THE special project was launched by SAPS provincial office. | South African Police Services
THE special project was launched by SAPS provincial office. | South African Police Services

Car guards in Gqeberha to get private security accreditation

By Anita Dywaba Time of article published Dec 14, 2021

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THE South African Police Service’s provincial office in the Eastern Cape announced on Monday that it would be helping car guards in a special project along Gqeberha beach fronts from Kings Beach to Pollock Beach.

The project entails having unregistered car guards follow a course and obtaining the necessary accreditation (Grade E) through the Private Security Regulating Authority (PSIRA). In addition, car guards will be wearing a visible ID card on a colour coded and numbered identification vest/bib.

According to the provincial office, this project was initially spearheaded by the SAPS Humewood sector manager (Sector 3) three years ago, and since then, has been joined by the SAPS Humewood Community Police Forum (CPF) chairperson ward 2 councillor Mr Renaldo Gouws, the Summerstrand Neighbourhood Watch (SSNW), Nelson Mandela Bay Metro Security, Atlas security, ADT Security and City-Wide Security.

The launch, which took place in Shark Rock Pier, was also aimed to promote the colour coded and numbered identification vests/bibs, as car guards will have specific areas allocated as per the colour code:

Yellow and Blue - Kings Beach

Yellow and Green - Humewood

Yellow and Orange - Hobie Beach

Yellow and Red - Something Good

Yellow and Charcoal- Pollock Beach

A unique number for every car guard will be on the back of the vests/bibs for easy identification.

Car guards who are not registered yet will be allowed a six-month period to obtain the accreditation.

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