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ABOUT US

Established in 1975, Feedem is a large contract catering company in South Africa which manages in excess of 319 sites and employs more than 5 500 people ranging from dieticians, chefs and human capital specialists to hygiene experts.

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We provide a wide range of catering and associated services to clients in all industries. Outsourcing your catering services to us will allow you to focus on your core business while benefiting from our expertise. This will improve your economies of scale, infrastructure and ability to add instant capacity to your organisation.

From executive dining to express meals, big events to intimate functions, corporate catering to need-specific nourishment – we do it all. We combine the finest quality products with the freshest ingredients. We also add our attention to detail, texture, style and taste to turn eating into a special event.

We customise our catering and services according to your needs. Our services are offered with confidence as everything we do is underpinned by an ethical code and full compliance with all the relevant industry standards and regulations.

We have a country-wide footprint with our head office in Johannesburg, and regional offices in Cape Town, Durban, George, Worcester, Port Elizabeth, Rustenburg, Kimberley and Bloemfontein.

 


OUR HISTORY

2020

2020

As part of its Expansion Acquisition Strategy, the Feedem Group acquired 100% of the Focus Pest Control (Pty) Ltd business in March 2020 and is now a subsidiary of the Feedem Group (Pty) Limited. Focus Pest Control & Hygiene, provides integrated solutions to various industries and we look forward to offering this expanded service to our existing as well as new clients.

2018

2018

In April 2018 Feedem Group (Pty) Ltd acquired Versatex Trading 182 (Pty) Ltd – in addition to its base of longstanding cleaning contracts, Versatex also provides specialised Data Centre Cleaning services nationally.

2017

2017

In March 2017, RMB Corvest in partnership with Agile Capital and the management team acquired the Feedem Pitseng and Cristal Solutions businesses. The new company, Feedem Group (Pty) Ltd, was rated a Level 2 contributor in terms of the B-BBEEE codes.

In December 2017 the Feedem Group’s Black Economic Growth Empowerment credentials were further enhanced as a Level 1 contributor, being 77% black owned, of which 32.27% are black females. The shareholders intend to continue growing the catering, cleaning, hygiene, pest control and related services by means of a range of offerings to our existing and new clients to the standard which has become synonymous with the Feedem brand and culture.

2015

2015

In 2015 Feedem Pitseng achieved some exciting milestones – we celebrated our 40 years in operation! This was the perfect time to evaluate our company’s name and logo to ensure it was in sync with who we are and where we are going.  After careful consideration, we chose a new logo and shortened the name Feedem Pitseng to just ‘Feedem’, but with a more modern look that captures the company’s future direction.  The new logo reflects Feedem’s principles of customer focus, innovation, steady and sustainable growth and harmony, conveying Feedem’s sincere commitment to our customers.

2012

2012

By 2012 Feedem Pitseng expanded its national footprint with offices in Port Elizabeth, East London and Bloemfontein. We now have offices in all the main business areas in South Africa.

1998

1998

Pitseng Site Services was formed in 1998 with a majority black shareholding. In 2008 Pitseng Site Services merged with Pitseng Catering Services to form Feedem Pitseng, a single unified BEE company.

1996

1996

In 1996 Feedem bought Magnum Cleaning Services who later became Cristal Solutions in order to expand its services offering into cleaning, resources, hygiene and pest control.

1992

1992

In 1992, Catering Services (Pty) Ltd was created, and on 1 March 2008, Catering Services (Pty) Ltd merged with Site Services (Pty) Ltd to form a single unified BEE company called Feedem (Pty) Ltd with Jeremy Webb, Andrew Constandakis, Jabu Ngwenya and Dina Aphane as shareholders.

1990

1990

Further strategic decisions were made and Feedem Catering Services (Pty) Ltd opened up an office in Cape Town where the current Regional Director for the Coastal Operations, Elnastien Kotze, was appointed in 1990.

1989

1989

In 1989, Feedem Catering Services (Pty) Ltd embraced the spirit of transformation and joined forces with Thebe Corporation to create the first BEE company in the industry called Site Services (Pty) Ltd. After a few years of operation, Feedem Catering Services bought the shares of Thebe Corporation for R1 million.

