ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is a global professional accountancy body.
Finance leadership in uncertain times
Today’s uncertainty and change will see finance leaders assuming greater responsibility.
ACCA qualification has made Kennedy Chinganya think like an entrepreneur
Kennedy Chinganya, Altron Nexus FD, says education has been a game changer in his life.
Innocent Gumbochuma: The 'finance truth-teller'
ACCA-qualified Innocent Gumbochuma runs his public sector organisation with a strong private-sector orientation.
Solenta Aviation FD Bright Amisi: Cargo carriers have been inundated with demand during Covid-19
ACCA-qualified Bright says this is because of the death of cargo-transporting passenger flights.
National Treasury's Yvonne Soglo has a calling for public service
For ACCA-qualified Yvonne Soglo, no day in the job is the same in her role as director: provincial budget analysis at the National Treasury. Her responsibilities including supporting 12 finance teams in the Limpopo province to deliver on spending that matches their budgets.
ACCA: Audits need to adapt to the digital age
ACCA and Grant Thornton discuss the main challenges auditing faces in a series of roundtables.
Big Concerts CFO Jonathan Murphy: Planning for the 'new normal' in events
As the CFO of entertainment giant Big Concerts, ACCA qualified Jonathan Murphy has become accustomed to preparing forecasts almost daily as the company and its US-listed parent come to terms with the global pandemic which prohibits gatherings.
Competition Tribunal's Devrani Moonsamy: A well-rounded finance professional with big dreams
Chatting to Devrani Moonsamy is like inhaling a deep breath of air after the rain. She is currently head of finance at the Competition Tribunal and is involved in delivering on the public sector promise of ensuring clean audits across the public sector.
ACCA: Accountants need to help keep SMEs afloat
ACCA head Pat Semenya shares the steps SMEs can take to mitigate the Covid-19 impact.
ACCA head Pat Semenya: In a time of crisis true leaders put others first
Pat Semenya, the South African country head of the ACCA, spends a chunk of her daily work considering her team members, ensuring their wellbeing both as humans first, and then in terms of their functional and organisational plans.
JAM CFO Nico Esterhuizen: Accounting professionals need to stay ahead of the curve
The ACCA-qualified NPO NGO reflects on the benefits of a global accounting qualification.
ACCA: Budget deficit a challenge for SA in light of downgrades, Covid-19
ACCA's Pat Semenya highlights the perfect storm of debt and deficit facing SA with ratings downgrade.
ACCA: Advent of Covid-19 extremely harmful to a country already in technical recession
Tito Mboweni's recession recovery measures will be overwhelmed by economic challenges.
ACCA: Positive steps from Tito Mboweni's budget speech should not be overlooked
SA is going to struggle to recover from lockdown, but government was already taking positive steps.
ACCA: Tourism and aviation will struggle to recover from lockdown
Tourism was hard hit before social distancing and lockdown was announced. Recovery will be tough.
ACCA: Repo rate cut benefits South African households in challenging times
Despite the economic challenges SA homes are facing, rate cut will provide some relief.
Innocent Gumbochuma: Quality Council for Trades and Occupations
Innocent has been the chief financial officer of the Quality Council of Trades and Occupations.
Upskilling the future of the financial and accounting services sector
The Financial and Accounting Services Seta has a message for the industry: It is ready to fulfil their sectoral training needs and has been conducting research to ensure that it has the capability to do so.
Finance Indaba hears unethical accounting persists, even with tech in the mix
With or without machine learning, unethical accounting practices must be stamped out, say panellists.
IMAS joins Finance Indaba line-up
IMAS broadens access to high-quality professional accountancy education to aspiring CAs.
Charterquest to showcase upcoming finance professionals at CFO Case Study Competition
The CFO Case Study Competition has been a mainstay of the event since the inaugural Finance Indaba.
Special feature (part 3): Developing your soft skills to stay relevant as a CA
Professional institutions are researching new competencies that will change their qualification, writes Kate Ferreira.
Explained: How machine learning is entering the accountancy mainstream
A new report from ACCA reveals the accounting profession needs to prepare for digital development.
ACCA reveals four imperatives for CFOs wanting to add value through technology
ACCA's Thomas Isibor says finance has to prepare and adapt to meet transformative challenges.
ACCA comes on board for another successful year at Finance Indaba Africa 2019
ACCA joins Finance Indaba as a gold partner in the wake of a successful 2018 event.
ACCA, SAIPA, IIA SA and IMAS underscore importance of governance and compliance
Accounting institutes signal commitment to governance in SA with mind-expanding content at the Finance Indaba.
