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Ramaphosa believes NMW will help prevent ratings downgrade

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, speaking yesterday at a press briefing at the National Economic and Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) offices, said that, in a bid to avoid a credit downgrade, he intends to highlight the findings of the National Minimum Wage (NMW) report when he meets with ratings agencies later this week, informing them of the “tremendous progress” made on labour stability issues. Ratings agencies Moody’s, Standard and Poor’s (S&P) and Fitch will make their announcements on the country’s credit rating in the next few weeks.

CIMA joins Finance Indaba 2017

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) has become the latest partner to join Finance Indaba 2017, following on from its exhibition at this year’s event. The world’s leading and largest professional body of management accountants, CIMA's qualifications comprise a unique blend of management accounting, financial accounting and business-focused subjects to produce graduates capable of leading from the front.

Like giving birth! MiX Telematics CFO Megan Pydigadu about the NYSE listing

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ArcelorMittal South Africa, Barloworld and Nampak tops in integrated reporting

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Fintech Circle Innovate partners with Cape tech hub

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Patrick Cooke appointed CFO at Rockwell Diamonds

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Situl Jobanputra new CFO of Capital & Counties Properties

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Spar's Mark Godfrey nominated for CFO Awards 2017

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MiX Telematics CFO Megan Pydigadu moves to Eazi Access Group

Megan Pydigadu will be the new CFO of Eazi Access Group, Africa's market leader in the rental, sale and servicing of work-at-height solutions. The current finance head of MiX Telematics will leave the telematics company after serving her three-month notice period and will start her new job mid-February 2017.

Dealing with disruption: WATCH Codrington at #findaba16

How do business leaders adapt and help their organisations to stay relevant in an era of digital disruption characterized by uncertainty? At the Finance Indaba Africa 2016 in October, internationally recognized futurist Graeme Codrington provided insights into the shifting landscape and a toolkit for leaders to navigate disruption.

Eskom director Mark Pamensky resigns

Mark Pamensky (pictured) has resigned from the Eskom board, according to Lynne Brown, Public Enterprises minister. His resignation follows that of CEO Brian Molefe last week, who will be stepping down on 1 January 2017.

Sibanye Gold CFO Charl Keyter nominated for CFO Awards 2017

Charl Keyter has once again been nominated for a CFO Award for his outstanding achievements at Sibanye Gold, after also being nominated for a gong at the 2016 edition of the awards. The annual 'Oscars for South African CFOs', to be held on 11 May, recognises CFOs of listed companies, large corporations, state-owned entities and government institutions and awards them for outstanding performance and leadership.

Kosie Louw, Senior Sars exec, to leave after 46 years

Kosie Louw, the longest-serving member of the South African Revenue Service (Sars) executive committee and a former deputy head of Sars, has announced his resignation. According to Fin24, Louw will be leaving end February 2017.

Trump's effect on FinTech

Donald Trump’s shock victory in the US elections has sent shockwaves around the world, causing volatility in many key markets. FinTech is not immune to the effects of the Republican candidate’s ascent to power and commentators believe there are choppy waters ahead for US firms.

The Woolworths watershed: Reeza Isaacs, CFO of the Year 2016

“Setting a target, being clear about it and measuring it are some of the key ingredients for my success,” says Reeza Isaacs, group finance director at Woolworths, who was elected CFO of the Year 2016 at the CFO Awards on 12 May. Reeza talks to us about his adventures in Australia, acquiring a new brand, his passion for transformation, and changing the mindset of the business to focus on balance sheet and return on capital.

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AdvanceNet partners with Finance Indaba 2017

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Invest in staff well-being for better business success - CFOs weigh in

Healthier companies outperform the market by as much as 50 percent, recent studies indicate. If health is an important measure of a country’s developmental status and needs, the same goes for a business. In this regard, companies are becoming more attuned to the need to both measure and report on their staff’s health and well-being. We spoke to two top CFOs and two corporate wellness experts to find out what companies can do to invest in the well-being of their staff – and what ROI they can expect.

Clicks to run Netcare pharmacies

The Competition Tribunal has approved, albeit with conditions, a merger between Clicks and Netcare with regards to the latter’s in-hospital “front shops”. The approval comes five months after the companies entered into the agreement on 8 June 2016.