1987

1987

By 1987, the directors were approached by Mike Maree and William Bolton who wanted to enter the staff restaurant environment with the experience they had gained in the industry. Feedem Catering Services (Pty) Ltd was then founded. After a year of hard work, Feedem Catering Services (Pty) Ltd signed its first contract with Marley Tiles, earning monthly a revenue of merely R3000. Feedem Catering Services (Pty) Ltd continued to grow and opened up the markets of Namibia, Botswana and Transkei. The decision was then taken to employ its first District Manager, Gerard Welling.

1985

1985

In 1985, Jeremy commenced with the building of an office block in Alrode South. Soon after, Feedem moved its operations with the idea of starting a central kitchen. This proved to be quite difficult for a small catering business whose main challenges included demanding lunch-hour catering and logistics.

1984

1984

The office in Alrode South was first occupied by six people who shared only one desk. This team of six included three of our current shareholders, namely Jeremy Webb, Dina Aphane and Andrew Constandakis, who joined Feedem as director in 1984.

1975

1975

Feedem (Pty) Ltd was started by Jeremy Webb in 1975 to deliver cooked meals to construction sites in and around Edenvale in Johannesburg. Feedem’s first place of operation was a small store in the Meadow Brooke shopping centre in Edenvale.

chefCreativity and care as part of our expertise

Our team includes competent managers, dieticians, nutritionists, trainers, chefs, HR specialists, project managers, technicians, hygiene experts and maintenance staff. We draw on the collective expertise of this team to offer each client our best service.

Every plate of food we serve is special. Giving attention to detail and adding a personal touch is important to us. We love what we do. We are passionate about food and we believe in the social value of sharing food. We also bring this enthusiasm to the table when we do business.


Reliability

We are the largest independently owned catering company in South Africa with an annual turnover that exceeds R900 million. Feedem’s more than 47 years of experience has earned us a reputation of providing the highest level of service and quality. We serve clients in various sectors, including education, hospitals, retirement, sports and mines. We also manage industrial cafeterias and corporate staff restaurants. We have a wealth of operational experience, resources, processes and technology to ensure that all our clients are happy with our service.

We are represented nationally with offices in Gauteng, North West, Free State, Northern Cape, Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Northern Cape, Free State and the Western Cape. Our 5 000 staff members see to it that we serve more than 50 000 meals a day. We manage more than 300 kitchens and staff restaurants. We serve corporate and industrial clients such as Momentum Metropolitan, Nedbank, Engen and FNB.


The philosophy of happy staff, happy clients

We believe that happy staff members will lead to satisfied clients. In this way, we create a family environment and invest in our staff to ensure that this caring is carried through to our employees. We have a flat management structure, competent managers and an open-door policy. For long-term catering contracts, we place dedicated food-service managers at the clients’ premises to ensure ongoing supervision of the operation.

We feel that it is important to recruit the right people and to care for our staff. Our staff’s motivation and skill will dictate the success of our company. You will therefore be served by professional staff members who are passionate and enthusiastic about their jobs.

We also focus on quality food, good taste and speedy service. It is our experience that the people managing the catering operation can make or break a contract. As a result, our front-of-house experience strengthens the success of our catering services.

Consistently good quality

We adhere to all the relevant industry standards and undergo regular internal and external audits to measure our effectiveness. We combine the finest quality products with the freshest ingredients and add our attention to detail, texture, style and taste to serve really good food and drinks.

Everything we do is underpinned by an ethical code, full compliance with BBBEE (Level 1 contributor) and all the relevant industry standards and regulations. We have developed and implemented an internationally recognised quality assessment programme. Key areas of performance are assessed by a quality assurance consultant and appointed senior personnel on an ongoing basis.


