Public Sector

"Somebody needs to work for the people. Somebody needs to rise up. Who is it going to be? What kind of country do we want to live in?" Those are the words of Ramasela Ganda, former CFO of Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality and Public Sector CFO of the Year 2017.

24 October 2017

I wanted to serve, says Ramasela Ganda, Public Sector CFO of the Year 2017

Earlier this year, Ramasela Ganda won the Public Sector CFO of the Year Award for her incredible accomplishments at Ekurhuleni Municipality. She dedicated the prize to “all public servants that serve us diligently and with honesty” and referred specifically to public sector CFOs who have “lost their lives because they said no to corruption”. Long eschewing a CFO role in the private sector, she left Ekurhuleni at the end of last year and started as CFO: rental and corporate service at Barloworld, which had been courting her for quite a while.

12 October 2017

`A roller-coaster!` Why should you work in the public sector?

Corruption, slow turnaround times and lack of ethics are considered part and parcel of a career in the public sector, but if you stick it out, the personal rewards are worth it, say those who work in government. “It’s a roller-coaster!” Nichola Dewar, CFO of the SA Post Office, admitted to the rapt audience at Finance Indaba Africa on 12 October 2017. When the laughter died down, Nichola went on to say that she found it disconcerting writing a memo for a new laptop – a utility she could easily get in the private sector.

06 October 2017

Building a successful career in the public sector: Finance Indaba sneak peek 23

A career in finance is tough. A career in finance in the public sector is tougher! In this honest account of what it takes to build a successful career in the public sector, you’ll hear first-hand how exceptional finance professionals have thrived in some of the toughest circumstances. If you’re looking for inspiration or want perspective on your challenges, this is a Finance Indaba Africa session you cannot miss.

03 February 2017

How to win two CFO Awards? Dumisani Dlamini (NAC) reveals all in 15/2 public sector event

Summer Place in Johannesburg was abuzz with excitement in May 2016, when Dumisani Dlamini scooped two of the most prestigious CFO Awards: Young CFO of the Year and Public Sector CFO of the Year. In an exclusive CFO South Africa event for public sector CFOs on 15 February at 15h00 in Pretoria, Dumisani will reflect on his journey, the lessons learnt and the road ahead. He will also share some tips that he has never shared before!

11 November 2016

Brian Molefe, Eskom CEO, quits

"I have, in the interests of good corporate governance, decided to leave my employ at Eskom from 1 January 2017," wrote Brian Molefe (pictured), CEO of Eskom, in a statement released today regarding his decision to leave the company. "I do so voluntarily: indeed, I wish to pay tribute to the unfailing support I have had since I took up office from the chairman, the Board and with those with whom it has been my privilege to work. Together we brought Eskom back from the brink. I will take time off to reflect before I decide on my next career move."

14 September 2016

Public sector CFOs and CIOs are trying to embrace the future

From medical emergency drones, to self-driving vehicles to a Google Hangouts gathering of Archbishop Desmond Tutu in South Africa and the Dalai Lama in Tibet: technology makes amazing things possible, as long as we embrace it. During a breakfast event on 13 September 2016, the energetic futurist Craig Wing challenged, educated, inspired – and entertained – a group of CFOs and CIO from the public sector and asked them some hard questions about technology: “Do you see a threat or an opportunity?”

06 September 2016

As a leader, are you a router or a firewall, asks Futurist Craig Wing

“Leaders are sometimes unable to act. They stand frozen with too much information. But in today’s world you need to be able to act fast. In the context of how quickly the world is moving, you cannot wait for new information and rest on your laurels. The next big thing will be for leaders to act on imperfect information,” says Craig Wing, partner at FutureWorld International, an organisation that helps corporates understand the emergent future and how technology will affect their businesses. Bursting with energy and ideas, Craig will be speaking at the upcoming public sector breakfast on 13 September, where he will talk about some of the game-changing technologies currently shaping our world, and how best to use these.

09 August 2016

Integrity is everything for a CFO, says Rendani Sadiki, Department of Rural Development and Land Reform CFO

“You have to be mindful of operating within the law at all times as a CFO in the public sector, because it’s your career on the line,” says Rendani Sadiki, Department of Rural Development and Land Reform CFO. “Colleagues may make requests that are outside the ambit of the law, but you have to explore the prescripts before you respond. You mustn’t just say no; you must bring a solution. That person might not be intentionally trying to break the law, they might just not be acquainted with those prescripts. So I rather try to advise them of their options.” The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform is mandated to create and maintain equitable land dispensation and acts as a catalyst in rural development to ensure sustainable rural livelihoods, which it does through various programmes and initiatives. Rendani oversees strategic financial management within the Department – a mandate she says is quite broad. “As the financial strategist, I have to develop and implement financial strategies to manage limited resources at our disposal so that the department is able to deliver the services efficiently and effectively, and within budget.” She also oversees the governance of the Department.

