The origins of KPMG in South Africa go back to 1895. Through organic growth and strategic mergers, the firm has grown into one of the largest Audit, Tax and Advisory firms in the region, offering a wide array of services to clients within the public and private sectors.
The core of KPMG’s genealogy is made up of two main firms: Aiken & Carter and Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. Before their merger in 1987, these two firms were among the foremost firms in the country.
Aiken & Carter
On 1 October 1895, Scottish-born Alexander Aiken established his practice in Johannesburg as a Public Accountant and Auditor. On 1 October 1905 Aiken took on his first Partner, John Gordon Carter. The firm was then named Alex. Aiken & Carter (AA&C).