Cost-effectiveness

Outsourcing your catering and cleaning services to us will allow you to focus on your core business while benefiting from our expertise, economics of scale and infrastructure. We take into account our clients’ needs, budgets, time constraints, locations and dietary requirements. We offer the full spectrum of catering, from long-term catering contracts to once-off events. We also manage facilities and offer maintenance, cleaning and laundry services. In addition, we offer consulting services to clients who require professional input on catering services, commercial kitchen and restaurant design, equipment and more.


Good corporate citizenship

We believe in caring for profits, people and the planet. We care for people through our empowerment initiatives, ongoing training programmes, our investment in culinary excellence (partner in SACA’s Centre for Culinary Excellence) and various sponsorships. Our responsible waste management programme, eco-friendly wormeries and herb and vegetable gardens show our commitment to caring for the environment.

Our-ApproachAt Feedem we believe food brings friends, families, colleagues, clients and companies together. Food allows us to nurture, celebrate and say thank you. That is why we find pleasure in turning an ordinary meal into an extraordinary one. Over and above the nutritional value of our meals, we also look at the visual appeal, taste, texture and style. Whatever your catering needs are, we will do everything possible to make it special for you.

We also believe in the philosophy of happy staff, happy clients. In this way, we create a family environment and invest in our staff to ensure that this caring is carried through to your employees. As a result, Feedem is a caring place where our more than 3000 employees feel they belong. We believe that people will invest their talent and time in our organisation if we offer worthwhile returns on their contribution. Our BEE programme is broad-based, which means that we empower a wide range of previously disadvantaged people – from alliances with strategic partners to profit-share schemes for employees. We believe in creating a nurturing work environment by encouraging continuous learning, open communication and personal and professional development. We reward and celebrate achievements appropriately and grow through challenges, feedback and the willingness to learn.

Our Values underpin everything we do and stand for.  They define how we engage with our clients, customers, staff and how we would like to be treated by one another generally.

One big family:

We want Feedem to be a caring place where our more than 5 000 employees feel they belong. We believe that people will invest their talent and time in our organisation if we offer worthwhile returns on their contribution. Our BBBEE programme is broad-based, which means that we empower a wide range of previously disadvantaged people – from alliances with strategic partners to profit-share schemes for employees. We believe in creating a nurturing work environment by encouraging continuous learning, open communication, and personal and professional development. We reward and celebrate achievements appropriately, and grow through challenges, feedback and the willingness to learn.

 


Shareholders & Directors

Jo Osborne,
RMB Corvest

(Director)

Elizabeth Kolobe

Elizabeth Kolobe,
RMB Corvest

(Director, Agile Capital)

Genevieve Alberts,
RMB Corvest

(Alternate Director)


Bazil Lauryssen,
Group Chief Executive Officer

(Director & Shareholder)

Maria Elnastien Kotze,
Chief Operating Officer

(Director & Shareholder)



Feedem Group

  • Bazil Lauryssen (Group Chief Executive Officer, Feedem Group): Bazil qualified in 1993 as a Chartered Accountant having served his articles at Deloitte South Africa. Bazil has been involved in various senior management roles from Operations Director to Managing Director and eventually as Chief Executive Officer of a multinational media business that was owned by multiple private equity investors, global media owners and traded as a listed company on JSE with operations in 14 countries across Sub-Saharan Africa for more than 20 years. He joined Feedem Group as an investor and CEO in 2017.
  • Karin Roets (Group Financial Manager, Feedem Group): In 2007 Karin joined Feedem as the Financial Manager, ending her employment of eight years with PricewaterhouseCoopers. During her time at PWC, Karin completed her Articles in the Audit department. She also fulfilled the position of Tax Manager for a year and participated in an international secondment to Ohio, USA, for five months. Karin obtained her BCOMPT Honours degree from UNISA in 2008, and is a registered member of the South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA).

Management team

We have a competent management team arranged in a flat structure to allow easy access to expertise. We also employ specialists such as registered dieticians, qualified chefs and food service managers.

    • Elnastien Kotze (Chief Operating Officer – Catering Division): Elnastien has 25 years of managerial experience in institutional and corporate catering in various industry sectors. She holds BSc (Microbiology), BSc (Dietetics) degrees and an Honours degree in Business Management.

