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Local pride. International best practice.
Charteris and Barnes CC is an independent Eastern Cape accounting firm with over 3000 satisfied clients.

We are a reputable business consulting firm with offices in East London, King Williams Town, Queenstown and Port Alfred. Our network of local offices means that each region gets qualified attention from local-needs specialists.

With 8 Chartered Accountant partners and 180 members of staff we offer the best in:

  • Accounting services
  • Auditing services
  • Management Services (Public and Private Sector)
  • Estate Planning
  • Administration (Deceased and Insolvent Estates)
  • Trusts (Formation and Administration)
  • Formation of Close Corporations
  • Tax Planning
  • Business Consulting

By offering advisory services in English, Afrikaans and Xhosa, we speak business excellence in your language.

Attention to detail. Personal service.
When you choose Charteris and Barnes CC for your business consulting needs, you are assured of the best advantages of a large, independent, Eastern Cape accounting firm.

With us you get:

  • Personal attention
  • Competitive fee structure
  • A large pool of experts close to home
  • The benefits of experience gained from a diversified client base
  • A win-win partnership


We have extensive public sector experience, including:

  • Compilation of Annual Financial Statements for various Municipalities
  • Compilation of GAMAP compliant Fixed Asset Registers for various Municipalities
  • Compilation of the Annual Budget for various Municipalities
  • Updating of the municipal monthly accounting records
  • Review and Implementation of municipal Internal Controls
  • Accredited service provider to the Office of the Auditor General;
    • Assurance Assignments
    • Forensic Assignments
  • Data Correlation and Analysis for the Office of the Premier
  • Adjudication of Municipal Banking Service Tenders and Designing of Score Sheets
  • Assessment and Reporting on Municipal loans from External Funders
  • Consultants to the former Ciskei Government - Urban Management Programme
  • Consultants to the Department of Public Works with regards to the integration of Dimbaza into the King Williams Town Local Council
  • Consultants to the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry, Eastern Cape
  • Consultants to the Department of Roads, Eastern Cape
  • The establishment of the Wild Coast District Council
  • Consultants to the Presidential Project Task Team
  • Exchange Control Violations - Investigations on behalf of the S.A. Reserve Bank


Charteris and Barnes CC is a home grown Eastern Cape accounting firm that is almost 100 years old. We grew out of the original firm, Sampson, Ryder & Co, which was formed in Queenstown in 1928. In 1990, Charteris and Barnes CC opened an office in East London – today we have offices in Port Alfred, King Williams Town, Queenstown and East London each manned with over 60 professional staff. Over the last fifteen years we have grown into one of the leading independent firms in the country.

Today, we have 8 partners, 180 staff and over 3000 clients