“I am pleased to announce that the City of Johannesburg is poised to deliver appointment letters to the remaining security guards employed at the time of the announcement in May 2017, to be insourced effectively on 1 July 2019,” he said.
In 2018, a reported 2 800 security guards were insourced at various departments. In the process, the City was able to increase the workers’ take-home salary by a minimum of 50 percent and offered them employee benefits and stable employment while containing the City’s escalating security costs.
Previously, companies were paid R12 000 for each guard provided while the guards received a meagre R4 000 per month.The program proved to be a huge success and saw the City take control of the critical function of guarding its own infrastructure, which had suffered from theft and vandalism, running into hundreds of millions of rand in costs.
Through engagements with the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), the program has been successful in “moving the profit margins previously enjoyed by politically connected security companies and using this to insource security personnel.”“Indeed, some security companies were said to be major funders of these political parties.
This exercise ensures that political parties and security companies do not profit at the expense of vulnerable poor people,” he said.