Inland Division

(Gauteng and Mpumalanga)

        • Lorraine Pieterse (Operations Manager: Catering Division): Lorraine has over 18 years of experience in the hospitality industry.  Lorraine has obtained a BsC. Dietetic degree through the University of North West and is registered with the HPCSA.
        • Louise Teague (Operations Manager: Catering Division): Louise studied Food Service Management and obtained a National Diploma at Pretoria Technikon and been in the hospitality industry for over 22 years. She started her career in a Hotel, 10 years in the Healthcare division and 12 years in the Corporate and Commercial segments. Initially started as an Assistant Catering Manager and progressed to Operations Manager.

      Coastal Division

      (Western Cape, Eastern Cape, East Coast, Garden Route & Free State)

              • Marnel Coetzee (Operations Manager: Catering Division): Marnel studied BEd (Home Economics) at Stellenbosch University and started her career in education. For the past 20 years, she has built her career as a food services manager. Her areas of expertise include nutrition for senior citizens, learners, students and the disabled.
              • Corne Visser  (Operations Manager: Catering Division): Corne obtained a National Diploma in Food & Clothing from Tygerberg College. Corne joined Feedem in 2000 as a Catering Manager and have been a District Manager since 2009 managing teams in different sectors. She has the ability to form productive relationships with clients and individuals from diverse background, rotate and upskill staff to optimize team performance.
              • Leigh Lambrecht  (Operations Manager: Catering Division): Leigh obtained a Diploma in Food Service Management at WITS Hotel School. She joined Feedem in 2000 and developed in various roles within Feedem, skills training, quality control, online training, and District management.
              • Vanessa Sutherland (Operations Manager: Catering Division): Vanessa obtained an HR Diploma through the Institute of Personnel Management and a Hotel Management Qualification through Wits Hotel School. She has 35 years of working experience and has worked in various management capacities in the Hotel industry. She joined Feedem in 2013 as District Manager in the Eastern Cape and now holds the position of Operations Manager for the Eastern Cape and East Coast areas.
              • Rupert Steenkamp (Operations Manager: Finance & Systems):  Rupert has 13 years experience working in the financial services sector, including experience in the USA, UK and Europe. Rupert holds a B. Accounting degree from Stellenbosch University, a B. Technology Taxation degree from Technicon SA and is a registered practising member of the South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA).

      Cristal Cleaning Solutions, Versatex & Focus Pest Control

              • Jacques Vos (National Operations Manager: Cristal Cleaning Solutions, Versatex & Focus Pest Control): Jacques obtained a BCom Finance degree from the University of Johannesburg. He has over 10 years’ experience in the Cleaning, Hygiene and Pest Control Industry in Operations as well as other roles in Finance and Senior management. He joined Feedem in 2021 as the National Operations Manager for the Cleaning, Hygiene and Pest Control Division.

We employ full-time registered dieticians and nutritionists to take care of the nutritional value of our meals and to cater for the dietary requirements of specific groups of people. This includes nutritious meals for employees, patients, the elderly, students and learners in school residences or play schools. We prepare special meals for people involved in sports and physical activities, and for those with diabetes, weight problems, high cholesterol and other health challenges.

Our clients include corporates, companies, SMMEs, individuals, NGOs and NPOs.

 

All industry sectors:

      • We work for clients in various industry sectors – including education, financial, healthcare, sports and retirement.

Any length of time:

      • We do long-term contract catering for inhouse staff restaurants as well as commercial restaurants. Our agreements range from short-term and trial periods to multiple-year agreements. In addition to this, we also cater for once-off or regular events such as executive dining, sports functions, year-end functions and special events.

Any place:

      • We manage the catering at your premises. Our footprint stretches across South Africa – including rural areas.

Requirements:

      • We tailor-make our service based on your requirements, facilities available, customer needs and expectations.

Feedem Group is a large contract catering and cleaning company in South Africa which manages more than 300 sites and employs more than 5 000 people ranging from dieticians, chefs and human capital specialists to hygiene experts.

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