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Who is Capitol Caterers?

The company was founded in July 1992, commencing operations with four contracts in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. More than 25 years later, Itakane t/a Capitol Caterers is now proudly the preferred contract catering partner to over 100 clients within South Africa.

From humble beginnings at our Pietermaritzburg Head Office, the company today employs in excess of 1400 personnel with an extended footprint in Durban, Cape Town, Eastern Cape, Johannesburg, Bloemfontein and Eswatini.

Capitol Caterers is headed by joint Managing Directors Russell Nzimande and Merrill King, each having more than 25 years' service with the company. They bring a unique set of skills to the organisation; Nzimande as an industry specialist in operations and tender based contracts and King as an award-winning Executive Chef.

Russell Nzimande joined Capitol Caterers in its infancy as an Assistant Catering Manager and steadily progressed through the ranks of Catering Manager, Area Manager and Operations Manager. He was appointed Executive Director in 2009 and Managing Director of Capitol Itakane in 2017.

Managing Director of Capitol Select, Merrill King has a strong penchant for the quality of food on the plate. Having been the Group Executive Chef for 10 years, her expertise and passion for service excellence ensures innovative and nutritious meals meet the divergent needs of the company's clients.

Our Vision

Through our innovative food culture and unwavering commitment to service excellence, we wish to be your preferred catering partner.

Our Mission

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

Our Core Values

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

Our History

  • 2019 : August

    Opening of Midlands Hospitality Academy

  • 2019 : July

    Eswatini New office opening

  • 2019 : June

    Standard Bank KZN Top Business of the Year Award : Services Sector

  • 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