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We’re going at 100 km/h, says ZAR X CEO, Etienne Nel

This time last year, South Africa’s first new stock exchange in several decades got underway. The brainchild of Etienne Nel, Geoff Cook and Graeme Wellsted, ZAR X has given the industry a huge shake up, though it hasn’t…

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Added by CFO South Africa on September 20, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments

What is smart capital? Four types of capital investors should contribute

“Investing is not just about giving money for a return,” says Clive Butkow, CEO of Kalon Venture Partners. “Smart capital is about being a high touch investor that combines money with smart interventions leading to smart returns.”

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Added by Alex van Groningen (CFO SA) on September 20, 2017 at 10:00 — No Comments

Investing in disruptive tech? Look out for these six things, says Kalon's Clive Butkow

You know for a fact that FinTech companies are shaping our future and you feel that your money can multiply if you only just invest in the right one. But how do you know which one that is? We chatted to Clive Butkow, the extremely experienced CEO of Kalon Venture Partners, and came back with six valuable tips from…

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Added by CFO South Africa on September 13, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments

Sim Tshabalala sole Standard Bank CEO

Sim Tshabalala (pictured) has been appointed the sole CEO of Standard Bank Group, bringing to an end the dual role he shared with Ben Kruger. The appointment also makes Tshabalala the first black person to lead Africa’s largest lender independently.

Standard Bank said in a statement that…

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Added by CFO South Africa on September 12, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments

The leadership team should be on the front line, says Decision Inc.’s Nick Bell

Once a savvy boy-entrepreneur and then a sleepless 20-something who perhaps understood SAB’s business better than the brewer itself, young Nick Bell is now building the billion-rand professional services firm that every CFO should know about: Decision Inc.. “We help clients make the…

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Added by CFO South Africa on September 6, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments

Leverage digital technologies to mitigate challenges and drive growth

“With the gap between technology and business all but disappearing, decision-makers are faced with a choice of either embracing a new, disruptive environment or become irrelevant to those companies that do,” says Sneha Shah, MD for Africa at Thomson Reuters. “Unfortunately, many still perceive digitalisation to only be about…

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Added by CFO South Africa on August 30, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments

Leaders who show their vulnerability are appreciated, says Nonkululeko Gobodo

“It breaks my heart when I see talented young females and they are just sitting on boards as non-executive directors,” says Nonkululeko Gobodo, the country’s first-ever female chartered accountant. “If women are quitting, we are not going to produce the leaders we need,” she says. Nonkululeko sat down with CFO South Africa to…

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Added by CFO South Africa on August 23, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments

Create a lasting legacy, says Standard Bank CIB CEO, Kenny Fihla

“The biggest ambition that I have is to always leave a better legacy than the one I found when I took on a responsibility,” says Kenny Fihla, who took over from David Munro as chief executive of Standard Bank Corporate and Investment Banking (CIB) in May this year. “What will the next generation of people or…

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Added by CFO South Africa on August 9, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments

Deloitte puts executive compensation under the spotlight

A recently released Deloitte report found that annual cash bonuses paid to the CEO and CFO over the last six years are considerable in relation to guaranteed pay, with only 12 percent of instances where a bonus was not awarded to either executive over the last six years. The report also found that increases to CEO guaranteed pay over the last five…

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Added by CFO South Africa on August 2, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments

Robust business conversations drive a high-quality audit, says Deloitte’s Andrew Mackie

“I would encourage every incoming CFO to find a way to do some deep thinking as to who they are and how to fill the role,” says Andrew Mackie, Deloitte’s new Head of Audit & Assurance for Africa, comprising 15 countries and 185 partners. In this interview, Andrew talks to CFO South Africa about his passion for audit and transformation, the…

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Added by CFO South Africa on July 26, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments

Retail, construction and agri industries at risk, says Deloitte

Deloitte, in its recently released fourth annual South African Restructuring Outlook 2017 survey, found that restructuring professionals are more positive about the economy but that retail, agriculture and construction sectors remain at risk.

Deloitte says it surveyed a cross-section of restructuring specialists in South…

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Added by CFO South Africa on July 19, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments

What does South Africa mean to you, asks CFO SA MD, Graham Fehrsen

CFO South Africa is a proudly South African platform, even with its Dutch roots. At the recent CFO Awards, we hosted a masterclass with leading CFOs on the topic of race and transformation. What would we say if we spoke openly about these issues and how would it reflect our values and attitude? It was one of the most powerful conversations…

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Added by CFO South Africa on July 12, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments

CFO of the Year Till Streichert shares successful ERP implementation tips

In the space of just a few years, Till Streichert, CFO of Vodacom Group and this year's CFO of the Year, turned Vodacom’s finance team into a flourishing intelligence unit. He is a textbook example of a finance executive who used the first 100 days of his tenure to make a swift and decisive impact on his…

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Added by CFO South Africa on July 5, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments

Deloitte’s Andrew Mackie shares his thoughts on the value of the CFO community

Andrew Mackie, Deloitte’s newly appointed Head of Audit for Africa, believes there is great value in cultivating a strong network of CFOs and building a community of finance leaders. Mackie says he is excited about Deloitte partnering with CFO South Africa: “It is vital, particularly in these tumultuous times, that finance leaders hunker down together and…

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Added by CFO South Africa on June 28, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments

Standard Bank CIB CEO Kenny Fihla’s ideal CFO

Kenny Fihla was recently made CEO (he was, until then, deputy CEO) of Standard Bank’s Corporate and Investment Banking division. For him, the ideal CFO needs to be three key things: a core partner, concerned with sustainability, and a sanity check for the organisation. “If a CFO can play these three roles exceptionally well,…

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Added by CFO South Africa on June 21, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments

Hollard and Cigna partner to broaden African footprint

Brooks Mparutsa (pictured), executive director of Hollard’s international business, has said that the insurer has “significant acquisitions” planned on the continent in the coming years, and would be partnereing with New York Stock Exchange-listed Cigna, a global hearlth insurer, to offer health insurance to companies…

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Added by CFO South Africa on June 20, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments

Stick your neck out to succeed, says Standard Bank CIB CEO, Kenny Fihla

Kenny Fihla was recently made CEO (he was, until then, deputy CEO) of Standard Bank’s Corporate and Investment Banking division. He shares with young finance professionals some personal pearls of wisdom for success. “Organisations are desperate for leaders and leaders are really tested in that kind of way – who is always willing to step out of the…

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Added by CFO South Africa on June 14, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments

Sustainability – why CFOs should care

"Companies are now required by governments and stock exchanges to be transparent about their sustainability performance for all stakeholders, including investors, to see and evaluate," writes Stephane Bello, Executive VP and CFO at Thomson Reuters.

As stewards of capital, today’s CFOs have a unique opportunity to oversee…

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Added by CFO South Africa on May 24, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments

“Bankers of the future will be developers, designers and risk modelling people,” says N26 CEO, Valentin Stalf

Banking is like Formula One, says Valentin Stalf, co-founder and CEO of mobile bank N26. This observation came a day after Valentin returned from the famous Monza race track north of Milan in Italy, where N26 was invited as the Fast Companies Series partner by British Formula One racing team, Manor Racing. “Of course, it was very cool to see our logo there,…

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Added by CFO South Africa on May 17, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments

Simplifying M&A deals: ansarada MD Arie Maree explains

While African M&A continues to rise, it seems that information security remains a major barrier to closing deals. Research conducted by ansarada found that 71 percent of CFOs involved in M&A deals have experienced increased risk and delay due to a loss of information or a security breach. This includes a…

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Added by CFO South Africa on May 10, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments

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