28 July 2016

Tell better stories & be a better leader: Peter Christie at public sector CFO event

"One of the challenges for corporate leaders is that often, they are not good communicators, or are not very effective communicators. They largely communicate via email, company newsletters or noticeboards, and PowerPoint presentations. To get the key message through you’ve got to be more creative than that and become a better storyteller,” says consultant and academic, Peter Christie, better known as Big Chief Talking Bull.

11 July 2016

Peter Christie on the power of storytelling for effective leaders

As a youngster, Peter Christie was enormously fond of Western movies, particularly those which featured North American Indians giving cowboys what he calls “a good klapping”. One movie in particular made a big impression on the youngster: The Great Sioux Massacre, where, at the Battle of the Little Bighorn, shaman Big Chief Sitting Bull led the defeat of General Custer and other troops of the US Army. Peter can still recall a gift he received from his parents at this time: a colourful North American Indian costume that included feathered headdress, leather-tasselled vest, moccasins and tomahawk. Needless to say it immediately became a firm favourite of the energetic six-year-old who, when asked what he wanted to be when he grew up, answered without hesitation, “Big Chief Sitting Bull”. Peter being quite the chatterbox, his dad adapted this to “Big Chief Talking Bull”, and the name stuck. Peter has always had a liking for stories – reading them, telling them, watching them, and writing them. As an adult, he turned this talent into a career, establishing a successful consultancy that teaches business people how to unlock their storytelling potential in order to become better, more influential leaders.

26 May 2016

Meet Dumisani Dlamini (NAC), Young CFO of the Year 2016

“To god be the glory. I don’t even have a speech, this is so unexpected,” said Dumisani Dlamini, CFO of the National Arts Council (NAC) of South Africa, and winner of two awards at the recent CFO Awards 2016, Young CFO of the Year (for finance leaders aged 40 or below) and Public Sector CFO of the Year. “This is to say to every black child, girl or boy, you can make it! This goes to all CFOS in government who are under political pressure or who are in a difficult environment – this is for you!"

08 April 2016

Can the CFO be a true business partner, and is there really such as thing as control, pondered SA's public sector CFOs

“The biggest challenge for public sector CFOs is supporting the mandate. Some mandates are unfunded or contradictory,” said one of the participants at last night’s round table for public sector CFOs, held at the Menlyn Boutique Hotel. The evening’s discussion centered on effective communication and reporting to stay in control, and posed the questions of whether or not the public sector CFO can be a true business partner, and whether it is possible to ever really have control of the business. See pictures from the event here.

24 February 2016

The new public sector CFO: agile, empowered, customer-centric

Agility, customer-centricity and changing the way people see the public sector CFO were the central themes dominating the CFO public sector round table, held on 23 February 2016 at Summer Place in Hyde Park, Johannesburg. Moderated by Terrence Taylor, General Manager: Talent, Analytics, Leadership and Learning at Discovery, key speakers included Quentin Green, City Power CFO and Edson Magondo, Head of Public Sector KPMG, though the lively discussion elicited comment from nearly all attendees.

12 January 2016

How to achieve a clean audit, an interview with CFO Shabeer Khan (the dti)

In an exclusive interview with CFO South Africa, Shabeer Khan, chief financial officer of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), explains how he and his dedicated team managed to achieve a clean audit. Somewhere in Pretoria there is a big government department where the financial statements reported are of the highest quality, supply chain management legislation is adhered to and wasteful expenditure is a thing of the past. In September the Minister of Trade and Industry proudly announced that the dti had just received a clean audit for the 2014/15 financial year. He also deservedly deflected much of the praise to CFO Shabeer Khan and his highly committed team.

30 December 2015

Exclusive: Treasury ace Dalu Majeke goes home to help the Eastern Cape

Since 2009 he was CFO at the National Treasury and in 2014 he even scooped up a CFO Awards nomination. Recently, Dalu Majeke has moved back to the Eastern Cape and joined the provincial treasury as head of department. “It is Buyelekhaya - ploughing back to home - for me," says Dalu, a staunch supporter of CFO South Africa, during this exclusive interview. Working at the National Treasury "was a game changer in my career", he says, but now it is time to help improve the Eastern Cape achieve "proper resource allocation and sustainable service delivery".

01 June 2015

Announcement: public sector CFO events to the next level

Due to the huge success of our public sector chapter, CFO South Africa is proud to announce that we have scheduled no less than 9 events in 2015 and 2016 where finance leaders from departments, provinces and other government agencies can compare notes, learn from each other, network and have fun. The public sector initiative launched on 13 November 2014 and has been of great value to the participants and event partners like the National Treasury and audit firm SizeNtsalubaGobodo.

24 April 2015

World class tier 1 ERP for government

Admitting mistakes is not something we have come to expect from the governments. Lindy Bodewig, Chief Director at the National Treasury, admitted some mistakes were made while reflecting on the failure. These mistakes have provided national treasury with a much more sober and realistic outlook to the implications of implementing an ERP. During a candid round table with CFOs from the public sector, Bodewig charted the way forward and promised the anxious finance leaders light at the end of the tunnel.

