Deloitte Pretoria launches new office
Pretoria, 4 May 2012 - Deloitte, one of Pretoria’s longest established professional services firms, has marked its 41st anniversary in the city with a move to its new building in Pretoria East.
Xavier Botha, Managing Partner of the Deloitte Pretoria Office, said that the move into the new building, which was officially opened yesterday evening by Deloitte and guest of honour speaker Auditor-General Terence Nombembe, will signify a new era in the firm’s rich history in the City by bringing all Deloitte staff, who previously operated in two separate locations, together in a newly built, purpose-designed building in the eastern suburbs.
‘The new Deloitte office is located near Garsfontein road abutting the N1 will offer clients and staff easier access to our facilities, which were previously in Brooklyn,” said Botha.
“Additional benefits will be accrued through the fact that for the first time in many years, all Deloitte staff in Pretoria will be operating from a single address. This will facilitate interaction between Deloitte operating divisions, encourage improved communications and, in addition, offer significant benefits to our clients who will have access to all our professional services under a single roof.”
The strategic placement of the building would enable clients and staff easier access to Deloitte from the N1 freeway system and the Gautrain station.
“The new offices also bring Deloitte within a stone’s throw of the burgeoning new financial centre of the city. State financial bodies such as the Financial Services Board, SARS, IDC, as well as the regional and corporate offices of all major banks and other institutions are already present in the area.”
The first Deloitte office in Pretoria opened in 1971, when the firm realised the growing importance of the city as the centre for state departments and national regional businesses. Opened in the Van Erkoms building in the city centre, the Deloitte office had five staff members.
From those early days, when the company was the smallest of the city’s major professional services firms, Deloitte has grown steadily to the point where it now has 500 staff and was the largest of the “Big Five” professional services firms represented in the city, Botha said.
The steady growth of the firm had seen the company become the first in Pretoria to open its doors to black professionals. Simultaneously, it also built its focus on the public sector and developed lasting relationships with institutions such as the University of Pretoria, SARS, the Auditor-General and other key clients.
The new Deloitte offices would reflect the changing face of business in the city by being a home to divisions that included Public Sector Consulting, Management Solutions, Tax, Forensic Services and IT Audit, Botha said.
“The growth that took place in the 90’s and continued into the 21st century is epitomised by the move into our new building which has been designed to accommodate our growth for years to come. We look forward to strengthening our place in Pretoria’s commercial history and growing with the city,” Botha said.