing team, Manor Racing. “Of course, it was very cool to see our logo there, but when you are on the grid and in the pit lane, you also realise Formula 1 is a big myth,” he says. “Just like banking, people think it is really complex. When you get closer to the action, you realise it is a group of normal people working on cars. We have debunked the myth that banking is very complex.” We chatted to Valentin about the practical steps an entrepreneur needs to take to turn a brilliant idea into a thriving business.

Vodacom revenue inches upwards, targets African expansion

Mobile network giant Vodacom announced incremental growth in revenue and profit in the year to end-March in its final results presentation on Monday, despite chopping its rates to offer a more competitive pricing structure to its customers.

Naspers invests R5.6 billion in food delivery company

JSE-listed internet and entertainment group Naspers has said it will be investing R5.6 billion (€387 million) in Delivery Hero, an online food ordering and delivery company and one of Europe’s biggest startups.

Learn from those ahead of you, says Central Bank of Swaziland's Philile Nxumalo

Philile Nxumalo, GM: Finance, Central Bank of Swaziland, wanted to study Fine Arts, though her father persuaded her to rather pursue a BCom, like her twin brother. Good thing he did, as she’s enjoyed a successful career in finance and finds herself constantly challenged by the fast pace and rapidly changing landscape. “I like the aspects of my job where I have to formulate strategy for the department and translate this into executable plans. It’s a particular strength of mine. I love the thrill of achieving and seeing the results, the execution of strategy – it’s very tangible for me.”

InvoSet joins Finance Indaba 2017

InvoSet has joined Finance Indaba 2017 as a silver partner and will make its debut at the event at the Sandton Convention Centre in October.

Asher Bohbot, EOH CEO, steps down, Zunaid Mayet takes over

Asher Bonbot (pictured), a prior member of the CFO Awards judging panel and the founder and CEO of EOH, a large technology services group, has announced that he will be leaving the JSE-listed company at the end of June. Zunaid Mayet has been appointed group CEO to replace him.

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Meet Till Streichert (Vodacom), winner of three awards at the CFO Awards 2017

For his executive role in ensuring ongoing success at telecoms behemoth Vodacom, CFO Till Streichert received three awards at this year’s CFO Awards, held on 11 May at Summer Place, Johannesburg. Till walked away with the most coveted award – CFO of the Year – as well as the Strategy Execution and Finance Transformation Awards.

Ngubane & Co joins Finance Indaba 2017

Ngubane & Co has joined Finance Indaba 2017 as a gold partner and will make its debut at the event at the Sandton Convention Centre in October.

The CFO should ensure due diligence is accurate and meticulously undertaken, says Sibanye's Charl Keyter

A thorough, smart and stealthy due diligence process is among the top ingredients for successful mergers and acquisitions. We spoke to finance executives and dealmakers about the homework a growth-hungry company needs to do. “You don’t always want to let the staff of the other company or companies know you are doing this process,” says Sibanye Gold CFO Charl Keyter. “You have to be stealthy so as not to raise suspicions.” Charl gives one of the best and certainly most amusing explanations of due diligence:

Omnia to acquire 90% of Umongo Petroleum

Omnia, through its subsidiary, Omnia Group, has entered into a sale of shares agreement with Lubricant Additives Solutions and Technology and Autumn Storm Investments 294, for 90 percent of the ordinary shares of Umongo Petroleum, for a maximum aggregate acquisition consideration of R780 million. The remaining 10 percent shareholding in Umongo will continue to be held by Autumn Storm, an entity in which the current CEO, Boston Moonsamy, is a shareholder.

Internet Solutions' acquisition of Mweb to go ahead

The Competition Commission has recommended to the Competition Tribunal that the acquisition of MWEB by Internet Solutions – a subsidiary of Dimension Data – be allowed to proceed. The deal was first announced on 2 December 2016.

