Conversations in Business with RSM South Africa is a podcast where we talk to business leaders and experts to gain valuable insights that will help you take your business forward.


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Conversations in Business with RSM

Conversations in Business with RSM South Africa is a podcast where we talk to business leaders and experts to gain valuable insights that will help you take your business forward.

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Episode 19: South African tax rules for M&A and corporate restructures

For businesses to thrive, the ability to acquire, merge and re-organise a business is critical and inevitably, these transactions trigger tax implications for one or both entities concerned.

In South Africa there are specific tax rules dealing with mergers & acquisitions and corporate restructuring. All of these are aimed to defer the tax implications that would otherwise have arisen.

RSM South Africa’s Head of Tax, Dieter Schulze, and Corporate Tax Expert, John Jones, give an overview of the special tax rules designed to assist with corporate restructures and mergers & acquisitions in south Africa.

Episode 18: An introduction to Blockchain

Thilen Pillay, RSM South Africa's Digital Service Line Leader, chats to Jay Schulman, a global Blockchain expert and Leader for Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Services at RSM US LLP.

In this episode, they discuss the basics of Blockchain, as well as the various use cases for this technology, and also take a brief look at cryptocurrencies.

This podcast is the first in a series that will delve into this technology and explore the various areas of digital assets.

Episode 17: Workplace policies and return to work in light of Covid-19

As Covid-19 restrictions continue to ease and many organisations begin looking at the long-term working arrangements of their staff, there are many new considerations around workplace policies, mandatory vaccination policies and the return to work. The importance of this has been further highlighted following the recent landmark CCMA case that saw an employee being dismissed for refusing to be vaccinated.

RSM’s Legal Directors, Marc Humphries and Phillip Kruger, discuss this CCMA case and various other considerations for organisations around these issues.

Episode 16: In conversation with Maarten Turkstra, Managing Director of Axess Africa

RSM Director, Chris Maytham, chats to Maarten Turkstra, the Managing Director of Axess Africa, which provides energy and integrity solutions in the oil and gas, wind energy, marine and infrastructure industries. 

Maarten is an avid rock climber who has turned his passion into a successful business. He is also the Managing Director of Skysite, an industrial and commercial maintenance and inspection business where his team can be seen performing various services while suspended from ropes.

Episode 15: Vaccinations and the workplace

What are the rights of an organisation when it comes to the vaccination status of their employees?
Our Legal Directors, Marc Humphries and Phillip Kruger, have answered a number of the key questions that we have recently been asked by our clients around vaccinations, the workplace and the rights of an employer.

Episode 14: In conversation with Rachael Madziwanyika, CFO for Buhler

RSM Director, John Jones, chats to Rachael Madziwanyika, Chief Financial Officer for Buhler (Pty) Ltd, a subsidiary of the Buhler Group in South Africa.

Rachael is a qualified Chartered Accountant who has been working in the finance field for over 20 years.

Buhler is a global plant equipment manufacturer for the food and many other industries with operations in over 140 countries. It’s likely that you come into contact with a number of items that utilise their technology every day without even knowing it.

Episode 13: In conversation with Mark Le Roux from Hubergroup

RSM Director, Gary Parker, chats to Mark Le Roux, Director at Hubergroup South Africa. Hubergroup is one of the world’s leading specialists for printing inks, coatings and press room chemistry and has been in business for over 250 years ago.

Episode 12: In conversation with Laurika van Schyff from Manitou

RSM Director, Michael Steenkamp, chats to Laurika van Schyff, a highly accomplished Chartered Accountant and the Financial Manager at Manitou Southern Africa. Laurika shares her insights on Manitou's road to success, as well as some business lessons from her own career.

Episode 11: In conversation with Jean Stephens

In celebration of Women's month, RSM Director, Liz Pinnock, chat to the CEO of RSM International, Jean Stephens about her illustrious career and what she's learnt along the way.

Episode 10: The role of corporate governance

RSM Director, Henk Heymans, chats to legal expert, Michael Judin, on corporate governance and the requirements for organisations and Boards of Directors in terms of the Companies Act.

Episode 9: Understanding the Youth Employment Service (YES Programme)

The Youth Employment Service (often referred to as the YES Programme) is a joint national initiative between business, government and labour, with the aim of creating jobs for the youth. For businesses, involvement offers the opportunity to gain up to two levels on your B-BBEE scorecard.

RSM Director, Liz Pinnock, chats to the CEO of YES, Dr Tashmia Ismail-Saville, around how the YES Programme works and the benefits offered to organisations for getting involved.

Episode 8: Where does the insurance industry currently stand?

The insurance industry as a whole has certainly been in the news recently following the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic – sometimes for good and sometimes for bad reasons. But there’s no doubt that this is an industry that has been affected and is having to re-look the way they do business, like many others.

RSM Director, John Jones, chats to Andy Tennick, Managing Director of African Reinsurance Corporation South Africa, about where the insurance industry currently stands. African Reinsurance Corporation is the leading Pan-African reinsurance company and the largest reinsurer in Africa.

Episode 7: The role and responsibilities of an Audit Committee

Audit committees and auditors have received much attention in the press recently but what is the actual purpose of an audit committee?

RSM Director, Henk Heymans, chats to highly renowned attorney and member of the King Committee, Michael Judin, about what an audit committee should be contributing to an organisation.

Episode 6: The importance of the online space for business

The online space has become vitally important for organisations. In the last year, organisations across the globe have been forced to adopt various online practices at a rapid pace to ensure they remain relevant. Whilst a simple website may have been sufficient not so long ago, this is no longer enough to stand out from the crowd.

RSM South Africa CEO, Louis Quintal, chats to Jacques Du Bruyn, Managing Director and co-founder of Flume, an award winning full-service digital marketing agency, about what businesses should be doing to remain relevant online.

Episode 5: Business Interruption Insurance in the pandemic

The pandemic has had an economic impact on virtually every business, with many having submitted Business Interruption Insurance claims in the hope of recovering lost revenue. However, there has been much uncertainty around which claims actually meet the requirements for the insurance company to pay out.

RSM Director, Taryn Forsythe, chats to business interruption insurance expert, Brett Eaton, about the result of recent claims in court and where this leaves business owners.

Episode 4: Using data analytics to detect fraud in forensic investigations

RSM Director, Thilen Pillay, chats to fellow RSM Director, Anton Bouwer around the use of data analytics to identify fraud. They look at the numerous ways that data can provide answers, as well as some of the do's and don'ts when looking to company data.
Thilen heads up Technology Risk Advisory at RSM and Anton heads up the Data Analytics division.

Episode 3: In conversation with Nyari Samushonga from Wethinkcode_

RSM Director, Andrew Galloway, chats to Nyari Samushonga who is the CEO of Wethinkcode_, a dynamic organisation that is working to address the scarcity of developers in South Africa. They discuss the technology space in South Africa and how organisations can better utilise and incorporate this into their businesses.

Episode 2: In conversation with Nicola Kleyn

RSM Director, Liz Pinnock, chats to Professor Nicola Kleyn about managing your brand in a crisis. Nicola, in conjunction with Frances Herd, has recently published a book with 10 rules that organisations should follow to effectively manage their brand when a crisis strikes to avoid reputational damage.

Episode 1: In conversation with Kim Pratley

In our first episode of Conversations in Business, RSM South Africa CEO, Brian Eaton, chats to the MD of our oldest client, Kim Pratley from the well-known adhesive manufacturer, Pratley. 
Pratley has been in business for 72 years and the organisation is renowned for the innovative approach they take to their products. Brian and Kim discuss the journey to Pratley's success.