Woolworths SA CEO, Zyda Rylands CA(SA) scoops inaugural award

Johannesburg – SA fashion and food retailer Woolworths says its SA CEO Zyda Rylands received the inaugural Woman of The Year award. This was at the World Retail Congress’s International Women in Retail Reception, held on April 5. In a statement on Friday, the listed retailer said Rylands was given the special award in “recognition of her inspirational work, both as an international leader, philanthropist and for her outstanding commercial s...More

Karl Bishop CA(SA) appointed as head of Santam Specialist Real Estate

Karl Bishop has been appointed as head of Santam Specialist Real Estate. He previously held the position of head: Niche Business within Santam Specialist. In his new role he will oversee the rebranded C-Sure entity, now known as Santam Specialist Real Estate, a new division within Santam. Karl has extensive experience in the financial sector, having worked at several financial institutions, including KPMG and Standard Bank where he held the ...More

BT Appoints Jan du Plessis CA(SA) as Next Chairman

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s BT has appointed Jan du Plessis CA(SA), chairman of miner Rio Tinto as its next chairman, taking over from Mike Rake who has led the telecoms group for 10 years. BT said on Thursday that du Plessis would join its board as a non-executive director on June 1, and become chairman on November 1. Du Plessis has led Rio Tinto through a volatile period, as it scrambled to pay down $39 billion in debt from its Alcan takeo...More

Murray & Roberts appoints new FD

Murray & Roberts (M&R) has appointed Daniël Grobler CA(SA) as its new group FD, effective April 1, to succeed retiring Cobus Bester who was in the position for six years. A chartered accountant, Grobler has been employed in various financial and leadership functions within the group since 2010. Most recently, he was the MD of M&R Cementation, the group’s African underground mining business, with a yearly turnover of R3.5-billion. P...More

PROFILE: A COOL CANADIAN ADVENTURE

Peter-John Barclay, President and CEO of DriveABLE Assessment Centres Inc, says being a CA(SA) has granted him access to a job straight out of university and opened doors to multiple opportunities Five years ago, Peter-John Barclay adventurously set out to Edmonton, Canada, for an international experience and says it has matured him in all aspects of life. Landing in an environment where he was considered the outsider, he had no option but to make i...More

Competition Commission finding on the banks

The National Treasury notes with concern the statement issued by the Competition Commission on the completion of an investigation into price fixing and market allocation by 17 banks, including three South African banks, all of which have an international footprint. As the Competition Commission indicated in its statement, the matter has now entered a new phase in which “… the banks [will have] an opportunity to answer for themselves” at the Compe...More