KPMG acquires FinTech platform

KPMG has acquired global FinTech innovation platform Matchi, which connects traditional financial institutions with technology solution providers. The platform includes more than 700 curated FinTech solutions and a database of more than 2 500 FinTech companies.

SAA appoints new CFO, OUTA objects

National carrier South African Airways (SAA) has appointed Phumeza Nhantsi as its new permanent CFO. According to a statement by SAA, Nhantsi has served in an acting capacity since November 2015, following Wolf Meyer’s departure.

Nik Rabinowitz lights up CFO Awards 2017

Comedian Nik Rabinowitz went down a charm at last night’s CFO Awards 2017, with his incisive wit and improvisational comedy having guests rolling in the aisles throughout the evening.

CFOs must be open to frank conversations about race and transformation

Hosted by globally renowned public speaker, venture capitalist and entrepreneur Vusi Thembekwayo, yesterday’s CFO master class sought to bring to light the uncomfortable issues about inequality, the real impact of BEE and the prejudices that business leaders still have – be they white or black. Vusi opened the session with some chilling words, saying that one of the greatest lies told about South Africa is that the country had a peaceful transition to a democratic state.

Glorious 2017 CFO Awards: the sky is the limit for financial excellence

Vodacom's CFO Till Streichert was the big winner at the 2017 CFO Awards, taking home the title of CFO of the Year and adding the coveted Strategy Execution and Finance Transformation awards to his collection for good measure. The annual glamorous celebration of excellence in the finance profession was the biggest, best and brightest edition of the event to date, as the crème de la crème of the country's finance leaders gathered at the stunning Summer Place in Hyde Park, Johannesburg.

Coca-Cola sells 21.5% shares in Appletiser

Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa has sold 21.5 percent of the Appletiser brand. This includes a 17.5 percent stake that went to black-owned investment firm African Pioneer Group, and a further four percent to Sipho Excellent Madlala, a new entrant black empowerment partner.

All systems go for CFO Awards 2017

The long wait for the annual ‘Oscars for South African CFOs', which recognise CFOs of listed companies, large corporations, state-owned entities and government institutions, and awards them for outstanding performance and leadership, is finally over.

Young CFO of the Year 2016: Watch the NAC's Dumisani Dlamini

With the excitement building ahead of the CFO Awards 2017 later today, we thought we would give you a taste of what is to come with scenes from last year's extravaganza. The annual 'Oscars for South African CFOs' recognise CFOs of listed companies, large corporations, state-owned entities and government institutions, and awards them for outstanding performance and leadership.

KPMG acquires global FinTech platform, Matchi

KPMG has acquired Matchi, a leading global FinTech innovation and matchmaking platform that connects financial institutions, including banks and insurance companies, with leading-edge financial services technology solutions and companies worldwide. The Matchi platform includes more than 700 curated FinTech solutions and a database of more than 2,500 FinTech companies .

Simplifying M&A deals: ansarada MD Arie Maree explains

While African M&A continues to rise, it seems that information security remains a major barrier to closing deals. Research conducted by ansarada found that 71 percent of CFOs involved in M&A deals have experienced increased risk and delay due to a loss of information or a security breach. This includes a temporary or permanent loss of data within documents, emails, devices, and IT systems. Considering the sensitivity and confidentiality at stake, it is alarming that information loss remains such a big issue. What can deal makers and CFOs do to ensure they remain secure?

The value of the CFO Awards: Watch Vusi Thembekwayo

Venture capitalist, entrepreneur and public speaker extraordinaire Vusi Thembekwayo has earned plaudits (including from the likes of Nelson Mandela) and enthralled audiences all over the world with his lessons from the public speaking pulpit, which began when he was a teenager.

