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International investors are eyeing African healthcare, says KPMG's Anuschka Coovadia

While money is increasingly flowing into Africa for private healthcare initiatives and South Africa is embarking on the rollout of the National Health Insurance (NHI) system, there is a high demand for multi-skilled finance leaders to deal with that inflow. “We need a whole generation of multi-skilled, passionate people with an interest in healthcare,” says Dr Anuschka Coovadia, head of Healthcare Africa for KPMG.

Garry Pita appointed Transnet Group CFO

State-owned Transnet has permanently appointed Garry Pita (pictured) as Group CFO, with effect from 1 February 2016. In August last year, Pita was appointed acting Group CFO, taking the place of Anoj Singh, who was seconded to Eskom.

Newsletter: The success of Alexander Forbes CFO Deon Viljoen | SA to see poor economic growth in 2016 | Grooming future leaders: the CFO Case Study Challenge

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Tim Cohen appointed editor of Business Day

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RMB's Africa Outlook 2016 - hawkish monetary policy predicted

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S&P gives African Bank negative outlook

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SA to see poor economic growth in 2016, says FocusEconomics

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Newsletter: Skilled local resources key in Africa | Great CFOs have entrepreneurial flair | Africa Outlook 2016: GDP growth in a slump

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The dinner brought together the CFOs of the Year from 2014 and 2015, Simon Ridley (Standard Bank) and Deon Viljoen (Alexander Forbes), and a host of other business leaders. Read more exclusive articles on CFO.co.za - RMB's Africa Outlook 2016 – GDP growth in a slump - CFO Anoj Singh appointed Eskom treasurer - Lamelle research laboraties takes the next step with 4Most - CIMA updates the Certificate in Business Accounting - Sub-Saharan Africa seen as promising consumer market, says Agility ... - SA reports trade surplus of R8.2 billion - Ratings outlook for Africa 2016 RSVP CFO Event "Get Smart in 2016" Tuesday 23 February 16.00 - 20.00 - Summer Place - Sandton We invite you to join us for the CFO South Africa event Get Smart in 2016 - Move like a butterfly - sting like a bee. How can we improve the agility and resilience of your organisation in volatile and uncertain times? How do you create flexibility and ensure your scarce resources are allocated to the most critical tasks? 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Panel: Bikash Prasad, CFO Olam International, Belinda O'Neill, Executive Finance MTN & Sean Doherty, CFO IB Standard Bank. 16.30 Public Sector round table smart government Being able to provide an outstanding service and experience to citizens is an important task for governments around the world. Not only does it make for happy citizens but it also saves costs, time and improves the morale of civil servants. Restoring citizens' confidence in public institutions means demonstrating competence in providing better value for their hard-earned tax money. What can finance teams in government do to improve agility and customer focus? How can you allocate scarce resources to ensure critical tasks are assured but your organisation remains forward looking and customer centric. Facilitated by KPMG - with Edson Magondo, Director KPMG. 18.00 CFO Café Interact, learn, connect and discuss the challenges that you are facing with your peers over a drink at the CFO Café. Build your network and meet other top CFOs and financials. We offer you a great afternoon of peer to peer discussions and knowledge sharing. Register here now. Sponsors CFO South Africa Event: Continuous Professional Development Points Did you know all events of CFO South Africa are eligible for SAICA CPD points? By attending CFO South Africa's events and training courses you will stay compliant. Visit Finance Indaba Africa Visit the Finance Indaba 13 & 14 October at the Sandton Convention Centre and boost your profits by 100%. Finance Indaba Africa is the biggest annual expo and conference for finance professionals. It brings together peers technology suppliers, platforms, banks, tools, specialists, CFOs and thought leaders. Over 5,000 visitors tap into a wealth of resources, knowhow and inspiration. Gain unparalleled insights. Cut costs dramatically, send sales & productivity through the roof and boost your company's profits by 100 percent. RSVP NOW HERE. We are calling for speakers Are you enabling businesses to cut costs, boost sales, productivity and company profits? Don't miss out the chance to connect with new prospects, to brand your company and to become more successful. Share your ideas at the Finance Indaba and help the country grow. Please contact Graham Fehrsen at [email protected] or at +27 11 083 7515. Also read more about the call for speakers. Diamond Partners CFO Awards 2016 - Reserve your table now Buy a table for the CFO Awards and meet 300 of South Africa's leading CFOs. Demonstrate thought leadership, extend your network and develop business. You are seated with CFOs and finance directors from the top companies of South Africa. You are also more than welcome to join the CFO Conference preceding the CFO Awards dinner with your colleagues. Join us Thursday 12 May 2016 at the beautiful Summer Place. Don't wait too long, first come, first served. Become a partner or attend with your finance team and buy a table here. 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Register now for these events and boost your company, network, career and knowledge. CFO South Africa Events in 2016 Feb 23 Johannesburg | Get Smart in 2016 Mar 16 Johannesburg | Moving into Africa in 2016 Apr 6 Johannesburg | Capital & Finance May 12 Johannesburg | CFO Awards 2016 Register now for one of the upcoming CFO South Africa Events. Please note that all our CFO South Africa events are for senior financial executives. CFO South Africa offers Platinum memberships to CFOs and finance directors. For more information please have a look here and contact Jurrien Morsch at [email protected]. Stay connected with CFO South Africa Follow CFO South Africa on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook Stay up to date on what is happening in the world of finance by following us on Twitter @CFOSouthAfrica, LinkedIn and Facebook. Next to that you can keep track of newly published interviews with CFOs and CEOs. Feel free to contact us Any suggestions or comments are welcome. 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CFO Anoj Singh appointed Eskom treasurer

Following Caroline Henry's resignation as treasurer of Eskom, the state-owned power utility appointed group CFO and multiple CFO South Africa Awards winner, Anoj Singh (pictured), as treasurer, effective 1 February 2016.

Krishnan Raghunathan (WNS): great CFOs have entrepreneurial flair

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CIMA updates the Certificate in Business Accounting

In a bid to remain relevant in today's fast-paced world of business, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) has updated the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting (Cert BA) in accord with global standards. Zahra Cassim (pictured), Head of CIMA South Africa, says the qualification is designed to help people develop their skills and potential, and elevate them to success. She said:

Skilled local resources key in Africa, says Illovo CFO Mohammed Abdool-Samad

Africa is complex and diverse, so here’s a secret tip from Mohammed Hoosen Abdool-Samad, finance director at Illovo Sugar. “To succeed, you need to have a deep understanding of the political and macroeconomic landscape. This can only be done by having skilled and experienced local resources that understand the business environment. Overreliance on expats can result in the business being ‘unplugged’ from the local business environment."

SA reports trade surplus of R8.2 billion

In December 2015, South Africa posted a trade surplus of R8.2 billion; this as a result of factories cutting down on machinery and equipment imports during the year-end Christmas and holiday season.

RMB's Africa Outlook 2016 - GDP growth in a slump

Oil-exporting economies like Nigeria and Angola will continue to be hardest hit when it comes to the slowing momentum of GDP growth in Africa. In this first part of RMB's Africa outlook 2016, authors Celeste Fauconnier, Nema Ramkhelawan-Bhana and Neville Mandimika look at the expected real GDP growth in selected economies and the long list of risks to growth.

Sub-Saharan Africa seen as promising consumer market, says Agility survey

The recently released 'Agility Emerging Markets Logistics Index 2016' offers interesting insight into worldwide markets. It also pegs consumer spending by a fast-growing middle class as important a growth driver for Africa as mineral and resource demand. In the survey, industry executives ranked South Africa, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria as the most promising markets in Sub-Saharan Africa. According to the more than 1,100 executives who responded to the survey, poor infrastructure, lack of power generation and corruption pose the greatest risk to African economies.

Ratings outlook for Africa 2016

According to Fitch Ratings, lower commodity prices this year, along with a stronger US dollar, could exert downward pressure on credit ratings in emerging markets, including the Middle East, Africa and Latin America.

Judges 2016 CFO Awards swap notes during exclusive dinner

The mood was warm and jovial during an exclusive dinner for the panel of judges of the 2016 CFO Awardsand winners of last year's awards, hosted by CFO South Africa at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Rosebank on 27 January 2016. The gathering allowed the judges to prepare for the judging process for this year's prestigious awards, but - most of all - gave them an opportunity to catch up and network. The dinner brought together the CFOs of the Year from 2014 and 2015, Simon Ridley (Standard Bank) and Deon Viljoen (Alexander Forbes), and a host of other business leaders.

Newsletter: Major business risks identified | CFO South Africa sponsors DealMakers Award

CFO South Africa Newsletter | Thursday 28 January Dear CFO South Africa Member, Read Exclusive CFO South Africa Articles Major business risks identified According to the 2016 Allianz Risk Barometer, which surveyed over 800 risk managers and insurance experts from more than 40 countries, the top three leading risks for businesses in Africa and the Middle East are macroeconomic developments (44%), market developments (44%) and changes in legislation and regulation (32%). CFO South Africa sponsors DealMakers Award CFO South Africa will be the sponsor of the Reporting Accountants category during the 15th DealMakers Annual Gala Awards Banquet on 16 February 2016 at The Ballroom of the Sandton Convention Centre. Regarded as the Oscars of the South African M&A world, the awards celebrate the best performing M&A services firms over the past year. Dean Thompson appointed CEO of EnviroServ Dean Thompson has been appointed group CEO of waste management company, EnviroServ. Thompson takes over from Des Gordon, who served as the company's CEO for 18 years, resigning at the end of 2015 for personal reasons. The company believes Thompson's background makes him an exceptional fit for this role. Read more exclusive articles on CFO.co.za - Bikash Prasad, Africa CFO Olam International: Africa can feed the w... - African Bank Good Bank re-launch on track - CFO South Africa partners with Thomson Reuters - JSE opens Cape Town office - Jason Kazilimani, CEO KPMG Zambia: power and agri biggest opportuni... - Junior Ngulube appointed CEO of new Sanlam Corporate division RSVP CFO Event "Get Smart in 2016" Tuesday 23 February 16.00 - 20.00 - Summer Place - Sandton We invite you to join us for the CFO South Africa event Get Smart in 2016 - Move like a butterfly - sting like a bee. How can we improve the agility and resilience of your organisation in volatile and uncertain times? How do you create flexibility and ensure your scarce resources are allocated to the most critical tasks? Join us as we consider the options available to CFOs in creating agile, flexible and responsive finance functions and organisations. Finance functions that are 2016 and 2017 ready and are able to deliver superior value to the business. Program 16.00 Opening & Reception 16.30 Master Class - Move like a butterfly, sting like a bee Do you sometimes wish you could be as fast and flexible as a startup? Without losing the strength and stability of a well established corporate? Let’s investigate and discuss if and how we can make this possible! The answer should be somewhere in the way we align our People, Process and Technology. Some questions to consider: Is BPO the answer to flexibility? It might offer us the solutions to time, accuracy, transparency and business partnering challenges. What about the possibilities of new technologies like cloud solutions? Or is the answer in the way we manage people? Speakers: Specialists from KPMG, Oracle & WNS. Panel: Bikash Prasad, CFO Olam International, Belinda O'Neill, Executive Finance MTN & Sean Doherty, CFO IB Standard Bank. 16.30 Public Sector round table smart government Being able to provide an outstanding service and experience to citizens is an important task for governments around the world. Not only does it make for happy citizens but it also saves costs, time and improves the morale of civil servants. Restoring citizens' confidence in public institutions means demonstrating competence in providing better value for their hard-earned tax money. What can finance teams in government do to improve agility and customer focus? How can you allocate scarce resources to ensure critical tasks are assured but your organisation remains forward looking and customer centric. Facilitated by KPMG - with Edson Magondo, Director KPMG. 18.00 CFO Café Interact, learn, connect and discuss the challenges that you are facing with your peers over a drink at the CFO Café. Build your network and meet other top CFOs and financials. We offer you a great afternoon of peer to peer discussions and knowledge sharing. Register here now. Sponsors CFO South Africa Event: Continuous Professional Development Points Did you know all events of CFO South Africa are eligible for SAICA CPD points? By attending CFO South Africa's events and training courses you will stay compliant. Visit Finance Indaba Africa Visit the Finance Indaba 13 & 14 October at the Sandton Convention Centre and boost your profits by 100%. Finance Indaba Africa is the biggest annual expo and conference for finance professionals. It brings together peers technology suppliers, platforms, banks, tools, specialists, CFOs and thought leaders. Over 5,000 visitors tap into a wealth of resources, knowhow and inspiration. Gain unparalleled insights. Cut costs dramatically, send sales & productivity through the roof and boost your company's profits by 100 percent. RSVP NOW HERE. We are calling for speakers Are you enabling businesses to cut costs, boost sales, productivity and company profits? Don't miss out the chance to connect with new prospects, to brand your company and to become more successful. Share your ideas at the Finance Indaba and help the country grow. Please contact Graham Fehrsen at [email protected] or at +27 11 083 7515. Also read more about the call for speakers and see the latest Business Day advertisement. Diamond Partners CFO Awards 2016 - Reserve your table now Buy a table for the CFO Awards and meet 300 of South Africa's leading CFOs. Demonstrate thought leadership, extend your network and develop business. You are seated with CFOs and finance directors from the top companies of South Africa. You are also more than welcome to join the CFO Conference preceding the CFO Awards dinner with your colleagues. Join us Thursday 12 May 2016 at the beautiful Summer Place. Don't wait too long, first come, first served. Become a partner or attend with your finance team and buy a table here. For more information check out CFOAwards.co.za. Join the ultimate peer to peer advisory network Various CFOs and finance directors from Eskom, Nedbank, Transnet, Alexander Forbes Standard Charered Bank, Hollard, Absa, Servest, Business Connexion and Super Group are members of CFO South Africa. Your peers understand best the issues you face and the challenges that impact your business. Together you will share your experiences at CFO South Africa’s events and help you advance in your career, company and knowledge. Get introduced to experienced colleagues that are happy to share their knowledge with you. Peer-to-peer consulting is by far the best and most cost effective way to help you solve problems. Are you interested? Please see our membership page for more information here. Upcoming CFO South Africa Events Join the CFO Events with inspiring hosts and experts who will share their insights and experiences with you. Register now for these events and boost your company, network, career and knowledge. CFO South Africa Events in 2016 Feb 23 Johannesburg | Get Smart in 2016 Mar 16 Johannesburg | Moving into Africa in 2016 Apr 6 Johannesburg | Capital & Finance May 12 Johannesburg | CFO Awards 2016 Register now for one of the upcoming CFO South Africa Events. Please note that all our CFO South Africa events are for senior financial executives. CFO South Africa offers Platinum memberships to CFOs and finance directors. For more information please have a look here and contact Jurrien Morsch at [email protected]. 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Major business risks identified - Allianz Risk Barometer