Professional accountancy institution IMAS joins Finance Indaba 2018
The institution specialises in broadening access to high-quality professional accountancy education for aspiring CMAs.
Finance Indaba 2018: ACCA readies members for a whole new accounting skillset
ACCA country head Patience Semenya talks membership, future-proof skills, and why ACCA will be at Finance Indaba 2018
Finance Indaba: competition is grooming future CFOs and business leaders
"We depend on Finance Indaba Africa as a good platform to connect these ambitious young lads to Africa's world of finance."
The five tenets of good corporate governance
A recently published report by ACCA looks at the interrelation between businesses and society over the years and the importance of good corporate governance.
Big Concerts: Jonathan Murphy
Jonathan Murphy has been the Chief Financial Officer of Big Concerts since May 2016.
Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University: Eminos Manyawi
Eminos Manyawi has been the Chief Financial Officer of Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University since 2017.
ACCA partners with Finance Indaba 2018
The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) is a global body for professional accountants, whose members are some of the world's most sought-after financial professionals.
The Swaziland Civil Aviation Authority: Musa Magongo
Musa Magongo has been the Chief Financial Officer of the Swaziland Civil Aviation Authority since November 2015.
ACCA: Accountancy profession must better understand cryptocurrency risk
ACCA says it is vital for accountants to develop their digital understanding and their ethical responsibilities.
Appropriate risk management crucial for effective strategic leadership - ACCA
Organisations cannot exploit strategic opportunities nor can they protect themselves from potential losses or failures, without a clear steer from the top on appropriate risk taking, says the ACCA
Philip Dieperink: Steinhoff International Holdings
Philip Dieperink has been acting Chief Financial Officer since 4 January 2018.
New Europe Property Investment Plc: Mirela Covasa
Mirela Covasa has been the Chief Financial Officer of New Europe Property Investment since February 2015.
AECOM Africa: Joe Ndala
Joe Ndala has been CFO of AECOM Africa since April 2014.
Building the University of the Future - Monash South Africa President, Prof. Alwyn Louw
Professor Alwyn Louw is the President of Monash South Africa (MSA), a premier institution of Higher Education and a platinum partner at the Finance Indaba Africa 2017 on 12 and 13 October 2017 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.
CFO Case Study Competition changing the future of finance professional training - CharterQuest CEO Valentine Nti
Global entries for the 2017 and second edition of The CFO Case Study Competition closed on 31 March, with over 1,500 entries received – surpassing the 2016 edition by some 20 percent.
The future of finance will require a convergence of risk and finance, says RMB CFO Markos Davias
“One of my mentors that has impacted my leadership style and journey from early in my career is Hugh Harrison, a partner I worked for at Deloitte. He is now our RMB Global Markets CFO, but even in this role he still challenges, advises and guides me. In him, I have always had someone whom I could trust to place the mirror in front of me. He is brutally honest but fair in his feedback and if it means he needs to make you a little emotional and teary eyed, so be it,” says RMB CFO Markos Davias, who harbours a passion for young accounting talent, promoting diversity and embracing cutting-edge technology. A solid centre-back, strong in the air, leading from the back, stopping goals at all costs – these are some of the phrases Markos uses to describe himself on the soccer field, and indeed, many of these phrases correlate with the CFO’s approach to leadership. “My family, more recently fatherhood, sport and specifically soccer have all had an influence on my life and career choices.”
I always lead the charge, says Musa Magongo, CFO of SWACAA
“The time has come for the CFO to become an important executive member who pushes for value creation other than the normal traditional financial role,” says Musa Magongo, CFO of the Swaziland Civil Aviation Authority (SWACAA). “The CFO is expected to have a better understanding of the impact of each process, whether commercial or operational, and be able to provide the necessary advice and guidance to the technical team.” In his role, Musa oversees all of the financial management issues of SWACAA, from budget preparation and implementation to monitoring, treasury and reporting. While this includes a focus on both finance and strategy, he says the nature of the role means he spends a greater proportion of his time on strategy, and ensuring that the organisation’s overall strategy is implemented.
Jo-Ann Pohl new Chairperson for Africa at Hansal International
Hansal International recently launched its expansion into South Africa, Ghana and Kenya, simultaneously announcing that it has appointed Jo-Ann Pohl (pictured) as the company’s Chairperson for Africa. Jo is currently a consultant at property investment fund, Texton, a role she took up in May this year.
SA's shadow economy to rise, warns ACCA
“There was a decrease in the overall size of South Africa’s shadow economy’s share of GDP since 2011; a positive sign that efforts to curb its impact have been implemented in recent years. But that’s the end of the good news, as the future trend is profoundly opposite,” says Pat Semenya (pictured), head of ACCA South Africa.
