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IN-HOUSE SECURITY SERVICE PROVIDERS

THE PRIMARY OBJECTIVE OF PSiRA IS TO REGULATE THE PRIVATE SECURITY INDUSTRY

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rom March 2020, South Africa’s economy came to a standstill due to the Corona Virus pandemic. This shift from the norm resulted in many industries shutting down according to the lockdown levels. The private security industry remained resilient with its own challenges of having clients closing their businesses for good. Job insecurity was at its highest among security officers and security businesses. These security providers were registered with the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSiRA). The function of PSiRA is to register security service providers. As part of this process, screening is required for all persons intending to enter the security industry for purposes of ensuring that persons with serious criminal convictions do not participate in the industry. The inspection of security providers, being security officers and businesses, is a very important function undertaken by PSiRA. This function determines the level of compliance with the law, and if non-compliance is detected consequences follow in the form of prosecution of the non-compliant security provider. In-house registration in respect of security providers has increased over the years.

For instance, many government departments, state owned entities and municipalities prefer to in-source security officers as opposed to contracting out to service providers to render security services. This form of on-boarding of security officers has been seen in parastatals such as the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), Thulamela Municipality in Limpopo, City of Joburg Municipality in Gauteng, and eThekwini Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal, to name but a few. As the Authority, we require that in-house security providers must appoint a supervisor or manager who is trained, in possession of at least a Grade B certificate, and registered with PSiRA. All security officers employed by an in-house entity, department or company must be registered with PSiRA. Compliance within the private security industry is of paramount importance and an in-house government department, SOE or Municipality must ensure that security providers in their in-house space is in line with all legal prescripts. Inspections are conducted by PSiRA’s inspectors that robustly check for compliance. Annual Fees are required from security providers and these are paid by May.

It is paramount to check that every security officer is registered with PSiRA, Security Officers can be verified on the PSiRA App, which is available on Google Play and Apple Store. WWW.PSIRA.CO.ZA.

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