The heritage of Accounting and Financial Advisory (AFA) goes back 30 years to the audit and consultancy firm Deloitte & Touche South Africa.
When ongoing regulatory developments both globally and in South Africa regarding auditor independence restricted the non-audit services an external audit firm such as Deloitte could offer, Deloitte South Africa took the decision in 2018 to carve out the financial management advisory business from its core operations. Accordingly, a newly formed 100% black-owned company, Accounting & Financial Advisory (Pty) Ltd, was founded following a management buyout in April 2018.
With the intention to expand the AFA service offering and footprint, AFA established an office in the Netherlands on 24 July 2019. The new office paves the way for AFA to become an international accounting and finance management firm, serving both South African and European markets.
Our team of experts provide streamlined finance and accounting solutions that can assist your organisation in increasing productivity and driving efficiency in a cost-effective manner.
We believe that embedding best practice in finance allows a company to derive value for money and save costs, while empowering the business with valuable insights for decision-making. We deliver forward-thinking and innovative solutions to support our clients to navigate and conquer financial environments.
Our team of trained professionals provides the highest possible standard of service, and we operate in accordance with our principles of quality, integrity and transparency. Using smart people, processes and leading technology, we streamline our clients’ finance and accounting functions, working closely with our clients to achieve operational excellence and innovation. We provide a world-class service and are the go-to service provider for our clients.
Using unique processes, we streamline productivity, improve efficiency and reduce operational costs with best-in-class technology, enabling our clients to focus on their core business, knowing their financial management and related processes are in good hands. Our methodology is adaptable and agile, enabling us to deliver value through secondment of resources, projects or full end-to-end solutions. We have significant experience in producing multidisciplinary solutions to address our clients’ individual needs. We aspire to be the standard of excellence, and we are the first choice of some of the most sought-after clients.
As a firm we are committed to transformation and diversity. We believe in making a positive contribution to the communities in which we work, and we are proud to be engaged in a number of initiatives aimed at driving transformation and inclusivity within our organisation, our industry and our society. We are a 100% black owned business.
Our methodology is flexible, collaborative and agile, allowing us to deliver value through resourcing, project delivery or as a full end-to-end solution. Our delivery models focus on integrated and customised solutions. This, along with our innovative approach, means we provide the best quality, most relevant and most cost-effective services.
MEET OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM
Sumendra Naidoo is a Director at Accounting and Financial Advisory and was previously a Director at Deloitte South Africa. He has more than 20 years’ of financial and management accounting experience in both the public…Read More
and private sector. He leads large, multidisciplinary teams as the client service leader and has a track record of delivering results that provides his clients with a competitive advantage.
Sumendra has chaired as CFO with many clients and specialises in project management, budgeting and cash flow management, accounting and financial controls review and implementation, annual financial statement compilation, fixed asset verifications and asset register compilations, management and accounting outsourcing, accounting backlogs, account reconstructions and reconciliations, providing accounting and financial management resources, audit readiness and financial accounting outsourcing.
Sumendra Naidoo holds a BCompt (Hons) from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Shaun Govender is a Director at Accounting and Financial Advisory, and was previously a Director at Deloitte South Africa where he was the National Head of the Finance and Accounting High Impact Solutions business.Read More
He has over 11 years’ industry experience in financial management consulting in both the public and private sector. His functional experience includes project management and implementation for financial management and reporting and in assisting management with formulating business plans, budgeting and cost control.
Shaun specialises in deploying and managing teams at clients, consulting on a wide variety of issues, including group finance reporting, financial business review, annual financial statement preparation, policy and procedure manuals, financial gap analysis with recommendations and embedment, fixed asset process implementation and asset verification, providing support to IFRS technical teams, project accounting, audit readiness, finance system to system reconciliations; and secondments into finance teams.
Shaun Govender holds a BCompt (Hons) from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Julia Christelis is an Associate Director at Accounting Financial Advisory. She completed her articles at Deloitte South Africa in 2011. In 2012, she completed a secondment to Deloitte US (New York) …
and thereafter joined the AFA practice within Deloitte South Africa as a Manager. She has 10 years’ experience in accounting advisory and audit across the financial services, technology, media, telecommunications and a variety of other industries.
Julia leads teams who optimize key finance functions with smart processes and technology. She specialises in solutions surrounding financial close, Project Management and Budgeting and Reporting. Her versatility enables her to service a number of high profile clients on a wide variety of issues, including project management, advising on and implementing appropriate systems for financial management and reporting, assisting management with budgeting and forecasting as well as project management.
Julia Christelis is a qualified Chartered Accountant, holds a BCom (Hons) in Accounting from the University of Pretoria and is currently studying BCom Law at the University of South Africa.
Grant Kennedy is an Associate Director at Accounting and Financial Advisory with 11 years’ experience in financial advisory services. Before joining the AFA practice within Deloitte in May 2011, Grant completed his articles in 2010…Read More
Grant completed his articles in 2010 at Deloitte South Africa followed by a secondment at Deloitte Bermuda.
He has broad product delivery and industry experience specialising in the retail, transportation, education and banking sectors, where he delivers in Close, Consolidate and Reporting, preparation of financial statements, Project Management and Group Reporting.
