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Our Story

Our story as a firm begins in 2020. In July 2020, Tumelo Makgakga (founder and director) took a leap of faith, right in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic, and resigned from his management position at a big 4 accounting firm to start his own company.

Tumelo began his career at KPMG SA, where he accumulated vast experience. After completing articles, he had a unique opportunity to join KPMG UK in London, where he worked on international assignments for a period of six months. Prior to starting FirstPlace, Tumelo joined PwC SA and expanded his knowledge and experience in the industry while working on key JSE-listed clients.

In mid-2020, Tumelo left PwC to start FirstPlace, pursuing his passion to work with businesses and entrepreneurs to help them save, build, grow, and scale their businesses. His ultimate goal is to curb the unemployment rate in the country by providing much-needed support through affordable accounting, audit, tax, payroll, and consulting services.

Tumelo firmly believes that by working closely with business owners and entrepreneurs to assist them with accounting, audit, and advisory services, their businesses stand a higher chance not only to survive but also to grow and scale.

FirstPlace as a firm has grown since inception and has now created employment for other professionals, a large part of whom are from previously disadvantaged backgrounds. 

Our Mission:
We are focused on performing work that conforms to high standards of quality, work that inspires business growth, empowers our clients to make key decisions quicker and help them address significant day to day challenges.

Our Vision:
Our vision is to see local businesses grow and scale to reduce the rate of small-medium business failures, ultimately reducing the un-employment rate in South Africa. Through a value centric and distinguished high quality work approach we aim to restore the dignity and public trust to the accounting and auditing profession.

Learn More About Tumelo Makgakga

Discover the background, achievements, and expertise of Tumelo Makgakga, a distinguished professional in Accounting & Auditing.



Connect with Tumelo and explore his professional journey and accomplishments.

Award-Winning Entrepreneur

Tumelo Makgakga, 30, is a 2023 Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans award winner in Entrepreneurship. He founded FirstPlace Assurance & Advisory in 2020 to support SMMEs and reduce unemployment in South Africa.


FirstPlace Featured in ASA Magazine

his recognition highlights our commitment to excellence and innovation in the industry. Check out the full article to learn more about our journey and achievements

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FirstPlace is a black owned and youth-led firm of chartered accountants and registered auditors in South Africa.

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