According to the 2016 Allianz Risk Barometer, which surveyed over 800 risk managers and insurance experts from more than 40 countries, the top three leading risks for businesses in Africa and the Middle East are macroeconomic developments (44%), market developments (44%) and changes in legislation and regulation (32%).

CFO South Africa sponsors DealMakers Award

CFO South Africa will be the sponsor of the Reporting Accountants category during the 15th DealMakers Annual Gala Awards Banquet on 16 February 2016 at The Ballroom of the Sandton Convention Centre. Regarded as the Oscars of the South African M&A world, the awards celebrate the best performing M&A services firms over the past year.

Dean Thompson appointed CEO of EnviroServ

Dean Thompson has been appointed group CEO of waste management company, EnviroServ. Thompson takes over from Des Gordon, who served as the company's CEO for 18 years, resigning at the end of 2015 for personal reasons.

Bikash Prasad, Africa CFO Olam International: Africa can feed the world

A conversation with Bikash Prasad always includes exclamations like “I am passionate about Africa” and “we are very bullish about the continent”. The finance wizard, nominated for the 2015 CFO Awards, readily dishes up facts and figures about Africa’s economic opportunities. “Olam’s investment in Africa in the last five years is over a billion dollars. It is humongous.”

African Bank Good Bank re-launch on track

Monday 4 April 2016 has been designated the official launch date of African Bank Good Bank. The institution was granted its banking license in December 2015, on the condition that it diversified. This diversification will take the form of new customers, products and channels.

CFO South Africa partners with Thomson Reuters

CFO South Africa announced that Thomson Reuters, the world's leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, will be among the key sponsors of the CFO South Africa events and CFO Awards in 2016.

JSE opens Cape Town office

The Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) has decided to open an office in Cape Town - a city which is becoming an increasingly important hub in the country's financial services industry.

Jason Kazilimani, CEO KPMG Zambia: power and agri biggest opportunities

“CFOs that don’t read and don’t network, won’t grow,” says Jason Kazilimani, senior partner and chief executive officer at KPMG Zambia. According to the senior partner there are two types of CFOs in the country: modern, world-class finance executives with international experience and “some others that call themselves CFOs, and yet only do the bean counting”. That is why there is enormous potential to improve the skills and networking capacity of Zambian CFOs, he says. “I would like to see much more emphasis on strategy.”

Junior Ngulube appointed CEO of new Sanlam Corporate division

Insurance group Sanlam recently launched a new division called Sanlam Corporate, which will offer its corporate clients a comprehensive employee benefits solution, including life, health and general insurance, financial planning and advice, among other things. The division will be headed by Junior John Ngulube (pictured), former CEO of Munich Reinsurance Company of Africa.

Newsletter: Tough year ahead for SA, says CEO KPMG | Spectacular line-up speakers Finance Indaba Africa 2016

CFO South Africa Newsletter | Thursday 21 January Dear CFO South Africa Member, Read Exclusive CFO South Africa Articles Tough year ahead for SA, says KPMG CEO Trevor Hoole With economic growth of just 1.5% expected for 2015, it is almost certain that South Africa will only narrowly escape a technical recession, say experts. With a marginal rise in GDP growth (to 1.7%) predicted for 2016, many are concerned about the continued regressive growth in the economy. According to Trevor Hoole, CEO of KPMG South Africa, 2015 was a tough year; one which saw lower macroeconomic numbers globally but particularly in developing economies. Spectacular line-up of speakers at Finance Indaba Africa 2016 If you are a finance professional and you are wondering if there are any dates in your calendar that you should keep open, wonder no longer. The Finance Indaba Africa at the Sandton Convention Centre - on 13 and 14 October 2016 - will be the pivotal gathering for number crunchers, money wizards and finance leaders. Those dates might be far away still, but behind the scenes CFO South Africa is putting together a fantastic program - with a line-up of speakers that should entice any accountant to head over to Sandton. Old Mutual's PE unit makes multiple new investments The private equity (PE) unit of Old Mutual has bought a stake in In2Food, a local producer of ready-made meals and snacks and which makes private-label products for various supermarket chains. According to Jacci Myburgh (pictured), Old Mutual’s head of PE, the company paid between R200 million and R600 million for what he called a “significant minority stake in the company. He was unable to divulge further details due to confidentiality agreements. Read more exclusive articles on CFO.co.za - Paul Marten, CFO Microsoft SA: talking products within finance - AB InBev lists on JSE - 5 questions for Bikash Prasad, Olam's new Africa CFO - Tesla to open SA office - Edson Magondo (KPMG): diplomatically discuss inconvenient truths in... - Weak rand complicates monetary policy RSVP CFO Event "Get Smart in 2016" Tuesday 23 February 16.00 - 20.00 - Summer Place - Sandton We invite you to join us for the CFO South Africa event Get Smart in 2016 - Move like a butterfly - sting like a bee. How can we improve the agility and resilience of your organisation in volatile and uncertain times? How do you create flexibility and ensure your scarce resources are allocated to the most critical tasks? Join us as we consider the options available to CFOs in creating agile, flexible and responsive finance functions and organisations. Finance functions that are 2016 and 2017 ready and are able to deliver superior value to the business. Program 16.00 Opening & Reception 16.30 Master Class - Move like a butterfly, sting like a bee Do you sometimes wish you could be as fast and flexible as a startup? Without losing the strength and stability of a well established corporate? Let’s investigate and discuss if and how we can make this possible! The answer should be somewhere in the way we align our People, Process and Technology. Some questions to consider: Is BPO the answer to flexibility? It might offer us the solutions to time, accuracy, transparency and business partnering challenges. What about the possibilities of new technologies like cloud solutions? Or is the answer in the way we manage people? Speakers: Specialists from KPMG, Oracle & WNS. Panel: Bikash Prasad, CFO Olam International, Belinda O'Neill, Executive Finance MTN & Sean Doherty, CFO IB Standard Bank. 16.30 Public Sector round table smart government Being able to provide an outstanding service and experience to citizens is an important task for governments around the world. Not only does it make for happy citizens but it also saves costs, time and improves the morale of civil servants. Restoring citizens' confidence in public institutions means demonstrating competence in providing better value for their hard-earned tax money. What can finance teams in government do to improve agility and customer focus? How can you allocate scarce resources to ensure critical tasks are assured but your organisation remains forward looking and customer centric. Facilitated by KPMG - with Edson Magondo, Director KPMG. 18.00 CFO Café Interact, learn, connect and discuss the challenges that you are facing with your peers over a drink at the CFO Café. Build your network and meet other top CFOs and financials. We offer you a great afternoon of peer to peer discussions and knowledge sharing. Register here now. Sponsors CFO South Africa Event: Continuous Professional Development Points Did you know all events of CFO South Africa are eligible for SAICA CPD points? By attending CFO South Africa's events and training courses you will stay compliant. Visit Finance Indaba Africa Visit the Finance Indaba 13 & 14 October at the Sandton Convention Centre and boost your profits by 100%. Finance Indaba Africa is the biggest annual expo and conference for finance professionals. It brings together peers technology suppliers, platforms, banks, tools, specialists, CFOs and thought leaders. Over 5,000 visitors tap into a wealth of resources, knowhow and inspiration. Gain unparalleled insights. Cut costs dramatically, send sales & productivity through the roof and boost your company's profits by 100 percent. RSVP NOW HERE. We are calling for speakers Are you enabling businesses to cut costs, boost sales, productivity and company profits? Don't miss out the chance to connect with new prospects, to brand your company and to become more successful. Share your ideas at the Finance Indaba and help the country grow. Please contact Graham Fehrsen at [email protected] or at +27 11 083 7515. Also read more about the call for speakers and see the latest Business Day advertisement. Diamond Partners CFO Awards 2016 - Reserve your table now Buy a table for the CFO Awards and meet 300 of South Africa's leading CFOs. Demonstrate thought leadership, extend your network and develop business. You are seated with CFOs and finance directors from the top companies of South Africa. You are also more than welcome to join the CFO Conference preceding the CFO Awards dinner with your colleagues. Join us Thursday 12 May 2016 at the beautiful Summer Place. Don't wait too long, first come, first served. Become a partner or attend with your finance team and buy a table here. For more information check out CFOAwards.co.za. Join the ultimate peer to peer advisory network Various CFOs and finance directors from Eskom, Nedbank, Transnet, Alexander Forbes Standard Charered Bank, Hollard, Absa, Servest, Business Connexion and Super Group are members of CFO South Africa. Your peers understand best the issues you face and the challenges that impact your business. Together you will share your experiences at CFO South Africa’s events and help you advance in your career, company and knowledge. Get introduced to experienced colleagues that are happy to share their knowledge with you. Peer-to-peer consulting is by far the best and most cost effective way to help you solve problems. Are you interested? Please see our membership page for more information here. Upcoming CFO South Africa Events Join the CFO Events with inspiring hosts and experts who will share their insights and experiences with you. Register now for these events and boost your company, network, career and knowledge. CFO South Africa Events in 2016 Feb 23 Johannesburg | Get Smart in 2016 Mar 16 Johannesburg | Moving into Africa in 2016 Apr 6 Johannesburg | Capital & Finance May 12 Johannesburg | CFO Awards 2016 Register now for one of the upcoming CFO South Africa Events. Please note that all our CFO South Africa events are for senior financial executives. CFO South Africa offers Platinum memberships to CFOs and finance directors. For more information please have a look here and contact Jurrien Morsch at [email protected]. Stay connected with CFO South Africa Follow CFO South Africa on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook Stay up to date on what is happening in the world of finance by following us on Twitter @CFOSouthAfrica, LinkedIn and Facebook. Next to that you can keep track of newly published interviews with CFOs and CEOs. Feel free to contact us Any suggestions or comments are welcome. Kind Regards, Graham Fehrsen Managing Director CFO South Africa | [email protected] To control which emails you receive from CFO South Africa, please change your email preferences at cfo.co.za by selecting under settings "I do not want to receive emails from CFO South Africa | Finance Professionals South Africa"

Tough year ahead for SA, says KPMG CEO Trevor Hoole

With economic growth of just 1.5% expected for 2015, it is almost certain that South Africa will only narrowly escape a technical recession, say experts. With a marginal rise in GDP growth (to 1.7%) predicted for 2016, many are concerned about the continued regressive growth in the economy.