Beneficial experience: WATCH leading executives at #findaba16
With more than 5 000 visitors tapping into a wealth of resources, knowhow and inspiration and gaining unparalleled insights, not only was Finance Indaba 2016 a golden opportunity to meet others in the industry, network with peers and speak to professional organisations and training institutions, but it also offered neatly segmented paths and programmes for visitors to get the best out of the event.
Finance Indaba - a CFO's best talent strategy
Finance Indaba Africa is the only annual event on the continent where thousands of registered accountants and other finance professionals gather under roof for two days to advance their knowledge, networks and careers. Which CFO would say no to a finance team that is rejuvenated, full of new ideas and better connected than ever before – for FREE?
Focus on governance `bigger picture` - ACCA
Government needs to show stronger support for voluntary measures which improve corporate governance rather than impose a legislative mandate, according to the ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), a partner of the Finance Indaba 2017.
ACCA picks up online learning award
The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants' (ACCA) innovative online learning platform was last night awarded Study Resource of the Year by PQ Magazine at a ceremony held in London. The ACCA is a partner of Finance Indaba Africa 2017.
ACCA launches global education forum
The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), a Finance Indaba 2017 partner, has announced that it will be conducting a regular Global Forum focussing on education.
ACCA outlines success principles for 2017
The Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA), a partner of Finance Indaba Africa 2017, has published a checklist to tackle the political uncertainties of 2017, including Brexit negotiations.
Driving change in the public sector: ACCA report
The level of economic growth is the number one driver of change in the public sector, according to the latest report in the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants’ (ACCA) Professional Accountants: The Future series.
ACCA joins Finance Indaba 2017
The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) has partnered with Finance Indaba 2017. It will be the association's second showing at the event. Founded in 1904, the ACCA casts itself as the world's most forward-thinking accounting organisation, working across the globe to uplift the profession and boasting more than 188 000 qualified members and 480 000 students of its masters-level qualifications worldwide.
Four top finance bosses reveal the reasons for their success on the continent
What does it take to be successful in the rest of Africa? We asked four CFOs who were nominated for the 2016 CFO Awards to share some tips. Here’s what Bikash Prasad from Olam International, Johan Geel from Afgri, Mohammed Abdool-Samad from Illovo, and Osman Arbee from Imperial Group had to say on the matter. Bikash Prasad (right): look at the long term Bikash Prasad has quickly moved through the ranks and last year became CFO for Africa and the Middle-East at Olam International, a global agri-business operating from seed to shelf. Bikash has been a long-standing supporter of CFO South Africa and the panel of judges voted him as winner or the 2016 Moving into Africa Award, which he received out of the hands of Standard Bank’s CIB CFO Luvuyo Masinda on 12 May 2016. We asked him what it takes to be successful in Africa. “Look at the long term. You might have challenges in the short term, with the global economic slowdown and the slowdown in China impacting the continent, but the long term is looking very bullish and positive.” “To operate in Africa, you have to be a noble corporate citizen. You cannot be non-compliant. You need to really believe in sustainability and get a license from the community you want to work in, not just an official license from the government you are dealing with. We hardly ever run into any trouble because of that approach. Recruiting and developing talent is also crucial.”
It's time! Finance professionals flock to Finance Indaba Africa - #findaba16
The day that finance professionals have been looking forward to for many months has finally arrived - it is time for Finance Indaba Africa! With two days of learning, inspiration and unparalleled networking, the inaugural event has already established itself as the biggest conference and expo for African finance teams in the world. The numbers are impressive: 13 & 14 October 2016, Sandton Convention Centre, 5000 attendees, 120 sessions with speakers and discussions and 75 exhibitors.
Finance Indaba programme: Skills and knowhow for finance - #findaba16
The Finance Indaba Africa 2016 is almost upon us and it is time to start looking at what exactly lies ahead at the Sandton Convention Centre on 13 and 14 October 2016. Every day until the event, we will shine a light on the parts of the amazing programme. Today: Skills and knowhow for finance, which will take place on 13 October 2016 and features one the the world's most inspiring accountants!
Acca launches new online tutor excellence programme
An exclusive online programme for tutors who teach and support students of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) is now live. The programme, available free of charge and accessed through ACCA’s online Education Hub, was developed by ACCA in collaboration with BPP Professional Education, and uses BPP’s online classroom learning environment to help students progress through the ACCA qualification.