A good CFO maintains discipline in the organisation, says Mike Benfield of Macsteel Service Centres SA

“I want people to think logically about the business and pose questions to effect change. People must be challenged and held accountable to achieve the business’s objectives,” says Mike Benfield, Group CFO of Macsteel Service Centres South Africa.” Benfield, who has been in his post for 18 months, has enjoyed a successful and diverse career that has seen him occupy finance roles for companies including Metorex, Bateman Engineering, Norse Air, Super Group, Investec and Ster-Kinekor, after completing articles at Arthur Andersen. Having made a choice to study finance over engineering, he says he has no regrets, and believes it is those aspects of his personality that are interested in engineering and the challenges that it presents, that help him to be a better finance person: ‘It helps me move across the corridor to the operational side, and gives me more of an interest in the other areas of the business. I would be unable to add value from a finance perspective without a good operational understanding of what makes the business work.”

KPMG launches Incentive Tax App

KPMG has launched an innovate, web-based app, the Learnership Incentive Tax Tool (LITT), which calculates learnership tax allowances and generates tax schedules at the press of a button. It also provides an additional tax deduction for registered learnerships.

Finance flash: the TOP-10 articles of week 18, 2017

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Cybersecurity skills shortages leave us open to attack, says MWR Infosecurity SA's MD, Riaan van Boom

According to Europol’s 2016 Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment (IOCTA), several EU states have found that cybercrime offences have surpassed traditional crimes, with trends such as crime-as-a-service and ransomware rising significantly. Given the increasing sophistication of the attack landscape, hacking has become a genuine threat facing organisations and countries across the globe. And yet, the ability of those targeted to manage such attacks remain, for the most part, limited. Riaan van Boom, Managing Director, MWR Infosecurity South Africa, unpacks the issue.

MTN reports increase in revenues

For the quarter ending 31 March 2017, the MTN group recorded a 7.1 percent increase in revenue, despite a slight drop of 1.5 percent in subscriber numbers. Data revenues were also up 29.4 percent year-on-year – data revenue contributing 20 percent to total revenue.

Netflix rival comes to Africa

Discover Digital, MTN Group’s former video-on-demand provider, is launching a new online TV service in South Africa; one that will rival Neflix – which has become increasingly popular. The service will provide a mix of pay-per-view entertainment, on-demand subscription content, and a range of sports and news coverage.

CFO SA plans more members-only immersions

CFO South Africa prides itself on offering some truly unique learning and networking opportunities designed to help finance professionals shift horizons and learn with industry leaders. This is something CFO South Africa MD Graham Fehrsen is intent on developing.

Anglo American and Malabar Coal make a deal

Anglo American and Malabar Coal have entered a sale and purchase agreement for the former to sell its 88.17 percent interest in the Drayton thermal coal mine and Drayton South project, located in New South Wales, Australia. Anglo American ceased mining activities at the Drayton mine during 2016.

Barclays opens Europe's largest FinTech site

Barclays has opened an innovation centre in London's hipster capital Shoreditch housing internal banking and technology teams alongside more than 40 FinTech startups. The bank says its new site is Europe's largest co-working space dedicated to FinTech and will play host to more than 200 hours of learning, workshops, hackathons and networking on a monthly basis.

Rajesh Mahabeer joins Garuda Capital from SANParks

Rajesh Mahabeer, previously CFO of SANParks, has moved to Garuda Capital, effective 1 May 2017. His new role as Head of Public Sector Finance and Deal Origination will see him working in the space of mergers and acquisitions and funds mobilisation.

5 time-saving tips for finance professionals

Finance teams are constantly under pressure to streamline, create greater efficiencies and cut superfluous costs, often working on the principle of “less is more”. It is ironic then that many finance professionals are occupied with tedious, time-consuming activities. A few prudent decisions can go a long way towards raising productivity levels. Here are five hacks for greater productivity.

Knowledge is power: WATCH Thomson Reuters' Kamal Patel at #findaba16

Founded in Toronto in 2008, multinational mass media and information firm Thomson Reuters aims to provide professionals with the intelligence, technology and human expertise they need to find trusted answers. Thomson Reuters operates in more than 100 countries, and has more than 60 000 employees around the world. The firm is a trusted partner of the Finance Indaba and CFO SA and showcased its services at last year's event.