Spectacular line-up of speakers at Finance Indaba Africa 2016

If you are a finance professional and you are wondering if there are any dates in your calendar that you should keep open, wonder no longer. The Finance Indaba Africa at the Sandton Convention Centre - on 13 and 14 October 2016 - will be the pivotal gathering for number crunchers, money wizards and finance leaders. Those dates might be far away still, but behind the scenes CFO South Africa is putting together a fantastic program - with a line-up of speakers that should entice any accountant to head over to Sandton.

Paul Marten, CFO Microsoft SA: talking products within finance

“As a finance team we can bring our own products into the conversation with our business partners and our customers, by talking about how we do things at Microsoft.” Discussions about finance transformation and the evolution of the CFO can sometimes sound theoretical and dry – not so with Paul Marten, Finance Director at Microsoft South Africa. Using the same tools that his famous firm is selling, he embodies the outward looking finance leader of the 21st century.

5 questions for Bikash Prasad, Olam's new Africa CFO

Bikash Prasad has already been incredibly successful in restructuring and growing Olam International's business in Southern and Eastern Africa, notably striving to employ and develop as many local talents as possible. Recently the first hour supporter of CFO South Africa was promoted to Senior Vice President and CFO for the whole of Africa, still based out of Durban. We asked him 5 questions - here are his answers.

Tesla to open SA office

Elon Musk, the Pretoria-born innovator and business magnate, has decided to open a South African office – and possibly even factory – sometime this year.

Edson Magondo (KPMG): diplomatically discuss inconvenient truths in public sector

Proteas grow in tough terrain and a lot of patience is required before seeds can be harvested and sown again. There are surprising parallels with the growth of black accountants in South Africa – and with Edson Magondo’s own rise to prominence, as we discover during an exclusive interview with the man who heads the KPMG service offering for government, infrastructure and healthcare.

Weak rand complicates monetary policy

Daniel Mminele, Reserve Bank deputy governor (pictured), says the weaker rand and market volatility seen thus far this year have "complicated" monetary policy.

Newsletter: How to achieve a clean audit | Previous winners join judges CFO of the Year 2016

CFO South Africa Newsletter | Thursday 14 January Dear CFO South Africa Member, Read Exclusive CFO South Africa Articles How to achieve a clean audit, an interview with CFO Shabeer Khan (t... In an exclusive interview with CFO South Africa, Shabeer Khan (CFO the dti), explains how he and his dedicated team managed to achieve a clean audit. Somewhere in Pretoria there is a big government department where the financial statements reported are of the highest quality, supply chain management legislation is adhered to and wasteful expenditure is a thing of the past. In September the Minister of Trade and Industry proudly announced that the dti had just received a clean audit for the 2014/15 financial year. He also deservedly deflected much of the praise to CFO Shabeer Khan and his highly committed team. Previous winners join judges CFO of the Year 2016 Celebrated CFOs Simon Ridley (Standard Bank) and Deon Viljoen (Alexander Forbes) will be joining the panel of judges that will be interviewing and adjudicating the nominees for the 2016 CFO Awards. Simon was crowned CFO of the Year at the inaugural CFO Awards event in 2014 and Deon won the coveted title at last year's black tie extravaganza. CFO South Africa is also delighted to welcome Discovery Health CFO Brett Tromp, winner of both the Young CFO of the Year and High Performance Team Award in 2015, to the panel Gordhan puts SARS revamp on hold Recently appointed finance minister Pravin Gordhan has instructed Tom Moyane, South African Revenue Service (SARS) commissioner (pictured), to halt the implementation of his restructuring plans, pending an assessment of its implications by the minister. Read more exclusive articles on CFO.co.za - MTN acquires rival Nigerian operator, Visafone - Allan Gray gives controlling stake to charity - From the MD: Building a community of practice for CFOs in 2016 - 2016 surge anticipated for Bitcoin - Apple to cut production of iPhone 6S & 6S Plus - Matthew Birtch (Gibs): what African FinTech entrepreneurs can learn... - SA shows November trade surplus RSVP CFO Event "Get Smart in 2016" Tuesday 23 February 16.00 - 20.00 - Summer Place - Sandton We invite you to join us for the CFO South Africa event Get Smart in 2016 - Move like a butterfly - sting like a bee. How can we improve the agility and resilience of your organisation in volatile and uncertain times? How do you create flexibility and ensure your scarce resources are allocated to the most critical tasks? Join us as we consider the options available to CFOs in creating agile, flexible and responsive finance functions and organisations. Finance functions that are 2016 and 2017 ready and are able to deliver superior value to the business. Program 16.00 Opening & Reception 16.30 Master Class - Move like a butterfly, sting like a bee Do you sometimes wish you could be as fast and flexible as a startup? Without losing the strength and stability of a well established corporate? Let’s investigate and discuss if and how we can make this possible! The answer should be somewhere in the way we align our People, Process and Technology. Some questions to consider: Is BPO the answer to flexibility? It might offer us the solutions to time, accuracy, transparency and business partnering challenges. What about the possibilities of new technologies like cloud solutions? Or is the answer in the way we manage people? Speakers: Specialists from KPMG, Oracle & WNS. Panel: Bikash Prasad, CFO Olam International, Belinda O'Neill, Executive Finance MTN & Sean Doherty, CFO IB Standard Bank. 16.30 Public Sector round table smart government Being able to provide an outstanding service and experience to citizens is an important task for governments around the world. Not only does it make for happy citizens but it also saves costs, time and improves the morale of civil servants. Restoring citizens' confidence in public institutions means demonstrating competence in providing better value for their hard-earned tax money. What can finance teams in government do to improve agility and customer focus? How can you allocate scarce resources to ensure critical tasks are assured but your organisation remains forward looking and customer centric. Facilitated by KPMG - with Edson Magondo, Director KPMG. 18.00 CFO Café Interact, learn, connect and discuss the challenges that you are facing with your peers over a drink at the CFO Café. Build your network and meet other top CFOs and financials. We offer you a great afternoon of peer to peer discussions and knowledge sharing. Register here now. Sponsors CFO South Africa Event: Continuous Professional Development Points Did you know all events of CFO South Africa are eligible for SAICA CPD points? By attending CFO South Africa's events and training courses you will stay compliant. Visit Finance Indaba Africa Visit the Finance Indaba 13 & 14 October at the Sandton Convention Centre and boost your profits by 100%. Finance Indaba Africa is the biggest annual expo and conference for finance professionals. It brings together peers technology suppliers, platforms, banks, tools, specialists, CFOs and thought leaders. Over 5,000 visitors tap into a wealth of resources, knowhow and inspiration. Gain unparalleled insights. Cut costs dramatically, send sales & productivity through the roof and boost your company's profits by 100 percent. RSVP NOW HERE. We are calling for speakers Are you enabling businesses to cut costs, boost sales, productivity and company profits? Don't miss out the chance to connect with new prospects, to brand your company and to become more successful. Share your ideas at the Finance Indaba and help the country grow. Please contact Graham Fehrsen at [email protected] or at +27 11 083 7515. Also read more about the call for speakers and see the latest Business Day advertisement. Diamond Partners CFO Awards 2016 - Reserve your table now Buy a table for the CFO Awards and meet 300 of South Africa's leading CFOs. Demonstrate thought leadership, extend your network and develop business. You are seated with CFOs and finance directors from the top companies of South Africa. You are also more than welcome to join the CFO Conference preceding the CFO Awards dinner with your colleagues. Join us Thursday 12 May 2016 at the beautiful Summer Place. Don't wait too long, first come, first served. Become a partner or attend with your finance team and buy a table here. For more information check out CFOAwards.co.za. Join the ultimate peer to peer advisory network Various CFOs and finance directors from Eskom, Nedbank, Transnet, Alexander Forbes Standard Charered Bank, Hollard, Absa, Servest, Business Connexion and Super Group are members of CFO South Africa. Your peers understand best the issues you face and the challenges that impact your business. Together you will share your experiences at CFO South Africa’s events and help you advance in your career, company and knowledge. Get introduced to experienced colleagues that are happy to share their knowledge with you. Peer-to-peer consulting is by far the best and most cost effective way to help you solve problems. Are you interested? Please see our membership page for more information here. Upcoming CFO South Africa Events Join the CFO Events with inspiring hosts and experts who will share their insights and experiences with you. Register now for these events and boost your company, network, career and knowledge. CFO South Africa Events in 2016 Feb 23 Johannesburg | Get Smart in 2016 Mar 16 Johannesburg | Moving into Africa in 2016 Apr 6 Johannesburg | Capital & Finance May 12 Johannesburg | CFO Awards 2016 Register now for one of the upcoming CFO South Africa Events. Please note that all our CFO South Africa events are for senior financial executives. CFO South Africa offers Platinum memberships to CFOs and finance directors. For more information please have a look here and contact Jurrien Morsch at [email protected]. Stay connected with CFO South Africa Follow CFO South Africa on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook Stay up to date on what is happening in the world of finance by following us on Twitter @CFOSouthAfrica, LinkedIn and Facebook. Next to that you can keep track of newly published interviews with CFOs and CEOs. Feel free to contact us Any suggestions or comments are welcome. Kind Regards, Graham Fehrsen Managing Director CFO South Africa | [email protected] To control which emails you receive from CFO South Africa, please change your email preferences at cfo.co.za by selecting under settings "I do not want to receive emails from CFO South Africa | Finance Professionals South Africa"

Gordhan puts SARS revamp on hold

Recently appointed finance minister Pravin Gordhan has instructed Tom Moyane, South African Revenue Service (SARS) commissioner (pictured), to halt the implementation of his restructuring plans, pending an assessment of its implications by the minister.

Previous winners join judges CFO of the Year 2016

Celebrated CFOs Simon Ridley (Standard Bank) and Deon Viljoen (Alexander Forbes) will be joining the panel of judges that will be interviewing and adjudicating the nominees for the 2016 CFO Awards. Simon was crowned CFO of the Year at the inaugural CFO Awards event in 2014 and Deon won the coveted title at last year's black tie extravaganza. CFO South Africa is also delighted to welcome Discovery Health CFO Brett Tromp, winner of both the Young CFO of the Year and High Performance Team Award in 2015, to the panel.

MTN acquires rival Nigerian operator, Visafone

Despite the large, $3,9 billion fine imposed on it by the Nigerian Communications Commission (the matter still in court), MTN has proceeded with its planned acquisition of rival network operator, Visafone Communications.

How to achieve a clean audit, an interview with CFO Shabeer Khan (the dti)

In an exclusive interview with CFO South Africa, Shabeer Khan, chief financial officer of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), explains how he and his dedicated team managed to achieve a clean audit. Somewhere in Pretoria there is a big government department where the financial statements reported are of the highest quality, supply chain management legislation is adhered to and wasteful expenditure is a thing of the past. In September the Minister of Trade and Industry proudly announced that the dti had just received a clean audit for the 2014/15 financial year. He also deservedly deflected much of the praise to CFO Shabeer Khan and his highly committed team.

Allan Gray gives controlling stake to charity

Allan Gray and family have given their entire stake of the business – a controlling stake – to a charitable foundation. The family’s stake in the company’s offshore partner, Orbis, was also included. The move ends more than 40 years of family control of the company.

From the MD: Building a community of practice for CFOs in 2016

In my first 100 days as the MD of CFO South Africa I have been struck by the number of incredible professionals that make up the South African finance eco-system. Finance professionals who reach the top rung, regardless of whether they work in large listed entities, private companies, the public sector or any number of public, academic or non-profit organisations, have by and large arrived there on the back of their finance skills (to state the obvious). But what has struck me most is how many of these professionals are good people too. The very best are filled with humility, courage, conviction, an appropriate dose of vulnerability and very often a clear sense of purpose.

Apple to cut production of iPhone 6S & 6S Plus

According to business daily the Nikkei, it is expected that Apple Inc will decrease production of its iPhone models by some 30% in the January-March quarter, due to a surplus of existing stock.

Matthew Birtch (Gibs): what African FinTech entrepreneurs can learn from China

FinTech will fail without broadband access, says management consultant and Gibs academic Matthew Birtch. In an exclusive interview with FinTech Africa, he speaks about the role of formal education in developing the FinTech space and what local entrepreneurs can learn from China. "A big advantage of the Chinese FinTech market is that there is room for experimentation."

SA shows November trade surplus

According to the South African Revenue Service (SARS), South Africa showed a trade surplus of R1,77 billion in November, including BLNS trade – trade with Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland. This was due to exports of R94,66 billion and imports of R92,89 billion.