Brian Molefe, Eskom CEO, quits

"I have, in the interests of good corporate governance, decided to leave my employ at Eskom from 1 January 2017," wrote Brian Molefe (pictured), CEO of Eskom, in a statement released today regarding his decision to leave the company. "I do so voluntarily: indeed, I wish to pay tribute to the unfailing support I have had since I took up office from the chairman, the Board and with those with whom it has been my privilege to work. Together we brought Eskom back from the brink. I will take time off to reflect before I decide on my next career move."

Manufacturing flat, mining up in year-on-year

According to Statistics South Africa, South Africa’s manufacturing output was flat year-on-year (YoY) in September, after expanding by 2.2% in August. Meanwhile, mining production was up by 3,4% YoY, due largely to platinum group metals, iron ore and coal.

Truth is power: Post Office executives talk about its turnaround

The South African Post Office has been beset by mismanagement and labour issues over the past few years, but CEO Mark Barnes and Postbank CFO Nichola Dewar have been credited with steering the organization into calmer waters. The pair discussed their efforts in a CFO SA session sponsored by KPMG and facilitated by CFO SA MD Graham Fehrsen at the Indaba Club in Johannesburg on 10 November 2016.

Postbank CFO Nichola Dewar nominated for CFO Awards 2017

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FedGroup harnesses solar power for wealth creation

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Donald Trump becomes US president: six lessons for CFOs

The historical victory of Donald Trump in the US elections has taken the world by surprise. In the next few days, weeks, months and years there will be countless analysis, debates and studies to explain why hardly anyone saw it coming. CFO South Africa Editor in Chief Joël Roerig doesn't want to wait that long and has listed six important lessons South African CFOs should learn from the property baron, tv-star and president-elect.

Omnia CFO Wayne Koonin nominated for CFO Awards 2017

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Anthony Leeming, Sun International CFO, becomes CEO

Graeme Stephens (pictured), the CEO of South African hotels and casinos operator Sun International, will be stepping down from his role at the end of April 2017 to take up the role of CEO at SkyCity Entertainment Group. He will be replaced by Anthony Leeming, the company’s current CFO. Leeming has been with the group for 17 years, having joined as group financial manager in 1999. He held various group finance roles prior to his appointment as CFO in March 2013. He will take over the CEO role effective 1 May 2017. Stephens has been with the group for more than five years. As yet, no announcement has been made regarding the replacement CFO.

CFOs need to be ruthless and human: Peregrine Group CFO Rob Katz

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Cabinet to implement a central policy governing SOEs

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Executives should be ready for multiple possible futures, says Dr Morne Mostert

“It seems that many executives continue to make decisions not only based on the past but even in the interest of the past or in its defence,” writes Dr Morne Mostert, Director of the Institute for Futures Research at Stellenbosch University. According to him, “the intellectual agility to engage simultaneously with multiple possible futures is highly likely to increase as a prerequisite for a chair in the boardroom of the future”.

Save lives and the environment: join the Clean Cooking Revolution

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Women and success: Roy Clark chats to top CFOs Mary Vilakazi and Jo Pohl - #findaba16

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Pieter Engelbrecht new Shoprite CEO

Pieter Engelbrecht (pictured), Shoprite chief operating officer, who has been with the Shoprite group for some 20 years, will take over from Whitey Basson as Shoprite CEO as of 1 January 2017.

Mary Vilakazi (MMI) nominated for 2017 CFO Awards

MMI Holdings group CFO Mary Vilakazi has been nominated for the 2017 edition of the CFO Awards.The annual 'Oscars for South African CFOs', to be held on 11 May, recognises CFOs of listed companies, large corporations, state-owned entities and government institutions and awards them for outstanding performance and leadership.

Ralph Mupita new MTN CFO

Telecoms giant MTN has named Ralph Mupita (pictured), Old Mutual Emerging Markets chief, as its new group chief financial officer, effective April 2017. Gunter Engling, acting group CFO, will assume the position of deputy CFO, MTN said in a statement.

Sihle Ndlovu - Number cruncher and Young Farmer Award winner

Growing up poor motivated Sihle Ndlovu to pursue a career in finance. In 2016, this now 35-year-old SAIPA member is on track to complete his PhD in Business Administration and recently received an #Agristars recognition award worth R50,000 from the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, sponsored by the MTN Foundation.

