Author: Georgina GuedesGeorgina Guedes is the Editor in Chief of CFO South Africa. She heads up, oversees, rubberstamps and sometimes even writes all the content generated for the CFO community, including the production of events and webinars. Prior to joining CFO South Africa, Georgina has over 20 years of experience in writing for and editing a range of media, including a long history of working on business and IT publications. She has a passion for language, laughter and good food.
Articles by Georgina Guedes
Exceptional opportunities are emerging in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, say CFOs
At a CFO Dinner in Stellenbosch, execs shared learnings and discussed how they are moving forward.
Finance execs discuss courage, prioritising people and work-life balance at CFO Dinner at Tryn
Cape Town CFOs appreciated the opportunity to gather, share and unwind after a long 20 months.
Pat Semenya leaves ACCA South Africa in good shape
In Pat’s tenure, ACCA has seen a growth in membership, accredited universities and approved employers.
Access Bank South Africa launches, claiming it’s a ‘big bank with a small bank mentality’
Access Bank CEO Herbert Wigwe says the bank intends to unlock a gateway to southern Africa.
Outgoing Altron CFO Cedric Miller gives insight into financial results, Altron 2.0 and his departure
Having achieved the goals set out in the ‘One Altron’ strategy, they have moved on to ‘Altron 2.0’.
Bothwell Mazarura reveals why the fight against gender-based violence is so important to him
The violence incidents experienced by some Kumba employees during lockdown spurred Bothwell into action.
Absa's Jason Quinn: The CFO with staying power
The Absa FD and 2020 CFO of the Year gives insight into his career with the bank.
Breaking: Outgoing Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu passes away
Makwetu passed away in hospital of stage 4 lung cancer as he neared the end of his term.
Workday joins the Finance Indaba Network as a Diamond Partner
The enterprise cloud applications provider will be headlining the Indaba on 15 October.
Santam CFO Hennie Nel on always chasing change
Hennie says that there’s a huge amount of change and vibrancy in the Santam business.
Stanlib CFO Avashnee Ramdial gets candid about culture
Avashnee Ramdial has learnt that finance departments don't deliver well if their culture isn't cohesive and collaborative. She explained how she got this right as the CFO of Stanlib, based on a similar process in her prior role at Absa, and how she is keen to share the learnings from the hardships she has faced with other women in finance, in an interview with Georgina Guedes.
KPMG's Ignatius Sehoole: Rebuilding trust in the audit profession isn't down to the auditors alone
Ignatius Sehoole was appointed as CEO of KPMG South Africa in June last year, and given the challenging task of rebuilding and restoring trust to the Public and the SA business community and the audit profession more broadly as well. Ignatius is tackling the challenge head on, and while there are very specific steps he's taking within KPMG's walls, he believes that public trust in the audit profession must be rebuilt by every individual involved in the financial reporting space.
Bureau Veritas FD Emilie Bigot: A passion for numbers, business and art in South Africa
The French certification company's South Africa FD says her local team have a "can-do" attitude.
University of Johannesburg's Nolwazi Mamorare: The power of purpose
During the 2015 #feesmustfall student campaign, the University of Johannesburg (UJ) lost only one academic day to the protest. This was because UJ was ahead of the game in financially supporting its students, owing, in large part, to the efforts of the team lead by Nolwazi Mamorare, who is today the university's CFO. She spoke to Georgina Guedes about the kind of difference that can be made if you have the will to do so.
Ralph Mupita: What not being a CA taught me
As an engineer, Ralph Mupita believes he brings skills such as pattern recognition into finance.
Alexander Forbes Group CFO Bruce Bydawell keeping it real
Alexander Forbes Group CFO Bruce Bydawell recently took a sabbatical to spend time working on European farms. As soon as he was appointed CFO on his return, he started planning for his succession by a black South African. He has singular view on his own role as CFO, and on life in general, which he shared with Georgina Guedes.
Dimension Data CFO Barry Curtin excited by flexibility and autonomy in new executive team
The restructuring will allow for synergies, efficiencies, and the establishment of local group shared services.
Black Umbrellas: Stories of success in using ESD budgets to grow small businesses
Black Umbrellas' success rate in incubating startups is 50 percent - well above the national average of 10 percent.
Nampak CFO Glenn Fullerton's remarkable journey to recovery after a cycling accident
"Never say die" is Nampak CFO Glenn Fullerton's approach to life. It served him well when he was told he would never return to work after a debilitating cycling accident in 2013. But this indomitable professional rose again to head up the finances of Africa's largest packaging company. Georgina Guedes chatted to him about how he got there and what he has learnt along the way.
The finance of fine art - how corporate art collections are valued
Many South African corporates invest in art, but how are these assets accounted for?
I have something of a rebel in me, says Westfalia Fruit's Bongani Manzi
Bongani Manzi, Westfalia Fruit's GM of Finance, says he has a future CFO role in his sights.