16 March 2015

Extra Newsletter: Learn how to successfully move into Africa | Meet Greg Davis Standard Bank - Sean Bennett UBS - Colin Coleman Goldman Sachs - 5 foremost Tax specialists KPMG

Extra CFO South Africa Newsletter | Monday March 16 Learn how to succesfully move into Africa CFO Event Moving into Africa Thursday March 19th at the Michelangelo Hotel 16.00 - 20.00. Avoid the pitfalls - grab the opportunities. We will help you to explore the challenges and opportunities from regional tax developments with the foremost African tax specialists from KPMG. Tax strategies for growing your business in Africa. South African businesses are finding many opportunities to thrive within the developing markets in Africa. As as CFO there are many things to consider while planning for an international growth strategy. The key to success can be in the tax details. Join us to learn and share practical insight and cases that can help you take tackle your African tax strategy. Program: Start and Welcome CFO Event 16.00 - 16.45 Master Class 'Moving into Africa' 16.45 - 18.45 Presenters: • Greg Davis - CFO Africa Standard Bank • Devon Duffield - Chairman: Tax & Legal KPMG • Venter Labuschagne - Head: Trade & Customs KPMG • Richard Ndung’u - Partner and Head of Tax KPMG Kenya • Victor Onyenkpa - Partner KPMG Nigeria • Louison Kiyombo - Head of Tax and Legal KPMG DRC Panel: • Bikash Prasad - CFO Olam International • Sean Bennett - CEO UBS South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa • Colin Coleman - Head for sub-Saharan Africa Goldman Sachs CFO Public Round Table 'Change Management' 16.45 - 18.15 There is power in sharing stories and experiences with your peers. The challenges that face the CFO in the Public sector demands not only financial knowledge and expertise. Change management and empowerment are skills that will determine the future and success of the public organisation. In this round table we are going to discuss Change management and the role you can or want to play in continuous improvement. This exclusive get-together will offer you the unique opportunity to share your vision and ideas with top CFOs from the public sector. CFO Café 18.15 - 20.00 Join this event free of charge and don’t miss out on the CFO Event on Moving into Africa from 16.00 - 20.00 and register here. Sponsors CFO Event Moving into Africa & Round Table Public Finance: Continuous Professional Development Points Did you know all events of CFO South Africa are eligible for SAICA CPD points? By attending CFO South Africa's events and training courses you will stay compliant. CFO Awards 2015 - Reserve your table now Buy a table for the CFO Awards and meet South Africa's leading CFOs, demonstrate thought leadership, extend your network and develop business. You are seated with CFOs and finance directors from among others Advtech, Aveng, Barclays, Eskom, EOH, FNB, General Cable, Hollard, Liberty, Nedbank, Nissan, Novartis, Old Mutual, Standard Bank and Transnet. Are you a CFO? You are also more than welcome to join the CFO Conference preceding the CFO Awards dinner with your finance colleagues. Don't wait too long, first come, first served. Become a partner or attend with your finance team and RSVP here. For more information check out CFOAwards.co.za. Upcoming CFO South Africa Events Join the CFO Events with inspiring hosts and experts who will share their insights and experiences with you. Register now for these events and boost your company, network, career and knowledge. CFO South Africa Events in 2015 Mar 19 Johannesburg | Moving into Africa May 14 Johannesburg | CFO Awards 2015 June 25 Johannesburg | Capital & Finance July 30 Johannesburg | Corporate Growth Sept 17 Johannesburg | Digital Transformation Nov 19 Johannesburg | Risk, Compliance & Control Register now for one of the upcoming CFO South Africa Events. Please note that all our CFO South Africa events are for senior financial executives. CFO South Africa offers Platinum memberships to CFOs and finance directors. For more information please have a look here and contact Jurrien Morsch at [email protected] Stay connected with CFO South Africa Follow CFO South Africa on Twitter and LinkedIn Stay up to date on what is happening in the world of finance by following us on Twitter @CFOSouthAfrica and LinkedIn. Next to that you can keep track of newly published interviews with CFOs and CEOs. Feel free to contact us Any suggestions or comments are welcome. Kind Regards, Melle Eijckelhoff Director CFO South Africa | [email protected]

26 February 2015

Newsletter: CFOs warned for weapons of mass disruption | Great CFOs take risks | Shock after resgination SAB Miller CFO

