Despite heavy rains, the SAPS managed to host a successful national athletics championship in Pretoria at the end of March 2018. Read about the events and the winners in Servamus: May 2018 from pp 52-54.
Part 2 of our Crime Series discussing the shocking events of how Christopher Panayiotou had his lovely wife, Jayde, killed. Read about his conviction and sentence in Servamus: May 2018 from pp 34-43.
On 26 March 2018, the Western Cape Department of Community Safety and the City of Cape Town recognised the top Neighbourhood Watch structures in the Cape Town Metropole for their contribution to fight crime. Read the article in Servamus: May 2018 from pp 46-49.
Children should be taught about road safety from an early start – but parents have an equally important responsibility to ensure that the transport their children use to school is safe and registered. Read our articles in Servamus: May 2018 from pp 56-59.
- 31 March 2018
The Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSiRA) has issued a reminder to all security service providers (officers and businesses) to renew their old and expired registration certificates by no later than 31 March 2018. Failure to do so before the cut-off date will render these registration certificates invalid for employment or trading for business.
PSiRA rolled out the renewal of certificates project from 1 December 2014 as part of fulfilling its regulatory mandate in the interest of public safety. The purpose of the project is to ensure that only legitimate registered applicants (security officers and businesses) receive the new certificate, which has new security features incorporated into it.
With an estimated 490 000 active private security officers in South Africa working in armed response, cash-in-transit and guarding, South African citizens are spending approximately R45 billion a year on private security, making South Africa's private security industry the fourth largest in the world per capita.
Stuart Clarkson, Managing Executive of Fidelity ADT, which now forms part of the larger Fidelity Security Group, says that with crime statistics remaining at unacceptable levels, the private security industry plays a pivotal role in supporting the South African Police Service. In a 2016 Stats SA Victims of Crime survey it was noted that the most feared type of crime was house robbery - so much so that 50% of households have taken physical measures to protect their homes and 11% of households employ private security services.