Ideas For Finance Professionals



The Recipe to Success

Aarti Takoordeen, CFO of the JSE

Articulate, confident, beautiful and very, very clever. Not all of these characteristics are necessarily required of CFOs, but they can all be attributed to Aarti Takoordeen, the JSE’s 36 year old CFO, and which have stood her in good stead throughout her career.

The fact that she had been exposed to large multinational companies including as Finance Manager at Hewlett-Packard and Finance Director at Johnson Controls before joining the JSE Limited in 2013, is where Aarti honed her skills to speak confidently in front of large audiences …

The Future of the CFO:
A Perspective from Employee to Owner

Michael Lasch, The Global Platform for Intellectual Property

We look at some of Michael Lasch’s Truth Statements, as this entrepreneur reflects on his career to help guide the future of CFOs in South Africa.

My working career spans 30 years, of which two thirds were spent in an ‘employee’ state, and one third was in the space as commonly referred to as ‘owner-managed’ …

How to protect and enhance the role of public sector CFO’s

Tsakani Ratsela, Deputy Auditor General of South Africa (AGSA)

The effectiveness and efficiency of a country’s public sector is vital to its success. Furthermore, sound financial management is a critical element in ensuring good delivery of public services.

This was the point of departure that was explored during a panel discussion presented by CFO Talks, presented by the Southern African Institute for Business Accountants (SAIBA) last week …

It’s All About the Game: A Look at What it Takes to be the CFO of SAFA

Gronie Hluyo, CFO of SAFA

We sat down with the CFO of SAFA, Gronie Hluyo, to get some inside information on his journey to success. Read on to be inspired – and get tips along the way. It’s a simple cooncept. One ball. One field. Two teams trying their utmost to emerge victorious..

But as with most things in life, what goes on behind the scenes is often what makes the simple things possible …

Moving from FM to FD?


Aarti Takoordeen

Aarti Takoordeen

CFO of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE)

Aarti is a qualified Chartered Accountant from the age of 24, younger than most, she paved her way through the ICT multinational industry and was Group Finance Director by the age of 29. She is now the CFO of the JSE and excited about directly contributing to the local South African business community for the first time in her career.

  • CFO – JSE Limited
  • Young Global Leader – World Economic Forum
  • Group Finance Director – Johnson Controls
  • Technology Services Group Head of Commercial Finance – Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Manager Business Finance – Business Intelligence – NamITech
Gronie Hluyo

Gronie Hluyo

CFO of the South African Football Association (SAFA)

Gronie Hluyo leads in developing and implementing a financial strategy for his organisation. He prides himself in keeping abreast of the developments in the accounting profession and constantly adapting to the technological advancement which have a direct impact on business. He has an overall excellent understanding of the business and able to work smart.

  • CFO – South African Football Association
  • Member Board of Directors – South African Institute for Business Accountants
Tsakani Ratsela

Tsakani Ratsela

Deputy Auditor General of South Africa (AGSA)

Tsakani Ratsela is a qualified chartered accountant (CA) with nearly two decades of experience in the private and public sectors, spanning diverse areas that include Auditing, Corporate Advisory, Development Finance, Investment Management and Skills Development.
She has a wealth of governance experience gained through participation on numerous corporate boards and strategic committees, including: Aberdare Cables (Pty) Limited (Africa’s largest cable manufacturer), Onelogix Limited (a listed logistics company) , Public Investments Corporation (Africa’s largest asset manager), South African Institute of Chartered Accountants, Independent Regulatory Board of Auditors, FAIS Ombud, Alt-X Advisory Committee and Fasset, which she chaired.

Michael Lasch

Michael Lasch

Director at The Global Platform for Intellectual Property

My working career spans 30 years, of which two thirds were spent in an ‘employee’  state, and one third was in the space as commonly referred to as ‘owner-managed’ See:

  • Director – The Global Platform for Intellectual Property
  • Founding Partner / Non-executive Director – Bean There Coffee Company (Pty) Ltd
  • Director / Founding Partner – Stakeholder Relationship Assessments
  • Managing Director – Watermark Holdings
  • Financial Director – Huettenes Albertus Falchem


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