Four top finance bosses reveal the reasons for their success on the continent

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AB InBev reports drop in earnings

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Osman Arbee, double winner at CFO Awards 2016, ready for new challenge at Imperial

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Top CFOs discuss their appetite for risk during November's CFO breakfast

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ABSA Capital, RMB and Nedbank big winners at JSE Spire awards

ABSA Capital, Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) and Nedbank took home big awards at the 15th annual Spire awards, hosted by the JSE. ABSA Capital, RMB and Nedbank were crowned winners of the Best Bonds House, Best Fixed Income and Currencies House, Best FX House and Best Research House and Best Interest Derivative House respectively. RMB alone took home a total of 11 awards on the evening. Bernard Claassens (pictured), Manager: Fixed Income at the JSE, said:

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Discovery on its way to establishing own bank

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Gold Fields to invest $1.4 billion in Ghanaian gold mine

South African gold producer Gold Fields, which has mines from Australia to South Africa to Peru, will invest $1.4 billion to extend by eight years the life of its Damang operation in Ghana. The investment, which will be paid over the eight-year period, will keep the mine in operation until 2024.

Local currency and DFIs: an opportunity for African financing - Standard Bank at #findaba16

Standard Bank treasurer Paul Burgoyne brought together a strong panel at the Finance Indaba Africa on 13 October 2016, to discuss accessing liquidity in Africa. The speakers included CFO and VP of Olam International, Bikash Prasad, as well as three Standard Bank team members: head of institutional sales Africa, Mark Kalil, VP for power and infrastructure finance, George Kotsovos, and global head: client solutions & distribution, global markets Steve Barnes.

No fees will cost SA fiscus R250 billion over three years

Most of us are surely well aware of the recent protests around the #FeesMustFall movement, which has seen thousands of students demonstrate against fee increases and appeal for free higher education. In a recent presentation to MPs, the Parliamentary Budget Office projected that fee-free education at universities would cost South Africa around R250 billion over a three-year period.

People, not technology, give data meaning, says CGMA study

In a Volatile Uncertain Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA) world, management accountants are expected to provide better support for decision-making, performance management and ongoing ‘insight’, in the form of financial and non-financial data. According to a latest CGMA research, ‘Business analytics and decision making – The human dimension’, analytics has little to do with technology. It is people, not technology, who give data meaning. While there may be technical issues to address, such as getting access to data, combining data sets or integrating financial data with data generated from social media or ‘connected things’, no analytical tool can do more than augment or complement what is a cognitive and sometimes social process. Generating insight is an inherently human trait. Thus, business intelligence resides not in the data warehouse but in the minds of people.

Public sector CFOs must adapt quickly to change, says Irene Mathatho, CFO of the Companies Tribunal

Growing up in a rural village in Mokopane, Limpopo, Irene Mathatho, current CFO of the Companies Tribunal, didn’t have a role model. But she liked to read and loved to learn. “I even found it interesting going to the bank, watching the tellers. I used to think, one day I want to be somewhere in these offices,” she recalls. Discovering she had a natural aptitude for accounting, Irene chose to embrace this, though she laughs when she says she wasn’t aware of all the hard work a career in finance would entail. The Companies Tribunal is an agency of the Department of Trade and Industry (dti). It was established in terms of the Companies Act No. 71 of 2008 to adjudicate applications made in terms of Section 195 of the Act and resolve disputes through mediation, conciliation and arbitration. As CFO, Irene oversees the full finance function. Given the relative newness of the entity – it was established in 2012 – her job is not without plentiful challenges. We chatted to Irene about what she’s achieved since taking up the position and how she’s finding life in the public sector. Tell us about your current role and your team. “I am the first CFO at the Companies Tribunal. When it was established, many of the functions were outsourced to KPMG, including some of the CFO functions. I had to begin by reviewing some policies that KPMG developed and devise my own. I also had to align policies to processes. I’m responsible for the overall management of the finances and the preparation of financial reports, supply chain management, risk management, payroll management, asset management and strategic planning. I also need to ensure compliance with the Public Finance Management Act, as well as that everything complies with generally recognised accounting practices.”