Newsletter: How can the CFO avoid saying no in 2016? | Zuma says SA must work harder in 2016

CFO South Africa Newsletter | Thursday 7 January Dear CFO South Africa Member, Read Exclusive CFO South Africa Articles How can the CFO avoid saying no in 2016? With some questionable political decision making, a struggling national currency and sombre messages from rating agencies pouring in, South African businesses can be forgiven to be a bit apprehensive about 2016. In the middle of it all the CFO has shifted its role from number cruncher to business partner, but with pressure around slowing growth increasing there is the danger of reverting back to the old naysayer role. How does the CFO avoid saying no in 2016? Zuma says SA must work harder in 2016 In his New Year's message to the citizens of South Africa, President Jacob Zuma said that while progress has been made in various aspects, such as student funding, medical care, social grants and international participation, among other sectors, "more hard work awaits us all in 2016 as challenges still remain". SA assets abroad surpass inflows For the first time ever recorded, the rand's slump led to the value of South African assets abroad surpassing foreign investment into the country. Read more exclusive articles on CFO.co.za - Omnia CFO Wayne Koonin on turnaround strategies and digital transfo... - Agoa agreement on shaky ground - Exclusive - Prof Mervyn King: "CFOs critical for integrated thinking" - 2016 surge anticipated for Bitcoin - Steady growth for government pension fund - SAP Business one from 4Most provides seamless integration, data int... RSVP CFO Event "Get Smart in 2016" Tuesday 23 February 16.00 - 20.00 - Summer Place - Sandton We invite you to join us for the CFO South Africa event Get Smart in 2016 - Move like a butterfly - sting like a bee. How can we improve the agility and resilience of your organisation in volatile and uncertain times? How do you create flexibility and ensure your scarce resources are allocated to the most critical tasks? Join us as we consider the options available to CFOs in creating agile, flexible and responsive finance functions and organisations. Finance functions that are 2016 and 2017 ready and are able to deliver superior value to the business. Program 16.00 Opening & Reception 16.30 Master Class - Move like a butterfly, sting like a bee Do you sometimes wish you could be as fast and flexible as a startup? Without losing the strength and stability of a well established corporate? Let’s investigate and discuss if and how we can make this possible! The answer should be somewhere in the way we align our People, Process and Technology. Some questions to consider: Is BPO the answer to flexibility? It might offer us the solutions to time, accuracy, transparency and business partnering challenges. What about the possibilities of new technologies like cloud solutions? Or is the answer in the way we manage people? Speakers: Specialists from KPMG, Oracle & WNS. Panel: Bikash Prasad, CFO Olam International, Belinda O'Neill, Executive Finance MTN & Sean Doherty, CFO IB Standard Bank. 16.30 Public Sector round table smart government Being able to provide an outstanding service and experience to citizens is an important task for governments around the world. Not only does it make for happy citizens but it also saves costs, time and improves the morale of civil servants. Restoring citizens' confidence in public institutions means demonstrating competence in providing better value for their hard-earned tax money. What can finance teams in government do to improve agility and customer focus? How can you allocate scarce resources to ensure critical tasks are assured but your organisation remains forward looking and customer centric. Facilitated by KPMG - with Edson Magondo, Director KPMG. 18.00 CFO Café Interact, learn, connect and discuss the challenges that you are facing with your peers over a drink at the CFO Café. Build your network and meet other top CFOs and financials. We offer you a great afternoon of peer to peer discussions and knowledge sharing. Register here now. Sponsors CFO South Africa Event: Continuous Professional Development Points Did you know all events of CFO South Africa are eligible for SAICA CPD points? By attending CFO South Africa's events and training courses you will stay compliant. Visit Finance Indaba Africa Visit the Finance Indaba 13 & 14 October at the Sandton Convention Centre and boost your profits by 100%. Finance Indaba Africa is the biggest annual expo and conference for finance professionals. It brings together peers technology suppliers, platforms, banks, tools, specialists, CFOs and thought leaders. Over 5,000 visitors tap into a wealth of resources, knowhow and inspiration. Gain unparalleled insights. Cut costs dramatically, send sales & productivity through the roof and boost your company's profits by 100 percent. RSVP NOW HERE. We are calling for speakers Are you enabling businesses to cut costs, boost sales, productivity and company profits? Don't miss out the chance to connect with new prospects, to brand your company and to become more successful. Share your ideas at the Finance Indaba and help the country grow. Please contact Graham Fehrsen at [email protected] or at +27 11 083 7515. Also read more about the call for speakers and see the latest Business Day advertisement. Diamond Partners CFO Awards 2016 - Reserve your table now Buy a table for the CFO Awards and meet 300 of South Africa's leading CFOs. Demonstrate thought leadership, extend your network and develop business. You are seated with CFOs and finance directors from the top companies of South Africa. You are also more than welcome to join the CFO Conference preceding the CFO Awards dinner with your colleagues. Join us Thursday 12 May 2016 at the beautiful Summer Place. Don't wait too long, first come, first served. Become a partner or attend with your finance team and buy a table here. For more information check out CFOAwards.co.za. Join the ultimate peer to peer advisory network Various CFOs and finance directors from Eskom, Nedbank, Transnet, Alexander Forbes Standard Charered Bank, Hollard, Absa, Servest, Business Connexion and Super Group are members of CFO South Africa. Your peers understand best the issues you face and the challenges that impact your business. Together you will share your experiences at CFO South Africa’s events and help you advance in your career, company and knowledge. Get introduced to experienced colleagues that are happy to share their knowledge with you. Peer-to-peer consulting is by far the best and most cost effective way to help you solve problems. Are you interested? Please see our membership page for more information here. Upcoming CFO South Africa Events Join the CFO Events with inspiring hosts and experts who will share their insights and experiences with you. Register now for these events and boost your company, network, career and knowledge. CFO South Africa Events in 2016 Feb 23 Johannesburg | Get Smart in 2016 Mar 16 Johannesburg | Moving into Africa in 2016 Apr 6 Johannesburg | Capital & Finance May 12 Johannesburg | CFO Awards 2016 Register now for one of the upcoming CFO South Africa Events. Please note that all our CFO South Africa events are for senior financial executives. CFO South Africa offers Platinum memberships to CFOs and finance directors. For more information please have a look here and contact Jurrien Morsch at [email protected]. Stay connected with CFO South Africa Follow CFO South Africa on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook Stay up to date on what is happening in the world of finance by following us on Twitter @CFOSouthAfrica, LinkedIn and Facebook. Next to that you can keep track of newly published interviews with CFOs and CEOs. Feel free to contact us Any suggestions or comments are welcome. Kind Regards, Graham Fehrsen Managing Director CFO South Africa | [email protected] To control which emails you receive from CFO South Africa, please change your email preferences at cfo.co.za by selecting under settings "I do not want to receive emails from CFO South Africa | Finance Professionals South Africa"

SA assets abroad surpass inflows

For the first time ever recorded, the rand's slump led to the value of South African assets abroad surpassing foreign investment into the country.

How can the CFO avoid saying no in 2016?

With some questionable political decision making, a struggling national currency and sombre messages from rating agencies pouring in, South African businesses can be forgiven to be a bit apprehensive about 2016. In the middle of it all the CFO has shifted its role from number cruncher to business partner, but with pressure around slowing growth increasing there is the danger of reverting back to the old naysayer role. How does the CFO avoid saying no in 2016?

Zuma says SA must work harder in 2016

In his New Year's message to the citizens of South Africa, President Jacob Zuma said that while progress has been made in various aspects, such as student funding, medical care, social grants and international participation, among other sectors, "more hard work awaits us all in 2016 as challenges still remain".

Omnia CFO Wayne Koonin on turnaround strategies and digital transformation

“Business grows and finance improves through a focus on systems – that is my thesis,” says Wayne Koonin, group finance director at Omnia. With 15 years of turnaround experience in the mining industry and a small team of trusted advisors in tow, he recently joined the South African chemicals group and identified digital transformation as the lever to “take the business to the next level”.

Agoa agreement on shaky ground

The United States is on the cusp of suspending South Africa from the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa), a trade programme that benefits 39 Sub-Saharan African nations by removing import levies on more than 7,000 products.

Exclusive - Prof Mervyn King: `CFOs critical for integrated thinking`

“My grandson Daniel, who calls me ‘judge’ like many other people, recently said ‘Judge, you are always in airplanes, you must have a big carbon footprint?’ He also asked me if I recycle all the paper I use. And that was coming from an eight-year-old!” Not only is Prof Mervyn King’s anecdote endearing, the former Supreme Court judge and global governance guru also makes a good point; even an eight-year-old knows that the world is changing. “It will be a disaster if companies don’t start thinking in an integrated way.”

2016 surge anticipated for Bitcoin

Bitcoin, a form of digital currency both created and held electronically, while pegged by many as the digital currency of the future is also thought to be too volatile an investment. However, it seems 2016 will be a good year for Bitcoin, largely due to slower growth in the money supply, and a supply-demand dilemma. Bitcoin’s price has almost doubled over the past three months, and it is heading for its best quarter in two years.

Steady growth for government pension fund

The Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) has released its annual report for the 2014/2015 financial year, showing steady growth and a sustainable investment strategy.

Newsletter: What do CEOs think about their CFOs? | CFO Nielsen Africa: moving to risk-based management | What CFOs need to know about investing in Ghana

