May 19, 2020

Shortlist announced for the 2015 South African CFO Awards

KPMG
CFOs
CFO South Africa
mahlokoane percy ngwato
2 min
Shortlist announced for the 2015 South African CFO Awards

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The shortlist for the winner of the 2015 South African CFO Awards has been announced in what will surely be a tough competition for the top accolade. The ceremony, alongside a gala dinner, will be hosted at the Summer Place in Johannesburg on May 14 and will recognise the outstanding leadership and performance of CFOs from listed companies, large corporations, parastatals and government institutions.

The award is part of a partnership between CFO South Africa and KPMG; alongside the main CFO of the Year Award, the ceremony will also recognise the Young CFO of the Year, as well as the Public CFO of the Year. Following these accolades are a raft of other awards which recognise a range of achievements in business such as Finance, Governance, and Empowerment.

Judging the award are a panel of prestigious business leaders, representing top companies such as KPGM, McKinsey South Africa, and Norton Rose Fullbright, amongst many others.

The nominees for the South African CFO of the Year Award are:

Mark Godfrey, Group Financial Director at SPAR
Reeza Isaacs, Group Finance Director at Woolworths
Mohammed Hoosen Abdool-Samad, Group Finance Director at Illovo
Raisibe Morathi, CFO at Nedbank
Bongani Nqwababa, CFO at Sasol
Paul Schmidt, CFO at Gold Fields
Brooks Mparutsa, CFO at Hollard
Lawrence Weitzman, CFO at Business Connexion
David Hodnett, Financial Director at Barclays Africa Group
Colin Brown, CFO at Supergroup
Brett Clark, CFO at Mpact
David Edley, CFO at Santova
Megan Pydigadu, Group Financial Director at Mix Telematics
André Broodryk, Group Financial Director at Interwaste
Robbie Taylor, CFO at Ascendis Health
Ronel van Dijk, CFO at Spur Group
Suren Singh, CFO at Morvest Business Group
John King, CFO at EOH
Deon Viljoen, CFO at Alexander Forbes
Michael Fleming, CFO at Clicks
Mark Kathan, CFO at AECI

For more about the other awards, past winners, and the work of CFO South Africa, visit either www.cfoawards.co.za or www.cfo.co.za for more information. 

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Jun 11, 2021

G7 Summit guide: What it is and what leaders hope to achieve

G7
Sustainability
G7Summit
EU
3 min
Business Chief delves into what the G7 is and represents and what its 2021 summit hopes to achieve, in terms of sustainability and global trade

Unless you’ve had your head buried in the sand, you’ll have seen the term ‘G7’ plastered all over the Internet this week. We’re going to give you the skinny on exactly what the G7 is and what its purpose on this planet is ─ and whether it’s a good or a bad collaboration. 

 

Who are the G7?

The Group of Seven, or ‘G7’, may sound like a collective of pirate lords from a certain Disney smash-hit, but in reality, it’s a group of the world’s seven largest “advanced” economies ─ the powerhouses of the world, if you like. 

The merry band comprises:

  • Canada
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • The United Kingdom
  • The United States

Historically, Russia was a member of the then-called ‘G8’ but found itself excluded after their ever-so-slightly illegal takeover of Crimea back in 2014.

 

Since 1977, the European Union has also been involved in some capacity with the G7 Summit. The Union is not recognised as an official member, but gradually, as with all Europe-linked affairs, the Union has integrated itself into the conversation and is now included in all political discussions on the annual summit agenda. 

 

When was the ‘G’ formed?

Back in 1975, when the world was reeling from its very first oil shock and the subsequent financial fallout that came with it, the heads of state and government from six of the leading industrial countries had a face-to-face meeting at the Chateau de Rambouillet to discuss the global economy, its trajectory, and what they could do to address the economic turmoil that reared its ugly head throughout the 70s. 

 

Why does the G7 exist?

At this very first summit ─ the ‘G6’ summit ─, the leaders adopted a 15-point communiqué, the Declaration of Rambouillet, and agreed to continuously meet once a year moving forward to address the problems of the day, with a rotating Presidency. One year later, Canada was welcomed into the fold, and the ‘G6’ became seven and has remained so ever since ─ Russia’s inclusion and exclusion not counted. 

 

The group, as previously mentioned, was born in the looming shadow of a financial crisis, but its purpose is more significant than just economics. When leaders from the group meet, they discuss and exchange ideas on a broad range of issues, including injustice around the world, geopolitical matters, security, and sustainability. 

 

It’s worth noting that, while the G7 may be made up of mighty nations, the bloc is an informal one. So, although it is considered an important annual event, declarations made during the summit are not legally binding. That said, they are still very influential and worth taking note of because it indicates the ambitions and outlines the initiatives of these particularly prominent leading nations. 

 

Where is the 2021 G7 summit?

This year, the summit will be held in the United Kingdom deep in the southwest of England, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson hosting his contemporaries in the quaint Cornish resort of Carbis Bay near St Ives in Cornwall. 
 

What will be discussed this year? 

After almost two years of remote communication, this will be the first in-person G7 summit since the novel Coronavirus first took hold of the globe, and Britain wants “leaders to seize the opportunity to build back better from coronavirus, uniting to make the future fairer, greener, and more prosperous.”

 

The three-day summit, running from Friday to Sunday, will see the seven leaders discussing a whole host of shared challenges, ranging from the pandemic and vaccine development and distribution to the ongoing global fight against climate change through the implementation of sustainable norms and values. 

 

According to the UK government, the attendees will also be taking a look at “ensuring that people everywhere can benefit from open trade, technological change, and scientific discovery.” 

 

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