Newly Appointed Chief Financial Officer resumes duties

Posted on Friday, 09 March 2018

By Cheera Dee Robinson

Category: Latest News

The Eastern Cape Department of Education newly appointed a Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Jason O ’Hara, who resumed his duties on the 1 March 2018, at Provincial Head Office in Zwelitsha.

“As a Chartered Accountant (SA) I have 15 years working experience and over 11 years at a Senior Management Level.  I have worked for three of the largest accounting firms in the world, originally completed my articles with KPMG (Klynveld Peat Marwick Goerdeler) Johannesburg, gaining experience on large listed companies.

With a very enthusiastic, positive outlook on the Eastern Cape's financial situation, O’hara says, “My aim is to have unqualified audits, I understand that I cannot do this alone, but I have already identified that Education has very competent staff, they just need to be steered in the right direction.” 

O’hara has already achieved phenomenal achievements within the government sector as early as 2009.  “During 2009, I accepted the position of interim Chief Financial Officer at the Robben Island Museum (Government Entity).  I was tasked with financially turning the institution around and taking full responsibility for all financial aspects of the organization.  The financial planning and restructuring that I implemented enabled Robben Island to advance from a 16 million loss in 2008 to a profit of R11 million in 2009, a R27 million turnaround in a period of a year.”

Most recently, during 2014 O’hara accepted the permanent position of Chief Financial Officer at the Eastern Cape Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture, “I achieved for the first time in the departments history, a 99% Department spending of the R749 million Departmental budget and successfully achieving an unqualified audit for the first time in many years through the removal of the audit qualifications.”

When asked what he is bringing to Education, he confidently replied, “I have already worked out a turnaround plan, and I am giving myself 12 months to turn this department around in the right direction, it is optimistic, but I know it is achievable.”

Most importantly O’hara says, “ECDoE team needs to work together, you cannot work alone.”

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Andiswa Cekiso commented on 10 Mar, 2018 02:34

Wow congra Mr Jason wish you all the best

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A PILLAI,DIRECTOR ,ELI commented on 13 Mar, 2018 04:40

Congratulations CFO, We will try our level best to achieve your goal of having unqualified audits for ECDOE

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Simiselo Mnana commented on 14 Mar, 2018 08:59

Congratulations CFO, unqualified audit and clean administration is possible and achievable, pull all that you can from different angles and you will achieve your set goals. all the best!!!

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Mluleki Phopho Mayekiso commented on 15 Mar, 2018 12:11

Congratulations Turnaround strategies are needed so that the 2017 backwards tendencies be attended seriously. You must subsidies schools(sec 21) in a reasonable time so that we can have a proper infrastructure that is condusive to teaching and learning. Payment of school grants on the 1st april 2018 (1st tranche) and 1st October 2018 (2nd tranche) will give us confidence to trust your office. SNP grant be payable on the 1st day of school reopening date for the convenience of our school suppliers. Last but not least communication directly to schools is key, regarding amounts paid to schools during the middle of the year. We wish you well in your office.

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