Finance Indaba 2016: Get your business moving with AgilePam
"AgilePam uses the latest and best web technologies to keep you connected on the cloud, where your work, information, data, files, contact information, everything, is stored safely and securely, in one place," says Leon Smith, lead software engineer at AgilePam, a silver partner at the Finance Indaba Africa 2016 on 13 and 14 October 2016 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.
Interview - SAICA CEO Terence Nombembe endorses Finance Indaba Africa
“As SAICA we are very excited about the Finance Indaba Africa which will be held on 13 and 14 October 2016,” says Terence Nombembe, CEO of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA). “The event is a great initiative from CFO South Africa, where we can showcase excellence and the value CAs(SA) can contribute to society.”
ACCA launches new financial guide for entrepreneurs
In a bid to address the financial literacy skills gap in South Africa, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) has released a new guide, ‘Financial management and business success - a guide for entrepreneurs’, designed to help small businesses understand the importance of financial literacy. Nomsa Nkomo (pictured), Policy Manager, ACCA South Africa, said:
Adekunle Awobodu new CFO of MTN Nigeria
MTN has appointed Adekunle Awobodu (pictured) as its new MTN Nigeria (MTNN) CFO. Awobodu, the first Nigerian to occupy this position, takes over from Ferdi Moolman, who became CEO of the company in December last year. Moolman was quoted in the media as saying:
Finance Indaba 2016: ACCA graduates mean business
"There is an undeniable need to introduce young people to entrepreneurship at an early stage and further ensure that they are equipped with the right skills from an education front," says Patience Semenya, head of the South African chapter of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), a gold partner at the Finance Indaba Africa 2016 on 13 and 14 October 2016 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.
Finance Indaba 2016: CharterQuest CFO Case Study Competition draws the crowds
“Employers are seeking financial education that produces cutting edge and real world integrated technical, business and leadership acumen,” says Valentine Nti from CharterQuest, a silver partner at the Finance Indaba Africa 2016 on 13 and 14 October 2016 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. CharterQuest will host the global finals of the first ever CFO Case Study Competition at the Finance Indaba.
The CFO Study Competition earns global stature
Entries for The CFO Case Study Competition have officially closed, with an overwhelming final tally of 1,278 aspirant registrations comprising 320 competing teams representing 53 universities and institutes from 25 different countries across five continents. The participants are all competing for the right to be crowned with the coveted 'CharterQuest Future CFO & Business Leaders 2016’ Award plus scooping the R100,000 cash prize.
Finance Indaba 2016: Sage One explores how firms can use the cloud
"The future is mobile and we are giving our customers the power to control their businesses from the palm of their hand," says Steven Cohen from Sage One, a gold partner at the Finance Indaba Africa 2016 on 13 and 14 October 2016 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. In the coming weeks and months, we will be chatting to all the Indaba partners, asking them why they are joining the event and what their most important message for finance professionals is.
CFO Case Study Competition sees record number of entries
The CFO Case Study Competition, for which entries close on 31 March, has gained incredible momentum in recent weeks and has received a record number of entries. As of 22 March, 1120 entries (some 280 teams) had been received from 39 universities across 15 countries and two continents. Of these, 75 also signed up as CFO Brand Ambassadors and 52 as CFO Social Media Contestants.
Everything CFOs should know about fraud - a chat with EY's Susan Breytenbach
“With fraud the devil is often in the detail,” says Susan Breytenbach, a leading partner in EY’s forensic services department. “For the CFO there is a fine balance between not being in the detail, whilst still maintaining control to ensure that the checking gets done by the appropriate level of person to the appropriate level of detail.”
Beware the geeks - dinner guests discuss CFO's crucial role as big data chief
Turning a blind eye to big data puts your business at risk of being left behind, but CFOs need to know what they want from the data in order to help the ‘geeks’ find the right outcomes. That was one of the many useful lessons during an intimate CFO dinner hosted on 17 March 2016 at the Taj Hotel in Cape Town. See photos of the dinner here.
Rhinos, tenders & transformation: a chat with SANParks CFO Rajesh Mahabeer
"SANParks is a large, multifaceted organisation with several focal areas, including tourism, conservation and the management of estates. This mix creates a different level of complexity. I would say SANParks is far more complex than other environment where I've worked," says Rajesh Mahabeer, CFO of South African National Parks (SANParks).
CFO Case Study Competition draws huge number of entrants
The CFO Case Study Competition, which will see entrants tackle the topic of strategic threats, opportunities, weaknesses and ethical dilemmas facing key decision-makers in the mobile telecommunications sector, has gained incredible momentum in recent weeks, and there are still two weeks to go before entries close.