CFO South Africa Newsletter | Thursday 31 December Dear CFO South Africa Member, We wish you all a happy New Year. May the New Year bring you greater hights of success and prosperity. Read Exclusive CFO South Africa Articles What do CEOs think about their CFOs? KPMG report no comfortable read IT and talent management are a crucial part of a modern CFO’s job, but often the finance leaders fall short. Global experience is paramount for a high level CFO and the role of the finance leader will increase in significance over the next three years. Those are some of the conclusions of KPMG’s View from the Top report, which surveyed over 500 executives from six continents. Kinya Kimotho, CFO Nielsen Africa: moving to risk-based management There is great value for CFOs and FDs to meet each other and share notes, says Kinya Kimotho, finance director for Africa at international market research firm Nielsen. “When you look at different industries and companies, there is commonality in problems and challenges. How do we tackle that as CFOs? How can our companies grow fast? I would love to talk to peers about it.” Expert Insight: what CFOs need to know about investing in Ghana In this Expert Insight, our business advisor in Ghana, Eric Osei, talks CFOs through some investment considerations for international businesses that want to set up shop in the West African country. He outlines the natural resources, investment incentives and advantages of doing business in Ghana. Read more exclusive articles on CFO.co.za - Zimbabwe adopts Chinese yuan currency - Joburg gets an improved credit rating - Investec acquires R623-million Australian property investment - Ratings upgrade for Cell C - Brics New Development Bank a reality - Nuclear power procurement process initiated - Exclusive: Treasury ace Dalu Majeke goes home to help the Eastern Cape RSVP CFO Event "Get Smart in 2016" Tuesday 23 February 16.00 - 20.00 - Summer Place - Sandton We invite you to join us for the CFO South Africa event Get Smart in 2016 - Move like a butterfly - sting like a bee. How can we improve the agility and resilience of your organisation in volatile and uncertain times? How do you create flexibility and ensure your scarce resources are allocated to the most critical tasks? Join us as we consider the options available to CFOs in creating agile, flexible and responsive finance functions and organisations. Finance functions that are 2016 and 2017 ready and are able to deliver superior value to the business. Program 16.00 Opening & Reception 16.30 Master Class - Move like a butterfly, sting like a bee Do you sometimes wish you could be as fast and flexible as a startup? Without losing the strength and stability of a well established corporate? Let’s investigate and discuss if and how we can make this possible! The answer should be somewhere in the way we align our People, Process and Technology. Some questions to consider: Is BPO the answer to flexibility? It might offer us the solutions to time, accuracy, transparency and business partnering challenges. What about the possibilities of new technologies like cloud solutions? Or is the answer in the way we manage people? Speakers: Specialists from KPMG, Oracle & WNS. Panel: Bikash Prasad, CFO Olam International, Belinda O'Neill, Executive Finance MTN & Sean Doherty, CFO IB Standard Bank. 16.30 Public Sector round table smart government Being able to provide an outstanding service and experience to citizens is an important task for governments around the world. Not only does it make for happy citizens but it also saves costs, time and improves the morale of civil servants. Restoring citizens' confidence in public institutions means demonstrating competence in providing better value for their hard-earned tax money. What can finance teams in government do to improve agility and customer focus? How can you allocate scarce resources to ensure critical tasks are assured but your organisation remains forward looking and customer centric. Facilitated by KPMG - with Edson Magondo, Director KPMG. 18.00 CFO Café Interact, learn, connect and discuss the challenges that you are facing with your peers over a drink at the CFO Café. Build your network and meet other top CFOs and financials. We offer you a great afternoon of peer to peer discussions and knowledge sharing. Register here now. Sponsors CFO South Africa Event: Continuous Professional Development Points Did you know all events of CFO South Africa are eligible for SAICA CPD points? By attending CFO South Africa's events and training courses you will stay compliant. Visit Finance Indaba Africa Visit the Finance Indaba 13 & 14 October at the Sandton Convention Centre and boost your profits by 100%. Finance Indaba Africa is the biggest annual expo and conference for finance professionals. It brings together peers technology suppliers, platforms, banks, tools, specialists, CFOs and thought leaders. Over 5,000 visitors tap into a wealth of resources, knowhow and inspiration. Gain unparalleled insights. Cut costs dramatically, send sales & productivity through the roof and boost your company's profits by 100 percent. RSVP NOW HERE. We are calling for speakers Are you enabling businesses to cut costs, boost sales, productivity and company profits? Don't miss out the chance to connect with new prospects, to brand your company and to become more successful. Share your ideas at the Finance Indaba and help the country grow. Please contact Graham Fehrsen at [email protected] or at +27 11 083 7515. Also read more about the call for speakers and see the latest Business Day advertisement. Diamond Partners CFO Awards 2016 - Reserve your table now Buy a table for the CFO Awards and meet 300 of South Africa's leading CFOs. Demonstrate thought leadership, extend your network and develop business. You are seated with CFOs and finance directors from the top companies of South Africa. You are also more than welcome to join the CFO Conference preceding the CFO Awards dinner with your colleagues. Join us Thursday 12 May 2016 at the beautiful Summer Place. Don't wait too long, first come, first served. Become a partner or attend with your finance team and buy a table here. For more information check out CFOAwards.co.za. Join the ultimate peer to peer advisory network Various CFOs and finance directors from Eskom, Nedbank, Transnet, Alexander Forbes Standard Charered Bank, Hollard, Absa, Servest, Business Connexion and Super Group are members of CFO South Africa. Your peers understand best the issues you face and the challenges that impact your business. Together you will share your experiences at CFO South Africa’s events and help you advance in your career, company and knowledge. Get introduced to experienced colleagues that are happy to share their knowledge with you. Peer-to-peer consulting is by far the best and most cost effective way to help you solve problems. Are you interested? Please see our membership page for more information here. Upcoming CFO South Africa Events Join the CFO Events with inspiring hosts and experts who will share their insights and experiences with you. Register now for these events and boost your company, network, career and knowledge. CFO South Africa Events in 2016 Feb 23 Johannesburg | Get Smart in 2016 Mar 16 Johannesburg | Moving into Africa in 2016 Apr 6 Johannesburg | Capital & Finance May 12 Johannesburg | CFO Awards 2016 Register now for one of the upcoming CFO South Africa Events. Please note that all our CFO South Africa events are for senior financial executives. CFO South Africa offers Platinum memberships to CFOs and finance directors. For more information please have a look here and contact Jurrien Morsch at [email protected]. Stay connected with CFO South Africa Follow CFO South Africa on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook Stay up to date on what is happening in the world of finance by following us on Twitter @CFOSouthAfrica, LinkedIn and Facebook. Next to that you can keep track of newly published interviews with CFOs and CEOs. Feel free to contact us Any suggestions or comments are welcome. Kind Regards, Graham Fehrsen Managing Director CFO South Africa | [email protected] To control which emails you receive from CFO South Africa, please change your email preferences at cfo.co.za by selecting under settings "I do not want to receive emails from CFO South Africa | Finance Professionals South Africa"

Nuclear power procurement process initiated

According to the department of energy, South Africa has started a process that could lead to it adding as much as 9,600 MW of nuclear power to the national grid. Cabinet has given the go ahead to issue a request for proposals from the nuclear industry, which would be put to the cabinet for approval before a request for formal bids was issued.

Exclusive: Treasury ace Dalu Majeke goes home to help the Eastern Cape

Since 2009 he was CFO at the National Treasury and in 2014 he even scooped up a CFO Awards nomination. Recently, Dalu Majeke has moved back to the Eastern Cape and joined the provincial treasury as head of department. “It is Buyelekhaya - ploughing back to home - for me," says Dalu, a staunch supporter of CFO South Africa, during this exclusive interview. Working at the National Treasury "was a game changer in my career", he says, but now it is time to help improve the Eastern Cape achieve "proper resource allocation and sustainable service delivery".

Ratings upgrade for Cell C

Restructuring at Cell C, which would see the company's debt reduced by more than 50%, to less than R8 billion, may also result in the provider receiving a ratings upgrade from Standard & Poor’s.

Kinya Kimotho, CFO Nielsen Africa: moving to risk-based management

There is great value for CFOs and FDs to meet each other and share notes, says Kinya Kimotho, finance director for Africa at international market research firm Nielsen. “When you look at different industries and companies, there is commonality in problems and challenges. How do we tackle that as CFOs? How can our companies grow fast? I would love to talk to peers about it.”

Zimbabwe adopts Chinese yuan currency

Zimbabwe, a country still struggling with the after-effects of a recession that spanned almost a decade, and which forced the government to abandon its own currency, has adopted the Chinese yuan as legal tender in exchange for debt cancellation worth some $40 million.

Expert Insight: what CFOs need to know about investing in Ghana

In this Expert Insight, our business advisor in Ghana, Eric Osei, talks CFOs through some investment considerations for international businesses that want to set up shop in the West African country. He outlines the natural resources, investment incentives and advantages of doing business in Ghana.

Investec acquires R623-million Australian property investment

JSE-listed Investec Australia Property Fund (IAPF) has announced its most recent acquisition: An A-grade, nine-storey office building with ground floor retail, situated in Newcastle, New South Wales. The acquisition has a price tag of some R623.45 million (Aus$56.7 million), and brings the value of the fund’s total portfolio close to R7 billion.

What do CEOs think about their CFOs? KPMG report no comfortable read

IT and talent management are a crucial part of a modern CFO’s job, but often the finance leaders fall short. Global experience is paramount for a high level CFO and the role of the finance leader will increase in significance over the next three years. Those are some of the conclusions of KPMG’s View from the Top report, which surveyed over 500 executives from six continents.

Joburg gets an improved credit rating

While South Africa on the whole may not be faring too well as far as credit ratings are concerned, the City of Johannesburg has plenty to celebrate following Fitch Ratings' upgrading of its national long-term rating.

Newsletter: Technology - Key enabler in a changing world | 5 questions for MD Nkonki | Treasury addresses ratings concerns

CFO South Africa Newsletter | Thursday 24 December Dear CFO South Africa Member, Read Exclusive CFO South Africa Articles Nkonki wins award and global respect - 5 questions for Mitesh Patel Earlier this month, Nkonki’s managing partner Mitesh Patel received a prestigious award from the Kreston International network at a conference in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro. Nkonki is an incredibly ambitious South African audit, assurance and advisory firm with around 40 partners and directors and 400 staff. We spoke to Mitesh about the award, Nkonki’s thought leadership in integrated reporting and the drive to land JSE-listed firms as clients. "We are passionate about earning global respect." Technology - Key enabler in a changing world “The role of technology has never been more critical,” says Marius Fabian, MD of 4most, a leading supplier and implementer of SAP Business One and ERP software and technology to the South African and African small and medium sized marketplace. The need to respond to changing market demands, enabled by access to real-time and accurate information, is key. Abbie Lundberg presents a new leadership model for digital business "Digital is about exploiting information at speed for business use," opines Abbie Lundberg, President of Lundberg Media. Lundberg was addressing the crowd at the recent Oracle Cloud Day. Read more exclusive articles on CFO.co.za - ArcelorMittal CEO Paul O’Flaherty resigns - SABMiller and Coca-Cola join forces - Treasury addresses ratings concerns - Jovan Grujic, PISU & Co: restructuring to draw investors and pr... - Brics New Development Bank a reality - Advisory banks selected for SABMiller JV - Recruit the best CAs at the Finance Indaba Africa RSVP CFO Event "Get Smart in 2016" Tuesday 23 February 16.00 - 20.00 - Summer Place - Sandton We invite you to join us for the CFO South Africa event Get Smart in 2016 - Move like a butterfly - sting like a bee. How can we improve the agility and resilience of your organisation in volatile and uncertain times? How do you create flexibility and ensure your scarce resources are allocated to the most critical tasks? Join us as we consider the options available to CFOs in creating agile, flexible and responsive finance functions and organisations. Finance functions that are 2016 and 2017 ready and are able to deliver superior value to the business. Program 16.00 Opening & Reception 16.30 Master Class - Move like a butterfly, sting like a bee Do you sometimes wish you could be as fast and flexible as a startup? Without losing the strength and stability of a well established corporate? Let’s investigate and discuss if and how we can make this possible! The answer should be somewhere in the way we align our People, Process and Technology. Some questions to consider: Is BPO the answer to flexibility? It might offer us the solutions to time, accuracy, transparency and business partnering challenges. What about the possibilities of new technologies like cloud solutions? Or is the answer in the way we manage people? Speakers: Specialists from KPMG, Oracle & WNS. Panel: Bikash Prasad, CFO Olam International, Belinda O'Neill, Executive Finance MTN & Sean Doherty, CFO IB Standard Bank. 16.30 Public Sector round table smart government Being able to provide an outstanding service and experience to citizens is an important task for governments around the world. Not only does it make for happy citizens but it also saves costs, time and improves the morale of civil servants. Restoring citizens' confidence in public institutions means demonstrating competence in providing better value for their hard-earned tax money. What can finance teams in government do to improve agility and customer focus? How can you allocate scarce resources to ensure critical tasks are assured but your organisation remains forward looking and customer centric. Facilitated by KPMG - with Edson Magondo, Director KPMG. 18.00 CFO Café Interact, learn, connect and discuss the challenges that you are facing with your peers over a drink at the CFO Café. Build your network and meet other top CFOs and financials. We offer you a great afternoon of peer to peer discussions and knowledge sharing. Register here now. Sponsors CFO South Africa Event: Continuous Professional Development Points Did you know all events of CFO South Africa are eligible for SAICA CPD points? By attending CFO South Africa's events and training courses you will stay compliant. Visit Finance Indaba Africa Visit the Finance Indaba 13 & 14 October at the Sandton Convention Centre and boost your profits by 100%. Finance Indaba Africa is the biggest annual expo and conference for finance professionals. It brings together peers technology suppliers, platforms, banks, tools, specialists, CFOs and thought leaders. Over 5,000 visitors tap into a wealth of resources, knowhow and inspiration. Gain unparalleled insights. Cut costs dramatically, send sales & productivity through the roof and boost your company's profits by 100 percent. RSVP NOW HERE. We are calling for speakers Are you enabling businesses to cut costs, boost sales, productivity and company profits? Don't miss out the chance to connect with new prospects, to brand your company and to become more successful. Share your ideas at the Finance Indaba and help the country grow. Please contact Graham Fehrsen at [email protected] or at +27 11 083 7515. Also read more about the call for speakers and see the latest Business Day advertisement. Diamond Partners Announcing the CFO Awards 2016 panel of judges CFO South Africa is currently in the process of selecting the members of the panel of judges who will choose the winners from a shortlist of nominated CFOs. With the selection of the panel of judges the importance of the CFO Awards for the business community at large is reflected. More judges will be announced on CFOAwards.co.za. The first panel members are; - Simon Ridley Group CFO Standard Bank & winner CFO of the Year 2014 - Carel Smit, Executive Committee member KPMG - Deon Viljoen, Group CFO Alexander Forbes & winner CFO of the Year 2015 - Aarti Takoorden, CFO JSE & winner Young CFO of the Year 2014 - Victor Sekese CEO SizweNtsalubaGobodo - David Fine Managing Director of McKinsey - Delphine Maïdou,CEO Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty Africa - Jonathan Lang, Practice Partner and Head of Africa Bowman Gilfillan - Christo Els, Partner Webber Wentzel - Ben Marx Vice-Chairperson Accountancy Department UJ - Claudelle von Eck, CEO The Institute of Internal Auditors SA - Brett Tromp, CFO at Discovery Health & winner Young CFO of the Year 2015 Join the CFO Awards 2016 Buy a table for the CFO Awards and meet 300 of South Africa's leading CFOs. Demonstrate thought leadership, extend your network and develop business. You are seated with CFOs and finance directors from the top companies of South Africa. You are also more than welcome to join the CFO Conference preceding the CFO Awards dinner with your colleagues. Join us Thursday 12 May 2016 at the beautiful Summer Place. Don't wait too long, first come, first served. Become a partner or attend with your finance team and buy a table here. For more information check out CFOAwards.co.za. Join the ultimate peer to peer advisory network Various CFOs and finance directors from Eskom, Nedbank, Transnet, Alexander Forbes Standard Charered Bank, Hollard, Absa, Servest, Business Connexion and Super Group are members of CFO South Africa. Your peers understand best the issues you face and the challenges that impact your business. Together you will share your experiences at CFO South Africa’s events and help you advance in your career, company and knowledge. Get introduced to experienced colleagues that are happy to share their knowledge with you. Peer-to-peer consulting is by far the best and most cost effective way to help you solve problems. Are you interested? Please see our membership page for more information here. Upcoming CFO South Africa Events Join the CFO Events with inspiring hosts and experts who will share their insights and experiences with you. Register now for these events and boost your company, network, career and knowledge. CFO South Africa Events in 2016 Feb 23 Johannesburg | Get Smart in 2016 Mar 16 Johannesburg | Moving into Africa in 2016 Apr 6 Johannesburg | Capital & Finance May 12 Johannesburg | CFO Awards 2016 Register now for one of the upcoming CFO South Africa Events. Please note that all our CFO South Africa events are for senior financial executives. CFO South Africa offers Platinum memberships to CFOs and finance directors. For more information please have a look here and contact Jurrien Morsch at [email protected]. Stay connected with CFO South Africa Follow CFO South Africa on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook Stay up to date on what is happening in the world of finance by following us on Twitter @CFOSouthAfrica, LinkedIn and Facebook. Next to that you can keep track of newly published interviews with CFOs and CEOs. Feel free to contact us Any suggestions or comments are welcome. Kind Regards, Graham Fehrsen Managing Director CFO South Africa | [email protected] To control which emails you receive from CFO South Africa, please change your email preferences at cfo.co.za by selecting under settings "I do not want to receive emails from CFO South Africa | Finance Professionals South Africa"

