City of Tshwane begins process to employ 4 000 in-house security guards

City of Tshwane begins process to employ 4 000 in-house security guards

The City of Tshwane will implement the procedure to employ 4 000 in-house security guards at a cost of R266 million by the end of 2019. Appointed as part of a new directorate under the Tshwane metro police department, the guards will see a shift away from private security firms.

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4 000 new security guards will be working for the City of Tshwane by the end of this year as part of a new directorate called the Asset Protection Unit.

Operating under the Tshwane police department, the City predicts that this would ensure a shift away from outsourcing work opportunities to private security companies.

MMC for Community Safety, Karen Meyer, says that the process is already underway, commenting:

“We are talking about between 3 000 and 4 000 security guards. In fact, the process has started already with the advertising of positions for senior management three weeks ago. We are very excited about this because we believe that one of the crucial aspects of the City has shifted to protection services."

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Previously concerns had been raised by the outsourced guards, who had feared that the in-house unit would result in them losing their jobs, reports IOL.

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While Meyer says that while the existing guards will be phased in over a period of two to three years, employing existing people was a shot in the dark they weren't willing to take:

“We can’t just take someone over from another company because we don’t know the vetting process it followed to make sure that those people are the right people for the job.”

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