CFO South Africa Newsletter | Thursday February 26 Dear CFO South Africa Member, Read Exclusive CFO South Africa Articles Lifehacker Martijn Aslander warns CFOs for ‘weapons of mass disrupt... After dazzling the CFOs and other top finance professionals with a barrage of inspiring technological innovations, visionary speaker and entrepreneur Martijn Aslander sounded the clarion call for a people-centered digital revolution. “In the next ten years, the world will have changed more than it has in the last century.” CFO of the Week: Steven Whiley (Neotel): great CFOs take risks “A great CFO needs to have appetite for a certain level of risk,” says Steven Whiley, CFO at Neotel, South Africa’s second fixed line operator. Whiley is currently part if the negotiations for the sale of Neotel to communications giant Vodacom and has earned his stripes during a long and varied career as CFO in several industries. “The best CFOs can look at the balance sheet and understand from there what makes the business tick.” CFOs of Oceana, Spur and Ascendis Health speak to Awards judges Whether social investment is central to your business or not, it is undeniable that all companies have social touch-points, which mean that companies influence, and are influenced by the societies in which they operate. Read more exclusive articles on cfo.co.za - News: Shock after resgination SAB Miller CFO Jamie Wilson Register for CFO Event Moving into Africa Learn how to successfully move into Africa Thursday March 19th at the Michelangelo Hotel. A world of opportunities await innovative organisations in Africa and South Africa. As the pace of development into the rest of Africa gains momentum, more and more South African and international companies are considering expanding their businesses into the rest of the continent, the opportunities are rife. Learn from how to successfully move into Africa by sharing the best practices of Standard Bank's CFO Africa Greg Davis and other experts. Join this next CFO Event in Johannesburg. Join this event free of charge and don’t miss out on the CFO Event on Moving into Africa from 4pm - 8pm and register now: - March 19th at the Michalengelo Hotel Principal Sponsor CFO Event Moving into Africa: Continuous Professional Development Points Did you know all events of CFO South Africa are eligible for SAICA CPD points? By attending CFO South Africa's events and training courses you will stay compliant. CFO Awards 2015 - Reserve your table now Buy a table for the CFO Awards and meet South Africa's leading CFOs, demonstrate thought leadership, extend your network and develop business. You are seated with CFOs and finance directors from among others Advtech, Aveng, Barclays, Eskom, EOH, FNB, General Cable, Hollard, Liberty, Nedbank, Nissan, Novartis, Old Mutual, Standard Bank and Transnet. You are also more than welcome to join the CFO Conference preceding the CFO Awards dinner with your colleagues. Don't wait too long, first come, first served. Become a partner or attend with your finance team and RSVP here. For more information check out CFOAwards.co.za. Upcoming CFO South Africa Events Join the CFO Events with inspiring hosts and experts who will share their insights and experiences with you. Register now for these events and boost your company, network, career and knowledge. CFO South Africa Events in 2015 Mar 19 Johannesburg | Moving into Africa Apr 16 Johannesburg | Capital & Finance May 14 Johannesburg | CFO Awards 2015 July 30 Johannesburg | Corporate Growth Sept 17 Johannesburg | Digital Transformation Nov 19 Johannesburg | Risk, Compliance & Control Register now for one of the upcoming CFO South Africa Events. Please note that all our CFO South Africa events are for senior financial executives. CFO South Africa offers Platinum memberships to CFOs and finance directors. For more information please have a look here and contact Jurrien Morsch at [email protected] Stay connected with CFO South Africa Follow CFO South Africa on Twitter and LinkedIn Stay up to date on what is happening in the world of finance by following us on Twitter @CFOSouthAfrica and LinkedIn. Next to that you can keep track of newly published interviews with CFOs and CEOs. Feel free to contact us Any suggestions or comments are welcome. Kind Regards, Melle Eijckelhoff Director CFO South Africa | [email protected] To control which emails you receive from CFO South Africa, please change your email preferences at cfo.co.za by selecting under settings "I do not want to receive emails from CFO South Africa | Finance Professionals South Africa"

18 December 2014

Newsletter: Judges CFO Awards 2015 | Minister Meyer endorses CFO SA | We are living in a new renaissance