FSB imposes R2.5 million fine on Discovery

Discovery Life has been issued with a R2.5 million administrative penalty by the Financial Services Board (FSB) for contravening section 3A of the General Code of Conduct for Financial Service Providers. The contravention pertains to Discovery’s recruitment of several financial advisers and the inclusion of sign-on bonuses. According to reports, the group finalised employment offers one day after amendments to section 3A of the code came into effect. According to the amendment, a Category I financial services provider authorised or appointed to give advice may not receive a sign-on bonus, and no person may offer or provide a sign-on bonus to any person as an incentive to becoming a Category I provider. A Discovery spokesperson has been quoted in the media as saying that while the paperwork in respect of the appointments was concluded post the publication of the regulations, the negotiations and process were done ahead of the deadline. Discovery has, however, reversed the payments made to the advisers as per the agreement with the FSB.

Surviving In An Age of Radical Uncertainty - SAICA session with Terry Moore at #findaba16

“We have no idea where and who our competitors are anymore,” .said business expert Terry Moore in a workshop at the Finance Indaba Africa facilitated by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA). In his talk, titled Surviving In An Age of Radical Uncertainty he explored the challenges and opportunities facing chartered accountants and businesses in general.

CFOs, take note: integrated reporting improves value, cash and forecasts - #science

Integrated reporting improves firm value, cash flows, and analyst forecast accuracy. It also leads to more dedicated long-term investors. That is the conclusion of four academics in this guest article written exclusively for CFO South Africa, based on research they conducted with financial support of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). Using mostly South African data, they argue that CFOs should care deeply about integrated reporting. By Mary E. Barth, Steven F. Cahan, Li Chen, and Elmar R. Venter* Since the financial crisis, several questions have been raised about the appropriateness of the traditional corporate reporting model. Key statistics highlight some of these concerns about corporate reporting. In 1975, around 83 percent of the market value of S&P 500 firms could be explained by physical and financial assets; by 2009, that number dropped to 19 percent. The remaining 81 percent consist of intangibles; most of which are currently not communicated to investors. Bob Laux, senior director financial accounting and reporting at Microsoft, argues that “the value-drivers of a company are increasingly intangible and include items such as intellectual and human capital as well as environmental, social and governance issues”. In his view, such changes in the ways in which company value is created are not matched by developments in corporate reporting. In line with this concern about unreported value drivers, EY points out that, on average, the number of pages devoted to noting disclosure in financial statements and in management discussion and analysis quadrupled from 1972 to 2012. Former United States vice president, Al Gore, and David Blood warn that “despite the volume and frequency of information made available by companies, access to more data for public equity investors has not necessarily translated into more comprehensive insight on companies”. Adding to the disclosure burden may therefore not necessarily be the solution to the unreported value drivers. The proponents of integrated reporting see it as the solution to this vexatious issue. In this article, we briefly discuss what integrated reporting is (and what it is not), together with some of the academic evidence emerging on the benefits of integrated reporting. What is integrated reporting?

Welcome to the new accounting - Blackline at #findaba16

With the introduction of the new accounting software, Blackline, organisations can manage the entire accounting and finance lifecycle and gain a global view into tasks and processes, all in one centralised, secure and reliable system. These were the words of Josh May, the Senior Solutions Consultant and Product Manager at Blackline, who gave a presentation on how the software works during Finance Indaba Africa held at Sandton Convention Centre on 13 and 14 October 2016. By Tiisetso Tlelima

Retailer Lewis anticipates 45% profit drop

Lewis announced on 21 October that the National Credit Regulator's (NCR) affordability assessment guidelines, along with the currently tough economic times, have led to the retailer’s profit dropping by up to 45% in half-year trading. The company said in a statement:

Zimbabwe settles its IMF debt

Zimbabwe has cleared its 15-year-old financial arrears with the IMF, making itself current on all its financial obligations to the institution.

