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1971.

Company founded as a contract catering business by Federale, ICS and Trust Houses (UK).

1979.

Trust Houses sells its share to the other shareholders.

1981.

Fedics implements its first affirmative action programme, and documents its first “BEE policy”.

1983.

We sponsor the SA Chef’s Association to develop Black Chefs.

1994.

We win the Sancorp Investor in People Award.

1995.

We win the BMF Most Progressive Company Award.

1996.

We conclude our first BEE transactions with Nozala Investments, SIP and IPG as shareholders.

1998.

Company rebranded as Tsebo Outsourcing Group.

1999.

We introduce an HIV/Aids programme to drive access to health.

2000.

Management, Nozala Investment Holding and Ethos Private Equity delist the company.

2003.

Tsebo successfully hosts the All-African Games in Lagos, Nigeria, our largest project to date.

2005.

Tsebo Outsourcing Group becomes one of the first organisations of its size to achieve ‘excellent’ BEE accreditation through Empowerdex.

2007.

We achieve Level 3 BEE Contribution status.


Shareholders Ethos exit and ABSA Capital enters with a cash injection of R1.2bn, R331m of this is allocated to empowerment shareholders.

2008.

Equality Reef Services Catering joins the Tsebo Group.


Tsebo expands into the Middle East Oil & Gas sector through Karam-Fedics.

2009.

We achieve Level 2 BEE Contribution status.


We launch an aggressive Disability Awareness Programme, employing over 200 disabled people across several operating sites.


TsAfrika Catering joins the Tsebo Group.

2010.

We reach 94.21 out of 100 BEE points, maintaining one of the highest Level 2 industry scores for a company our size.


The Board approves a greater level of investment in job creation, franchising, skills and enterprise development.

2011.

Tsebo celebrates its 40th Anniversary by launching the Tsebo Foundation, a charitable vehicle to command the Group’s CSI in Education and Health Improvement.

2012.

We enter the Energy Management sector with a differentiated, yet complementary offering.


We launch the Tsebo Hygiene Solutions Division.


Servco Catering Mozambique joins the Tsebo Group.


ECHS Cleaning, a major competitor, joins the Tsebo Group.

2013.

We win our first Pan-African contract with Barclays PLC, managing 2 000 sites in 12 countries.


Ubunye Cleaning Services joins the Group.


ABSA are replaced by Rockwood Private Equity.

2014.

Tsebo welcomes Backbone Management Services as Project and Move Management specialists.


Callguard Security Services is welcomed into the Tsebo Group.


We merge with Allterrain Services Group (ATS) to create a Pan-African multi-services group.

2015.

Thorburn Security Services joins the Tsebo Group.

2016.

Tsebo achieves an historic Level 1 Rating on the 2015 Amended BEE codes in South Africa


Drake & Scull rebranded as Tsebo Facilities Solutions.


Rockwood Private Equity exit their shareholding and are replaced by Wendel SE as the lead investor, together with the Capital Group and Women’s Development Bank


Super Clean joins the Tsebo Group

2018.

Rapid FM Nigeria joins the Tsebo Family

2019.

Tsebo expands into the Egyptian Market.

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