CFO South Africa Newsletter | Thursday December 18 Dear CFO South Africa Member, Read Exclusive CFO South Africa Articles Minister Meyer endorses CFO South Africa’s public chapter “The public chapter of CFO South Africa is a great institution.” Those were the words of Dr Ivan Meyer, minister for finance in the Western Cape, when we spoke to him in the margins of the Risk, Compliance & Control Forum at the Cape Town Club last month. CFO Awards 2015 judged by impressive group of industry leaders One of the biggest success factors of the inaugural CFO Awards in May this year was the impressive panel of judges that was willing to interview and adjudicate each and every candidate for the various award categories. Not only CFO of the Year winner Simon Ridley (Standard Bank), but virtually all the other award nominees remarked what an honour it was to be judged by such an impressive group of industry leaders. Expert Insight: Explorer Martijn Aslander: we are living in a new renaissance In his latest book, Nooit Af, (Never Finished) which, as was the case with Easycratie (Easycracy) he wrote in tandem with Erwin Witteveen, Martijn Aslander is advocating a state of permanent beta. His argumentation follows from the way in which he interprets current trends in the network- and information society and topics such as self-direction and Quantified Self. ‘We’re living in a different world. The tools you need are available to anyone, even to young kids in Pakistan. You don’t need an expensive office to make a difference.’ Read more exclusive articles on cfo.co.za - Editorial: KPMG provides CFOs for JSE firms, Madonsela finds "improper conduct" Keynote Nicky Newton-King CEO JSE Discuss your agenda for 2015 As global economic growth recovers there will be opportunities and risks for South Africa's economy, CFOs must ensure that the financial choices you make maintain the recent gains in competitiveness. During the first CFO Events of 2015 we will discuss the new economy, value creation, complementary economics, networking, ideas to make te world a better place and we share smart ideas to improve your business. We offer a great opportunity to learn from your peers and get new ideas. Keynote by Nicky Newton King, CEO of the JSE She will discuss the comprehensive overview of the world today, as well as look forward on how she expects global trends, regional key challenges as education & skills development, African leadership will develop in the coming year as well as emerging issues that should be on the agendas of every CFO for 2015. Join this event free of charge with and don’t miss out on the first CFO Events of 2015 from 4pm - 8pm and register now: - February 17th at the JSE, register here. - February 19th at the Cape Town Club, register here. Partners CFO Events Get Smart in 2015: Continuous Professional Development Points Did you know all events of CFO South Africa are eligible for SAICA CPD points? By attending CFO South Africa's events and training courses you will stay compliant. Join the ultimate peer to peer advisory network Various CFOs and finance directors from Eskom, Nedbank, Transnet, SAB, Nike, Standard Charered Bank, Hollard, Absa, Business Connexion and Super Group are members of CFO South Africa. Your peers understand best the issues you face and the challenges that impact your business. Together you will share your experiences at CFO South Africa’s events and help you advance in your career, company and knowledge. Get introduced to experienced colleagues that are happy to share their knowledge with you. Peer-to-peer consulting is by far the best and most cost effective way to help you solve problems. Are you interested? Please see our membership page for more information here. Upcoming CFO South Africa Events Join the CFO Events with inspiring hosts and experts who will share their insights and experiences with you. Register now for these events and boost your company, network, career and knowledge. CFO South Africa Events in 2015 Feb 17 Johannesburg | Get Smart in 2015 Feb 19 Cape Town | Get Smart in 2015 Mar 19 Johannesburg | Moving into Africa Apr 16 Johannesburg | Capital & Finance May 14 Johannesburg | CFO Awards 2015 July 30 Johannesburg | Corporate Growth Sept 17 Johannesburg | Digital Transformation Nov 19 Cape Town | Risk, Compliance & Control Register now for one of the upcoming CFO South Africa Events. Please note that all our CFO South Africa events are for senior financial executives. CFO South Africa offers Platinum memberships to CFOs and finance directors. For more information please have a look here and contact Jurrien Morsch at [email protected] Stay connected with CFO South Africa Follow CFO South Africa on Twitter and LinkedIn Stay up to date on what is happening in the world of finance by following us on Twitter @CFOSouthAfrica and LinkedIn. Next to that you can keep track of newly published interviews with CFOs and CEOs. Feel free to contact us Any suggestions or comments are welcome. Kind Regards, Melle Eijckelhoff Director CFO South Africa | [email protected]

15 December 2014

Minister Meyer endorses CFO South Africa's public chapter

“The public chapter of CFO South Africa is a great institution.” Those were the words of Dr Ivan Meyer, minister for finance in the Western Cape, when we spoke to him in the margins of the Risk, Compliance & Control Forum at the Cape Town Club last month. “With the current international financial climate we need financial resilience and this CFO forum confirmed to me that the CFOs we have, both in the public sector and in the private sector, have a lot of resilience to build the strong institutions that are necessary for a constitutional democracy.”

11 December 2014

Newsletter: Common CV mistakes | Good governance good for business | CEO JSE Keynote at CFO Events

