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Meet the Team

Partners

Ian Meaker

CFA 
Founder/Director

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Ian started Creative CFO in 2012 shortly after completing his CFA exams. Prior to that he spent 3 years in London at Merrill Lynch and received a B.Bus.Sci at the University of Cape Town with Honours in Finance and majors in Economics and Accounting. He enjoys working at the confluence of finance and technology, helping clients understand their businesses better through building financial systems and solutions. In his spare time he is a keen trail runner.

Jacobus de NySsCHEN

CA (SA), MBA (2018) 
Director

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Jacobus joined Creative CFO after working with several technology startups in Cape Town at a Group Financial Manager level, assisting with all stages of the investment lifecycle. Jacobus was named as one of the Top 35 under 35 Chartered Accountants in South Africa by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants and Accountancy SA. Jacobus is currently completing his MBA through the University of Stellenbosch and he is passionate about identifying key action items to get the business or investment to where it needs to be, assisting them in raising funding and becoming exit-ready. Jacobus is a family man and an avid mountain biker.


Senior Managers

Fiona Masuku

CIMA Adv Dip MA 
Senior Financial Manager 

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Fiona completed her BCom in Finance and Economics at the University of Cape Town and her BCompt in Accounting Science with UNISA. She is currently studying her Management Accounting qualification through CIMA and is at Adv Dip MA level. She will be going further to complete her GCMA. Fiona enjoys helping business owners to break down pricing and stock factors to gain greater management insight. During her down time she kicks back with pilates and yoga.

Realm Chitando

Professional Accountant (SA) 
Senior Financial Manager

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Realm previously worked as a Client Accounting Supervisor for Grant Thornton and completed her SAICA articles with PKF. She completed her BCom Accounting and PGDA at the University of Cape Town and passed her CPA exams in 2014. Realm is a registered member of SAIPA (South African Institute of Professional Accountants). Realm delights in gaining insight into the operations of different entities in order to offer value-added solutions for business owners. She spends quality time sharing a good laugh with family and friends over a hearty meal, and she particularly enjoys decorating for social gatherings.

Zayne Nabbee

AGA (SA), CIMA Dip MA 
Practice Financial Manager

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Zayne Nabbee joined Creative CFO after working as the Financial Manager and Group Accountant for the Oasis Group. In the role of Practice Financial Manager, he oversees and contributes to our full client offering, from initial engagement through to IFRS reporting.

Jaco Roets

CA (SA) 
Director (Stellenbosch Office) 

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Jaco Roets joined Creative CFO after working as a Senior Audit Manager at Grant Thornton. Jaco is the Director of the Stellenbosch Creative CFO office. Jaco is passionate about adding value to the businesses he is involved in, solving any financial headache and ensuring clients are on a growth trajectory. Jaco enjoys teaching and coaching, spending time with his family and a good game of squash.

Kate Bohm

LLB and H DipTax 
Tax Manager

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Kate joined Creative CFO with an LLB and H.Dip in Tax. As a qualified lawyer and with her tax experience Kate advises clients on their individual and company tax compliance, planning and structuring.

Surita Scholtz

CA (SA) 
Director (Financial Reporting)

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Surita joined Creative CFO Financial Reporting after running Kilgetty Accounting Services, where she was involved in reporting for medium to listed entities. Surita is heading up the Financial Reporting Department and provides our clients with clear and accurate IFRS compliant financial reporting. In her spare time she enjoys spending quality time with family and friends.

Meg Bruyns

B.Bus.Sci Information Systems 
Employee Success 

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Meg has a conviction that everyone should thrive in their place of work, and that companies can help create that opportunity for their teams. Her people-passion is also what re-energises her during her free time, as does her delight in being outdoors.


Louise de Nysschen

BA Audio Visual Production Management
Marketing Manager

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Louise joined Creative CFO in November 2017 after years of experience in the e-commerce sector. Louise is heading up the marketing and leadership development division. In her downtime she enjoys a glass of red wine and building lego with her kids.