Advisory banks selected for SABMiller JV

China Resources Beer (Holdings) has chosen which banks will advise on options for its Chinese brewery joint venture with SABMiller. According to reports, HSBC Holdings Plc, Nomura Holdings Inc., Rothschild and UBS Group AG, have been chosen as advisory institutions ahead of the deal.

Nkonki wins award and global respect - 5 questions for Mitesh Patel

Earlier this month, Nkonki’s managing partner Mitesh Patel received a prestigious award from the Kreston International network at a conference in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro. Nkonki is an incredibly ambitious South African audit, assurance and advisory firm with around 40 partners and directors and 400 staff. We spoke to Mitesh about the award, Nkonki’s thought leadership in integrated reporting and the drive to land JSE-listed firms as clients. "We are passionate about earning global respect."

Brics New Development Bank a reality

In his recent, end-of-year statement, President Jacob Zuma confirmed that the Brics New Development Bank is indeed happening. "The New Development Bank, whose establishment was announced at the fifth Brics Summit in eThekwini, is now a concrete reality," President Zuma said.

Jovan Grujic, PISU & Co: restructuring to draw investors and private equity

“For a Kenyan company like ours, the competition is nowhere and the room for growth is enormous,” says Jovan Grujic, CFO of the diverse, family-owned group PISU & Company. The Serbian money boss has had some great successes during his career in Europe and now wants to cut his teeth in a real growth market. “I was seeing growth in Asia and Africa and decided to be part of it. I want to be here while it happens, not afterwards. It is a big challenge but very rewarding.”

Treasury addresses ratings concerns

South Africa’s Treasury has pledged to focus on debt stabilisation in the medium term. This following Moody’s Investors Service's recent cut of its outlook on South Africa from 'stable' to 'negative'.

SABMiller and Coca-Cola join forces

The Competition Commission has reportedly given preliminary approval to SABMiller and Coca-Cola’s proposed deal to combine their operations, which currently mix, bottle and distribute soft drinks across the African continent.

ArcelorMittal CEO Paul O'Flaherty resigns

Paul O’Flaherty (pictured), CEO of ArcelorMittal, South Africa's largest steel maker, has resigned with effect from 12 February 2016. O'Flaherty cited personal reasons for the decision.

Newsletter: Taking ACCA to next level | Finance Indaba hosts finals CFO Case Study Competition | Nqwababa appointed CE Sasol

CFO South Africa Newsletter | Thursday 17 December Dear CFO South Africa Member, Read Exclusive CFO South Africa Articles Pat Semenya: taking ACCA to next level in South Africa “I want to double our number of members and students, bring back members we have lost and instil a real passion for ACCA,” says Pat Semenya, who is heading up ACCA South Africa since August 2015. After years at Nestlé, Pat felt it was time for a job that could really make a difference.“Economic transformation is not completed in this country and I want to contribute positively to that.” Nene fired from post as SA's finance minister Many were shocked at last night's announcement of South African Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene's (pictured) sacking by President Jacob Zuma. In a seemingly unanticipated move, Zuma has appointed David van Rooyen into this post instead, saying simply that Nene will be deployed elsewhere. Finance Indaba hosts finals of The CFO Case Study Competition The cream of the crop of Africa's aspiring CFOs and business leaders will be competing for a prize of R100,000 during the global finals of The CFO Case Study Competition, hosted at the Finance Indaba Africa 2016. With entries for participants closing in March 2016, we spoke to organiser Valentine Nti, CEO of organiser CharterQuest Institute about the way CFOs, corporate sponsors, professional bodies, universities and business talents of 25 years and younger can get involved. Read more exclusive articles on CFO.co.za - PetroSA CFO Lindiwe Mthimunye Bakoro's relieved of her duties - Nqwababa and Cornell appointed as joint-CEs of Sasol - Oliver Mwita, DHL Express Kenya: promoting integrity is role of CFO - Use big data to grow your business, says Uber's Dave Kitley - AMG acquires equity stake in Abax Investments - Van Rooyen's out, Gordhan's in as SA's finance minister - Recruit the best CAs at the Finance Indaba Africa RSVP CFO Event "Get Smart in 2016" Tuesday 23 February 16.00 - 20.00 - Johannesburg We invite you to join us for the CFO South Africa event Get Smart in 2016 - Move like a butterfly - sting like a bee. How can we improve the agility and resilience of your organisation in volatile and uncertain times? How do you create flexibility and ensure your scarce resources are allocated to the most critical tasks? Join us as we consider the options available to CFOs in creating agile, flexible and responsive finance functions and organisations. Finance functions that are 2016 and 2017 ready and are able to deliver superior value to the business. Program 16.00 Opening & Reception 16.30 Master Class - Move like a butterfly, sting like a bee Do you sometimes wish you could be as fast and flexible as a startup? Without losing the strength and stability of a well established corporate? Let’s investigate and discuss if and how we can make this possible! The answer should be somewhere in the way we align our People, Process and Technology. Some questions to consider: Is BPO the answer to flexibility? It might offer us the solutions to time, accuracy, transparency and business partnering challenges. What about the possibilities of new technologies like cloud solutions? Or is the answer in the way we manage people? 16.30 Round Table discussion - Get Smart in 2016 This exclusive get-together will offer you the unique opportunity to share your vision and ideas with 10 CFOs from South Africa’s top companies. Join us as we discuss how CFOs can play a more active role encouraging radical new thinking while setting the tone in their own environments? 18.00 CFO Café Interact, learn, connect and discuss the challenges that you are facing with your peers over a drink at the CFO Café. Build your network and meet other top CFOs and financials. We offer you a great afternoon of peer to peer discussions and knowledge sharing. Register here now. Sponsors CFO South Africa Event: Continuous Professional Development Points Did you know all events of CFO South Africa are eligible for SAICA CPD points? By attending CFO South Africa's events and training courses you will stay compliant. Select your bank at Finance Indaba Africa Visit the Finance Indaba 13 & 14 October at the Sandton Convention Centre and boost your profits by 100%. What is your bank doing and what else is there in the market? Which banks are leading the way? Is there a better option for your business? What should you know when considering financing options? Which banks will partner with you moving into Africa? Who will back your innovation and growth? At Finance Indaba Africa you will discover the latest insights, discuss trends and meet some of Africa's leading bankers. Customers of South African banks have high levels of complaints, with many people complaining about bad service. Opening a bank account is South Africa is time consuming. South African banks are amongst the most expensive in the world charging monthly fees, internet banking fees and commission on payments. But they are there: finance providers that go the extra mile. Select your bank at Finance Indaba Africa. We are calling for speakers Are you enabling businesses to cut costs, boost sales, productivity and company profits? Don't miss out the chance to connect with new prospects, to brand your company and to become more successful. Share your ideas at the Finance Indaba and help the country grow. Please contact Graham Fehrsen at [email protected] or at +27 11 083 7515. Also read more about the call for speakers and see the latest Business Day advertisement. Diamond Partners Announcing the CFO Awards 2016 panel of judges CFO South Africa is currently in the process of selecting the members of the panel of judges who will choose the winners from a shortlist of nominated CFOs. With the selection of the panel of judges the importance of the CFO Awards for the business community at large is reflected. More judges will be announced on CFOAwards.co.za. The first panel members are; - Simon Ridley Group CFO Standard Bank & winner CFO of the Year 2014 - Carel Smit, Executive Committee member KPMG - Deon Viljoen, Group CFO Alexander Forbes & Winner CFO of the Year 2015 - Victor Sekese CEO SizweNtsalubaGobodo - David Fine Managing Director of McKinsey - Delphine Maïdou,CEO Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty Africa - Jonathan Lang, Practice Partner and Head of Africa Bowman Gilfillan - Christo Els, Partner Webber Wentzel - Ben Marx Vice-Chairperson Accountancy Department UJ - Claudelle von Eck, CEO The Institute of Internal Auditors SA - Brett Tromp, CFO at Discovery Health & winner Young CFO of the Year 2015 Join the CFO Awards 2016 Buy a table for the CFO Awards and meet 300 of South Africa's leading CFOs. Demonstrate thought leadership, extend your network and develop business. You are seated with CFOs and finance directors from the top companies of South Africa. You are also more than welcome to join the CFO Conference preceding the CFO Awards dinner with your colleagues. Join us Thursday 12 May 2016 at the beautiful Summer Place. Don't wait too long, first come, first served. Become a partner or attend with your finance team and buy a table here. For more information check out CFOAwards.co.za. Join the ultimate peer to peer advisory network Various CFOs and finance directors from Eskom, Nedbank, Transnet, Alexander Forbes Standard Charered Bank, Hollard, Absa, Servest, Business Connexion and Super Group are members of CFO South Africa. Your peers understand best the issues you face and the challenges that impact your business. Together you will share your experiences at CFO South Africa’s events and help you advance in your career, company and knowledge. Get introduced to experienced colleagues that are happy to share their knowledge with you. Peer-to-peer consulting is by far the best and most cost effective way to help you solve problems. Are you interested? Please see our membership page for more information here. Upcoming CFO South Africa Events Join the CFO Events with inspiring hosts and experts who will share their insights and experiences with you. Register now for these events and boost your company, network, career and knowledge. CFO South Africa Events in 2016 Feb 23 Johannesburg | Get Smart in 2016 Mar 16 Johannesburg | Moving into Africa in 2016 Apr 6 Johannesburg | Capital & Finance May 12 Johannesburg | CFO Awards 2016 Register now for one of the upcoming CFO South Africa Events. Please note that all our CFO South Africa events are for senior financial executives. CFO South Africa offers Platinum memberships to CFOs and finance directors. For more information please have a look here and contact Jurrien Morsch at [email protected]. Stay connected with CFO South Africa Follow CFO South Africa on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook Stay up to date on what is happening in the world of finance by following us on Twitter @CFOSouthAfrica, LinkedIn and Facebook. Next to that you can keep track of newly published interviews with CFOs and CEOs. Feel free to contact us Any suggestions or comments are welcome. Kind Regards, Graham Fehrsen Managing Director CFO South Africa | [email protected] To control which emails you receive from CFO South Africa, please change your email preferences at cfo.co.za by selecting under settings "I do not want to receive emails from CFO South Africa | Finance Professionals South Africa"

Finance Indaba hosts finals of The CFO Case Study Competition

The cream of the crop of Africa's aspiring CFOs and business leaders will be competing for a prize of R100,000 during the global finals of The CFO Case Study Competition, hosted at the Finance Indaba Africa 2016. With entries for participants closing in March 2016, we spoke to Valentine Nti, CEO of organiser CharterQuest Institute about the way CFOs, corporate sponsors, professional bodies, universities and business talents of 25 years and younger can get involved.

