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About Us


Our Story

Having trained as accounting professionals in the Sleepy Hollow of Pietermaritzburg, we became familiar with how things have always been done in the world of small and medium sized accounting firms. Think several months after financial year-end, you place an urgent request for financial statements required by the bank, a junior member of staff whom you’ve never met suddenly starts asking you for outstanding information. After a frantic rush to meet the deadline, your accountant only chats to you for about 10 minutes whilst signing off your financials and the next time you see or hear from them is another year down the line.

After all is said and done, you get a rather hefty and vaguely worded bill leaving you wondering where all the time was spent. You’ve used your accountant for several years and based on previous experience you accept that accounting services are somewhat of a grudge purchase. We’ve realised that this scenario, and a host of other inefficiencies, were ultimately affecting the people that make our industry – the clients, aka you!

By employing people aligned to our vision, harnessing our passion for building client relationships and changing the way we engage with you in order to better understand your needs, we have been able to bring you Dümmer and Neal Accountants, a firm of young accounting vanguards in Pietermaritzburg.

This business is our labour of love, copious amounts of coffee have been brewed during the late night and early morning number crunching on our journey to get here. We’ve learnt countless lessons along the way but most importantly we’ve kept our love for the numbers. Accounting is one of the cornerstones of any business and by enabling us to help you master your numbers we’ll show you that accounting is ultimately – fun!

We’re excited that you’ve taken the time to learn about who we are and we look forward to walking this path of innovation with you.


Ian Dümmer – Director

Ian has spent several years working in the accounting industry and was the founder of the prequel company to Dümmer and Neal Accountants back in November 2013.

After completing his articles at a reputable firm in Pietermaritzburg, Ian joined the South African Institute for Tax Professionals before qualifying as a Business Accountant in Practice (SA) with SAIBA.

Ian specialises in accounting officer and tax engagements with particular focus on small and medium sized entities, trusts and individual tax clients.


Gareth Neal – Director

Gareth has been working in the accounting industry for many years. He started out in an audit environment and headed up the audit department at his old firm before shifting his career focus to accounting, tax and estates. This gives him a unique all-round grounding in the accounting profession. Gareth also possesses a strong IT background and is able to bring both professional skill and IT knowledge together to assist in accounting set up and training across all fields.

Having completed his training contract with a reputable medium sized firm in Pietermaritzburg Gareth went on to join the South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA) and qualify as a Professional Accountant (SA).


Our mission is to set the benchmark for how an accounting firm should service and interact with clients. Assisting the development and empowerment of both the current and next generation of entrepreneurs and accountants. We stand for open, honest and supportive professional relationships with all stakeholders in and around our business.


Our vision is a firm that enables employees to flourish through continuous professional development and alignment with the latest industry trends. Empowering employees to establish supportive, open and honest relationships with our clients through the delivery of both exceptional and personalised services. Creating clients for life through regular, clear and relevant communication which enables all of our stakeholders to grow.