Riko Swartz

BCom Accounting, BCom (Hons) Taxation,
 MCom Taxation
Tax Specialist

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Riko joined Creative CFO in February 2018 after working for Deloitte Tax Department for 5 years. He completed his BCom Accounting and BCom (Hons) Taxation degrees at the University of Pretoria and his MCom Taxation degree at the University of Cape Town. Riko provides specialised tax advice and assists with tax compliance services. He also enjoys reading, music, gaming and hanging out with friends, though not necessarily in that order.


Financial Management Team


Lazarus Kaseke

CA (SA) 
Financial Manager

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Lazarus joined Creative CFO after working at Nexia Cape Town, where he also completed his articles. He enjoys business development, financial valuations and helping businesses have a clearer view of their value through accurate and up to date accounts. He is interested in pursuing the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in the near future. In his spare time he is either reading or watching soccer.

Kudzaishe Masiri

CA (SA) 
Financial Manager

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Kudzaishe joined Creative CFO in August 2017, where she previously was an Audit Supervisor for RSM. She enjoys working on a wide variety of accounting and tax issues and is looking forward to helping SME’s tackle their financial challenges.

LOUISE ERASMUS 

ACMA, CGMA | Professional Accountant (SA)
Financial Manager

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Louise joined Creative CFO after completing both her CIMA and SAIPA articles at Moore Stephens Stellenbosch. She completed her BCom degree in Financial Accounting and Honours degree in Management Accounting at the University of Stellenbosch. In her spare time she enjoys running or looking for the best cup of coffee in town.

Mishkha Mahambie

BCom Management Accounting 
Client Accounting Specialist

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Mishkha joined Creative CFO after working as the Financial Administrator for a private company. She completed her BCom in Management Accounting at the University of Stellenbosch.

Pierre Goldie

ACMA, CGMA | Professional Accountant (SA)
Financial Manager

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Pierre joined Creative CFO in January 2018 and will form part of the Stellenbosch team. He completed his CIMA and SAIPA training at LDP Inc. He has a pragmatic approach to business and enjoys a logical view of everyday activities. There is value that he can add to any business. He also enjoys outdoor activities and a good braai with friends.

Pula Bandason

CA (SA)
Financial Manager

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Pula received her Bachelor of Business Science majoring in Accounts and Finance at the University of Cape Town and completed her articles at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Johannesburg. Prior to joining Creative CFO she was an Assistant Manager in the International Holding and Finance Desk at KPMG in Amstelveen, Netherlands. In her free time she loves discovering and exploring new places with her family and friends.

Financial Systems Team

Jason Proctor

BCom Accounting 
Systems Specialist

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Jason joined Creative CFO after several English and Accounting tutoring roles, in Cape Town and abroad. He completed his BCom in Management Accounting at the University of Cape Town in 2014. He has a strong interest in technology, accounting and systems training. His systems knowledge supports the entire team's activities.

Tanya Kambadza

BTech Project Management
Project Manager

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Tanya joined Creative CFO in September 2017 as an intern whilst successfully completing a BTech in Project Management at CPUT. She previously worked as an administration assistant and also holds a National Diploma in Retail Business Management. She enjoys outdoor activities, dancing, watching Football (Man United Fan) and trying out new things.

Christo Kleinhans

BCom Management Accounting 
Systems Specialist

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Christo joined Creative CFO after working as a Financial Manager in a manufacturing company for two years. He has a keen interest in financial systems, accounting and technology and has worked hard on honing his skills in those areas. Christo enjoys playing the drums, does boxing to keep fit and is a big supporter of Liverpool Football Club.


Junior Accountants

Shannon Watson

BCom Financial Management 
Junior Accountant 

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After living in the UK for a year and changing her career path several times, Shannon settled in Cape Town and received a BCom in Financial Management with distinctions, from Varsity College. Shannon joined the Creative CFO team in January 2017 and heads up the secretarial department where she continues to expand her knowledge.Shannon is an animal rights advocate with a great love for the outdoors. In her spare time she enjoys reading and exploring new places - her bucket list seems to be never ending.

Melissa Rayners

Professional Accountant (SA) 
Junior Accountant 

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Melissa joined Creative CFO in August 2017 after working as an Accountant at a private insurance company. Melissa completed her SAIPA articles at Certified Master Accountants and holds a degree in BCom Financial Accounting from Stellenbosch University and the designation of Professional Accountant (SA). In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and participating in outdoor activities. Weekly park runs are a favourite!

