Key Personnel



  • LLM (Labour Law)
  • B.Com (Hons) Strategic. Man. & Labour Studies
  • ND: Public Admin
    • Postgrad Diplomas
    • Management
    • Employee Relations
    • HR Management
    • Collect Agreements


Keith Barends is the Managing Director of Keith Barends & Associates and HR Capacity International, two successful HR consultancies.

He holds a Masters degree in Labour Law, B.Com (Hons) Degree (Strat. Mngt) as well as a National Diploma in Public Administration and post-graduate diplomas in Management, Labour Studies and Human Resources.

Keith Barends also lectures Industrials Relations and Personnel Management to B.Tech. Students at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.

He is a Chartered HR Practitioner [CHRP (SA)] and Mentor to HR Professionals of the South African Board of People Practice (SABPP), a Professional Human Resource body. He is also a Constituent Assessor and Moderator in Human Resource qualifications and skills programs.

Keith has gained extensive (20 years) experience in Strategic Management as a senior Employee Relations Manager at the SA Post Office Ltd. He has headed and completed corporate projects involving Corporate Change and Industrial Relations. He has a practiced ability and competency to audit and design policies and aligns these to strategic business imperatives.

Keith is a seasoned negotiator assisting businesses in salary and collective agreement negotiations. He has extensive Conciliation, Arbitration and Conflict Resolution skills and draws on his extensive knowledge of Labour Law. Keith is also Commissioner/panelist for the Hairdressing and Canvas/Rope Making.