The current  Constructional  Engineering Association  Temporary Employment Services Division (CEA TESD) was established in 1994 as the Labour Broking Division, and it assures compliance and credibility of its members.


The objective of the CEA (TESD) is to represent the interests of employers and employees originally engaged in the steel, structural and mechanical industry and in project management and to set the benchmark for self-regulation of atypical employment relations with professionals in the EPCM market.  Throughout the years, it has expanded to multi-discipline sectors such as logistics, retail, and the motor industry.  Some TESD members also supply “white collar” professionals such as draughtsmen, engineers, project managers and technicians to the Engineering, Procurement and Construction Management (EPCM) industries, mining houses and the manufacturing industry.

The objective of the CEA (TESD) is to represent the interests of employers and employees.

Members undertake to be legally compliant at all times, and offer quality service, and meet all reasonable standards and conditions of their clients and employees. The CEA (TESD) provides temporary employment service providers with a stakeholder forum to regulate this specialised industry to serve the needs of their clients and to protect the rights of their candidates in a legally compliant environment.


The CEA TESD was established by members who recognized the need to form a body in order to:

  • Have a platform where this sector of industry has a voice.
  • Be part of a representative body which will have credibility in the eyes of stakeholders such as employees, clients, contractors, bargaining councils and trade unions.
  •  Improve the image of this sector of industry, which admittedly at that time was very poor and was perceived to operate on the fringes of the law.


The Confederation of Association in the Private Employment Sector (CAPES) is an umbrella body formed in 2002, when the need for a unified voice for the South African staffing industry became apparent. CAPES was created specifically to act as the lobbying organisation for the four primary staffing associations, who represent thousands of SME staffing businesses, and several of South Africa’s largest corporate staffing companies.  CAPES participate in various activities, all of which are vital to the future existence of the TES Industry. 


The CEA(SA) represents employers engaged in the construction engineering industry, operating in the structural, mechanical, electrical, instrumentation, piping and project management fields. The association also has close ties to the SA Institute of Steel Construction and the SA Institute of Welding.