BCX CEO Isaac Mophatlane resigns

Isaac Mophatlane (pictured) has resigned as CEO of Telkom subsidiary BCX, a company he founded in 1996 together with his twin brother, Benjamin.

Cash-flush Apple posts disappointing earnings

Apple has announced financial results for its fiscal 2017 second quarter ended April 1, 2017. The tech behemoth posted quarterly revenues of $52,9 billion, falling below market expectations, and quarterly earnings per diluted share of $2,10. These results compare to revenues of $50,6 billion and earnings per diluted share of $1,90 in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 65 percent of the quarter’s revenue. iPhone shipments disappointed, with Apple stocks falling by as much as two percent in active after-hours trading.

Delighted with growth of CFO Awards - CFO SA MD Graham Fehrsen

With CFO Awards 2017 just eight days away, CFO SA MD Graham Fehrsen has expressed his excitement at the development of the event. The annual 'Oscars for South African CFOs', to be held on 11 May, recognise CFOs of listed companies, large corporations, state-owned entities and government institutions, and awards them for outstanding performance and leadership.

Old Mutual sells its Indian JV stake for $200 million

Financial services group Old Mutual has announced that it will be selling its 26 percent stake in Kotak Mahindra Old Mutual Life Insurance to its joint venture partner, Kotak Mahindra Bank, for a little more than $200 million. The sale forms part of the group’s planned break-up into four parts.

Former British minister delivers FinTech boost to African farmers

Former UK government minister Mark Simmonds (pictured) has teamed up with FinTech veteran Hirander Misra on a venture that aims to help African smallholder farmers boost their earnings by connecting them with local commodity exchanges. The Financial and Commodities Ecosystem (FinComEco) says it wants to improve food security, economic diversity and financial inclusion by connecting farmers with exchanges, financial infrastructure and national economies.

Lead by example, says AFGRI's Johan Geel

AFGRI CFO Johan Geel sees massive potential on the continent for the food industry, as long as the approach is correct. He says: “Find trustworthy people, work with the correct information, do proper research, go there and make sure of things yourself – don’t stay away. Johan has been nominated for the CFO Awards in both 2016 and 2017, an impressive double-whammy that less than a handful other CFOs can boast about. We chatted to him about the past, present and future for AFGRI.

3 new taxes for SA's wealthy

The finance ministry and the Davis Tax Committee, responsible for making tax recommendations to National Treasury, have together taken steps to formulate no less than three new taxes aimed at the country’s wealthiest individuals. This in a bid to improve the standard of living for South Africa’s poorest, as well as meet revenue targets.

When dealmaking, enter with a focused mind, says Standard Bank's Andrew Balnaves

A thorough, smart and stealthy due diligence process is among the top ingredients for successful mergers and acquisitions. We spoke to finance executives and dealmakers about the homework a growth-hungry company needs to do. “Prepare, ensure all parties are on the same page and don’t get distracted by unnecessary details,” advises Dr Andrew Balnaves, Executive Vice President of Africa Corporate Finance at Standard Bank.

Travel and tourism will contribute R412.2 billion to GDP

A report by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) says that the total contribution of travel and tourism to the country’s GDP is expected to grow by 2.5 percent, to R412.2 billion (9.4 percent of GDP) in 2017, compared to R402 billion in 2016 (9.3 percent of GDP).

Finance Indaba - a CFO's best talent strategy

Finance Indaba Africa is the only annual event on the continent where thousands of registered accountants and other finance professionals gather under roof for two days to advance their knowledge, networks and careers. Which CFO would say no to a finance team that is rejuvenated, full of new ideas and better connected than ever before – for FREE?

Distell acquires 75% interest in Cruz Vodka

Distell Group has entered into a partnership with Blue Sky Brand Company (BSBC) by agreeing to acquire a 75-percent shareholding in the company that will own the rights to the Cruz Vodka brand – supposedly the fastest-growing luxury imported vodka in South Africa. BSBC will hold the remaining 25-percent shareholding.

