A dynamic alternative

Grant Thornton’s roots can be traced back over 100 years in South Africa, and today the firm is regarded as one of the top  audit and advisory firms in the country, ranked number 5 in size and servicing 39 listed clients, numerous large privately-held businesses, as well as major public sector entities

Grant Thornton’s assurance, tax, advisory and outsourcing services are sought out by clients who come to us for our technical skills and industry capabilities, and also for our different way of working. Our partners and teams invest the time to truly understand our clients’ businesses, giving real insight and fresh perspectives to keep them moving forward.

Dynamic organisations can achieve great things with the right support - advisers that deeply understand their business, their industry and their wider agenda for growth. Our capabilities, expertise and our own entrepreneurial growth culture make us perfectly suited to fill that role.

Whether you’re looking to finance growth, manage risk and regulation, optimise your operations or realise stakeholder value, we can help you.

Grant Thornton's dedicated Public Sector advisory group works with national, provincial and local government as well as state owned enterprises and development finance institutions and specialises in delivering services to our Government clients. Our partners and senior Public Sector team have all had experience in a wide range of public sector accounting roles before joining us.  

Our growth agenda

We are committed to shaping a vibrant economy by facilitating and supporting commercial and social environments that enable long-term success and growth.

We live by our own growth ethos and Grant Thornton South Africa continues to grow consistently, in spite of difficult international and local economic conditions. Eight new leadership appointments announced in March 2017 are testimony to our growth strategy and also reaffirm our commitment to achieving diversity not only in our firm but in the professional services arena as well.



Grant Thornton’s commitment to transformation is a key business and social imperative. It is essential for the future development of our people, our firm, our industry and our country.

We are actively embedding a culture where it is incumbent on each individual in our firm to embrace and adopt our objective to be a transformed firm where our teams at all levels reflect the demographics of our country. We are aiming for true diversity and inclusion, and to harness the enhanced performance that diverse teams and leaders bring to organisations.    

Evidence of our commitment to the implementation and improvement of our B-BBEE scorecard can be seen in our active learnership programme which provides financial assistance to students studying to become chartered accountants, our active employment equity committee and our involvement in enterprise development initiatives as well as socio-economic development initiatives, which include both mentorship and funding.


Growing together in the community

Grant Thornton is fully invested in making a positive impact in the communities and regions in which we work. By supporting local communities we aim to build strong ties with them, which ultimately makes our business stronger and leads to better solutions for our clients. We work to unlock the potential for growth in our clients, our people and our communities. Our focus on corporate social responsibility, both through pro bono work and through our community projects, helps us to achieve real engagement.


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In this constantly changing world, we want to be adaptive and focussed in our approach to unlocking our clients’ potential for growth; to think further ahead, to act faster and to facilitate an exceptional client experience.


Where we are

Grant Thornton has a national presence with 10 offices - Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Durban, George, Johannesburg, Nelspruit, Polokwane, Port Elizabeth, Pretoria and Rustenburg.


How we work

Our global network ensures we combine international experience with local business and technical expertise.  

We help organisations unlock their potential for growth by delivering real insight through a combination of technical rigour, commercial experience and intuitive judgement.  We are committed to being responsive to our clients’ needs and to working with them to achieve the goals and aspirations of their organisations.

Our people are at the centre of this commitment; from the development of existing strengths to the attainment of new areas of expertise. This is a permanent focus for us.

At Grant Thornton we pride ourselves on providing a partner-led service for all our clients.



Grant Thornton has a presence in 24 countries in Africa: Algeria, Botswana, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Guinea, Kenya, Libya, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Our African footprint makes us ideally positioned to facilitate clients’ expansion plans into these countries.


International Business Centre (IBC)

Grant Thornton South Africa has an accredited IBC located in Johannesburg which coordinates with all offices in South Africa. The centre serves as the gateway to expert resources within the Grant Thornton global organisation, while operating as a hub for global communications, strategy and regionally focused business expertise.


Our global organisation

As a $4.8bn global organisation of member firms with 47,000 people in more than 130 countries, Grant Thornton has the scale to meet the ever changing needs in the economic and commercial environment, coupled with the insight and agility that helps clients to stay one step ahead.

Our firm is respected as one of the major global accounting organisations recognised by capital markets, regulators and international standards setting bodies.

