Who we are
Grant Thornton South Africa was founded in 1920 (previously Kessel Feinstein). We are leaders in our chosen market, providing assurance, tax and specialist business advice to dynamic organisations – listed companies, large privately held businesses and private equity backed organisations. We also have significant capabilities in the public sector market.
The evolution of our name
1920 – Isaacs & Kessel
1952 – Isaacs, Kessel, Feinstein
1960 – Kessel Feinstein Torch & Co.
1979 – Kessel Feinstein
1998 – Grant Thornton Kessel Feinstein
2003 – Grant Thornton
Growing our business
In March 2013, Grant Thornton South Africa merged with TIS/Fintis and Rebahale, two black-owned professional services firms. We now have strong broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE) credentials to provide a broad range of services to the public sector.
Women in leadership
This year sees the launch of our global and South African ‘Women in leadership’ initiative. We have 40 women in Grant Thornton South Africa who are in top decision-making positions. This equates to 40% of women in leadership compared to the South Africa national average of 28% and the global average of 24%.
We support the South African government’s bill on gender equality and women empowerment. The bill seeks to achieve a 50/50 representation of women in decision-making structures in South African businesses.
Where we are
Grant Thornton has a national presence with eight offices – Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Durban, George, Johannesburg, Nelspruit, Port Elizabeth, Pretoria and Rustenburg. South Africa is also a major force in Africa alongside 19 member firms on the continent. We have member firms in: Algeria, Botswana, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Guinea, Ivory Coast / Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Senegal, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe and are ideally positioned to facilitate clients’ expansion plans in these countries.
How we work
We approach all assignments by combining international experience with local business and technical expertise. At Grant Thornton we pride ourselves on providing a partner-led service for all our clients. Our principle is a belief in accessibility and the need for responsiveness based on understanding the client’s business.
What we have to say
“Helping clients to unlock their potential for growth is core to our entire business – from the services we provide, to the way we deliver them, including the people we hire and how we talk about Grant Thornton.” – Deepak Nagar, National Chairman, Grant Thornton South Africa
International Business Centre (IBC)
Grant Thornton South Africa has an accredited IBC located in Johannesburg, which collaborates with all offices in South Africa. IBCs serve as the gateway to expert resources within the Grant Thornton global organisation to provide inbound and outbound services to international clients. Through IBC directors we ensure seamless service across borders. Our publication entitled: Establishing a presence in South Africa, outlines our capabilities.
Partner, Grant Thornton Johannesburg
and IBC director, South Africa
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|* Revenue figures as at 30 September 2012|
About Grant Thornton International
Grant Thornton is one of the world’s leading organisations of independent assurance, tax and advisory firms. Every Grant Thornton member firm helps dynamic organisations unlock their potential for growth by providing meaningful, actionable advice through a broad range of services.
Proactive teams, led by approachable partners in these firms, use insights, experience and instinct to solve complex issues for privately owned, publicly listed and public sector clients.
Over 31,000 Grant Thornton people, across 100 countries, are focused on making a difference to clients, colleagues and the communities in which we live and work. For more information visit www.gti.org
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