Starting a security company in South Africa

All over the world, individual and corporate security has become a real cause for concern, and everyone is taking minimal measures to ensure that their lives and properties are shielded from the increasing threats of robberies, violence, and related crimes. It is for this reason that several companies have emerged to give protection to commercial and residential properties. And following the surge in cybercrime, the industry has widened its scope to cover online services as well.

Type of companies to consider opening

1. Offer security services:

  • Security guard services
  • Cybersecurity services
  • Crowd control services
  • Home Security alarms and monitoring services
  • Tactical response services
  • High-value asset logistics

2. Sell security products

  • Home Security alarms and monitoring products
  • Intercom systems
  • Cybersecurity products
  • Bio-metric systems
  • Electric fencing

3. Combine both: Your choice of these options should be based on proper due diligence. Since each of these categories falls under independent regulatory authorities, it would be prudent to know these bodies well, and what they require for you to be registered. The regulatory bodies include:

  • Electronic Security Distributors Association (ESDA)
  • South African Intruder Detection Services Association (SAIDSA)
  • Security Association of South Africa (SASA)
  • South African National Security Employers Association (SANSEA)
  • Vehicle Security Association of South Africa

How to register a security company in South Africa

The security company registration documents include:

  1. The security company profile
  2. If you are applying as a company, you need genuine copies of the CM1, CM2, CM27, CM29, CM31, and CM46 certificates.
  3. If you are applying as a partnership, then you need a genuine copy of the partnership agreement.
  4. If the applicant is a business trust, you need a genuine copy of the trust deed along with the High court’s letter of authorization.
  5. The SIRA4, which is a suretyship form.
  6. A genuine copy of the PAYE number.
  7. You must have undertaken the accredited training courses (Grade E to B).
  8. A valid copy of the VAT registration number.
  9. The tax clearance certificate from SARS or the South African Revenue Authority.
  10. A genuine copy of the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases number.
  11. Detailed written information to convince the Authority that the proposed security business has the required capacity to deliver security services.

Psira registration fee

  • R2,280 and then sit a writing exam
  • R1,710 assessment fee
  • R520 Annual renewal fee
  • R500 yearly assessment fee

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