Confederation of Associations in the Private Employment Sector

The Voice of the South African Staffing Industry


About Us

In 2002, the need to form a unified body to engage in macro-level activities, to proactively lobby and to form associations with other stakeholders was identified and CAPES was established. CAPES has as its members the four staffing associations referred to hereunder, as well as several of South Africa’s largest private employment agencies, and is the single voice for the industry.

CAPES has formalised its relationships with various institutions and associations and these include:

  • Membership of Business Unity South Africa (BUSA)
  • Membership of Black Business Council (BBC)
  • Direct representation at NEDLAC via BUSA and BBC
  • Engagement with Department of Labour and other Ministries
  • Relationships with a number of trade unions including MOU with FEDUSA
  • Engagement at the International Labour Organisation (ILO)
  • Engagement at various Bargaining Councils
  • Membership with primarily the Services SETA


CAPES has two categories of membership, Association and Corporate. For more information on the members simply click on the two options above.

If you are involved in the staffing industry and are interested in learning more about membership of CAPES, please contact us by clicking here

Alternatively, download the CAPES Membership Information Pack