The Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) has appointed Wayne De Wet as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

De Wet is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Accounting Science Degree and Honours in Accounting Science.

He will be responsible for developing and implementing the CTICC’s financial strategies, strategic leadership of finance and supply chain management, as well as growth and resource management within the finance department.

“We are very pleased to have someone of Wayne’s calibre join our dynamic team.  Wayne comes with a wealth of experience and knowledge having worked in the tourism and hospitality sectors, as well as several state entities and the private sector. He also comes at an exciting time in the development of the CTICC with the addition of CTICC 2 and we know that his expertise, experience and leadership will help steer the company in an even more positive direction. I look forward to working with Wayne to strengthen the CTICC,” said Julie-May Ellingson, CEO at the CTICC.

De Wet previously held positions at Cape Town Tourism as Chief CFO; Sun International Management Ltd as Commercial Manager; Johannesburg Water as Senior Manager for Finance; PricewaterhouseCoopers as Senior Manager: Public Sector; National Treasury as Director for National and Provincial GRAP Implementation; City of Cape Town as Chief Accountant; Rothmans International as Group Treasurer and Management Accountant; and Friedberg, Miller Gruft & Company CA (SA) where he held various positions, including Audit Manager and Professional Associate.

De Wet said his move to the CTICC was prompted by his seeking a new challenge, one where he could grow and expand his experience. “Being in finance allows me to work across many sectors applying similar principles. So far my experience in the hospitality sector allowed me to be more involved in the various areas of operations and not purely limited to finance.”

De Wet continued: “I am results-driven, pay attention to detail, enjoy empowering people, analytical and able to make quick decisions when required. Understanding the environment, getting to know the culture inherent across the organisation and completing the year-end audit are amongst the first things I will look at.”

As part of a collaboration between the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (Sanccob) and Robben Island Museum (RIM), the World Heritage Site officially has its first Seabird Ranger, Andile Mdluli.

Mdluli will monitor the health and well-being of seabirds on the island, intervene if required, and also transfer seabirds to Sanccob that are injured, sick, oiled or abandoned.

The appointment follows Sanccob’s extension of its colony assistance to Robben Island, which is home to colonies of endangered African penguins, Bank cormorants and Cape cormorants, among other protected seabirds.