Global investment firm buys KWV for R1.15 billion

UK-based investment group Vasari has finalised its acquisition of the operational assets of KWV for a sum of R1.15 billion. Vasari sees the South African wine and spirits producer as a “strategic asset” that will enable it to capitalise on growth opportunities in the wine and brandy sector. KWV was sold to Vasari by Niveus Holdings, the listed investment holding company majority controlled by HCI. John Copelyn, HCI CEO, writing in the company’s latest annual report, said that the exit from KWV was “very lucrative”, and that “the price achieved effectively doubled the value of Niveus’s investment over five years”. Boyce Lloyd (pictured), an SABMiller executive with more than 20 years of experience in the beverage industry, will become the new KWV CEO from November. Until recently Lloyd was the integration director for the AB InBev-SABMiller merger. Vasari has investments in various areas, such as alcoholic beverages, confectionary, soft drinks, and foods, across various markets, including Europe, Africa and Asia. Among its brands are independent Scotch whisky producer Whyte & Mackay, and Ethiopian brewer, Dashen Brewery.

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Bruno Bayet new CFO for Lafarge Africa

Lafarge Africa has announced the appointment of a new CFO, Bruno Bayet (pictured), effective 1 October 2016. Prior to becoming CFO of Lafarge Africa Bayet was the Strategy Director; a position he held since April this year. Bayet, a Belgian, was Manager, Corporate Finance, with PwC from 1998 to 2005, and Senior Analyst in the Investments team of Groupe Bruxelles Lambert from 2005 to 2011. Before joining Lafarge, Bayet was an executive committee member of Enterprise Generale Malta Forrest (RDC) from 2011 to 2013, having gained over 15 years of experience in the construction and materials industry. He was appointed Director of Ashakacem Plc in later 2013, combining the role of CFO in September 2014. Bayet holds a Business Engineering degree from Universite Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium, and completed his Master’s in Business Administration at Georgetown University, specialising in Financial Risks Management.

Zambian team reigns supreme in CFO Case Study Competition - #findaba16

Team Athena from the Copperbelt University in Zambia were crowned the winners of the first edition of the CharterQuest CFO Case Study Competition at the rock-star conclusion of the Finance Indaba Africa at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg on 14 October 2016.

FNB named 'Most Innovative Bank' at the African FinTech Awards 2016 - #afta16 #findaba16

FNB has been named the ‘Most Innovative Bank’ of 2016. At the African FinTech Awards (#afta16), a heavyweight panel of judges chose the popular bank over fellow finalists Absa and Standard Bank in the ‘Incumbent Bank’ category. FNB also received the most online votes, taking home the ‘Public Award’ in the same category.

Newest Thomson Reuters Data and Innovation Lab Launches in CT

Thomson Reuters has launched its newest Data and Innovation Lab, located in Cape Town. The lab will see Thomson Reuters engage with the region’s vibrant innovation ecosystem and dynamic start-up community. The Labs have two primary objectives: innovation and partnership. Innovation will come through driving creative conversations with customers and partners through open events and rapid prototyping, while partnership involves collaboration and co-creation with startups and other partners to put new technology and business models into practice. Mona Vernon (pictured), vice president of Thomson Reuters Labs, said:

Zero-based budgeting: Accenture's Madeleine Joubert explains it all - #findaba16

Most CFOs think that good budgeting means cutting costs instead of looking at ways to stop wasteful spending, said Accenture’s Madeleine Joubert during Finance Indaba Africa, which was held at the Sandton Convention Centre on 13 and 14 October 2016. But zero-based budgeting means focusing on both top and bottom line, she explained. "It’s not about cutting costs, but redirecting the money.”

MTN invests millions in Iran's taxi-hailing app, 'Snapp'

MTN has agreed to make a €20-million investment in support of Iran’s first taxi-hailing smartphone application, Snapp. This as the telecoms company tries to repatriate R15.4 billion from the country, following the lifting of US-led economic sanctions, and strengthen its ties with the Middle Eastern nation. According to Shahram Shahkar, Snapp founder and CEO (pictured), the money will be used by the app’s owner, Iran Internet Group, which operates and invests in start-up and e-commerce companies, to expand the company’s service offering to other cities.

CFOs need to be more hands-on in curbing cyber attacks - KPMG at #findaba16

In his presentation titled The Inconvenient Truth About Cybersecurity at CFO South Africa’s Finance Indaba Africa, which took place on 14 October 2016, KPMG Cyber Security Manager Nathan Desfontaines called on CFOs to be more involved in finding solutions to dealing with cyber attacks in their organisations.

