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Lushen Pather appointed acting group FD of Sasfin

Lushen Pather (pictured), CFO of Sasfin Bank Limited and Sasfin Holdings Limited, who was nominated for this year's CFO Awards, has been appointed acting group financial director, effective 1 July 2017, until such time as a permanent replacement is appointed. This as Tyrone Soondarjee, existing group FD,…

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Perspectives on property: leading CFOs share insights

CFOs who are handed property portfolios or commercial challenges with a property aspect really have a great opportunity to get closer to the business. And with a closer handle on your business you become a better CFO. This was the view of guests at last night’s CFO South Africa dinner, which was filled with great insights, perspectives and relationship…

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Monty Python: required viewing for accountants

Accountants play a crucial role in the engine room of any business, but they have long been the victims of unkind stereotyping and have somewhat unfairly earned a reputation for being boring, methodical, number-crunchers with no sense of humour and a penchant for weird green peak caps.

As the well-worn joke…

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Africa's biggest learning platform: WATCH CFO SA MD Graham Fehrsen at #findaba16

With more than 5 000 visitors tapping into a wealth of resources, know-how and inspiration and gaining unparalleled insights, Finance Indaba 2016 was an ambitious venture, but it was also one established on the idea that helping just a single individual would have a knock-on effect and prove fortuitous for the continent's financial services…

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AG report: Clean audits for only 9 new municipalities

The auditor-general (AG) local government report has been released, showing the audit outcomes of 263 municipalities and 51 municipal entities. Unfortunately, there was little improvement in the local government audit outcomes for the year 2015/16, and very few municipalities achieved clean audit opinions.

According to the report, 14…

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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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CFOs should be drivers of strategy, says Transnet's Garry Pita

“CFOs need to be drivers of strategy. We need to look beyond financial reporting and management accounts and actually get involved in driving our businesses. At Transnet, we feel that the CFO is the the strategic enabler of the business. We feel that those in the profession from both public and private sectors…

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Saipa joins Finance Indaba 2017

The South African Institute of Professional Accountants (Saipa) has joined Finance Indaba 2017 as a gold partner and will make its second showing at the event at the Sandton Convention Centre in October.

Do you want to know more about the…

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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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Six European cities attract 70% of all continental FinTech investments – report

Six European cities attract 70% of all investments in European private FinTech companies.

As cities around Europe compete to become the region’s most active FinTech hub, half a dozen are successfully establishing themselves as the main destinations for FinTech investments, according to research from FinTech…

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