CFO SA announces members-only event and tour with Walter Leonhardt

Membership of CFO SA offers many advantages, including access to the insights of leading finance executives across the industry spectrum. Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa FD Walter Leonhardt (pictured, left, with SizweNtsalubaGobodo CEO Victor Sekese) is one such mind.

World Bank launches African digital entrepreneurship programme

The World Bank has launched an accelerator for African digital entrepreneurs. The five-month long XL Africa – which includes a two-week residency in Cape Town and the Venture Showcase pitching event – is backed Finland, Norway, and Sweden, XL Africa. Participants will be mentored global and local experts through a tailor-made curriculum, increase their regional visibility, and receive access to potential corporate partners and investors.

Robert Lumb takes over as Interwaste FD

Effective 1 May, Robert Lumb (pictured) will be the new financial director of Interwaste. Lumb takes over from Andre Broodryk, who was nominated for the CFO Awards in 2015. Broodryk left in January this year to pursue personal interests.

5 tips for cloud accounting

There has never been a better time to take your accounting processes in to the cloud, according to ICAEW head of enterprises Clive Lewis. Here are some top tips accounting professionals should consider before adopting a cloud-based strategy to ensure they get the most out of the cloud.

The heart of business: WATCH futurist Graeme Codrington at #findaba16

Graeme Codrington is an acclaimed international speaker, consultant, and best-selling author who has built a career out of preparing companies for change. He is an expert on the future of work and the disruptive forces that are shaping it. As an author and researcher, his insights and analysis are sought after by business schools and CEOs around the world, with five degrees, four best selling books and a full-time research team at his company, TomorrowToday, to back it up.

Sibanye's R28.7 billion Stillwater takeover approved

Sibanye Gold’s shareholders have approved the company’s R28.7 billion ($2.2 billion) buyout of US-based Stillwater Mining. Some 82 percent of Sibanye shareholders voted in favour of the deal.

Banking must adapt to be future-fit, says futurist Keith Coats

In order to meet the demands embedded in the future, banking will need to adapt. It will need to change the way things are done and bring the delivery closer to the rhetoric. In short, banks will need to rethink their traditional business models completely. Futurist Keith Coats, director at TomorrowToday Global, says it is time for banks to face their demons. Keith sheds light on the top three challenges banks are facing that will determine their future.

CHRO SA meets Busi Mtsweni, HR exec at ICASA

Busi Mtsweni, HR executive at the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), says she consciously chose to have a career in people management unlike many people in the profession.

Upbeat Clicks plans aggressive expansion

Despite the depressed economy and constrained consumer spending, retailer Clicks is planning to open 200 new stores over the next five to 10 years and has set aside R577 million for infrastructure investment in its 2017 financial year, the group said in its interim results presentation on Friday.

Michael Page sponsors High Performance Team CFO Award

Global recruitment giant Michael Page has come aboard as a sponsor of the High Performance Team Awards at CFO Awards 2017. Founded in 1976 in London, the prestigious firm has a presence in key markets around the world and its extensive database of 1,8 million qualified professionals gives it a key advantage.

First African FinTech accelerator launched in Cape Town

Startupbootcamp has launched its new Cape Town-based FinTech accelerator. This global industry-focused accelerator group has 18 programmes across 13 countries and has seen value in now setting up a footprint in Africa.

JSE CFO Aarti Takoordeen a Young Global Leader

Aarti Takoordeen, CFO of the JSE, has been selected as a Young Global Leader (YGL), class of 2017; an honour bestowed by the World Economic Forum (WEF) each year in recognition of the world’s most distinguished leaders under the age of 40.

Effective CFOs know their business, says Standard Bank's Sean Berrington

"In the early days of the Group IT transformation it became clear that, unless the finance team transformed as well, we would become irrelevant. As a result, we needed to radically relook at how we run our staff engagement and processes," says Sean Berrington, CFO for Group IT at Standard Bank. Sean has been the finance boss of a “billion-dollar IT organisation” since mid-2016. Add to this his intimate experience of agile ways of working and he might just be the ideal person to talk to about the crossroads of threats and opportunities that technology and finance bring to banks and finance professionals.