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Transparency report

Our commitment to quality underpins all that we do. This report is a public statement of Grant Thornton’s commitment to provide high-quality assurance, tax and advisory services to businesses and organisations operating throughout the world. It is designed to help member firms’ clients, audit committees, regulators and the public, who make up our many stakeholders, understand us better.

In this report we unpack the details around the governance and management within our organisation; how professional risks are managed, including policies, guidance and training; our audit quality and how we see it as an essential element of our business; the value we place in the quality of our tax and advisory services, as well as an overview of our financial information.

For a copy of the full report please visit:


Gillian Saunders 22Women in leadership

Thirteen years ago our global and South African ‘Women in business’ initiative was launched. Currently Grant Thornton South Africa is proud to say that 34% of our top decision-makers are women, compared to the South Africa national average of 28% and the global average of 25%.

“I am proud of the number of South African women that are moving into top decision-making positions and the demonstrable lead Grant Thornton is showing in this arena.  I look forward to further progress in this regard.”

Gillian Saunders 

Deputy CEO, Grant Thornton Johannesburg & Head of Global Travel Tourism industry group

Telephone: +27 (0)10 590-7200



What we do

To achieve their ambitions, dynamic organisations across all industries nationwide call on our firm’s assurance, tax, advisory and outsourcing services.

Audit & assurance

Our services can strengthen your business and stakeholders’ confidence. You’ll receive professionally verified results and insights that help you grow.

•    External audit for listed companies, large independents and mid-sized companies

•    Public sector audits        

•    Voluntary audits

•    Independent reviews


Our services help you gain trust and stay ahead, enabling you to manage your tax transparently and ethically.

•    Corporate income tax

•    Customs and excise duty

•    Employees tax

•    Expatriate tax

•    Direct & indirect international tax

•    Personal income tax

•    Transfer pricing

•    Value added tax (VAT)


Our progressive thinkers offer services to help create, protect and transform value today, so you have opportunity to thrive tomorrow.

•    B-BBEE verification and consulting

−   Verification

−  Scorecard compilation

−   Gap analysis

−   Scenario planning

−   Consulting & strategy planning

−   Supplier analysis

−   Training

•    Business recovery services

•    Business risk services

−   Corporate governance reviews

−   Performance audit

−   Risk management

−   Internal audit

−   Clean audit

−   Financial management solutions

•     Forensic investigations and litigation support

−  Financial crime

−  Anti-bribery & corruption 

−   Anti-money laundering

−   Ethics

−   Regulatory compliance

−   Fraud hotline

−   Investigations

−   Business intelligence

−   Fraud risk 

−   Digital forensics

−   Data analytics

−   Cyber crime

−   Training & awareness

−   E-discovery

•    Corporate finance

−   Capital markets

−   Mergers and acquisitions

−   Financial modelling

−   Transaction advisory services including due diligence

−   Valuations

•    Information technology advisory

−   IT strategy

−   Solution selection

−   Governance of IT

−   IT due diligence

−   Digital forensics

−   IT risk assessments

−   Cloud computing

−   Social media related risks

−   SOX IT controls testing

−   Privacy (POPI) advisory

−   IT assurance services

•    Data analytics

−   Audit analytics

−   Continuous control monitoring

−   Forensic analytics

−   Municipal revenue assurance

−   Conflict of interest analytics

−   Business network visualiser

−   Market attractiveness solution

−   Cash conversion analytics

−   Forecasting

−   Business performance insights

−   Data profiling & cleansing

−   Data migration reviews

•    Strategic foresight

•    International services, structuring advice and establishing a presence in South Africa

•    Strategy, development and planning, including infrastructure advisory

•    Sustainability & integrated reporting services


Our back-office processes are well entrenched and help clients to reduce costs, improve efficiencies and ensure compliance.

Get To Know Grant Thornton - Global Snapshot Cover•    Accounting

•    Estates administration

•    Payroll

•    Tax

•    Trusts administration

•    Company secretarial

•    Financial planning

Sector specialisation

•   Financial services

•   Energy & natural resources

•   Food & beverage

•   Travel, tourism & leisure

•   Not for profit

•   Real estate & construction

•   Technology

* Our services are provided to both the private and public sectors.

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