Nqwababa and Cornell appointed as joint-CEs of Sasol

Bongani Nqwababa (pictured) and Stephen Russell Cornell have been appointed as joint-president and chief executive officers at Sasol. Nqwababa, a previous CFO South Africa Award winner, is currently CFO of Sasol. Cornell is the executive VP of international operations.

Oliver Mwita, DHL Express Kenya: promoting integrity is role of CFO

“The role of the CFO is to promote integrity,” says Oliver Mwita, chief financial officer of DHL Express in Kenya. We spoke exclusively to the experienced finance leader, who has previously held positions at Deloitte, Nation Media, Gateway Broadcasting, Muthaiga Country Club, Nakumatt and Frigoken. We chatted to Oliver about his career, the challenges for CFOs in Kenya and his advice for young, ambitious accountants who want to make it in Nairobi – and the world.

Van Rooyen's out, Gordhan's in as SA's finance minister

After last week's surprising announcement that well-respected finance minister Nhlanhla Nene was being replaced by little-known David van Rooyen, comes another surprising, albeit very welcome, announcement that Pravin Gordhan (pictured) will instead take over as finance minister.

Use big data to grow your business, says Uber's Dave Kitley

Speaking at the recent Oracle Cloud Day, held at The Forum in Bryanston, Dave Kitley, Driver Operations and Logistics Manager Uber Johannesburg and Pretoria, explained how the Uber concept began purely in response to a need. The company's founders Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp, were standing on a Paris street one chilly evening, trying to hail a cab. After several unsuccessful minutes they thought there must be a better way to do this. In each of their pockets – as in the pockets of many people – was a smartphone and a credit card. Surely, they pondered, something could be created using just these two things? With this in mind, the pair returned home to San Francisco to develop their app concept, and thus was created Uber.

AMG acquires equity stake in Abax Investments

Global asset management company, Affiliated Managers Group (AMG), reached an agreement during November to acquire an equity interest in Cape Town-based Abax Investments.

Pat Semenya: taking ACCA to next level in South Africa

“I want to double our number of members and students and instil a real passion for ACCA,” says Pat Semenya, who is heading up ACCA South Africa since August 2015. After years at Nestlé, Pat felt it was time for a job that could really make a difference.“Economic transformation is not completed in this country and I want to contribute positively to that.”

Nene fired from post as SA's finance minister

Many were shocked at last night's announcement of South African Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene's (pictured) sacking by President Jacob Zuma. In a seemingly unanticipated move, Zuma has appointed David van Rooyen into this post instead, saying simply that Nene will be deployed elsewhere.

Awesome accountants - find them at the Finance Indaba Africa

South Africa has an outstanding pool of professional accountants. Whether you're a small start up or a successful mid size business, you will need these professionals to help grow and guide your business. The best accountants formulate ideas to help you reach your true goals becoming genuine business partners. Finding the right accountant is easier than you think and you are invited to meet the very best at Finance Indaba Africa.

Newsletter: 10 biggest worries of our CFOs | From Big Data to Big Profits | Why climate talks matter for CFOs

CFO South Africa Newsletter | Thursday 10 December Dear CFO South Africa Member, Read Exclusive CFO South Africa Articles Why climate talks matter for CFOs - KPMG's Marijke Vermaak on COP21 The ongoing climate conference COP21 in Paris has many people pondering about the future. According to some these annual Conference of the Parties (COP) on climate change are not more than talk shops, but others predict that decisions that will be taken in France next week will have massive ramifications for society and life on the planet. In this article, Marijke Vermaak, Climate Change & Sustainability Services Manager at our principal sponsor KPMG South Africa, sheds her light on the climate... From Big Data to Big Profits - exhibit at the Finance Indaba Africa Put your headlamps on and start mining big data! Success and profits of businesses are often the results of smart use of data and information. Lately, the opportunities to use the data that exists within your organisation has grown exponentially and executives and accountants are increasingly starting to realise that they are missing out if they are not mining big data. Kenya in need of great CFOs, says Stavros Constantinou (Multiple Gr... “Great CFOs know exactly how to build controls, push transformation and convince stakeholders to invest in technology and that is what Kenya needs,” says Stavros Constantinou, Group CFO at the ever expanding privately-owned business Multiple Group. The executive from the Mediterranean island of Cyprus says the CFO Kenya community comes to Nairobi at exactly the right time. “We are here to help each other, because one plus one can equal three. This is the way forward.” Read more exclusive articles on CFO.co.za - Naspers sells shares worth $2.6 billion to fund further investments - 10 biggest worries of our CFOs - exclusive results from African Bus... - MTN fine reduction figure a typo - SA's credit rating slashed - Expert Insight: Business regulations & registration process in ... - Sasol Inzalo shares now trading on the JSE - SA's former finance minister Trevor Manuel joins Old Mutual board RSVP CFO Event "Get Smart in 2016" Tuesday 23 February 16.00 - 20.00 - Johannesburg We invite you to join us for the CFO South Africa event Get Smart in 2016 - Move like a butterfly - sting like a bee. How can we improve the agility and resilience of your organisation in volatile and uncertain times? How do you create flexibility and ensure your scarce resources are allocated to the most critical tasks? Join us as we consider the options available to CFOs in creating agile, flexible and responsive finance functions and organisations. Finance functions that are 2016 and 2017 ready and are able to deliver superior value to the business. Program 16.00 Opening & Reception 16.30 Master Class - Move like a butterfly, sting like a bee Do you sometimes wish you could be as fast and flexible as a startup? Without losing the strength and stability of a well established corporate? Let’s investigate and discuss if and how we can make this possible! The answer should be somewhere in the way we align our People, Process and Technology. Some questions to consider: Is BPO the answer to flexibility? It might offer us the solutions to time, accuracy, transparency and business partnering challenges. What about the possibilities of new technologies like cloud solutions? Or is the answer in the way we manage people? 16.30 Round Table discussion - Get Smart in 2016 This exclusive get-together will offer you the unique opportunity to share your vision and ideas with 10 CFOs from South Africa’s top companies. Join us as we discuss how CFOs can play a more active role encouraging radical new thinking while setting the tone in their own environments? 18.00 CFO Café Interact, learn, connect and discuss the challenges that you are facing with your peers over a drink at the CFO Café. Build your network and meet other top CFOs and financials. We offer you a great afternoon of peer to peer discussions and knowledge sharing. Register here now. Sponsors CFO South Africa Event: Continuous Professional Development Points Did you know all events of CFO South Africa are eligible for SAICA CPD points? By attending CFO South Africa's events and training courses you will stay compliant. Select your bank at Finance Indaba Africa Visit the Finance Indaba 13 & 14 October at the Sandton Convention Centre and boost your profits by 100%. What is your bank doing and what else is there in the market? Which banks are leading the way? Is there a better option for your business? What should you know when considering financing options? Which banks will partner with you moving into Africa? Who will back your innovation and growth? At Finance Indaba Africa you will discover the latest insights, discuss trends and meet some of Africa's leading bankers. Customers of South African banks have high levels of complaints, with many people complaining about bad service. Opening a bank account is South Africa is time consuming. South African banks are amongst the most expensive in the world charging monthly fees, internet banking fees and commission on payments. But they are there: finance providers that go the extra mile. Select your bank at Finance Indaba Africa. We are calling for speakers Are you enabling businesses to cut costs, boost sales, productivity and company profits? Don't miss out the chance to connect with new prospects, to brand your company and to become more successful. Share your ideas at the Finance Indaba and help the country grow. Please contact Graham Fehrsen at [email protected] or at +27 11 083 7515. Also read more about the call for speakers and see the latest Business Day advertisement. Diamond Sponsors Announcing the CFO Awards 2016 panel of judges CFO South Africa is currently in the process of selecting the members of the panel of judges who will choose the winners from a shortlist of nominated CFOs. With the selection of the panel of judges the importance of the CFO Awards for the business community at large is reflected. More judges will be announced on CFOAwards.co.za. The first panel members are; - Simon Ridley Group CFO Standard Bank & winner CFO of the Year 2014 - Carel Smit, Executive Committee member KPMG - Deon Viljoen, Group CFO Alexander Forbes & Winner CFO of the Year 2015 - Victor Sekese CEO SizweNtsalubaGobodo - David Fine Managing Director of McKinsey - Delphine Maïdou,CEO Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty Africa - Jonathan Lang, Practice Partner and Head of Africa Bowman Gilfillan - Christo Els, Partner Webber Wentzel - Ben Marx Vice-Chairperson Accountancy Department UJ - Claudelle von Eck, CEO The Institute of Internal Auditors SA - Brett Tromp, CFO at Discovery Health & winner Young CFO of the Year 2015 Join the CFO Awards 2016 Buy a table for the CFO Awards and meet 300 of South Africa's leading CFOs. Demonstrate thought leadership, extend your network and develop business. You are seated with CFOs and finance directors from the top companies of South Africa. You are also more than welcome to join the CFO Conference preceding the CFO Awards dinner with your colleagues. Join us Thursday 12 May 2016 at the beautiful Summer Place. Don't wait too long, first come, first served. Become a partner or attend with your finance team and buy a table here. For more information check out CFOAwards.co.za. Join the ultimate peer to peer advisory network Various CFOs and finance directors from Eskom, Nedbank, Transnet, Alexander Forbes Standard Charered Bank, Hollard, Absa, Servest, Business Connexion and Super Group are members of CFO South Africa. Your peers understand best the issues you face and the challenges that impact your business. Together you will share your experiences at CFO South Africa’s events and help you advance in your career, company and knowledge. Get introduced to experienced colleagues that are happy to share their knowledge with you. Peer-to-peer consulting is by far the best and most cost effective way to help you solve problems. Are you interested? Please see our membership page for more information here. Upcoming CFO South Africa Events Join the CFO Events with inspiring hosts and experts who will share their insights and experiences with you. Register now for these events and boost your company, network, career and knowledge. CFO South Africa Events in 2016 Feb 23 Johannesburg | Get Smart in 2016 Mar 16 Johannesburg | Moving into Africa in 2016 Apr 6 Johannesburg | Capital & Finance May 12 Johannesburg | CFO Awards 2016 Register now for one of the upcoming CFO South Africa Events. Please note that all our CFO South Africa events are for senior financial executives. CFO South Africa offers Platinum memberships to CFOs and finance directors. For more information please have a look here and contact Jurrien Morsch at [email protected]. Stay connected with CFO South Africa Follow CFO South Africa on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook Stay up to date on what is happening in the world of finance by following us on Twitter @CFOSouthAfrica, LinkedIn and Facebook. Next to that you can keep track of newly published interviews with CFOs and CEOs. Feel free to contact us Any suggestions or comments are welcome. Kind Regards, Graham Fehrsen Managing Director CFO South Africa | [email protected] To control which emails you receive from CFO South Africa, please change your email preferences at cfo.co.za by selecting under settings "I do not want to receive emails from CFO South Africa | Finance Professionals South Africa"

Naspers sells shares worth $2.6 billion to fund further investments

Africa’s largest company, Cape Town-based Naspers Ltd, which has operations in more than 130 countries and also owns DSTV, has raised an amount of $2.5 billion from institutional investors in a bid to help fund its investments into e-commerce companies.

Better bank - select your bank at Finance Indaba Africa.

Customers of South African banks have high levels of complaints, with many people complaining about bad service. Opening a bank account is South Africa is time consuming. South African banks are amongst the most expensive in the world charging monthly fees, internet banking fees and commission on payments. But they are there: finance providers that go the extra mile. Select your bank at Finance Indaba Africa.

10 biggest worries of our CFOs - exclusive results from African Business Outlook

Economic uncertainty, a weakening rand and government policies are the most pressing concerns for CFOs in South Africa. Although a decent number of finance leaders are optimistic about their own companies, they are generally pessimistic about the overall economy. Results from the latest quarterly Duke University's African Business Outlook survey, which can be exclusively reported on by CFO.co.za this morning, reveal a mostly gloomy picture.

MTN fine reduction figure a typo

There was surely some relief for South Africa’s MTN Group when it was notified by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) that its outstanding fine (issued by the NCC in October) had been reduced by 35%, down to $3.4 billion. But this relief was surely short-lived, as the NCC's spokesman, Tony Ojobo, admitted the commission had made an error, or a "typo", as he put it, as the reduction was, in fact, only 25%, down to $3.9 billion.

