Big upheaval to hit private security in South Africa


Police Minister Bheki Cele has released draft regulations regarding training in the private security sector in South Africa, including minimum standards to be met.

The draft regulations note that the industry plays an important role in protecting and safeguarding people and property in the country.

However, this requires high standards in the training of security guards and security contractors, Cele said. He added that the new regulation introduces mandatory safety training and ensures that the training provided meets the necessary requirements.

The draft regulation provides:

  • Determine the level of requirements for training levels, training courses, training models and what is considered a “pass” in training;
  • Describes training periods and how agents will be evaluated;
  • Provides regulations regarding instructors, including who is authorized to provide training, what experience they have, and whether they have the necessary accreditation;
  • Instructors will also need to be registered and keep information on the type, level and extent of different training programs.
  • Minimum requirements for training centers and the services they offer.

In addition, the regulations provide for a number of “specialist” courses which will allow security officers to be trained to respond to specific crimes and situations in South Africa.

This includes a ‘Goods in Transit’ course, a ‘Reaction Services’ course, and ‘Special Events’ security services. Special courses are also given for dog handlers and the use of firearms.


In a separate gazette, Cele detailed new draft regulations regarding the use of “remotely piloted aircraft systems” – more colloquially known as drones – in South Africa.

While private security groups in South Africa have been using drones for several years for tasks such as property surveillance and anti-poaching activities, drone licenses have been granted on a case-by-case basis, and until now , there were no rules for the use of drones by the private sector. sector as a whole.

The draft regulations will make it easier for private security companies in South Africa to use drones in their operations – however, the proposed rules also make it clear that the use of remotely piloted aircraft will be heavily monitored and controlled to ensure that their use is not abusive or illegal.

Specific issues covered by the proposed regulations include:

  • The drone application process, including information from security companies and who will be flying the aircraft;
  • Ensure that the people who fly the drones have the appropriate licenses and qualifications;
  • Regular assessments and a register of those authorized to fly drones in these companies;
  • Determine the conditions under which private security companies can operate drones and advertise their services.

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