CFO South Africa Newsletter | Thursday December 11 Dear CFO South Africa Member, Read Exclusive CFO South Africa Articles Take a selfie: what’s lacking on the CV of the CFO? Why are CVs of many CFOs ill-prepared, full of mistakes and lacking relevant information? In this Expert Insight Fowzia Gamiet, Senior Associate: Financial Recruitment at CA Global Finance answers this question and tells Chief Financial Officers how it’s done. CFO of the Week: Shabeer Khan (DTI): CAs should consider the government While Shabeer Khan, Chief Financial Officer of the dti, admits to dreaming of becoming an astronaut, a Formula One racing driver and even a fireman as a young boy, he would now like to encourage young Chartered Accountants (CA’s) to take the route that he has taken. At the age of 34 he confesses to having considered other career prospects but working for Government was a conscious decision for him and he assures us that nothing compares with the daily fulfillment he gets from his current role. Master Class Kerry Jenkins, Head Regulatory and Compliance KPMG: "G... Good governance is good for business, was the underlying message of the Master Class hosted by Dr Kerry Jenkins, head of the Regulatory and Compliance unit at KPMG, at the CFO South Africa Event Risk, Compliance & Control Forum at the Cape Town Club last week. Dr Jenkins said given the plethora of laws, regulations and a number of pending changes , it was easy for a CFO to feel overwhelmed by what that they were now expected to know. Read more exclusive articles on cfo.co.za - Editorial: Sony CFO Kenichiro Yoshida as role model & common CV mistakes Keynote Nicky Newton-King CEO JSE Discuss your agenda for 2015 As global economic growth recovers there will be opportunities and risks for South Africa's economy, CFOs must ensure that the financial choices you make maintain the recent gains in competitiveness. During the first CFO Events of 2015 we will discuss the new economy, value creation, complementary economics, networking, ideas to make te world a better place and we share smart ideas to improve your business. We offer a great opportunity to learn from your peers and get new ideas. Keynote by Nicky Newton King, CEO of the JSE She will discuss the comprehensive overview of the world today, as well as look forward on how she expects global trends, regional key challenges as education & skills development, African leadership will develop in the coming year as well as emerging issues that should be on the agendas of every CFO for 2015. Join this event free of charge with and don’t miss out on the first CFO Events of 2015 from 4pm - 8pm and register now: - February 17th at the JSE, register here. - February 19th at the Cape Town Club, register here. Partners CFO Events Get Smart in 2015: Continuous Professional Development Points Did you know all events of CFO South Africa are eligible for SAICA CPD points? By attending CFO South Africa's events and training courses you will stay compliant. Join the ultimate peer to peer advisory network Various CFOs and finance directors from Eskom, Nedbank, Transnet, SAB, Nike, Standard Charered Bank, Hollard, Absa, Business Connexion and Super Group are members of CFO South Africa. Your peers understand best the issues you face and the challenges that impact your business. Together you will share your experiences at CFO South Africa’s events and help you advance in your career, company and knowledge. Get introduced to experienced colleagues that are happy to share their knowledge with you. Peer-to-peer consulting is by far the best and most cost effective way to help you solve problems. Are you interested? Please see our membership page for more information here. Upcoming CFO South Africa Events Join the CFO Events with inspiring hosts and experts who will share their insights and experiences with you. Register now for these events and boost your company, network, career and knowledge. CFO South Africa Events in 2015 Feb 17 Johannesburg | Get Smart in 2015 Feb 19 Cape Town | Get Smart in 2015 Mar 19 Johannesburg | Moving into Africa Apr 16 Johannesburg | Capital & Finance May 14 Johannesburg | CFO Awards 2015 July 30 Johannesburg | Corporate Growth Sept 17 Johannesburg | Digital Transformation Nov 19 Cape Town | Risk, Compliance & Control Register now for one of the upcoming CFO South Africa Events. Please note that all our CFO South Africa events are for senior financial executives. CFO South Africa offers Platinum memberships to CFOs and finance directors. For more information please have a look here and contact Jurrien Morsch at [email protected] Stay connected with CFO South Africa Follow CFO South Africa on Twitter and LinkedIn Stay up to date on what is happening in the world of finance by following us on Twitter @CFOSouthAfrica and LinkedIn. Next to that you can keep track of newly published interviews with CFOs and CEOs. Feel free to contact us Any suggestions or comments are welcome. Kind Regards, Melle Eijckelhoff Director CFO South Africa | [email protected]

09 December 2014

CFO of the Week: Shabeer Khan (DTI): CAs should consider the government

While Shabeer Khan, Chief Financial Officer of the dti, admits to dreaming of becoming an astronaut, a Formula One racing driver and even a fireman as a young boy, he would now like to encourage young Chartered Accountants (CAs) to take the route that he has taken. At the age of 34 he confesses to having considered other career prospects but working for Government was a conscious decision for him and he assures us that nothing compares with the daily fulfillment he gets from his current role. The perception is that working for government can be a risky career choice but Khan says that working for the government provides an opportunity where you can enhance your skills and make a real contribution to your country. Khan currently leads a team of 90 people and was the only CA within the dti when he joined in 2013.

04 December 2014

Newsletter: The power of a CFO | Choose consumer over product | Join CFO Events Get Smart in 2015 in JHB and CT