Simplicity key to unlock data for fleets - Aon CFO dinner report
Simplicity and logic are paramount for CFOs that want to make effective use of big data for their fleet management. That was one of important takeaways during an exclusive CFO dinner on 11 March 2016 at the Saxon Boutique Hotel in Johannesburg .
Gov should help black investors to buy Barclays Africa, says Vusi Thembekwayo
The decision of Barclays Plc to sell down its 62.3% interest in Barclays Africa could be great for the African continent, says entrepreneur and investor Vusi Thembekwayo. He says the “South African government should step in” and create an opportunity for “a cohort of black investors that are pro-development and behind the National Development Plan”.
Grooming future leaders: the CFO Case Study Challenge
University student societies from across the globe are frenetically forming teams to enter the CFO Case Study Competition, where they will tackle the topic of strategic threats, opportunities, weaknesses and ethical dilemmas facing key decision-makers in the mobile telecommunications sector.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
Marie McCrea, Partner CIL: CFO - A Vision for the Future
Marie McCrea, partner at the Centre for Innovative Leadership (CIL), held an interesting presentation on the role and challenges of modern CFOs at the CFO South Africa Event Get Smart in 2014, March 13 at the Saxon.
'Get Smart' Event: InnoVent offers fascinating insights in rental of depreciating assets
Smart CFOs save money by renting fast-depreciating assets like IT-equipment, instead of buying them. That was the message of Shane Merriman, Managing Director at InnoVent Rental & Asset Management Solutions. During the CFO South Africa ‘Get Smart’ event of 13 March 2014 in the Saxon Boutique Hotel in Johannesburg, Merriman gave the attending CFOs some fascinating and challenging insights in ways to make money go further.
Nadine Kater, Head of ACCA: Moving towards the 'complete accountant'
“One of the main challenges for South African CFOs is to find capable, qualified accountants that can support them,” says Nadine Kater, the South African Head of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), one of the largest and fastest-growing global accountancy bodies. “I often hear stories about two or three people at the top of the finance department working 24/7 because they need to check all the work of their employees,” she says, adding that she believes the ACCA qualification addresses this problem.
Bright Amisi, Group Finance Manager at SABS: `Risk management is going to become a key part of the CFO portfolio`
Bright Amisi (37) has been the Group Finance Manager of the SABS, a leading conformity assessment industry player, since 2008. SABS is the largest conformity assessment body in Africa and is the official publisher of South African National Standards (SANS) used across all sectors of the economy. He thinks the most challenging about his position are that the non-finance issues demand a lot of his time. He doesn’t always sit in his office worrying about the numbers; He is frequently out there trying to enable the business to be successful. Everybody wants advice before making decisions. Before joining SABS Bright was employed by the Development Bank of South Africa as the GM: Finance and Administration - NEPAD for three years. Bright has also previously served as the Finance Director of Africare Zimbabwe, Head of Finance and Administration for the Red Cross in Zimbabwe and as an Auditor. He holds an MCom (Accounting), BSc (Hons) and is an Associate member of ACCA, CIMA and CIS. Bright is married to Diana with four kids and is a Formula One fanatic! Which skills do you think a finance professional should master to be successful in his/her work? A finance professional needs knowledge of accounting standards (IFRS), tax, ICT systems and systems integration, as well as risk management.
Jo Pohl - CFO Ubank: `CFO needs to adapt a far more pro-active and predictive approach`
Ubank (previously Teba Bank) appointed Jo-Ann Pohl to its Board as Chief Financial Officer in June 2007. Prior to her appointment, Jo – as she prefers to be called – who is a qualified chartered accountant was at Barclays Africa where she began as a Corporate Merchant Banking and Treasury Performance Consultant for Africa and the Middle East and then moved back into finance as a Regional Financial Controller before being promoted to Head of Finance for the Pan-African business. Ubank is the 9th largest Bank by assets with deposits of over R3bn and has become a well-recognised banking brand in the country.
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ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is a global professional accountancy body incorporated by Royal Charter in the UK. With 208,549 members and 503,262 students in 179 countries at 31 March 2018, our community of current and future professional accountants is one of the largest and most diverse in the world.
Founded in 1904, ACCA's development has been enabled by our distinctive core values:
- Opportunity: we provide opportunity, free from artificial barriers, to people around the world - whether our students, members or employees - and we support them in their careers.
- Diversity: we respect and value difference, embracing diversity in our people and our output.
- Innovation: we create new and unexpected possibilities, providing innovative solutions for the future.
- Accountability: we accept individual and corporate responsibility for our actions, working together to deliver quality services and to promote the best
interest of our stakeholders.
- Integrity: We act ethically and work in the public interest, treating people fairly and honestly and we encourage the same from others.
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