Grant Kennedy is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a BCom (Hons) in Accounting from the University of Johannesburg.
Head of KwaZulu-Natal
Brigitte Vorster heads the AFA office in KwaZulu-Natal. She brings in 9 years’ experience in financial management, auditing and accounting, project management, budgeting and forecasting and financial reconciliations.Read More
She started her professional career at Deloitte South Africa, where she served her articles from 2010 to 2012. In 2013, she went on secondment to Deloitte Canada, before joining AFA as a Senior Manager and Head of the KwaZulu-Natal office.
Her product delivery experience is in Audit Engagement and Procedures, Project Management, Budgeting and Forecasting, Reconciliations and application of IFRS in Financial Reporting.
Brigitte is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a BCom and Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Head of Western Cape
Sabir Adam heads the AFA office in the Western Cape. He has 14 years’ experience in management, commercial and reporting roles. Prior to joining AFA, Sabir worked at Namdeb, part of the De Beers Group, as the Lead on Strategic Projects…
responsible for the development and delivery of the project portfolio, in addition to developing the strategic long-term plan of the company. He was previously an Audit Manager at Deloitte South Africa responsible for engagements in the mining, oil and gas, forestry, manufacturing, automotive, shipping, fishing, hospitality and consumer products industries.
His experience is in Risk Management, Group Reporting, Financial Analysis, Audit and Accounting, Financial Statements Preparation, Project Accounting and Management Accounting.
Sabir is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a Bsc (Hons) in Finance and a Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting from the University of Cape Town.
Muhammad Loonat is an Associate Director at Accounting Financial Advisory bringing in over 10 years’ experience in audit and accounting services in various industries in both the public and private sectors.Read More
Before joining AFA, Muhammad completed his articles at Deloitte South Africa.
His product delivery experience is in Close, Consolidate and Report, Budgeting and Forecasting and Finance PMO, and his industry experience includes the power, utilities and infrastructure, ICT and health sectors and Banking.
Muhammad Loonat is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a BAcc from the University of Witswatersrand.
Thobela Dudumashe is an Operations Manager at AFA. She has over 12 years’ experience in accounting, financial management and supply chains. Thobela has worked in both the private and public…Read More
sectors across various industries in South Africa.
Her product delivery experience includes project management, leadership and organisational skills. Her responsibilities include management and improvement of internal processes, maintenance and implementation of company policies, human resources and office administration.
Thobela is a member of South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA) and holds a Diploma in Cost & Management Accounting from Durban University of Technology and a BTech from UNISA.
We value excellence and diversity of perspective and we are committed to being an employer of choice that offers an inclusive environment and opportunities for accelerated growth for our employees. We strive to create a vibrant workplace where our people can grow and develop the capabilities to become leaders that tackle our client’s most important challenges, and capture their greatest opportunities.
With a wide range of clients in different industries, we add value to and build our employees’ skills by providing our team access to a diverse range of companies and roles across the industries we operate in. Our responsibility as an employer, beyond offering attractive professional opportunities is to cultivate the singularity and the complementarity of each of our employees.
The AFA Accelerated Growth Programme aims to equip our employees with diverse and valuable finance experience in a short period of time. Our employees have the unique opportunity to work in varied industries and differing roles over a three- to six-month period through our outsourcing philosophy. We work to ensure that every employee fulfils important financial roles through this programme. Our experienced senior management team ensures that our clients receive the best standard of work by supervising each employee’s progress. Since entering into the market, we have successfully delivered over 250 experienced finance resources into the economy, in roles ranging from accountants to financial managers and financial directors.
At AFA, we believe that skills development is vital towards encouraging sustainable growth within our society. In 2019, we implemented a learnership programme for future leaders, mindful of the need to reduce the knowledge gap that exists within critical focus areas and address skills shortages and the rate of unemployment.
We remain determined to keep transformation at the core of our priorities and value our partnership with the LFP Group. We are proud to have partnered with the Group and be a change-maker through this valuable initiative. We have made great advancements in our commitment to providing opportunities in our society, where everyone has a place and a role to play.
The annual learnership occurs over a 12-month period and is offered to fourteen students who are either unemployed, disabled or employment equity candidates. The learnership’s national qualifications framework (NQF) course is designed to enhance and maximise skills development, allowing students to increase their employability. We provide funding for the learnerships, offering each student a monthly stipend that covers their needs, allowing them to focus on completing their NQF courses. Our team plays a decisive role in providing mentorship and support for each of the students with regular visits to the LFP campus and invitations to our offices.
CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
We believe we have a responsibility to contribute to the communities in which we operate through various initiatives that we believe will have a positive contribution to South Africa now as well as in the future. Our ambition is to offer growth opportunities for diversity and inclusion that reflect our values and whose impact is positive for the whole of society. We want the initiatives we support to make a real, permanent difference, that is why we ensure that they are designed based on the needs of the community and deliver on local priorities.
In honour of Mandela Day, on 18 July 2019, the AFA team partnered with Rise Against Hunger Africain its fight to end child hunger by donating food hampers and participating in a national food drive…
Our commitment to social development extends beyond giving. We invest in our country’s future by focusing on sustainable initiatives that impact the communities we support.
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