Corporate Governance AFRICAN DAWN 13 ANNUAL REPORT 2015 continued 1. The Board (continued) Roles and responsibilities: The role of the Board remained to lead the Group towards accomplishing its purpose of creating wealth for its shareholders and stakeholders. The Board is able to fulfill its function as the members remain committed to the Group and with years of experience and specialised skills, are able to add value and make the required strategic decisions. The Board meets at least four times per annum and when needed to facilitate any ad-hoc strategic input. The focus has been kept on Afdawn’s developing the new strategy of investment holdings in entrepreneurial companies and the realignment of the businesses in investment advisory and investment management, micro finance , managing properties in possession and collecting historic debtors. There is a clear division of responsibilities at Broad level to ensure a balance of power and authority, such that no one individual has unfettered powers of decision-making. The Group as an ethical corporate citizen: The Board is ultimately responsible for leadership and governance of the Group, setting the tone at the top which promotes ethical behaviour. This remains a critical quality that vests in the group’s leaders. The Board has been able to maintain the Afdawn, Knife Capital and Elite brands as credible names in an ever increasing and difficult market. This was accomplished with good governance built on a solid ethical foundation. The Board embraces the principles of the King Report on Governance for South Africa 2009 (“King Code III”). The Board is of the opinion that the corporate governance is in line with the Group’s size, complexity, risks and objectives. The Board along with management is evolving continuously to align it with King Code III compliance. The Board is of the opinion that the Group complies in all material respects with the principles embodied in King Code III and the additional requirements for corporate governance stipulated by the JSE. Where specific principles have not been applied, explanations for these are contained the application of King III section below. In determining the strategy and long term sustainability, the members keep abreast of the concerns and consideration of the impact of its operations on the economy, society and the environment. It remains the Board’s goal to positively improve the lives of its customers and other stakeholders. The current focus remains on shareholder and employees’ upliftment and rolling out the new vision of the Company. This new vision encompasses investment in and the development of entrepreneurial companies. The Board and our Shareholders: The year under review was difficult and shareholder updates have been given via SENS and attendance of the AGM. Assessing and developing our Board: Our newly appointed Board members are formally inducted through a programme comprising reading material, interviews with key personnel and an introduction to Afdawn and its operations. In line with the JSE Listings Requirements applicable to Altx listed companies, all Board members are required to attend the AltX Directors Induction programme (“DIP”) presented by Institute of Directors and formally by WITS Business School. Ms. V Lessing and Ms. A Böhmert attended the programme during 2015. The performance of each individual Board member and Board as a whole is assessed internally on an annual basis. Directors are only nominated for re-election after satisfactory performance assessments and outcomes. If areas for additional development are identified, these are managed through either ad hoc internal training or specialised training provided by reputable training institutions. Directors’ remuneration is aligned with the outcomes of the performance assessments; the performance assessments for 2015 were informal, with formal assessments with specific reference to the CEO and financial director. Appointments to the Broad is a formal and transparent process and a matter for the Broad as a whole. Directors’ dealings: To ensure that there is no conflict of interest or threat to the independence of Board members, the directors are required to declare any and all interests in contracts entered into by them and the Group. Dealings in securities by directors, senior managers and employees with access to management reports or price sensitive information are controlled and need to be authorised for clearance by the Chairman. No trading is allowed during closed periods or when information that could affect the share price is not yet disclosed to the public. Any trading done by directors of the Group or subsidiary companies, or the Company Secretary is announced on SENS.
AFRICAN DAWN 2015 Annual Report
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