Riding the tides of African volatility: Standard Bank discusses the continent - #findaba16

The “Africa rising” narrative that dominated headlines ten years ago has taken an anecdotal beating, affected by the downturn in commodities, and several of the continent’s biggest economies being plagued with poor growth, both private and public corruption, and political bad news. But, investment wise, does that mean Africa is no longer a strong growth space? Do investors consider this bubble burst?

Regulatory change: Strategic friend or compliance foe? KPMG rocks #findaba16

Political upheaval, King IV and ethical leadership were all on the agenda as some of KPMG’s leading minds applied themselves to the question of regulatory change and its impact on business at the Finance Indaba Africa at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg on 14 October in an entertaining session hosted by the multinational auditor.

Grant Thornton's Oupa Mbokodo: Internal auditors must stop policing organisations

During CFO South Africa’s Finance Indaba Africa held at the Sandton Convention Centre on 13 and 14 October 2016, Head of the Advisory IT at Grant Thornton, Oupa Mbokodo warned internal auditors about playing a policing role in an organisation and encouraged them to employ a more integrated thinking approach to their audits.

One ERP to rule them all - SAP making waves at #findaba16

“One ERP is not about creating a utopia, but using technology to create an illusion of a single interface for things like cash and shared service centre management. Robotics is fantastic – we have a lab in Germany dedicated to playing around with – but most robots today only fix things that are broken.”

Cocktail function: KPMG chairman Ahmed Jaffer talks change and business - #findaba16

How should smart leaders position their organisations for change? That was the central question in a through-provoking keynote from KPMG chairman Ahmed Jaffer at the firm's cocktail function on 13 October 2016 at the Finance Indaba Africa. The event was one of the highlights of #findaba16, with the who's who of CFOs and corporate South Africa enjoying the entertainment, food & drinks and networking.

Take lessons and inspiration #findaba16 back to work: SAICA CEO Terence Nombembe

"Let's take the lessons and the inspiration from the Finance Indaba Africa with us and use it in our daily jobs," said SAICA CEO Terence Nombembe at the opening of day 2 of #findaba16. In an impassioned plea, he called on finance professionals to start contributing more to the future of South Africa, listing several practical steps for CA(SA)s and other finance professionals. "All of us need to be courageous enough."

Finance Indaba Africa 2016 - Day 1 Roundup - #findaba16

Well over 3000 finance professionals came to the Sandton Convention Centre on 13 October for the first day of the very first Finance Indaba Africa, an expo and conference that has announced itself as the annual highlight on the calendar of South Africa's finance professionals. With 75 exhibitors, 120 speakers and incredible energy levels, the success of the event was firmly established - attendees and partner organisations alike enjoying massive value from the interactions, learning and sharing of knowledge.

How McDonald's stays ahead - #findaba16 chat with CFO Zafar Mahomed

Keeping track of what happens in the business and measuring everything is what makes McDonald’s flourish as a business, conference attendees heard during Finance Indaba Africa which took place at the Sandton Convention Centre on 13 and 14 October 2016.

2016 African FinTech Awards: Towards a financially inclusive continent - #afta16 #findaba16

Servicing the millions of unbanked citizens of Africa and bringing them into the mainstream economy through FinTech innovations – the mission of many startups – can thwart poverty and other social ills, as well as enable the continent to compete on a level footing with the rest of the world. This was the core message coming out of the opening discussion of the African FinTech Awards at the 2016 Finance Indaba Africa at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg on 13 October 2016.

Vusi Thembekwayo opens Finance Indaba with thought-provoking innovation talk - #findaba16

Can you unlearn what you know and learn what you not yet understand? That is what maverick investor, disruptor and global speaker Vusi Thembekwayo asked finance professionals during the energetic and thought-provoking speech that officially opened Finance Indaba Africa 2016 in the morning of 13 October 2016.. "Are you able to innovate and build a business for the future?"

It's time! Finance professionals flock to Finance Indaba Africa - #findaba16

The day that finance professionals have been looking forward to for many months has finally arrived - it is time for Finance Indaba Africa! With two days of learning, inspiration and unparalleled networking, the inaugural event has already established itself as the biggest conference and expo for African finance teams in the world. The numbers are impressive: 13 & 14 October 2016, Sandton Convention Centre, 5000 attendees, 120 sessions with speakers and discussions and 75 exhibitors.

