SAICA Leadership in a time of crisis series

Webcast # 4: Leading in uncertain times (Tuesday, 7 April 2020)

Who should attend?

SAICA members and associates [CA(SA)/AGA(SA)/AT] and trainees and members of the public



In the 4th webcast in our series we will focus on leadership, ethics and scenario planning in a time of crisis. Brett Tromp will focus on what good leaders do in a time of crisis and will focus on areas such as communication, collaboration, crisis management, business continuity and resilience. In the second session, Prof. Deon Rossouw, CEO of the Ethics Institute of South Africa will discuss the importance of ethics in a time of crisis. The third session of the day will focus on the most important questions people are asking “When will this end and what happens next?”  Prof André Roux,  and Gideon Botha will use Pestle techniques to help the audience understand the future scenarios that could play out.



Session 1 (08h00 – 08h45)

Leadership and communication in a time of crisis – what do good leaders do?

Brett Tromp, Chief Financial Officer of Discovery Health, Chief Executive Officer of Discovery Health Care Services and the Head of Discovery SRX Pharmacy


Session 2 (08h45 – 09h30)

Ethics in a time of crisis

Prof Deon Rossouw, CEO of the Ethics Institute of South Africa


Session 3 (09h30 – 10h15)

Where are we and where are we heading as a country? Scenario planning discussion.

Prof André Roux and Gideon Botha


About our presenters

Brett Tromp

Brett Tromp is a qualified Chartered accountant and has been the Chief Financial Officer of Discovery Health since 2007. Brett has extensive experience and successful track record as a Chief Financial Officer with over 15 years’ experience in handling all aspects of financial management and managerial functions. Brett currently also operates as CEO of Discovery’s Health Care Services division which houses its Pharmacy, Wellness business and its Homecare business. Brett has significant international Health Insurance exposure, obtained during his travels into Africa, US, UK and Europe. Brett has lived and worked in the US and has audited major fortune 500 companies like GE.  In 2013 Brett did a year’s course at Oxford University around business strategy. Brett regularly deals with Governments in Africa and is spearheading change in corporate reporting to include Health metrics in company reports both in South Africa and the SADC region. In 2015 Brett was named as South Africa’s young (under 40) Chief Financial Officer of the year. As well as the award for the best High Performing Finance team in South Africa.


Prof Deon Rossouw

Prof Deon Rossouw is CEO of The Ethics Institute and Extraordinary Professor in Philosophy at the University of Stellenbosch.  Previously he was Professor and Head of the Philosophy Department at  Rand Afrikaans University in Johannesburg and later also at University of Pretoria. He served as Founding President of the Business Ethics Network of Africa (BEN-Africa) and also as President of the International Society of Business, Economics, and Ethics. Deon is a member of the King Committee on Corporate Governance in South Africa, and a Chartered Director (SA).





Prof André Roux

Prof Roux is head of the Futures Studies programmes at the University of Stellenbosch Business School. Before being appointed by the USB, he was Director of the Institute for Futures Research (IFR) at the University of Stellenbosch since 1996. In that capacity, he ran various workshops and other strategic intervention sessions with and for leaders and strategists in business and government. Prior to that he was an economist at the insurance company Old Mutual, a lecturer and head of department in the South African National Defence Force and its predecessor, the South African Defence Force, as well as a junior lecturer at Stellenbosch University. Prof Roux’s areas of expertise are business economics and labour economics. His research focuses on globalisation and socio-economic development in Africa. He is a member of the management committee of the Bureau for Economic Research and holds a BCom, Hons BCom in Economics, an MCom in Economics and a PhD, all from Stellenbosch University.


Gideon Botha

Gideon Botha is a South African Chartered Accountant [CA (SA)] and currently a Senior Financial Manager at one of the big five commercial banks in South Africa. His primary objective is to achieve business growth for the bank’s home loan division. In 2019, the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants awarded him with the “Simplifying your Success Award” in the Top 35-under-35 Category. As he is passionate about creating a more preferred future that will benefit the greater society, he is currently enrolled for a Master’s Degree in Future Studies at the University of Stellenbosch. Last year, Gideon completed his PhD on the topic “A framework for price tariffs in the costing structures of South African private hospitals” at the Nelson Mandela University. Gideon is also busy with a pilot study in Namibia to implement his PhD recommendations.





CPD Hours

SAICA’s CPD policy has changed effective 1 January 2020 from an input measurement basis to an output measurement basis. Learning and the development of professional competence is unique to each member and should be aligned to your personal needs identified in your reflective learning plans. For further information and guidance, go to SAICA’s CPD website. The competencies being addressed in this seminar are:

  • Relational acumen: Leadership skills
  • Ethics, values and attitudes: Personal ethics
  • Ethics, values and attitudes: Business ethics
  • Ethics, values and attitudes: Professional ethics
  • Business acumen: Business internal environment
  • Business acumen: Business external environment
  • Strategy and governance to create sustainable value: Business strategy

If you are required to log CPD hours (for instance if you are a SAICA Tax Practitioner or registered with other professional bodies or organisations such as the IOD, SAIPA, SAIT etc.), please note that this seminar affords you 2.5 hours of CPD.



Please note this session is complimentary.