The History of PKF Durban
In 1922, Mr. D. W. Strachan opened his own business as Accountant and Auditor in West Street. In the years that followed, the firm grew to include a myriad of individuals who both helped the firm to grow and who expanded the vision of the practice.
Ken Tayler became the second partner, and the name of the firm was changed to David Strachan and Tayler (DS&T), the name it held for years afterwards.
In 1939, David Strachan's friendship with the Master of the Natal Supreme Court provided an increasing volume of deceased estate and insolvency work - a component which is still important in the firm's activities. Despite also being secretary to the Motor Trader's Association, David Strachan also took on the appointment of His Brittanic Majesty's Trade Correspondent in Durban, which saw him investigating trade enquiries from Britain and all over the world.
Inevitably, the Second World War intervened in the firm's affairs, and a number of men who were destined to later play major roles at DS&T were drawn into it. One of these men was Rod Vial who joined the firm as an article clerk, but left shortly afterwards on active service during which he became a prisoner of war. He returned from active service to complete his articles in 1946, left to take a position in the industry and returned in 1958 as partner. Another man was Jacko Jackson. In 1948, Jackson rejoined the firm as a partner after the war. He had been admitted as an article clerk before the war, but left to join the army. After his return, he played a major part in the rapid growth of the firm in those post-war years. He introduced a number of large clients before his untimely death in 1964.
In 1970, David Strachan and Ken Tayler, the founders of the firm, retired. From 1980 onwards, the directors we have today were beginning to be admitted as partners. Richard Alcock in 1980, Peter Duncan in 1986, Dhangee Puran in 1988 and Neil McHardy and Kevin Gertenbach in 1992 and 1993 respectively.
Nationally, DS&T grew at an incredible rate. In 1982, the firm became a member firm of Fisher Hoffman Sitole (FHS) which was one of the leading firms of Accountants and Business Advisors in South Africa and a part of the highly acclaimed firm Parnell Kerr Forster. FHS were committed to preserving and enhancing the success and profitability of each and every one of our highly valued clients. This is an objective that DS&T wholeheartedly subscribed to.
PKF is a leading International Network of Accountanting and Advisory Firms which was founded in 1969 when four accountancy firms from Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States joined together to create an international association. In 1980, member firms decided to use Pannell Kerr Forster as their common brand name to create an international accountancy brand. In 2000, member firms decided to shorten their name to PKF. DS&T changed its name to PKF Durban on 7 July 2006.