CFO South Africa Newsletter | Thursday December 4 Dear CFO South Africa Member, Read Exclusive CFO South Africa Articles CFOs in the winelands - Platinum Member and VIP Tour “It’s very interesting that when you look at some of the international benchmarks, South Africa is ranked tenth in the world when it comes to protecting investors from directors. That’s a CFO’s responsibility,” said Wesgro CEO Nils Flaatten. Flaatten said this showed SA’s CFOs were serious about their jobs and that there was a regulatory framework to support them. CFO of the Week: Austin McDonald (Promasidor): choose the consumer over the product When Austin McDonald became a Chartered Accountant, he was already “the world’s worst engineer”. Although he is a self-professed “maverick” the Finance world has clearly suited him much better than engineering did, especially after he joined the family’s business: Promasidor. Now his CV boasts a successful rescue operation, a handsome R9 billion annual turnover and unequalled insight into African opportunities. “When looking at African countries, be consumer driven and not product driven,” he advises. Editorial: The power of a CFO, Moving into Africa & what to think of brain... Yesterday I had the privilege of chatting to Casper Troskie, the experienced CFO of Liberty Holdings. He re-affirmed what CFOs have started telling me over the last year or so: communication skills are a crucial asset for a Chief Financial Officer or Finance Director these days. Whether talking to investors, customers, unions, analysts or the general public, a simple, transparent, unison message from the board – and all other employees of a company– is very important. These days, particular attention is being paid when a CFO opens his or her mouth. A CFO that can communicate clearly and confidently is therefore in an extremely powerful position. Read more exclusive articles on cfo.co.za - Expert insight: Stanford Payne: Does a CFO on ‘sabbatical’ actually have burnout? Join CFO Events Get Smart in 2015 in JHB & CT Discuss your agenda for 2015 As global economic growth recovers there will be opportunities and risks for South Africa's economy, CFOs must ensure that the financial choices you make maintain the recent gains in competitiveness. During the first CFO Events of 2015 we will discuss the new economy, value creation, complementary economics, networking, ideas to make te world a better place and we share smart ideas to improve your business. We offer a great opportunity to learn from your peers and get new ideas. Keynote by professional lifehacker Martijn Aslander Our new network society demands that we work faster and more efficient in a world where competing is done with knowledge. Martijn offers tools to do this, such as lifehacking and how to utilise a great network. Lifehacking: tracing information, organizing, filtering and sharing it in a way where you keep track of it all. Martijn is a Dutch national and a very experienced speaker at several Forums as CFO Day the Netherlands and the Public Finance Conference. Join this event free of charge with and don’t miss out on the first CFO Events of 2015 from 4pm - 8pm and register now: - February 17th at the JSE, register here. - February 19th at the Cape Town Club, register here. Partners CFO Events Get Smart in 2015: Continuous Professional Development Points Did you know all events of CFO South Africa are eligible for SAICA CPD points? By attending CFO South Africa's events and training courses you will stay compliant. Join the ultimate peer to peer advisory network Various CFOs and finance directors from Eskom, Nedbank, Transnet, SAB, Nike, Standard Charered Bank, Hollard, Absa, Business Connexion and Super Group are members of CFO South Africa. Your peers understand best the issues you face and the challenges that impact your business. Together you will share your experiences at CFO South Africa’s events and help you advance in your career, company and knowledge. Get introduced to experienced colleagues that are happy to share their knowledge with you. Peer-to-peer consulting is by far the best and most cost effective way to help you solve problems. Are you interested? Please see our membership page for more information here. Upcoming CFO South Africa Events Join the CFO Events with inspiring hosts and experts who will share their insights and experiences with you. Register now for these events and boost your company, network, career and knowledge. CFO South Africa Events in 2015 Feb 17 Johannesburg | Get Smart in 2015 Feb 19 Cape Town | Get Smart in 2015 Mar 19 Johannesburg | Moving into Africa Apr 16 Johannesburg | Capital & Finance May 14 Johannesburg | CFO Awards 2015 July 30 Johannesburg | Corporate Growth Sept 17 Johannesburg | Digital Transformation Nov 19 Cape Town | Risk, Compliance & Control Register now for one of the upcoming CFO South Africa Events. Please note that all our CFO South Africa events are for senior financial executives. CFO South Africa offers Platinum memberships to CFOs and finance directors. For more information please have a look here and contact Jurrien Morsch at [email protected] Stay connected with CFO South Africa Follow CFO South Africa on Twitter and LinkedIn Stay up to date on what is happening in the world of finance by following us on Twitter @CFOSouthAfrica and LinkedIn. Next to that you can keep track of newly published interviews with CFOs and CEOs. Feel free to contact us Any suggestions or comments are welcome. Kind Regards, Melle Eijckelhoff Director CFO South Africa | [email protected]

27 November 2014

Newsletter: Public Finance Chapter launched | Learning from other CFOs is valuable | M&A transactions game changers for companies