M&A in sub-Saharan Africa soars

According to analysis by Thomson Reuters, the value of announced M&A transactions with any sub-Saharan African involvement reached $10.1 billion during the first quarter of 2017 – the highest opening quarter total in six years.

Finance flash: the TOP-10 articles of week 16, 2017

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BeztForex signs up for Finance Indaba 2017

Foreign exchange, global trade and banking intermediary company BeztForex has joined Finance Indaba 2017 as a silver partner and will make its debut at the event at the Sandton Convention Centre in October.

CFOs should be on top of tech, says Graham Shapiro

Today’s world requires innovation to remain competitive, and with the changing nature of consumers, businesses cannot afford to be on the wrong side of technology. CFOs need to be on top of tech.

Kenyan economy grew 5.8 percent last year

According to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, Kenya’s economy grew 5.8 percent during 2016, slightly short of forecasts (government officials estimated the economy to have expanded by 5.9 percent), but a little above the 5.7 percent growth it saw during 2015. Moreover, the current account deficit narrowed 11.9 percent in 2016, to 5.2 percent of GDP.

SA to get biometric bank cards

Mastercard is working with South African partners to bring biometric cards to local consumers, reportedly by the end of this year. South Africa is the first market in the world to test the technology, with two trials already having been conducted with Absa and Pick n Pay.

African Bank gets ratings upgrade

S&P Global has revised the credit rating of restructured African Bank upwards. The ratings agency revised the bank’s outlook from negative to stable, also affirming its B+/B global scale rating. Its national scale rating was raised to zaBB from zaBB-.

Nasdaq launches global FinTech investment programme

Nasdaq, one of the world's leading providers of technology and services to the capital markets, has announced the launch of a venture investment programme, Nasdaq Ventures, dedicated to discovering, investing in and partnering with unique FinTech companies worldwide. The programme's main objective is to identify and collaborate on new technologies and groundbreaking services and solutions which align with Nasdaq's clients' needs and the company's long-term objectives in the global capital markets.

SA cloud market worth $2,3 billion by 2020

Cheaper data and more accessible connectivity will drive the growth of the cloud infrastructure and professional services market in South Africa – which has the potential to become a $2,3 billion market over the next three years.

SA ranks on AT Kearney FDI Index

South Africa, recent ratings downgrades notwithstanding and economic and political volatility aside, has made it onto the 2017 AT Kearney Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Confidence Index, entitled ‘Glass Half Full’, after a two-year absence.

FinTech Academy Africa kicks off 24 & 25 April

The internationally successful FinTech Academy kicks off in South Africa at The FinTech Academy Africa on 24 and 25 April 2017 at the Duke Corporate Education Leadership campus, Bryanston, Gauteng.

Weak economy hurts Pick n Pay

Pick n Pay posted an 18 percent rise in full-year profit, as the supermarket chain targeted labour costs amid political tensions and significant pressures exerted on the South African consumer. Headline earnings per share was 264.35 cents in the year to end-February compared with 224.04 cents a year earlier, while sales grew 7 percent and a dividend of R17.30 per share was declared.

Sustainability is key: WATCH SAICA CEO Terence Nombembe at #findaba16

CEO of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) Terence Nombembe is one of the captains of industry shaping the accounting profession and has been a champion of the Finance Indaba since day one. Calling the Indaba a "unifying event that will help us build the nation" in his presentation, the former Auditor General of South Africa outlined his strategy for transformation of SAICA, which is based on effective collaboration and responsible leadership.

Raj Jandu new Neotel CFO

Raj Jandu (pictured) has been appointed Neotel CFO – a role that has stood empty since late 2015. Jandu joins Neotel from Liquid Telecom, where he has been CFO for the East Africa region since 2013. Liquid Telecom group officially acquired Neotel earlier this year, at a cost of R6.55 billion.

