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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.

Donna Oosthuyse, director of Capital Markets at the JSE, said:

"Cape Town…


Added by CFO South Africa on January 22, 2016 at 11:30 — No Comments

Newsletter: CFO of the Week - Bongani Nqwababa, Sasol | Nampak targets 100% share in Angolan market | SA property market slows

CFO South Africa Newsletter | Thursday 1 October…


Added by CFO South Africa on October 1, 2015 at 8:00 — No Comments

Newsletter | Hear leading experts: Finance Minister and CFO SARS | Growth opportunities in sluggish market | Reach 5000 CFOs in CFO Magazine

CFO South Africa Newsletter | Thursday October 16…


Added by CFO South Africa on October 16, 2014 at 13:28 — No Comments

Deon Fredericks, Acting CFO at Telkom: Learning from each other

“We don’t have to reinvent the wheel,” says Deon Fredericks,   Acting Chief Financial Officer at Telkom, Africa's largest integrated communications company. Fredericks joined the then state-owned landline monopolist in 1993 as a senior manager in internal audit and has worked himself up the finance ladder in an admirable fashion. Fredericks says he fully supports CFO South Africa’s mission to connect the country’s finance leaders. “CFOs are starting to play a more significant role,…


Added by CFO South Africa on April 23, 2014 at 12:00 — No Comments

CFO South Africa Newsletter | Interview with CFO of Metorex | Finance Director of Waltons | CPD Points | Agenda 2014

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Added by CFO South Africa on September 30, 2013 at 11:02 — No Comments

Barry Doran, CFO G4S Africa: Believing in human capital

“For a CFO, working in Africa is almost like a Rubik’s cube, it is a challenge but it’s very rewarding,” says Barry Doran, Finance Director for Africa at security firm G4S, the largest private employer on the continent. “The development opportunities are very rewarding professionally and it’s great to see cities changing. The last time I was in Lagos I suddenly saw traffic lights where there were never any.”

Born, bred and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in Ireland,…


Added by CFO South Africa on September 26, 2013 at 16:00 — No Comments

Upcoming 5th CFO South Africa Event on Managing Corporate Growth

The 5th CFO South Africa Event will take place on October 3rd 2013, titled 'Managing Corporate Growth.' CFO South Africa, in collaboration with Oracle, CQS, Transparent, IQ Business and ReadSoft, is organizing this event at one of the top-rated hotels in the world, the Saxon Boutique Hotel in Sandton.

An influential group of financial leaders from prominent international and South African companies from both the private and public sector will attend…


Added by CFO South Africa on September 26, 2013 at 11:00 — No Comments

Mike Benfield, CFO Metorex: CFOs are internal and external salespeople

“CFOs are actually salespeople,” says Mike Benfield, CFO for mining group Metorex. “We sell our business to financers and shareholders, but also sell it to our own staff and to the outside world. We have to be attractive employers, so we’re also selling the future to current and prospective employees.”

Benfield has a diverse and well-rounded CV and can talk with great insight about the good and bad days of finance professionals. Metorex…


Added by CFO South Africa on September 12, 2013 at 15:30 — No Comments

Hennie Nel, CFO Santam: prospering in tough times

“A tough working environment forces you to innovate and come up with new ideas,” says Hennie Nel, CFO of South Africa’s biggest short-term insurer Santam. After a career at PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) that began in 1993, Nel moved to Santam last year for a new challenge. In this interview he sheds some light on the switch from consultant to Chief Financial Officer.

Nel did not choose the easiest moment to move to a short term insurance…


Added by CFO South Africa on September 4, 2013 at 9:30 — No Comments

Kirsten Mocke, Finance Director EMC: what do the numbers mean?

With nearly 18 years of experience as a finance expert in the IT world, Kirsten Mocke has acquired a good grasp of the strengths and weaknesses in the management of South African IT firms. Days Sales Outstanding (DSO) “is often very high”, sales processes “could be more refined and defined” and forecasting is not taken seriously enough. “Many people can generate numbers.- I always say to my staff: don’t give me numbers, but tell me what the numbers mean.”

Mocke is finance…


Added by CFO South Africa on September 3, 2013 at 14:00 — No Comments

Aarti Takoordeen, CFO JSE Limited: A holistic approach to growth

"I feel there is untapped innovation in the finance world,” says Aarti Takoordeen, who became the CFO of Africa’s leading stock exchange, JSE Limited, in February this year. While Takoordeen may only be 32 year’s old, she has gained extensive experience financial management. “I studied to be a Chartered Accountant as I wanted to manage a business but could not afford to start my own. My career goal is to become a CEO of a business one day,” she says.

Takoordeen will give a…


Added by CFO South Africa on August 28, 2013 at 16:00 — No Comments

Come to the CFO South Africa Cafés in May

Don't miss it!

The time for the next CFO South Africa Events is approaching. In May prominent financial professionals and directors will represent Cape Town’s and Johannesburg’s finest companies at the exclusive CFO Round Tables & Cafés on May 14th and 16th respectively.

CFO South Africa, in collaboration with Oracle has organized these events which will focus on discussions…


Added by CFO South Africa on April 26, 2013 at 14:00 — No Comments

Ryno Matthee, Director: Finance and Performance Management, Accenture: "Be yourself and stick to your values."

Ryno Matthee is Director: Finance and Performance Management at Accenture, a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with approximately 259,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. The company generated net revenues of US$27.9…


Added by CFO South Africa on March 8, 2013 at 17:00 — No Comments

Stefano Valgimigli: Country CFO, ABB South Africa: “Stay hungry, stay foolish!”

Stefano Valgimigli: Country CFO, ABB South Africa, speaks exclusively to CFO South Africa about the ins and outs of being a CFO - and of relocating to South Africa, his experiences of the South African way of doing business and of the South African CFO landscape.

ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies…


Added by CFO South Africa on March 6, 2013 at 13:30 — No Comments

Sizwe Nkosi, CFO, Metmar Limited: "CFOs will need to improve their leading from the front and tap into the entrepreneurial sphere of their brains to remain relevant."

Sizwe Nkosi is CFO of Metmar Limited, which has two main divisions: trading in commodities and investing in resource projects and companies.  The commodities trading division focusses on international trading of ferrous and non-ferrous metals, plastic products and chemicals.  The investment division invests in mining and minerals projects and companies with the main intention to secure long term cost effective off-take…


Added by CFO South Africa on January 21, 2013 at 11:00 — No Comments

Alan Winde - Ministry of Finance, Economic Development & Tourism: “There is definitely room for more co-operation between government and companies”

Alan Winde has been a member of the Western Cape Provincial Legislature since 1999. During his first term, he served as Western Cape Provincial Finance Chairman and Executive Committee Member with the Democratic Party. Prior to being re-elected in April 2009, he served as the Chief Whip of the Official Opposition in the Western Cape, as DA Spokesperson on Environment and Planning and as Deputy DA Spokesperson on Economic Development and…


Added by CFO South Africa on November 26, 2012 at 10:30 — No Comments

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