Cloud & Clear - select your cloud provider at Finance Indaba Africa

Cloud is no longer an unknown or risky business, but an essential technological innovation that is a game changer for African businesses. “Through cloud solutions we are enabling companies to design their back office efficiently and deliver innovation across the business,” said Dee Houchen or Oracle (a platinum Finance Indaba partner) in a recent interview. At the Finance Indaba Africa all cloud providers will be present, giving South African finance professionals an unparalleled opportunity to compare offerings and learn.

Kenya in need of great CFOs, says Stavros Constantinou (Multiple Group)

“Great CFOs know exactly how to build controls, push transformation and convince stakeholders to invest in technology and that is what Kenya needs,” says Stavros Constantinou, Group CFO at the ever expanding privately-owned business Multiple Group. The executive from the Mediterranean island of Cyprus says the CFO Kenya community comes to Nairobi at exactly the right time. “We are here to help each other, because one plus one can equal three. This is the way forward.”

SA's credit rating slashed

Rating agency Fitch has cut South Africa’s sovereign credit rating by one notch, taking it down to BBB – the lowest investment grade category, one notch above "junk". This follows Standard & Poor’s (S&P) changing of the outlook earlier this year, from stable to negative. Moody’s assigns SA a similar rating.

From Big Data to Big Profits - exhibit at the Finance Indaba Africa

Put your headlamps on and start mining big data! Success and profits of businesses are often the results of smart use of data and information. Lately, the opportunities to use the data that exists within your organisation has grown exponentially and executives and accountants are increasingly starting to realise that they are missing out if they are not mining big data.

Why climate talks matter for CFOs - KPMG's Marijke Vermaak on COP21

The ongoing climate conference COP21 in Paris has many people pondering about the future. According to some these annual Conference of the Parties (COP) on climate change are not more than talk shops, but others predict that decisions that will be taken in France next week will have massive ramifications for society and life on the planet. In this article, Marijke Vermaak, Climate Change & Sustainability Services Manager at our principal sponsor KPMG South Africa, sheds her light on the climate...

Sasol Inzalo shares now trading on the JSE

Sasol Inzalo shares have started trading on the JSE empowerment segment. With MTN Zakhele shares having commenced trading in early November, this marks only the second listing on this segment.

Newsletter: CFO Mpact: From private equity to leadership | Neotel CFO Steven Whiley resigns | Call for Speakers Finance Indaba Africa 2016

CFO South Africa Newsletter | Thursday 3 December Dear CFO South Africa Member, Read Exclusive CFO South Africa Articles From private equity to leadership... Mpact CFO Brett Clark It is tempting as a CFO to get involved in every urgent issue affecting the business, because finance encompasses so many parts of the business," says Brett Clark, the CFO of Mpact and one of the nominees of the 2015 CFO of the Year Awards. “However, I believe a good CFO needs to create the time to analyse the information available in the business, visit the operations, debate issues with team members and focus on the key areas affecting the business.” Neotel CFO Steven Whiley resigns Steven Whiley, the CFO of fixed-line telecommunications company, Neotel, has resigned. This comes in the midst of an investigation into allegations of bribery and corruption in connection with a Transnet deal worth R1.8 billion. Neotel CEO, Sunil Joshi, was also implicated, and is currently on special leave pending the outcome. Concern about upward trend in the debt-to-GDP ratio Speaking at this year's Tax Indaba at the Sandton Convention Centre, the chief of the National Treasury’s Budget Office, Michael Sachs, said he was troubled by the upward trend in the debt-to-GDP ratio of 42.5%. While the figure itself was not sufficient cause to resort to emergency measures – it is still low in comparison to many other countries – the structural debt gap could lead South Africa into permanent low economic growth. Read more exclusive articles on CFO.co.za - SA narrowly escapes recession - Old Mutual now holds 100% of African Infrastructure Investment Mana... - Leslie Maasdorp CFO of Brics New Development Bank - Eskom declares 22% profit for H1 - Oracle's Andrew Sutherland on the cloud: disrupt, transform & c... - China Resources to buy SABMiller's Snow beer stake RSVP CFO Event "Get Smart in 2016" Tuesday 23 February 16.00 - 20.00 - Johannesburg We invite you to join us for the CFO South Africa event Get Smart in 2016 - Move like a butterfly - sting like a bee. How can we improve the agility and resilience of your organisation in volatile and uncertain times? How do you create flexibility and ensure your scarce resources are allocated to the most critical tasks? Do you sometimes wish you could be as fast and flexible as a startup? Without losing the strength and stability of a well established corporate? Let’s investigate and discuss if and how we can make this possible! The answer should be somewhere in the way we align our People, Process and Technology. Some questions to consider: Is BPO the answer to flexibility? It might offer us the solutions to time, accuracy, transparency and business partnering challenges. What about the possibilities of new technologies like cloud solutions? Or is the answer in the way we manage people? Join us as we consider the options available to CFOs in creating agile, flexible and responsive finance functions and organisations. Finance functions that are 2016 and 2017 ready and are able to deliver superior value to the business. Program 16.00 Opening & Reception 16.30 Master Class - Get Smart in 2016 Martijn is a Dutch national and an experienced international renowned speaker at CFO Forums as the CFO Awards South Africa 2015, CFO Day the Netherlands and the Public Finance Conference. He will speak about the new economy, value creation, complementary economics, networking, lifehacking, and about his ideas to make the world a better place and share his insights on social and information capital. More information about Martijn. 16.30 Round Table discussion - Get Smart in 2016 This exclusive get-together will offer you the unique opportunity to share your vision and ideas with 10 CFOs from South Africa’s top companies. Join us as we discuss how CFOs can play a more active role encouraging radical new thinking while setting the tone in their own environments? 18.00 CFO Café Interact, learn, connect and discuss the challenges that you are facing with your peers over a drink at the CFO Café. Build your network and meet other top CFOs and financials. We offer you a great afternoon of peer to peer discussions and knowledge sharing. Register here now. Sponsors CFO South Africa Event: Continuous Professional Development Points Did you know all events of CFO South Africa are eligible for SAICA CPD points? By attending CFO South Africa's events and training courses you will stay compliant. Exhibit and Speak - Finance Indaba Africa 2016 Visit the Finance Indaba 13 & 14 October at the Sandton Convention Centre and boost your profits by 100%. Finance Indaba Africa is the largest expo and conference for finance professionals. It brings together peers, advisors, technology suppliers, banks, platforms, tools, CFOs and thought leaders. Over 5,000 visitors tap into a wealth of resources, knowhow and inspiration. We are calling for speakers Are you enabling businesses to cut costs, boost sales, productivity and company profits? Then share your ideas at the Finance Indaba and help the country grow. Please contact Graham Fehrsen at [email protected] or at +27 11 083 7515. Read more about the call for speakers and see the Business Day advertisement. Diamond Sponsors Announcing the CFO Awards 2016 panel of judges CFO South Africa is currently in the process of selecting the members of the panel of judges who will choose the winners from a shortlist of nominated CFOs. With the selection of the panel of judges the importance of the CFO Awards for the business community at large is reflected. More judges will be announced on CFOAwards.co.za. The first panel members are; - Simon Ridley Group CFO Standard Bank & winner CFO of the Year 2014 - Carel Smit, Executive Committee member KPMG - Deon Viljoen, Group CFO Alexander Forbes & Winner CFO of the Year 2015 - Victor Sekese CEO SizweNtsalubaGobodo - David Fine Managing Director of McKinsey - Delphine Maïdou,CEO Allianz GCS Africa - Jonathan Lang, Practice Partner and Head of Africa Bowman Gilfillan - Christo Els, Partner Webber Wentzel - Ben Marx Vice-Chairperson Accountancy Department UJ - Claudelle von Eck, CEO The Institute of Internal Auditors SA - Brett Tromp, CFO at Discovery Health & winner Young CFO of the Year 2015 Join the CFO Awards 2016 Buy a table for the CFO Awards and meet 300 of South Africa's leading CFOs. Demonstrate thought leadership, extend your network and develop business. You are seated with CFOs and finance directors from the top companies of South Africa. You are also more than welcome to join the CFO Conference preceding the CFO Awards dinner with your colleagues. Join us Thursday 12 May 2016 at the beautiful Summer Place. Don't wait too long, first come, first served. Become a partner or attend with your finance team and buy a table here. For more information check out CFOAwards.co.za. Join the ultimate peer to peer advisory network Various CFOs and finance directors from Eskom, Nedbank, Transnet, Alexander Forbes Standard Charered Bank, Hollard, Absa, Servest, Business Connexion and Super Group are members of CFO South Africa. Your peers understand best the issues you face and the challenges that impact your business. Together you will share your experiences at CFO South Africa’s events and help you advance in your career, company and knowledge. Get introduced to experienced colleagues that are happy to share their knowledge with you. Peer-to-peer consulting is by far the best and most cost effective way to help you solve problems. Are you interested? Please see our membership page for more information here. Upcoming CFO South Africa Events Join the CFO Events with inspiring hosts and experts who will share their insights and experiences with you. Register now for these events and boost your company, network, career and knowledge. CFO South Africa Events in 2016 Feb 23 Johannesburg | Get Smart in 2016 Mar 16 Johannesburg | Moving into Africa in 2016 Apr 6 Johannesburg | Capital & Finance May 12 Johannesburg | CFO Awards 2016 Register now for one of the upcoming CFO South Africa Events. Please note that all our CFO South Africa events are for senior financial executives. CFO South Africa offers Platinum memberships to CFOs and finance directors. For more information please have a look here and contact Jurrien Morsch at [email protected]. Stay connected with CFO South Africa Follow CFO South Africa on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook Stay up to date on what is happening in the world of finance by following us on Twitter @CFOSouthAfrica, LinkedIn and Facebook. Next to that you can keep track of newly published interviews with CFOs and CEOs. Feel free to contact us Any suggestions or comments are welcome. Kind Regards, Graham Fehrsen Managing Director CFO South Africa | [email protected] To control which emails you receive from CFO South Africa, please change your email preferences at cfo.co.za by selecting under settings "I do not want to receive emails from CFO South Africa | Finance Professionals South Africa"

China Resources to buy SABMiller's Snow beer stake

State-backed China Resources Beer (Holdings) Co, currently in a joint venture (JV) with SABMiller, is considering a potential purchase of all or part of SABMiller’s 49% stake in China Resources Snow Breweries Co. China Resources has requested investment banks to pitch for an advisory role to aide them in making this decision, saying it will choose an advisor before this year is out.

Oracle's Andrew Sutherland on the cloud: disrupt, transform & compete

"We are seeing IT being used to create true business disruption," Dr Andrew Sutherland, Senior VP Technology and Systems, Oracle Europe, told attendees at the recent Oracle Cloud Day, held at The Forum in Bryanston. "Information increases exponentially in value the more there is of it," he added. But, he asked the assembled audience, how do you compete, and how do you differentiate? The answer, he said, lies in transformation.

Eskom declares 22% profit for H1

Eskom has released its interim financial results for the six months ending 30 September, for which profit has increased 22%, and net income climbed to R11.3 billion (compared to R9.3 billion previously). Group CEO Brian Molefe (pictured) said in a statement that the company has made significant strides in key areas of the business, which has placed it on a path to operational and financial stability.

From private equity to leadership... Mpact CFO Brett Clark

“It is tempting as a CFO to get involved in every urgent issue affecting the business, because finance encompasses so many parts of the business," says Brett Clark, the CFO of Mpact and one of the nominees of the 2015 CFO of the Year Awards. “However, I believe a good CFO needs to create the time to analyse the information available in the business, visit the operations, debate issues with team members and focus on the key areas affecting the business.”

Leslie Maasdorp CFO of Brics New Development Bank

Formal responsibilities have been allocated to the four vice-presidents of the Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) economic grouping’s New Development Bank. Bank vice-president (and South African) Leslie Maasdorp (pictured), has been named CFO. He will be responsible for the treasury, portfolio management, and finance budgeting and accounting functions.

Concern about upward trend in the debt-to-GDP ratio

Speaking at this year's Tax Indaba at the Sandton Convention Centre, the chief of the National Treasury’s Budget Office, Michael Sachs, said he was troubled by the upward trend in the debt-to-GDP ratio of 42.5%. While the figure itself was not sufficient cause to resort to emergency measures – it is still low in comparison to many other countries – the structural debt gap could lead South Africa into permanent low economic growth.

Neotel CFO Steven Whiley resigns

Steven Whiley (pictured), the CFO of fixed-line telecommunications company, Neotel, has resigned. This comes in the midst of an investigation into allegations of bribery and corruption in connection with a Transnet deal worth R1.8 billion. Neotel CEO, Sunil Joshi, was also implicated, and is currently on special leave pending the outcome.

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