A complete overview of all our governance articles.

JSE's amended listing requirements: a burden or an opportunity?

Several corporate scandals and instances of poor governance have tarnished South Africa's reputation as an investment destination. Listed CFOs need to pay careful attention to the JSE's new listing requirements, which require enhanced accountability and transparency.

SAICA tightens controls after Trillian-repayment

SAICA and its Thuthuka Bursary Fund have enhanced their donor vetting process "to avert any possible recurrence" of the situation where the fund had to return money to a company that is linked to the notorious Gupta-family.

CFOs can expect continued volatility in our markets, says CIB's Sun? Brugman

“At Standard Bank, we focus on business opportunities that help our clients grow financially and socially, in all the countries in which we operate,” says Sun? Brugman, chief risk officer for Corporate and Investment Banking (CIB) at Standard Bank. “Equally, we aim to bring new business and investment into Africa by connecting the major markets outside of Africa to the continent.”

How can you exercise corporate governance diligence and skill? Finance Indaba sneak peek 30

Corporate governance failures manifested in illicit conduct and fraud negatively affects your company's prospect of economic growth, public faith and corporate reputation. Unfortunately, all too often, deceitful and falsified business transactions are approved by boards and management simply on the basis of trust. Having spent over 25 years supporting organisations to develop corporate governance frameworks that prevent, detect and remediate (as prescribed in KING IV) illicit conduct, SNG's Peter Goss will discuss a blend of corporate governance guidance, principles and practices for boards, management, CFOs, company secretaries, and other combined assurance providers who will help you to create sustainable value and mitigate related threats. In this lively master class, you will be challenged to adopt a sceptical mindset focused on sustainable value creation and business integrity, a constructively sceptical professional demeanour, and an advanced level of due probity, due diligence and scrutiny. Learn from corporate governance failures the stark and blatant realities, enhance your professional due care and skill, and improve your corporate sustainability in this fascinating Finance Indaba Africa session.

Finance Indaba 2017: Auditor-General of SA stresses accountability in finance

"In the past year, the AGSA’s general (“state-of-nation”) reports were built around a theme of accountability and we see CFO’s, both in public and private sectors, as critical players in making sure that accountability in our country, with specific reference to public finance and performance management, is strengthened," says Jan van Schalkwyk, corporate executive at the Auditor-General of SA (AGSA), a silver partner at the Finance Indaba Africa 2017 on 12 and 13 October 2017 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

Nkonki is future-ready. Are you?

Black-owned auditing firm Nkonki has always been synonymous with trailblazing. Founded in 1993 by brother and sister Mzi Nkonki and Sindi Zilwa, the second black woman in South Africa to become a chartered accountant, Nkonki was born into the turmoil of pre-democratic South Africa and faced numerous challenges, including access to funding and intellectual capital. Under Sindi’s aggressive and stereotype-shattering leadership, Nkonki would soon become one of the largest black empowerment assurance and advisory firms and the only majority female-owned auditing firm in South Africa to be accredited by the JSE to audit listed companies.

The evolution of technology and compliance requirements: Finance Indaba sneak peek 12

Financial service providers, from banks to broker dealers to investment advisors, face complex requirements of an expanding global regulatory landscape. Non-compliance with the rules can be extremely costly and damaging. But how can we address the regulatory requirements without losing operational efficiencies? Dominic Suszek, President and CEO of Global RADAR, has over 30 years of experience in the global financial industry. He will share his vision and experiences from a global perspective; from epic failures in compliance to the impact of technology. What is the state of compliance globally? How can we build efficient compliance processes? Dominic will show you how many financial institutions have successfully deployed a new breed of compliance tools. Join this Finance Indaba Africa session, hosted by DocFox, and discover the critical components of an effective and efficient compliance programme.

Does your internal audit create real value for business?: Finance Indaba sneak peek 10

Internal audit is an integral part of the governance processes within an organisation but is it providing real business value? They provide the ears, eyes and the internal evaluation of organisational activities to both the organisation executive and governing bodies. With great technology, internal audit has the opportunity to be more than checks and balances, though it will have to partner effectively. If you want to improve the business value of your internal audit, this session with Charles Nel, Head of Technical at IIA SA, will offer insights and practical steps to achieving a next level internal audit. Don't miss out at this year's Finance Indaba Africa.

Finance Indaba 2017: Nexia SAB&T is your bespoke financial services partner

"Nexia SAB&T provides an extensive range of professional services that are tailored to the specific requirements of our clients," says Ndumi Medupe, Chairperson of Nexia SAB&T, a silver partner at the Finance Indaba Africa 2017 on 12 and 13 October 2017 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

Finance Indaba 2017: IIA SA creates value for business

"Internal auditors are an integral part of the governance processes within an organisation. They provide the ears, eyes and the internal evaluation of organisational activities to both the organisation executive and governing bodies," says Dr Claudelle von Eck, CEO of the Institute of Internal Auditors SA (IIA SA), a silver partner at the Finance Indaba Africa 2017 on 12 and 13 October 2017 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

Auditor independence under the spotlight

“Professional skepticism is about auditing the time, mindset, attitude and related questions about how management has scouted the transactions and applied judgments and assessments within disclosures in the financial statements as well,” says Ken Siong, technical director of the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants (IESBA). “It’s very critical [to have professional skepticism] to enable auditors to get to the bottom of issues to make sure they can be confident and evaluate critical issues, and whether those issues have been accounted for and presented in financial statements.”

Shareholders speaking out on auditor appointments

“What is clear is that the shareholders are beginning to make their voice heard at AGMs regarding the necessity for firm rotation to end excessively long relationships,” says Bernard Agulhas (pictured), CEO of the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA). “Where audit committees may feel a 20-year, 50-year or longer relationship might not impair auditor independence, shareholders are saying otherwise.”