Siphamandla Sankqela

BTech  Internal Auditing
Junior Accountant

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Siphamandla joined Creative CFO in October 2017 after working as a Accountant. She completed her BTech in Internal Auditing at CPUT. She is currently studying her Management Accounting qualification through CIMA and is at Adv Dip MA level. She will be going further to complete her GCMA. She also heads up the social committee and kicks back with a good book and particularly enjoys spoken word poetry in her downtime.

Dane Ling

 CIMA Adv Dip MA
Junior Accountant

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Dane joined Creative CFO after working with several SMEs in Cape Town fulfilling accounting and various consulting roles. He has completed his BCom in Accounting and Finance, Postgraduate Diploma in Management (Marketing specialisation) and recently completed his professional exams through CIMA, working towards his CGMA designation. Dane is passionate about using technology to create growth in companies and understanding the bigger picture. His hobbies include chess and weekly park runs.

Vision


Our vision is a world where small to medium enterprises have access to the best tools and services to succeed at their business


Mission

  

To be a world class professional organisation that provides businesses with the best financial tools and services to plan, structure, invest and grow


Values


  • Understanding  - Know your customers and their business

    If you know what they do and why they do it, you can help them build it  

  • Respect - Treat people and businesses with respect 

    A relationship is built on trust, so client confidentiality is paramount

  • Awareness - Be willing to listen and solve any problem

    Innovative solutions are an interconnected web of small problems solved brilliantly

  • Performance - Get to work

    Use your experience and skills, with full support of the team, to confidently deliver exceptional results  

  • Well being - Live sustainably

    Strive for a sustainable balance between self, community and the environment

The Founders story

Still reading? Okay, then here’s the story in the first person. When I got back from London in early 2012 I’d been away from South Africa for four years. The first six months were spent driving from Cape Town to Cairo to London via the East coast of Africa. Travelling but also doing fieldwork for Heart, a local NGO. Six friends, a lot of experiences and an insight into many different peoples and walks of life, which left permanent impressions. What followed was a corporate job in London and, for the last two months, Dublin. Arriving back in South Africa I spent a few months studying for CFA level 3, and passed. Whew.

The Founders Story Continued...

Then, through re-connecting with old friends, I was exposed to the drive and energy that is transforming Woodstock, Cape Town, into one of the most exciting places for entrepreneurs and start-ups. Amy Ellenbogen, a creative mind and connector, introduced me to several local business owners and when they asked me what I did the best way to describe myself at that point was the “finance guy.” They all said they needed one of those. As an entrepreneur at heart I wanted to create a business that could solve the problems people were having in understanding the financial requirements and return of their businesses. I reviewed the best emerging cloud based financial technology and it made sense. These platforms allowed me to efficiently collaborate with business owners, build a solid platform to underpin their businesses, and most importantly, help them become more connected to their business financials and make better decisions. Great technology combined with my drive to understand and explain financial concepts has created the business we run today.

The Story With Numbers

People often think we’re just numbers people, natural bean counters. The reality is I’m not a maths genius. I did get a first for MAM102, the dreaded first year maths course, but at school I didn’t have a predilection for maths or accounting and my marks matched my interest level. What changed at university is I realised how numbers could tell a story. How equations could model the potential growth of a businesses profitability, explain the impact of time and risks against return, show how to optimise resources for a more efficient result.

The Story with Numbers Continued...

Numbers were part of a language that started to make fascinating sense out of traditionally esoteric concepts that are part of everyday life, like mortgages, financial instruments, asset pricing, interest rates, capital budgeting and so on. By understanding these concepts I could make better financial decisions and help others to do the same. I’ve subsequently spent the last 10 years learning how to better read and understand financial numbers. It’s a story I find business owners really do care about, even if they have an initial negative preconception about their ability to understand it. The problem has often been the systems and people attempting to convey financial information were unintuitive, aloof, out of touch or simply pitching their analysis at a level inappropriate for the business owner. We make it our business to be in touch and get the story across. After that, what a business owner does with that information is up to them, but it’s usually build a better business. 


Thanks for reading the story. 


Ian Meaker