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Who is Capitol Caterers?

Capitol Caterers was launched in July 1992, and the following year opened their first four contracts in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. Now, more than 25 years later, Itakane t/a Capitol Caterers boasts being the preferred caterer at more than 100 contracts in the Education, Health, Commercial and Retirement sectors within South Africa and Swaziland.

Capitol Caterers is headed by two Managing Directors Russell Nzimande and Merrill King, both of whom have more than 20 years' service in Capitol Caterers. Says King and Nzimande, "Having two Managing Directors allows the business to focus on the key areas of commitment and service to our clients. We pride ourselves in cementing strong relationships with existing clients, preferring to be an extension of their management or family, rather than a mere service provider."

Capitol Caterers promotes the support of local producers, ensuring nutritiously balanced, quality meals at competitive prices and being mindful of our environmental footprint, all the while sustaining and improving the wellbeing of our staff.

With over 25 years’ experience in the industry, and with a retained B-BBEE 1 Status, we know that what sets us apart is our expertise, our sincerity and love for serving people, our professionalism, and the fact that we make integrity part of everything that we do.

We provide excellent function catering to our existing clients, delivered with a uniquely personal touch through our expertly trained teams.

We have also expanded into site facilities management, and we provide the full spectrum of services from catering to cleaning and laundry.

Our Vision

Through our diverse food culture and service excellence we wish to be your preferred hospitality solution.

Our Mission

To provide a unique, quality service to all our clients, by ensuring that everyone is treated as our only customer and to focus our energy on staff development and talent retention, thereby inspiring a passion for excellence.

Our Core Values

Quality | Commitment | Loyalty | Sustainability | Innovation | Honesty |  Fun | Flexibility | Unique | Support

Our History

  • 2018

    WINNERS of the 2018 Nedbank PCB Business of the Year!







  • 2018

    • Relaunch of new corporate Identity for Itakane and Select  
    • Launch of MHA
    • Joint Venture with Biakemetseng Bomme (Pty) Ltd. In the Free State Health Sector
    • New Director appointed for Swaziland
    • Launch of ISO 9001:2015 compliance
    • PCB business of the year Competition
    • We take our first Conference Cruise on the luxurious  MSC  Musica with our entire management structure on board.
  • 2017

    • Consultant CEO exit
    • Complete restructure of Itakane and Select with MD respectively and new Directorship








  • 2015

    • Shareholding restructuring – NewCapco
  • 2014

    • Launch of Internal HSE system – CHESS
    • Relaunch of Corporate Identity under new CEO
    • Appointment of Janet Mill as HR Director 





  • 2013

    • GPK Retirement and sale of shares of the King Family Trust
    • New shareholding agreement and consultant CEO/MD appointment
  • 2012

    • COTY – Unilever’s Chef of the Year Competition winners








  • 2007-2009

    • Relaunch of the official Johannesburg Regional Office
    • Opening of our own Demonstration Kitchen
    • Russell Nzimande appointed Executive Director
  • 2006

    • Further negotiations for sale of company with 3 three existing shareholders
    • 51% King Trust
    • 49% Workers Trust
  • 2004

    • Further expansion into the Cape
    • Russell Nzimande appointed Operations Manager
  • 2002

    • The Workers Trust was founded with the first 3 trustees: Russell Nzimande, Janet Mill and Vaughan Robinson
    • Restructuring of shareholding to Ziphakamise Capitol Caterers with Directors: Billy Tshabalala, Anna Tshabalala, Giles King and Russell Nzimande



  • 2000

    • Complete change in shareholding with 3 remaining Directors: Jerry Sithole, Billy Tshabalala and Giles King
  • 1998

    • Expanded to Lesotho with 6 new healthcare contracts
    • Merrill King (current Managing Director Capitol Select) appointed as Group Executive Chef
    • Expanded business into Free State and Eastern Cape
    • Russell Nzimande appointed as Area Manager Midland
  • 1997

    • Vaughan Robinson (current Procurement Director) appointed as the company Buyer





  • 1996

    • Corporate Identity launched
    • 60% of company sold to Numsa and Nahawu with new Directorship
    • Established Johannesburg office
  • 1995

    • Russell Nzimande promoted to Catering Manager
    • First Joint Venture with Zungu Foods Enterprises based in Ulundi
  • 1994

    • Current Established office at 121 Jabu Ndlovu Street, Pietermaritzburg









  • 1993

    • Appointed Russell Nzimande (Current Managing Director) as Assist Catering Manager
    • Appointed our first Company Secretary (Janet Mill current HR Director), Bookkeeper, Marketer and Area Manager
  • 1992

    • Est. as Feedright Catering Consultants CC. trading as Capitol Caterers
    • Employed our first 4 Catering Managers
    • Inception of Capitol Caterers Transkei (Pty) ltd
    • First office at 122 Jabu Ndlovu Street Pietermaritzburg
    • First 3 Directors – Giles King; Greg Beattie and Jack Dalton