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THE PRIVATE SECURITY INDUSTRY is one of the most regulated industries in South Africa - and has been so for well over a decade.
The legislative definition of security officer (click HERE to download a copy of the Private Security Industry Regulatory Act, Act 56 of 2001 in PDF format), includes security guards, armed response officers, security equipment installers, cash-in-transit guards, locksmiths and private investigators - so all of these are regulated by this Act. The Act also empowers the formation of the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority ('PSIRA') to enforce it..
The Act comprehensively regulates all aspects of the provision of security services, even the minimum remuneration rate of all ranks of security officer, such the cost of providing a security service - especially security services involving the supply of the different categories of 'security guard' - is much the same for all service providers. Consequently, the fee to supply guarding services is very similar for all service providers. Service providers compete not so much on price as on service.
PSIRA even publishes a recommended tariff list for the provision of security guards on its website. HERE to view PSIRA's recommended tariff structure for guarding services. (FSG has, however, been able to structure itself so that we can profitably render a security guarding service for less than the recommended tariff of PSIRA.)
One implication of PSIRA publishing a recommended tariff list is that CONSUMERS MUST BE AWARE that if they are paying anything considerably less than the PSIRA recommended tariff for security guarding services, then its is likely that the consumer is paying for an inferior and probably illegal security guarding service, because a security guarding service provider cannot supply a guarding service that is in compliance with all statutory obligations if the service provider charges substantially less than the tariff recommended by PSIRA. CONSUMERS MUST ALSO BE AWARE that there are harsh penalties for both service providers and the clients of such service providers who provide a guarding service that DOES NOT STRICTLY COMPLY WITH ALL STATUTORY OBLIGATIONS. (Consumers must also be aware that they cannot self-employ security guards unless they become accredited by PSIRA as a 'security service provider'.)
Security Officers do not have a formal Bargaining Council. Instead, employer and employee representative organisations gather every three years to thrash out an agreement on the remuneration and benefits of security officers for the next three year period, which is then published as a Sectoral Determination of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act.
The last published Sectoral Determination expires this year (2012) and negotiations are currently underway to seek agreement on the remuneration and benefits for security officers for the next three years. Historically, these negotiations are acrimonious. Virtually every Sectoral Determination has been preceded by a period of industrial action that is characterised by violence, intimidation and sympathetic industrial action by employees from other sectors. (Security guards predominantly belong to the Transport and Allied Workers Union.) As at this moment, the demands of labour and the offer of employers are still considerably distanced such that we predict that the security industry will experience another period of violent industrial action in 2012. The waters are further muddied as PSIRA has just raised statutory fees by as much as several hundred percent for certain categories under circumstance that:
No person or entity can provide a security service in South Africa unless accredited by PSIRA (which accreditation can be withdrawn if a service provider falls into arrears with the payment of various statutory fees or is found guilty of any other breach of the Act). As already stated, consumers who make use of the services of non-PSIRA accredited or non-statutory compliant security service providers also face criminal prosecution and sanction. It is to be noted that PSIRA's enforcement capacity is significant. (FSG has, for example, been audited by PSIRA annually for at least the past 10 years.)
The website of PSIRA (www.psira.co.za) provides a facility to search whether an individual or entity is PSIRA registered/accredited, so there is no excuse for security service providers who employ security officers who are not PSIRA accredited, and there is no excuse for consumers who retain security service providers who are not PSIRA accredited and compliant.
Consumers who retain the services of a security service provider are urged in the strongest possible terms to save the website address of PSIRA and to consult it regularly to ensure that both their security service provider and the individual security guards posted by their security service provider are PSIRA accredited.
It is consequently the case that the terms and conditions on which FSG supplies security guards are dictated by PSIRA enforced statutory obligations that prescribe remuneration rates, hours of work, training standards, benefits (eg. bonus', contributions to a Provident Fund, cleaning allowances, leave etc.), the maximum permissible number of overtime a security officer can work, the frequency and duration of off-duty periods - and just about every other aspect of providing a guarding service.
In every service rendered by FSG, it is our objective to ADD VALUE. In respect of security guarding services this finds expression in the following:
For additional information please download our Security Guarding Service Profile from the SERVICE PROFILES page, or click the EMAIL button to request one. Please also click the EMAIL button to request our guarding service tariff list.
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