CFO South Africa Newsletter | Thursday November 27 Dear CFO South Africa Member, Read Exclusive CFO South Africa Articles CFO South Africa launches public finance chapter Heeding a call many Chief Financial Officers in the public sector have made over the last year or so, CFO South Africa has established a separate chapter for public CFOs. The Public Finance Chapter will give CFOs of departments, municipalities and other governmental bodies the opportunity to share knowledge, discuss challenges, network and listen to solutions that partner organisations have to offer. CFO of the Week: Talelani Enos Ramaru (Cosatu): learning from other CFOs is very val... “A platform like CFO South Africa is very useful,” says Talelani Enos Ramaru, Chief Financial Officer at The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU). “There is a lot of innovation happening and as a CFO you have to know about it,” says Ramaru, who is proud of the work he has done to bring stability to the trade union federation’s finance team. The CFO’s approach to analysing an M&A transaction An Expert Insight by Johann de Lange, founder of M&A advisory firm Pollination Capital* M&A transactions are game changers for companies. They are usually large transactions when compared to other capital investments and tie up substantial resources and focus. They are normally also closely tied to the strategic direction of a company. The many unknowns represent an increased risk environment for the acquirer. Read more exclusive articles on cfo.co.za - Editorial: Twitter CFO blunders, public South African CFOs unite Join CFO Events Get Smart in 2015 in JHB & CT Discuss your agenda for 2015 As global economic growth recovers there will be opportunities and risks for South Africa's economy, CFOs must ensure that the financial choices you make maintain the recent gains in competitiveness. During the first CFO Events of 2015 we will discuss the new economy, value creation, complementary economics, networking, ideas to make te world a better place and we share smart ideas to improve your business. We offer a great opportunity to learn from your peers and get new ideas. Keynote by professional lifehacker Martijn Aslander Our new network society demands that we work faster and more efficient in a world where competing is done with knowledge. Martijn offers tools to do this, such as lifehacking and how to utilise a great network. Lifehacking: tracing information, organizing, filtering and sharing it in a way where you keep track of it all. Martijn is a Dutch national and a very experienced speaker at several Forums as CFO Day the Netherlands and the Public Finance Conference. Join this event free of charge with and don’t miss out on the first CFO Events of 2015 from 4pm - 8pm and register now. - February 17th in Johannesburg, register here. - February 19th in Cape Town, register here. Partners CFO Events Get Smart in 2015: Continuous Professional Development Points Did you know all events of CFO South Africa are eligible for SAICA CPD points? By attending CFO South Africa's events and training courses you will stay compliant. Join the ultimate peer to peer advisory network Various CFOs and finance directors from Eskom, Nedbank, Transnet, SAB, Nike, Standard Charered Bank, Hollard, Absa, Business Connexion and Super Group are members of CFO South Africa. Your peers understand best the issues you face and the challenges that impact your business. Together you will share your experiences at CFO South Africa’s events and help you advance in your career, company and knowledge. Get introduced to experienced colleagues that are happy to share their knowledge with you. Peer-to-peer consulting is by far the best and most cost effective way to help you solve problems. Are you interested? Please see our membership page for more information here. Upcoming CFO South Africa Events Join the CFO Events with inspiring hosts and experts who will share their insights and experiences with you. Register now for these events and boost your company, network, career and knowledge. CFO South Africa Events in 2015 Feb 17 Johannesburg | Get Smart in 2015 Feb 19 Cape Town | Get Smart in 2015 Mar 19 Johannesburg | Moving into Africa Apr 16 Johannesburg | Capital & Finance May 14 Johannesburg | CFO Awards 2015 July 30 Johannesburg | Corporate Growth Sept 17 Johannesburg | Digital Transformation Nov 19 Cape Town | Risk, Compliance & Control Register now for one of the upcoming CFO South Africa Events. Please note that all our CFO South Africa events are for senior financial executives. CFO South Africa offers Platinum memberships to CFOs and finance directors. For more information please have a look here and contact Jurrien Morsch at [email protected] Stay connected with CFO South Africa Follow CFO South Africa on Twitter and LinkedIn Stay up to date on what is happening in the world of finance by following us on Twitter @CFOSouthAfrica and LinkedIn. Next to that you can keep track of newly published interviews with CFOs and CEOs. Feel free to contact us Any suggestions or comments are welcome. Kind Regards, Melle Eijckelhoff Director CFO South Africa | [email protected] To control which emails you receive from CFO South Africa, please change your email preferences at cfo.co.za by selecting under settings "I do not want to receive emails from CFO South Africa | Finance Professionals South Africa"

26 November 2014

Editorial: Twitter CFO blunders, public South African CFOs unite

A stark reminder that ‘living the brand’ is not only important for CEOs and marketing gurus came this week when Twitter CFO Anthony Noto accidentally tweeted sensitive information about a pending acquisition. If the CFO doesn't know how to use his own product, how should the rest of the world? It is an important lesson for CFOs in South Africa and around the globe: know your own business! A public mistake, like the Twitter gaffe, can have a major impact on your bottom line.

23 September 2014

CFO of the Week: Rofhiwa Irene Singo: I am known as CFO Clean Audit

Popularly referred to as “CFO Clean Audit”, Rofhiwa Irene Singo leads the Finance Department at the Department of Mineral Resources, and has a remarkable story of perseverance to tell. Irene, as she prefers to be called, has been instrumental in turning around the failing financial reporting at three public institutions and prides herself in having achieved these under very difficult conditions. “I always knew that I could do it, hard and smart working paid the price. The name CFO Clean Audit resonates well with me and I like it,” she says.

15 September 2014

CFO SA meeting needs of private AND public CFOs

Last Thursday and Friday were such busy days for the directors and editor of CFO South Africa, that we didn't really have time to reflect yet – but what days they were! First of all there was the Digital Transformation event in the Tintswalo at Waterfall hotel, which probably was our BEST attended function so far. “After two years of building a network, our initiative proves to be exactly what Chief Financial Officers and Finance Directors in South Africa are yearning for,” say founders Alex van Groningen en Melle Eijckelhoff. “This is the only independent platform that enables finance leaders to engage in in-depth peer to peer discussions, learn about the latest trends and participate in high level networking.”

10 September 2014

Inspiring meetings with CFOs of Eskom and Minerals department

It is widely agreed upon that what South Africa needs is inspiring leaders, most of all in the public sector and at parastatals. That this country is not short of the individuals who have been cut from the right cloth, became once again apparent during our recent meetings with Rofhiwa Irene Singo and Tsholofelo Molefe. These two impressive ladies have made the Chief Financial Officer role their own at the Department of Mineral Resources and at public electricity utility Eskom and both contribute to a better South Africa to the best of their capabilities.