Cost, risk and digital are top priorities in uncertain times, says Deloitte

A need for increased profitability in a low-growth domestic economy and increased global uncertainty are pushing chief procurement officers (CPOs) to add more value to their organisations. Defensive strategies being implemented by CFOs are demanding rapid, sustained cost reduction in parallel to a greater focus on risk from procurement. Traditional procurement operating models are therefore changing, driven by a lack of talent and an increase in digital innovation.

5 cornerstones of investor communication

Consistent, transparent investor communication can encourage ongoing evaluation and accountability, sheds light on new investment opportunities, attracts new investors and bodes well for future growth. Global financial services giant EY has gained some key insights into effective investor communication from discussions with CFOs, investors and executives as part of its Master CFO Collection of studies. Here are five EY tips on gaining investor confidence.

Vusi Thembekwayo to host CFO Awards masterclass

The CFO Awards are not just about celebrating the achievements of finance leaders and having an enjoyable night out, but it is also an opportunity for learning and networking.

Sibanye raises funds for Stillwater acquisition

Sibanye Gold is looking to raise some R13.3 billion in equity ($1 billion), to partly fund a takeover of US-based Stillwater Mining Company, the country’s sole platinum and palladium miner. It will raise a further $1 billion in debt, most likely in the bond market, it has said.

London, Singapore remain top FinTech hubs

FinTech has become a truly global phenomenon, with hubs popping up in cities around the world, although established players such as London and Singapore continue to be the top centres, according to a report by Deloitte. The study is the second output of the Global FinTech Hubs Federation, an initiative by Swift's innovation arm Innotribe and the UK's Innovate Finance to create a cross-border and open platform that brings established and emerging hubs together.

A CFO understands the entire business, says PRP Solutions CFO Hiten Keshave

“I believe in four aspects of a leader: commitment, appreciation, respect, and trust. If you put the first letter of each of those words together it spells CART. A cart has four wheels and those form part of the carriage of a company and a team going forward. If I have those four aspects to my team, I believe we’ll be successful together,” says Hiten Keshave, CFO of PRP Solutions, a company in the business of people resource planning and which provides a management-by-exception workforce-based management system that operates in the cloud.

Uber generated $6.5 billion in revenue in 2016

Ride-hailing service Uber, the South African branch of which is doing well, and recently launched Uber Assist, generated some $6.5 billion in revenue during 2016. According to Reuters, its adjusted net loss was $2.8 billion – excluding the operation in China, which it sold last year.

Finance flash: the TOP-10 articles of week 15, 2017

Do you want to keep up to date with the latest developments in finance, but you are short of time? Don’t worry. CFO South Africa weekly collects 10 of the most important articles from international media for your convenience.

Liquid Telecom joins Finance Indaba

African telecommunications firm Liquid Telecom has joined Finance Indaba 2017 as a gold partner and will make its debut at the event at the Sandton Convention Centre in October.

Insider's guide to clear communication

In this age of multi-channel communication, we need to be diligent about our communications because the consequences – be it at home, in the workplace or in the M&A environment – can be far-reaching.

$2.45 billion China deal clears; Rio Tinto wins coal exit

After winning approval from Australia’s foreign investment regulator to sell the bulk of its mines to a company controlled by China’s Yanzhou Coal Mining Co. for $2.45 billion, Rio Tinto Group is closer to an exit from thermal coal.

Naspers invests R960 million in Takealot

Takealot has received a R960-million investment from Naspers; an investment which will make Naspers the majority shareholder in the company. This follows investments from Tiger Global and Naspers in 2015. The deal forms part of Naspers’ strategy to invest in internet firms in emerging markets.

