The City of Joburg said that it had completed the insourcing of the first 1 600 contract security workers out of over 4 000. File picture: Itumeleng English/Independent Media Archives

Johannesburg - The City of Joburg said on Friday that it had completed the insourcing of the first 1 600 contract security workers out of over 4 000, while the next phase of insourcing the remaining workers to be implemented over the next few weeks. 

In a joint statement, member of the mayoral committee (MMC) for corporate and shared services Ntombi Khumalo, and MMC for public safety Michael Sun, said that preference was given to security contract workers who provided services to the City at the time the insourcing project was first announced. 

The security guards will start their official duties on Sunday, 01 July 2018. Khumalo said the City was undertaking this process in phases to ensure the smooth integration due to the complexities surrounding the insourcing project. 

Previously, the City outsourced its security services through over 150 contracts with service providers paying on average, R14 000 per security guard, while the guards themselves received as little as R4 500 as a basic salary per month. 

"As dictated by our timetable, we will shortly be announcing the second batch of insourcing of the remaining security staff for this project.  As per the initial plan, we will begin a similar process for workers contracted to provide cleaning services to the City once this process has been fully completed."

African News Agency (ANA)