Finance Indaba 2016: Champions of financial inclusion

"We understand the world of fintech through our mobile expertise and having launched a financial services product in a regulated environment," says Ahmed Cassim, Chief Commercial Officer of Hello Group, a gold partner at the Finance Indaba Africa 2016 on 13 and 14 October 2016 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

Finance Indaba programme: Entrepreneurship, risk and return - #findaba16

The Finance Indaba Africa 2016 is almost upon us and it is time to start looking at what exactly lies ahead at the Sandton Convention Centre on 13 and 14 October 2016. Every day until the event, we will shine a light on the parts of the amazing programme. Today: Entrepreneurship, risk and return, an awesome programme on 14 October 2016.

Finance Indaba 2016: Cellulant is all about transforming Africa

"FinTech is completely revolutionising the speed, the scale and the cost of getting services to the people. This is transformational for Africa – and it is this transformation that drives Cellulant to continue realising this for millions of consumers and thousands of businesses," says Ken Njoroge, Group CEO of Cellulant, a silver partner at the Finance Indaba Africa 2016 on 13 and 14 October 2016 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

Finance Indaba 2016: Meniga brings banks and clients closer together

"A single platform can become the main source of information for all digital channels, not only enabling banks and other financial institutions to offer their clients an engaging experience, but also solving simple problems related to the integration of data and reducing infrastructure costs," says Jakub Piotrowski, CRO and Head of Customer Engagement at Meniga, a silver partner at the Finance Indaba Africa 2016 on 13 and 14 October 2016 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

CFO cocktail event closes Finance Indaba - exclusive insights from Euler Hermes

To close the Finance Indaba Africa in style, CFOs and FDs are invited to an exclusive CFO South Africa cocktail function, in collaboration with global credit insurance company Euler Hermes. One of Europe's most revered analysts, chief economist Ludovic Subran, will give a insightful talk about the biggest risks that (South) African CFOs are facing and the best ways to deal with it. To warm up for the main event, we asked Ludovic a few questions.

Finance Indaba programme: The Future of FinTech - #findaba16

The Finance Indaba Africa 2016 is almost upon us and it is time to start looking at what exactly lies ahead at the Sandton Convention Centre on 13 and 14 October 2016. Every day until the event, we will shine a light on the parts of the amazing programme. Today: The Future of FinTech, an exhilarating programme on 13 October 2016.

CFOs reject mandatory audit rotation: CFO Forum chair Christine Ramon

Introduction of mandatory audit firm rotation will “dilute the oversight role of audit committees and of shareholder rights”, says Christine Ramon, award-winning CFO of AngloGold Ashanti and chairperson of the CFO Forum, a lobby group of finance executives for large listed companies and state-owned entities.

Entertainment galore at Finance Indaba Africa, thanks to National Arts Council

The Finance Indaba Africa is the annual one-stop-shop for everything finance professionals need to know to grow their careers and help the country and continent prosper. It is only fitting that some of South Africa's most exciting home-grown artists will be on stage to provide the entertainment during the event Their performances are kindly sponsored by the National Arts Council of South Africa, with Young CFO of the Year Dumisani Dlamini as its driving forces.

Accenture at the Finance Indaba: crucial insights into Zero-Based budgeting

"Zero-Based Budgeting is a new way of budgeting annually to allow business to prioritise and investing in activities that will drive competitive advantage and revenue growth," says Dr Madeleine Joubert, Finance and Enterprise Performance Lead at Accenture. "Companies should consider removing waste and freeing up capital that can then be turned to more lucrative activities. At the Indaba, we’ll provide them with the insights and expertise on how to achieve exactly that."

Finance Indaba programme: Leading with data and insight - #findaba16

The Finance Indaba Africa 2016 is almost upon us and it is time to start looking at what exactly lies ahead at the Sandton Convention Centre on 13 and 14 October 2016. Every day until the event, we will shine a light on the parts of the amazing programme. Today: Finance leading with data and insight, a two-day programme opening up the world of analytics and technology.

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