M-Pesa pioneer Michael Joseph joins MFS Africa

Pan-African FinTech firm MFS Africa has announced that Michael Joseph (pictured) has joined its board as an independent non-executive director. Michael served as CEO of Safaricom in Kenya from 2000 to 2010, and is widely credited with spearheading M-Pesa, the world’s most successful mobile money service.

5 ways to get the most out of millennials

Millennials, or those born between 1981 and 1996, – rightly or wrongly –have earn reputation for being enigmatic, difficult to work with and somewhat entitled. Their personalities have been shaped by rapid changes in personal computing and technology and a laissez faire approach to parenting. Empower your millennial employees, however, and you will be able to turn confusion into productivity. Here are five tips on getting the most out of millennials.

The modern CFO: WATCH the JSE's Aarti Takoordeen at #findaba16

JSE CFO Aarti Takoordeen is an award-winning finance professional who is in great demand at industry forums for her views on the evolution of the CFO role. A chartered accountant, she began her her career as a finance manager at NamTech and later served as a TSG Finance Manager for Hewlett Packard. After working for Johnson Controls as its Finance Director, she became the CFO of JSE Limited in February 2013. She was named the Young CFO of the Year at the 2014 CFO Awards.

Anglo to sell its coal ops for $166 million

Anglo American has announced that it will sell its Eskom-linked thermal coal operations in South Africa for $166 million. According to Reuters, Anglo will sell the assets (New Vaal, New Denmark and Kriel collieries) to Seriti Resources Holdings. The mines, along with four closed collieries, have a supply agreement with Eskom.

Five building blocks of radically improved external reports

In recent decades, voluminous and increasingly complex quarterly and annual reports have lost much of their relevance for their primary users: investors. In their book, The End of Accounting, Baruch Lev and Feng Gu empirically prove that the relevance of accounting information is indeed lost, and go on to explain why this happened. Then they introduce new ways to make the reports relevant again.

Afrimat's Pieter de Wit nominated for CFO Awards 2017

Afrimat FD Pieter de Wit has been nominated for the 2017 CFO Awards. The annual 'Oscars for South African CFOs', to be held on 11 May, recognise CFOs of listed companies, large corporations, state-owned entities and government institutions, and awards them for outstanding performance and leadership.

Zeder posts modest results after drought

PSG-controlled Zeder Investments, the JSE-listed agri-investment company, reported a rise in recurring headline earnings per share of 0,5% from 42,4c per share to 42.6c per share during its annual results presentation for the year to February, on Monday. Although relatively modest, the rise was perceived as strong in view of the worst drought to have impacted South Africa’s agricultural sector in over 30 years and ongoing political uncertainty.

SA's Entersekt lands banking security award

Stellenbosch-based FinTech Entersekt has scooped the Best Mobile Security Technology going in the Banker Africa Southern Africa Banking Awards for the second time.

Be proactive about risk, says Kiran Kumar, Finance Head for Africa at Wipro Technologies

Originally, from Bangalore, India, Wipro Technologies’ Kiran Kumar, has been living in South Africa for close to five years, initially sent here to reinvent the company’s processes and controls. He was elevated to head of finance towards the second half of last year, though he still shoulders the responsibilities of his previous role as finance controller. “I enjoy the visibility of the entire business. I don’t think anybody other than the finance team has such visibly of a company; it’s all encompassing.”

Pick n Pay expects increase in profit

Pick n Pay has said it anticipates its full-year profit to increase between 15 and 20 percent, bolstered by disciplined cost measures and higher productivity in stores. Headline earnings per share for the 52 weeks ending February 2017 will be between 257.65 and 268.85 cents per share, compared to 224.04 cents per share in 2016.

Finance flash: the TOP-10 articles of week 14, 2017

Do you want to keep up to date with the latest developments in finance, but you are short of time? Don’t worry. CFO South Africa weekly collects 10 of the most important articles from international media for your convenience.

Keyrus joins Finance Indaba 2017

Digital and data solution provider Keyrus has joined Finance Indaba 2017 as a silver partner and will make its debut at the event at the Sandton Convention Centre in October.

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